November 2014

Professor Auckly has another puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this week, see here. The story of the puzzle is about trading sheep in the Navajo Nation. This puzzle is easier than the last one he contributed to NumberPlay, see here . Dr Auckly used a version of the sheep puzzle at the summer math camp that he helped run on the Navajo Nation this past summer. This particular puzzle is suitable for use with elementary school students. Indeed groups of fourth graders have had fun playing with it.

October 2014

Paul Laugesen, who was commissioned by the K-State Air Force ROTC program and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1983, received the Alumni Merit Award during the fifth annual Eisenhower Circle Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Established in 2010, the Eisenhower Circle Celebration is a special event recognizing the college's alumni award recipients, student scholarship winners and loyal alumni and friends who give $250 or more to the college annually.

"Paul has excelled in his service to our nation as a defense intelligence senior executive, making him one of the university's highest-ranking government alumni," Andy Bennett said. "He is a model for our students who aspire to both academic excellence and public service."

October 2014

Assistant Professor Roman Fedorov receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on *
Principal bundles on local schemes and a duality for Hitchin systems.*

The award, in the amount of $157,000, is a three-year standard grant starting on July 1, 2014. Prof. Fedorov is a member of the Mirror Symmetry & Tropical Geometry Research Center, also known as the M-Center.

More information on his award can be found here.

October 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been nominated by K-State for the Rhodes and Marshall national scholarship competitions. Rhodes scholarships are awarded to 32 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at Oxford University in England. Marshall scholarships are awarded to as many as 40 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at most universities in the U.K. Nominees selected as competition finalists for either scholarship will interview in November.

September 2014

The paper *Is The List of Incomplete Open Cubes Complete?*, co-authored by
former K-State mathematics graduate student Michael Reb and his advisor
Dr. Natasha Rozhkovskaya, will appear in the special issue "Rule-Based
Design" (vol. 17, no. 3) of the Nexus Network Journal. The Nexus Network
Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal dedicated to
relationships between architecture and mathematics. Michael Reb graduated
with a Master Degree in Mathematics in 2013. His research project was dedicated to the
properties of embeddings of cubical graphs. Rozhkovskaya and Reb were able to apply
this area of combinatorics to give a mathematical description of the famous
artwork *Incomplete Open Cubes* by prominent American conceptual
artist Solomon LeWitt (1928 -2007). The paper summarizes the graph
theory approach to the artist's project and answers
several important questions posed by art scholars several decades ago.

August 2014

Goldwater recipient Max Goering traveled to the MathFest conference in Portland, Oregon, to give
a presentation on his paper *Modulus of Families of Walks on Graphs* that he co-authored with Professors Nathan Albin and Pietro Poggi-Corradini, as well as ECE Ph.D. Faryad Darabi Sahneh. During the award banquet Goering was one of a dozen speakers, out of approximately 240 speakers, to be recognized
with the 'Pi Mu Epsilon student speaker award'.

August 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been invited to give a talk in the prestigious Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University. He will present his work on backward-shift realizations of rational discrete analytic functions, performed under the supervision of Professor Dan Volok, associate director of the I-Center. Fernando will also speak at Mathfest, the national conference of the honorary mathematical society Pi Mu Epsilon. In addition, this summer, Fernando participated in the mathematics REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at MSRI, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. Together with Hadrian Quan and Michole Washington, under the direction of Victor Moll (Tulane), they have generalized a recent result of Jean Paul Allouche on infinite products in automatic sequences. Roman will present this work at the upcoming National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in October (with funding from MSRI), as well as at the annual Joint AMS/MAA Meeting in San Antonio, in January 2015.

August 2014

Professor Auckly had a puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this past Spring.
NumberPlay puzzles are inspired by many sources and are reported by Gary Antonick. They are generally mathematical or logical problems, with occasional forays into physics and other branches of science.
The May 26, 2014 NumberPlay is titled Dave Auckly's Crunched Charms.
Check it out
here
and see if you can help Dave fix his broken charm(s). Dave was inspired to create this
puzzle while writing a recent research paper on 3-manifolds. The paper has appeared
in the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.

August 2014

I-Center scholar Zijian Li, whose work is supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award, was invited to give a talk about his work at the upcoming Young Mathematicians Conference (YMC) at Ohio State University, August 22-24 2014. The YMC is the most competitive venue in the country for research carried out by undergraduate mathematics students. Only about 65 students are invited each year. His faculty mentor is Professor Hrant Hakobyan. Zijian Li is a senior, and plans to pursue doctoral studies in Mathematics. A transfer student from South China Normal University, he is originally from Guangzhou, China.

July 2014

Professor Andrew Chermak has solved an important open problem at the interface between Algebra and Topology. His breakthrough has given rise to new tools and techniques that go under the name of 'partial groups'. Chermak's article *Fusion systems and localities* has appeared in ACTA MATHEMATICA, a prestigious and highly selective journal founded in 1882 by the Swedish mathematician Mittag-Leffler.
Professor Chermak, with help from K-State postdoctoral fellow Alex Gonzalez, plans to apply his new techniques to the classification theory of finite simple groups and many other open problems in algebra.

July 2014

Assistant Professor Gabriel Kerr received a Collaboration Grant for
Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the
Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel
and other research expenses.
Kerr's work is in Homological Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and Symplectic Geometry.
He plans to use this grant to strengthen the relationship between the
K-state algebra and mirror symmetry research groups with collaborators in
Austria, France and South Korea.

July 2014

SUMaR 2014 Math REU will conclude on July 22 with an entirely student-organized conference. The program can be found at

http://www.math.ksu.edu/reu/sumar/SUMaR_2014Conference_Schedule.pdf

June 2014

More than 20 scholarly papers by a pioneering Kansas State University mathematics professor have been collected online in a single work by New Prairie Press, the publishing arm of Kansas State University Libraries.

May 2014

Associate Professor Diego
Maldonado receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on *A
first-order calculus for the Monge-Ampère quasi-metric structure and its
applications to Analysis and PDEs.*

The award, in the amount of $166,000, is a three-year standard grant starting on June 1, 2014. Prof. Maldonado is a member of the Analysis research group.

More information on his award can be found here.

May 2014

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national honorary society for mathematics students. It is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.

The advisors of the Kansas State University Chapter are Dave
Auckly and Marianne Korten. The new student members inducted this spring
are:

Max Goering, Melissa Coats, Ryan Sutton, Anna Armstrong, Fernando Roman, Aaron Messerla, Joseph Sheppard, and Joshua Klarmann.

Congratulations to these students for this honor!

May 2014

David Auckly received a Mathematics Education Partnership Program grant
from the National Security Agency to support the Navajo Nations Math
Circles Project. This grant should provide $50,000 per year for the next
five years,
to support this outreach program.

May 2014

Professor Robert B. Burckel is set to retire from the Kansas State University Department of Mathematics after 43 years of service. In his retirement Professor Burckel will remain active in the department. He plans to continue his work as assistant editor of the Mathematical Intelligencer and he intends to finish the revisions to the Second Edition of his masterful book *An introduction to classical complex analysis. Vol. 1.* We wish Bob many more productive years ahead and thank him for all he has done. Happy retirement Bob!

May 2014

Assistant Professor Anna Zemlyanova received a Collaboration Grant for
Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the
Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel
and other research expenses.
Zemlyanova's work is in the theory of elasticity, fluid mechanics, and applied complex analysis. She plans to use the grant to
strengthen her current research collaborations with universities
across the US and Canada.

May 2014

The Department of Mathematics will host the 34th
annual Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS 2014). The local
organizing committee, comprised of Assistant Professor
Sarah Reznikoff, Professor
Gabriel Nagy, and Postdoctoral Faculty Jonathan Brown
has obtained funding from the National Science
Foundation (DMS-1402509) and the William J.
Spencer Endowment for Mathematics. The symposium, which has over 125
registered participants from more than one dozen
countries, will take place
from May 27-31.

April 2014

The National Space Society has extended an invitation to Professor Louis Crane to give a talk at the
Living in Space Track of the upcoming International
Space Development Conference (ISDC). Professor Crane in collaboration with KState graduate student Shawn Westmoreland initiated and developed a theoretical idea for a black hole starship that could enable interstellar travel.
The talk will take place in Los Angeles on May 16, 2014 and Crane was also asked to participate on a panel discussing possible propulsion systems.

April 2014

William L. Stamey is a mathematician who served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for seventeen years from 1970-1987. The William L. Stamey Award was established in recognition of Dean Stamey's outstanding record in recruiting excellent faculty to Kansas State University and in recognition of the continuing need to foster excellence in teaching and advising.

Professor Cochrane was recognized for his extraordinary ability to make difficult mathematics clear and for inspiring students to achieve. Cochrane is equally adept at teaching upper-division courses for math majors and introductory service courses. He is committed to his students and always goes the extra mile to be sure students have all the support they need.

April 2014

For the second year in a row the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching goes to a graduate student in mathematics. This year Zheng Hao has won this University-wide competition. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program, and to provide an incentive to achieve that goal. There are four $2500 awards made each year for excellence in undergraduate teaching. One of these awards goes to a graduate teaching assistant.

April 2014

A group of undergraduate students, veterans in undergraduate research with the I-Center, and active Math Club members, have created the undergraduate student research seminar.

April 2014

The winners of the 2014 S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition are: Jessica McCall, mathematics and biology major, Topeka, first place; Natalie Davis, chemical engineering major, Hutchinson, second-place tie; and Yichao Zhang, chemical engineering major, China, second-place tie.

April 2014

This year the I-Center, the Math Club and the Graduate Program inaugurated joint Open House activities in Cardwell Hall.

April 2014

The Kansas State University team finished in the top 25 percent among the 537 colleges and universities and 4,113 students participating in the 2013 Putnam Competition.

April 2014

On Saturday, April 5, join the activities hosted by the Department of Mathematics in Cardwell Hall.

April 2014

Kansas State University students Max Goering, senior in mathematics, McPherson, and Christine Spartz, junior in chemistry, Ellington, Conn., are the university's newest Barry M. Goldwater scholars.

April 2014

Capture the flag, the game of set, tesseracts, solar ovens, the braid group, water balloon fight!!! It is the Navajo Nation Math Circle (NNMC). Middle school and high school students from all over the Navajo Nation are encountering math from a new angle these days. The program, which has been very successful in other areas across the country, is finding success on the Navajo Nation as well.

April 2014

The Mathematics department has hired two new tenure-track faculty members, Tanya Firsova and Bacim Alali. Both Professor Firsova and Professor Alali will join us in the Fall of 2014. The department received 390 applications for the two positions and is very pleased with the new mathematicians who will be joining us.

March 2014

Melissa Coats , Vance Gaffar, Max Goering, Joshua Klarmann and Fernando Roman will travel to Emporia State University to compete in the Kansas Collegiate Mathematics Competition.

March 2014

Lectures by six mathematics *alumni*, a visiting biostatistician, a business representative, two of our
faculty, and one of our staff were the highlights of the 2013 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics at
Kansas State University.

March 2014

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Tanya Firsova of Stony Brook University will join us in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor. Firsova works on holomorphic dynamics, Teichmuller theory, multidimensional complex analysis, and dynamical systems.

March 2014

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Bacim Alali of Florida State University will join us in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant professor. Alali models and analyses complex phenomena using multiscale methods for PDEs and integral equations, homogenization methods and optimal design of composite materials, computational mechanics of heterogeneous media, non-local theories, and fracture and fragmentation in composite materials. Alali also works on the mathematics of climate, fracture and melting processes of sea-ice, computer vision, and image processing.

February 2014

Editorial published in *The Ohm Newspaper*, by Kayla Davis, a student member of the Mathematics Department staff.

January 2014

Professor Andrew Bennett will receive the MAA's Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching at the Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore in January.