# Featured Stories

## Math Lab, Undergraduate Student Symposium

The University of Kentucky Math Lab was founded by mathematics professor Chris Manon in order to support and coordinate undergraduate students research in mathematics. Currently, there are 19 students working in four research teams. Additionally, there are two groups working on 2D and 3D visualization projects. These groups will present the results of their work at an Undergraduate Symposium. The event is scheduled for April 26, 1-3 pm in CB 245.

## UK Recognizes Faculty and Teaching Assistants With Outstanding Teaching Awards

By Ryan Girves

*Award winners are from left, front row: Jennifer Osterhage, Rachel Carr, Anna Voskresensky, Benjamin Braun, Suzanne Smith. Back row: Abraham Prades-Mengibar, Luc Dunoyer, Shane Clark and Sarah Wilson. Not pictured: Amy Taylor. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.*

## Alumni Day, Mathematics

Three UK Math Department alumni will come back to UK and speak to our current faculty and students.

Tricia Muldoon Brown, Georgia Southern University

Title: Four Words to Live by for Your Career in Academia

Julia Chifman, American University

Title: My Journey into Mathematical and Computational Biology: There is no Common Formula

Aaron Saxton, National Center for Super Computing Applications

Title: "Not All Who Wander Are Lost" -- J.R.R. Tolkien

## A&S Math Professor Developing Framework to Understand Drug-resistant Diseases

By Jenny Wells

*Olivia Prosper and team's mathematical framework would be adaptable to different disease systems and inform strategies to reduce the threat of resistant pathogens to global health.*

A collaborative project led by a University of Kentucky professor is exploring how math can be used to better understand the spread of drug-resistant diseases.

## 2018-2019 J.C. Eaves Lecture

**2018-19 J.C. Eaves Lecture**

Title: Understanding Symplectic Geometry through Polytopes and Lattice Points

Abstract: Topology is often called ``rubber sheet geometry" and is described as ``floppy" while geometry is more ``rigid". Symplectic geometry, the natural geometry of classical mechanics, is floppier than Riemannian geometry but more rigid than topology. I will give an overview of this floppy/rigid spectrum. We will then explore how the geometry and topology of symmetries in this context relate to properties of polytopes, motivated by many pictures and examples. I will conclude with how some of my recent work, joint with Daniel Cristofaro-Gardiner, Alessia Mandini and Ana Rita Pires, comes to feature continued factions, counting lattice points, and the Philadelphia subway system.

The lecture is supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence in Mathematics Endowment Fund.

About the J.C. Eaves Speakers SeriesThe J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence in Mathematics Endowment Fund brings speakers to campus to participate in the undergraduate mathematics program. The Fund is supported by a generous gift from James C. Eaves, Jr. and Mary Eaves, the son and daughter-in-law of J.C. Eaves. J.C. Eaves was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky and served as Chair of the Department from 1953 to 1963.

The previous speakers in the J.C. Eaves Speakers Series are:

- Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College, 2017-18
- Ken Ono, Emory University, 2016-17
- Mihai Stoicu, Williams College, 2015-16

The photograph of J.C. Eaves from 1965 is provided courtesy of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. The original may be found at ExploreUK.

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