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Alumni Day

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
204 White Hall Classroom Building

12:30-1:30 in POT 745. Informal lunch for math graduate students and the speakers. (Feel free to come at 1, if you have a class 12-1.) Christine will have a sign up sheet in POT 715 and we would like a count of attendees by Friday, 16 Feb. 
The remaining events are in CB 204. 
Time: 2pm--2:50pm
Alina Iacob - Georgia Southern University
Title: Building a career in Mathematics
Abstract: For most Ph.D. students, the last year in graduate school means focusing on your dissertation while also worrying about finding a job. And, if you decided on a career in academia, you are probably already considering this question, "what helps when looking for a tenure-track position?" Once you obtained it, the focus moves on getting tenure and promotion and trying to keep up with your research while teaching, working with undergraduate/graduate students and doing service. My talk is based on my perception of the process, first as a graduate student looking for a job and later as a professor who served on various committees, including search committees and tenure and promotion. Time permitting, I will give a gentle intro into my research area.
Bio - Alina Iacob completed her Ph.D. in 2005 under the direction of Professor Edgar Enochs. After graduating, she held a tenure track Assistant Professor position at UNC Wilmington (2005 - 2007). She is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Southern University - a public Doctoral Research University, in Statesboro GA. Her research interests are Homological Algebra and Commutative Algebra. She has published 30 papers and been invited for several international research stays.
Time: 3pm--3:50pm
Mike Dobranski - Morehead State University
Title: Finding Your Niche at a Regional Comprehensive University (or Other Smaller Institutions) 
Abstract:  The majority of mathematicians who move into careers in academia will teach at institutions with a much smaller focus on research than their doctoral institutions.  This presentation will highlight some of the many ways faculty members at smaller institutions may enhance the learning experience for undergraduate students, increase their own profiles and the profiles of their programs, and keep their work interesting.  In particular, we will discuss some of the current initiatives in mathematics at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.
Bio - Mike Dobranski completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2004 under the direction of Professor Russell Brown, and is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morehead State University. Mike also has previous experience teaching high school mathematics in Ohio, and has developed many workshops on mathematics education and Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) throughout Kentucky. Mike has also worked as a consultant for Kentucky Educational Development Corporation to work with K-12 math teachers for compliance with current teaching standards. 
Coffee Break 4pm-4:25pm
Time: 4:30pm--5:20pm
Dennis Moore - Centerstone Kentucky
Title: From Mathematics to Data Analysis
Abstract: Many businesses and organizations generate or collect data electronically, either about their daily operations or their clients. Understanding and exploiting this data requires problem solving, logic, abstract thinking, and communication. This talk will discuss why a degree in mathematics is a good preparation for a career in data analysis, what opportunities are available, and how one might make finding such employment more likely.
Bio : Dennis Moore completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2012 under the direction of Professor Uwe Nagel, and is currently a Data Analyst at Centerstone Kentucky, a large not-for-profit provider of mental health services in Louisville. His previous professional experience includes examining and manipulating EEG data for a small medical device company and helping hospitals adopt and use an electronic health record system at Epic.


Mathematics Names New Royster, Edwards Chairs

By Jennifer T. Allen

The University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences announces the appointment of Associate Professor Kate Ponto to the Wimberly and Betty Royster Research Professorship and Professor Richard Ehrenborg to the Ralph E. and Norma L. Edwards Research Professorship.

Guillou Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

By Jennifer T. Allen

University of Kentucky mathematics Assistant Professor Bert Guillou has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research in homotopy theory. The $139,765 grant over three years will enable Guillou to further the understanding of all of the ways that a sphere can be mapped onto a sphere of a different dimension.

Scholarship Honors Former Math Professor's Legacy at UK

By Jennifer T. Allen


J.C. Eaves made expanding the study of mathematics throughout Kentucky one of his life’s missions.

"I remember my father telling me the story of how he visited high schools in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties," said Jim Eaves, his son. "He put a great importance on math education in Kentucky high schools."


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