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Planning Under Uncertainty: The NSF Grant with Josiah Hanna

In the summer of 2014, several undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences received a grant from the National Science Foundation. This NSF grant gave them the means to pursue research in various fields as they explored their interests and prepared for their potential futures.In this podcast, Josiah Hanna, a recent graduate in Mathematics and Computer Science, tells us about his research interests and the impact that the NSF grant will have upon his future.

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard

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Mathematics Names New Royster, Edwards Chairs

The University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, is proud to announce the appointment of Benjamin Braun to the Wimberly and Betty Royster Research Professorship, and Uwe Nagel to the Ralph E. and Norma L. Edwards Research Professorship.

Mathskeller Open House

 

With new renovations completed over the 2014-15 winter break, the UK Mathskeller unveiled its new look at an open house on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - hosted by the Department of Mathematics and College of Arts and Sciences, in room 63 in the basement of the White Hall Classroom Building. 

Opened in 2001 with 20 computers and a large printing budget, the Mathskeller, a computing and mathematics learning center managed by the Department of Mathematics and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility, was established to implement a technology-assisted instructional model. Fourteen years later, the center is home to only four computers, printers aren't used nearly as much, and the facility looks nothing like a basement classroom.

Instead, the center resembles a modern, collective learning space. And while there may be fewer wires and less printing, technology still has a leading role at the center.

Today's students, at least UK students utilizing the revitalized Mathskeller, are also taking advantage of the multiple mobile workspaces, bright LED-lit atmosphere, comfortable seating, tutors and chalkboard-lined walls. The renovated Mathskeller still features a kitchenette and group study or meeting room, and has added more storage, new carpet, additional study tables by removing a closet, and even a new computerized sign-in method. 

>>View a photo album of the renovations

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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CB 63, White Hall Classroom Building basement
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Department of Mathematics awarded National Science Foundation Grant - "UK at the Half" with Carl Nathe

The Department of Mathematics within the College of Arts and Sciences was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. In this recent episode of "UK at the Half," which aired on Saturday during the UK vs. Texas A&M game, Nathe speaks with President Eli Capilouto, Elizabeth Lorch, and Peter Perry about how the NSF grant reflects the success of UK's past and ensures that future students will also have opportunities to grow and achieve. "UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing. 

Mathematics Receives More than $550,000 to Support Inclusive, Diverse Graduate Program

Reflecting the University of Kentucky's growing leadership in ensuring more diversity in graduate studies, President Eli Capilouto Friday announced that the university's Department of Mathematics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $559,626 National Science Foundation grant to fund the new Graduate Scholars in Mathematics program.

UK Students Win Kentucky Academy of Science Research Competitions

Thirteen University of Kentucky students took home top honors at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting in November, including eight students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Undergraduate Researchers Receive Oswald Awards

The University of Kentucky Office for Undergraduate Research has presented 17 students with the Oswald Research and Creativity Program awards.

Undergraduate Assistants Help Freshmen Transition to Life as STEMCats

New Faculty 2014: Meet Dave Jensen

The Department of Mathematics is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Dave Jensen to its faculty!

This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2014 semester.

 

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

 

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Celebration of Mind

 

Have you heard of M.C. Escher? Origami?

The widespread popularity of these and many other intellectual staples of popular culture is largely due to one man: Martin Gardner.
 
He is said to have created more mathematicians than any other person in history, through his numerous books and long-running recreational math column in Scientific AmericanWidely revered among mathematicians, Gardner passed away in 2010. However his influence and legacy continue to inspire us to approach seemingly intractable problems from unconventional angles.
 
"Gardner's greatest skill was his ability to communicate complex mathematical ideas to the layperson," said math graduate student Cyrus Hettle. "His books and especially his long-running column in Scientific American are full of ideas that are central to modern mathematics, but Gardner – whose mathematical education never went beyond calculus – made them accessible to anyone with a high school mathematics education." 
 
"Gardner also presented mathematics in a truly multidisciplinary way. Not only did he explain mathematics using puzzles, games, and magic tricks, he found mathematics and mathematical ideas in poetry and art," Hettle explained.
 
The Celebration of Mind is an international celebration of Gardner, who would have turned 100 this year. "This is the fourth Celebration of Mind at UK, and I'm excited to be a part of this global event," said Hettle, who is heading up this year's festivities.
 
There are over 80 events worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica. UK's event will be on Monday, November 3, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the Math House. Refreshments will be served, as well as confections for the mind - all the mathematical games, puzzles, and magic tricks one can imagine to honor the contributions of Gardner.
 
Faculty, students, and all others with an interest in mathematics are invited to attend!
 
For more information, contact Cyrus Hettle at cyrus.h@uky.edu
 
Also check out the International Celebration of Mind website at celebrationofmind.org.
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Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm
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Math House, 654 Maxwelton Ct
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