Mr. Salah Hamad Dissertation Prospectus

Compactification and Asymptotics for Banach and Hilbert Spaces and applications.

Date: 12/14/2016
Time: 3:30PM-5:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

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Capstone Talks

Several of the December Math Graduating seniors will give their Capstone Talks. The titles of the talks and times are included below.
Please consider joining us to hear our senior math majors talk about their capstone projects.

Join the Department in congratulating our seniors for their accomplishment and hard work!

Date: 12/7/2016
Time: 1:30PM-3:30PM
Place: 422 Armstrong Hall

Alex Abrahamian: 1:30 - 2:00
Title of Talk "Regularization and the Bias-Variance Tradeoff in Prediction"
Bachelor of Science Candidate
From Martinsburg, West Virginia

Toriane Graal: 2:00 - 2:30
Title of talk "An Analysis of Active and Passive Learning in the Classroom."
Senior Mathematics Major
Bachelor of Arts Candidate
From Massillon, Ohio

Robert Orzewicz: 2:30 - 3:00
Title of Talk TBA
Bachelor of Industrial Mathematics and Statistics Candidate
From Havre de Grace, Maryland

Georgette Goodwin: 3:00 - 3:30
Title of Talk "Extreme Value Theory: An Application Related to Insurance Losses"
Bachelor of Arts Candidate
From Morgantown, WV

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Brittany Vincent Defense

First Semester Calculus Students’ Concept Definitions and Concept Images of the Tangent Line and How These Relate to Students’ Understandings of the Derivative

The purpose of this dissertation is to examine how students define and think about the tangent line in first semester calculus and investigate the influence of these ways of thinking on their understandings of the derivative. Students’ conceptions of the tangent line were explored through four primary tasks: defining and constructing tangent lines, sketching the derivative, and graphically interpreting the formal symbolic definition of the derivative. The first two tasks were designed to access students’ knowledge of tangent lines, and the second two tasks drew upon their ability to apply this knowledge and connect the tangent line to the derivative. In this dissertation, I describe students’ responses in terms of overlap or lack of overlap with how the tangent line and derivative are formally defined. The Tangent Line Framework of this dissertation and the Derivative Framework developed by Zandieh (2000) were used to structure this knowledge. The frameworks present a diagrammatic way to illustrate the understandings evidenced by the students and graphically contrast these for the concepts of tangent line and derivative. The results of this analysis revealed ways in which students’ concept images of the tangent line and derivative relate.

Date: 11/17/2016
Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM
Place: 313 Armstrong Hall

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Fairouz Elmagbri Defense

Moment-type Nonparametric Estimation in Some Direct and Indirect Models

Date: 11/11/2016
Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM
Place: 139 Stansbury Hall

All are welcome.

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Darrah and Graduate Student Featured

Professor Marjorie Darrah of the Mathematics Department, and her research assistant, Marcela Mera Trujillo, a graduate student in the Mathematics Ph.D. program, were recently featured in the cover article of the most recent issue of the DSIAC Journal, a quarterly publication of the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC). Their work, discussed in the article "Real-Time Tasking and Retasking of Multiple Coordinated UAVs" involves the development of intelligent algorithms and computer systems to coordinate and optimize, under the control of an operator in real-time, the paths of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) tasked to accomplish a range of evolving surveillance missions, both military and civilian. The mathematical foundation for their work is the field of genetic algorithms, in which solutions are optimized using computational methods motivated by evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection. Ms. Mera Trujillo was also part of a team at the local technology company 4D Tech Solutions that filed a patent application for a UAV flight control system utilizing related technology.

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Janet Anderson Prospectus

A Study of Arc-Strong Connectivity of Digraphs

We study the extremal and structural properties of graphs and digraphs closely related to subgraph and subdigraphs connectivity. We obtained a best possible bound for the size of strict digraphs that do not have a subdigraph with high arc strong-connectivity, but adding any additional arc to it will result in a subdigraph with high arc strong-connectivity. We also obtain several minimax theorems concerning subdigraph strength measures. We propose to continue investigating the strength of digraph networks of other typesin this direction.

Date: 11/02/2016
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

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Katie Horacek Prospectus

We study properties of Class 2 and edge-chromatic critical graphs.

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Date: 10/26/2016
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

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Alumnus Gift

Two-time West Virginia University graduate Mark Roth recently demonstrated how alumni of multiple colleges can blend their entire academic experience through their philanthropic goals.

Taking a “one WVU” approach to his philanthropy, Roth sought to give back to both of his academic homes, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics.

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Gary Seldomridge Retires

He received his Ph.D in 1992 from WVU and spent 40+ years working tirelessly to educate students.

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Deshler Named Big 12 Fellow

Jessica Deshler, associate professor of mathematics, has been awarded a research grant from the Office of the Provost as part of the 2016-2017 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program.

The program offers faculty members at institutions in the Big 12 Conference the opportunity to travel to other member institutions to pursue collaborative research in a wide variety of ways. Our university application specifies that award recipients may each use up to $2500 to "work on collaborative research, consult with faculty and students, offer a series of lectures or symposia, acquire new skills, or take advantage of a unique archive or laboratory facility."

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