Keke Wang Ph.D Qualifying Exam

Keke Wang's
Qualifying Exam

Date: 10/9/2013
Time: 2:00-3:30
Place: Rm 315, Armstrong Hall

***The first part of her qualifying exam will be
her presentation on her dissertation prospectus, which is open
to the public, and all are welcome.

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WVU STEM Seminar

Date: 9/18/2013 - Time: 7:30pm
Place: 260 Hodges Hall

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors
are in high demand and careers in these fields provide good pay and a way
to make a difference in your community and in the world. We are offering a
series of STEM Seminars during the fall semester to help students prepare
for these careers. The first seminar will focus on resources available to
help you with your introductory science and math courses. The seminar will
feature a panel of undergraduate STEM majors who have been where you are
and can tell you how they got through it. Information about student groups
and tutoring resources will also be provided.

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Fall 2013 Welcome Letter

Welcome Letter for new graduate students can be found here or here.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

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Visitors from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia

A group of students and faculty from Jazan University
will be visiting from July 8 to July 18.
Read More here

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Victor Tang Ph.D Defense

Circuits and Perfect
Matchings in Graphs

Date: 4/4/2013
Time: 2:30-4:00
Place: Rm 422, Armstrong Hall

***Everybody is welcome for the first half. In the second
half the committee members ask questions. The second half
is open only to the committee members.

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Richard Bertram Talks

3/11/2013 (Biology)
3/12/2013 (Mathematics)

Richard Bertram, a bio-mathematician from Florida State University
( will join us on Monday 3/11 and
Tuesday 3/12 and give talks in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Biology.

**Please join us for dinner afterwards on either night. If you'd like to meet with
Dr. Bertram during his visit please let Peggy Lucas ( know.

Date: 3/11/2013
Time: 4:00PM
Place: Life Sciences Bldg 3131
*Refreshments in LSB Penthouse at 3:30p.

Understanding the Neural Basis of Birdsong in the Zebra Finch with the Help of Mathematical Modeling

Abstract: The zebra finch is an excellent model system for learned behavior. The male finch learns its song as a juvenile by listening to a tutor, typically the father bird, and then learns to mimic it during development. This process is similar to the process by which humans learn to speak, and motivates our research and that of others. Our focus is the neural basis of the zebra finch song production. We use a highly interdisciplinary approach in our work, including behavioral studies, brain slice electrophysiology, the development of statistical and software tools, and mathematical modeling and simulation. In this seminar I will discuss how I got involved in this work, and the ways in which mathematics has influenced the project.

Date: 3/12/2013
Time: 3:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall
* Refreshments in the math coffee lounge at 3PM

A Hybrid Approach to Understanding Cell Dynamics

Abstract: Mathematical modeling has become a widely-used tool for integrating biological data, designing experiments, and ultimately understanding biological systems. In recent years two important challenges for the successful use of mathematical models have become apparent. One is that models contain parameters that determine the behavior of the model, and the values of these parameters are often hard to determine from the available biological data. The other challenge is that many biological systems exhibit a great deal of heterogeneity in behavior, so even if the model parameters could be perfectly calibrated by pooling cell behaviors to produce an “average cell model”, this model may not provide a good description of any single cell in the population. In this seminar I will describe some of the techniques that we are using to integrate mathematical modeling into experimental studies in a way that addresses both of these challenges. We study endocrine pituitary cells that release a variety of hormones into the blood, and our aim is to develop an approach for modeling the behaviors of these cells with enough accuracy so that we can use the models to make, and subsequently test, predictions.

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2012 eCampus POC of the year

Betsy Kuhn has won the eCampus POC of the year! Congratulations Betsy!

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Xiaofeng Gu Ph.D Defense

Dissertation: Connectivity and spanning trees of graphs

Date: 3/14/2013
Time: 3:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

***Everybody is welcome for the first half. In the second
half the committee members ask questions. The second half
is open only to the committee members.

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New Phone Directory Download Available

The new phone directory as a pdf file can be downloaded here

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Ms. Zheng Zhang Ph.D Defense

Optimal Portfolio and Consumption with Transaction Costs

Date: 6/8/2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

***Everybody is welcome for the first half. In the second
half the committee members ask questions. The second half
is open only to the committee members.

An option is a derivative financial instrument that specifies a contract between two parties for a future transaction on an asset at a reference price (the strike). The buyer of the option gains the right, but not the obligation, to engage in that transaction, while the seller incurs the corresponding obligation to fulfill the transaction. In this talk, we discuss basic knowledge of options (mainly the European call and put options), and the one-period Binomial Option Pricing model.

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