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About Kennesaw Women In Mathematics

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KWIM was created by the students and faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at KSU to promote and support women in science and mathematics by creating a social and professional network of students and mentors to share information about existing opportunities and provide support and advice in professional growth.

ALL students and faculty are invited to join!


Upcoming Events

Monday, February 2, 2015

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Erica Flapan, Pomona College
  • Title: Mirror image symmetry from different viewpoints
  • Time/Location: TBA
  • Abstract: In this lecture, I will give examples of mirror image symmetry in life, in mathematics, and in chemistry. I will explain why it is important to determine whether a molecule has mirror image symmetry, and discuss the differences between a geometric, chemical, and topological approach to understanding mirror image symmetry. Then I'll present examples of molecules that are symmetric or asymmetric from different viewpoints including some of my own results about topologically asymmetric molecules. No background is necessary to understand the lecture.
  • Bio: Erica Flapan received her B.A. from Hamilton College in 1977 and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. She was a post-doc for two years at Rice University and for one year at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined the faculty at Pomona College in 1986. Since 2006, she has been the Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College. In addition to teaching at Pomona College, Flapan has been teaching regularly at the Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates at Carleton College. In 2010, Flapan won the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern California and Nevada Section of the MAA. Then, in 2011, Flapan won the MAA's Haimo Award for distinguished college or university teaching of mathematics. She was selected as an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

    Erica Flapan's research is in the areas of knot theory, spatial graph theory, and 3-manifolds. She is one of the pioneers of the study of the topology of graphs embedded in 3-dimensional space, and has published extensively in this area and its applications to chemistry and molecular biology. In addition to her research papers, she has published an article in the College Mathematics Journal titled “How to be a good teacher is an undecidable problem,” as well as three books. Her first book, “When Topology Meets Chemistry,” was published jointly by the MAA and Cambridge University Press. Her second book, “Applications of Knot Theory,” is a collection of articles that Flapan co-edited with Professor Dorothy Buck of Imperial College London. Most recently, Flapan co-authored an elementary textbook called “Number Theory: A Lively Introduction with Proofs, Applications, and Stories” with James Pommersheim and Tim Marks, published by John Wiley and Sons. She is currently at work on a new book that will be titled “Knots, Molecules, and the Universe: An Introduction to Topology.”

Past Events

Monday, December 8, 2014

  • Math Study Night
  • Time/Location: 5:00-8:00 pm in CL 1009
  • Details: We invite KSU students in our MATH 1101 Math Modeling, MATH 1111 College Algebra, MATH 1112 College Trigonometry, MATH 1113 PreCalculus, MATH 1106 Elementary Calculus, MATH 1107 Elementary Statistics, MATH 1190 Calculus I, and MATH 2202 Calculus II classes to come to study for their finals individually or in groups, and we try to make sure that several faculty and more advanced students are present to answer questions that students have.
  • Event Flyer

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, Lamar University
  • Title: Is it Art or is it Knot?
  • Time/Location: 2:00-3:00 pm in HS 1105 (Prillaman Hall), followed by a reception in HS 1001
  • Event Flyer
  • Abstract: You know how to tie your shoes, but you may not know that the knots we tie are actually mathematical objects to be studied. Here are some of the knice properties of knots:
    • The definitions are clear.
    • There are lots of cool pictures.
    • There are even cool (and easy to ask) questions.
    • Knot theory has applications in many fields, including biology (DNA), chemistry (chirality), and physics (the shape of space).
    This talk will introduce knots and many knice properties of knots, with a concentration on mathematically celtic knots. Not only (or is it knot only?) is this talk accessible to all students, but it will spotlight work done by a student. We will also discuss lessons that can be learned just by being a math major, even if you don't study knot theory (but why wouldn't you?).
  • Bio: After earning her PhD in low-dimensional topology from the University of Oregon in 2002, Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, where she received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2008. She spent four years at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA, and is now at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. While at SHSU, she founded the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (which has now become a regional meeting at a rotating venue, and has just held its tenth meeting) and the Piney Woods Lecture Series. She has successfully engaged undergraduate students in research; involved students in the larger mathematical community by taking them to local, regional, and national conferences; has served as a Pi Mu Epsilon Counselor; and served on the Mathematical Association of America Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters and on the MAA Committee on Sections. In addition to her mathematical career, she is a runner, a knitter, and a mother of twins.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Careers with Math Conversations
  • Time/Location: 5:00-6:00 pm in CL 1009
  • Guests: Georgia Tech Quantitative and Computational Finance Masters Program
    • Learn why Georgia Tech's MS QCF Program is ranked in the Top 10 for Financial Engineering programs in the US
    • An intensive curriculum emphasizes practical application of finance, mathematical modeling, statistics, and analytical and computational skills
    • Prepare for a rewarding career in investment banking, trading, asset and wealth management, consulting, risk management, and more…

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Spooky Math
  • Time/Location: 12:00-2:00 pm outside the Mathematics and Statistics Building
  • Details: Come join KWIM outside the Mathematics and Statistics building on Friday, October 31 from 12:00-2:00 for our Spooky Math Event. Bring a carved pumpkin or join in the costume contest. Prizes awarded in each category.
  • Event Flyer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  • Meet & Greet
  • Time/Location: 2:00 pm in CL 1009
  • Details: Kennesaw Women in Mathematics cordially invites you and your students to attend our Meet and Greet event on October 1. We will begin by introducing our organization: officers, advisors, our goals, and plans. After the introduction and discussion of ideas, we will start the initial folding for the MegaMenger Sponge fractal (that will be finished during our Undergraduate Conference on October 10-11 and is part of a worldwide math and art project (http://megamenger.com)). Come and participate in the project! (Even a few folded cubes will help us!)
    [Snacks will be provided.]
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