# About Kennesaw Women In Mathematics

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

**Thursday, April 23, 2015**

**Infinite Horizons Lecture****Speaker:**Dr. Fumiko Futamura, Southwestern University**Title:***How to Mathematically Immerse Yourself in a Work of Art***Time/Location:**4:30-5:30 pm CL 1009, reception to follow**Abstract:**A perspective drawing is a 2D drawing that gives the illusion of looking out of a window at a 3D world. At times, the illusion seems to fall flat... but perhaps this is because we're looking at it all wrong. We'll discuss the simple mathematics that will help you magically enter the world of a perspective drawing, including a new technique developed by a student. We will also see how problem solving in art can lead to some very interesting mathematical ideas.**Bio:**Dr. Fumiko Futamura is an associate professor of mathematics at Southwestern University, a liberal arts college near Austin, TX. As an artist, she didn't consider majoring in mathematics until she realized that mathematics could be considered an art form. She decided to get her Ph.D. in mathematics to be able to work with this medium at a more advanced level. While in graduate school at Vanderbilt University, she participated in feminist artist Judy Chicago's Multimedia Project of Discovery, during which she exhibited eight oil paintings. She graduated in 2002. Her research area is in frame theory, but she has recently been interested in developing and strengthening the relationship between perspective drawing and projective geometry, a non-Euclidean geometry that was initially inspired by perspective. She currently has an NSF grant to write a textbook on projective geometry with a focus on perspective drawing applications with her collaborators Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz. Futamura lives in Austin with her husband, who has a popular math youtube channel as PatrickJMT, and their 2 year old daughter.

**Wednesday, April 29, 2015**

**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.

# Past Events

**Monday, February 2, 2015**

**Infinite Horizons Lecture****Speaker:**Dr. Erica Flapan, Pomona College**Title:***Mirror image symmetry from different viewpoints***Time/Location:**3:00-4:00 HS 1105, reception to follow in HS 1001**Event Flyer****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.”

**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).

**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.]**Event Flyer**