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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

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Past Events

Tuesday, April 29, 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. [Drinks, snacks, and pizza is provided.]
  • Event Flyer

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Title: The power of optimal control: from confining rabies to improving CPR
  • Time/Location: 2:00-3:00 pm in HS 1000 (Prillaman Hall), followed by a reception in HS 1001
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  • Abstract: Optimal control techniques provide a way to optimally manage the dynamics of a model to achieve a goal. This talk will present optimal control of two models which are discrete in time. The first example involves difference equations that model cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The goal is to design external chest and abdomen pressure patterns to improve the blood flow in the heart in standard CPR procedure. The second example is an epidemic model for rabies in raccoons on a spatial grid. The goal is to find the optimal distribution pattern for vaccine baits to slow the spread of the disease.
  • Bio: Suzanne Lenhart is a Chancellor's professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee. She was a part-time research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1987-2009. Her research involves partial differential equations, ordinary differential equations and optimal control of biological and physical models. She has a 2007 book, “Optimal Control applied to Biological Models.” She was the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics in 2001-2002. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2004 and again in 2007. She was recently elected as a SIAM Fellow, an AMS Fellow, and a AAAS Fellow. She is the Associate Director for Education and Outreach of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. Lenhart was the director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program for UT Math. Dept. from 1990-2005 and now directs such a program for undergraduate math and biology majors and teachers.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Queens of Math
  • Time/Location: 9:00am-4:00pm in MS 108
  • Details: This is by invitation only for high school female students, invited KSU female students, and volunteer KSU faculty. It's a day of math, fun, and Q&A about mathematics career options.
  • Schedule:
    9:00-9:30breakfast + registration + intro
    9:30-10:30Math Jeopardy
    10:30-11:30Exploring Groups Using a Rubik's Cube
    11:30-12:00Q&A panel
    12:00-12:30lunch
    12:30-12:45picture outside + short walk around (Campus Green, student center, Clendenin)
    12:45-1:45scavenger hunt
    1:45-2:45Mathematics as applied puzzle solving
    2:45-3:30Sudoku puzzles solving
    3:30-4:00awards and farewell

Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Pi Day Contest
  • Time/Location: 1:00-3:00 pm in HS 1000 (for IHLS talk) in HS 1001 (for IHLS reception)
  • Details: Get creative! Make something Pi related: pies, cookies, or cakes with 'pi' on them, 'pi' poetry, 'pi' short stories, 'pi' art, 'pi' posters, 'pi' photography*, etc. Make something and bring it to the Pi Day IHLS talk & reception. At the reception, we display the items and people rank their top three favorites. We tally up the points and the top winner gets the prize. [Pizza and pies are provided!]

    * The item must be at the reception to be entered into the contest. If you want to have pictures, then have them printed, or bring your laptop (or your tablet) to show off your 'pi' photography. Alternatively, you can choose to post your 'pi' pictures to the KWIM Facebook page, too... but you will still need to have a way to display them at the reception for the voting.
  • Event Flyer

Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Eva K. Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Title: Advancing HealthCare on Multiple Fronts
  • Time/Location: 1:00-2:00 pm in HS 1000 (Prillaman Hall)
  • Reception: 2:00-3:00 pm in HS 1001 (Prillaman Hall)
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  • Abstract: Mathematical modeling and operations research has long been a cornerstone for advancement of various industrial, government, and military applications. In particular, computational and modeling technologies play an increasingly Important role in modern medicine, life sciences and healthcare. Many problems arising in these domains can be formulated into mathematical models and can be analyzed using sophisticated optimization, decision analysis, and computational techniques. In this talk, we will share some of our healthcare and medical experience in which operations research methodologies have been applied successfully. In particular, we will present advances in i) the treatment of cancer; ii) reducing medication errors; and iii) public health and medical preparedness, emergency response and disaster medicine.
  • Bio: Dr. Eva Lee is a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Healthcare. She is also a Senior Research Professor at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D. at Rice University in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, and received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Hong Kong Baptist University, where she graduated with Highest Distinction. Dr. Lee works in the area of mathematical programming and large-scale computational algorithms with a primary emphasis on medical/healthcare decision analysis and logistics operations management. Her research has been featured and discussed in numerous news media articles, including articles in the New York Times, London Times, Urology Times, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Homeland Security IAIP Directorate Report. Dr. Lee's love of mathematics and computing is matched by a love of nature and art. In her leisure time, she enjoys painting, calligraphy, poetry, handmade artwork and gardening.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • From Student to Employee
  • Time/Location: 12:30-1:45 pm in MS 109
  • Details: Event has been canceled.

Wednesday, February 19, 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 midterms 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. [Coffee, tea, drinks, and light snacks provided.]
  • Event Flyer

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • 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 the final exams 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

Thursday, November 21, 2013

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University
  • Title: Should you believe it?
  • Time/Location: 3:00-4:00 pm in HS 1000 (Prillaman Hall)
  • Reception: 4:00-5:00 pm in HS 1001 (Prillaman Hall)
  • Abstract: News accounts and news pundits are filled with numbers and implicit advice. They also tell a story. Is the internet making us smarter or dumber? Are kids doing more drugs than they used to? Does being overweight put one at risk for dementia? Are there biological differences explaining why there are fewer women than men in mathematics? Can brain scans read our minds?

    In contexts as diverse as criminal courts, opinion surveys, and our personal health, statistics are playing a larger and larger role. Despite our need for clear rendering of numerical information, many media accounts using statistics are misleading. I will share a number of humorous and serious stories about statistical bloopers in the media, peppered with insights about how we reason without statistics. Numbers can be powerful when we move past politics and morality to clarify what science actually tells us, what it does not, and what it cannot.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

  • Sppoky Math Halloween Event
  • Time/Location: 10:00-12:00 pm outside Mathematics & Statistics Building
  • Details: Come join us Thursday, October 31st for a scariest pumpkin contest and best costume contest. All winners will receive GREAT prizes!

    Bring your pumpkin already carved to the front of the Mathematics building between 10:00-11:30 a.m. for the scariest pumpkin contest. Come by and vote for the scariest pumpkin and you will be entered to win a prize.

    Wear your best costume this Halloween at the costume contest from 11:30-12:00 p.m.

    All winners will be given prizes at 12:00 p.m. Please see event flyer for more details.

    We would like to thank our sponsors for this event: Ippolito's, Papi's, Café Istanbul 2, and Los Reyes.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Pine Log Creek Hike
  • Time/Location: 11:00-3:00 pm at Pine Log Creek Trail in Rydal, GA
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

  • Math Talks
  • Speakers: Drs. Mari Castle, Philippe Laval, Anda Gadidov, Erik Westlund, Yuliya Babenko
  • Title: Research Opportunities at KSU and beyond
  • Time/Location: 12:30-1:45 pm in MS 109
  • Event Flyer

Friday, September 13, 2013

  • Infinite Horizons Lecture
  • Speaker: Dr. Amy Langville, College of Charleston
  • Reception: 1:00-2:00 in HS 1001 (Prillaman Hall)
  • Talks: 2:00-3:30 in HS 1000 (Prillaman Hall)

  • Talk #1: Random Search, Ordered Results: How search engines use mathematics to organize the web
  • Abstract #1: How does viewing the Web as a giant network of connected webpages allow search engines to display highly relevant results in order of importance? Explore the world of link analysis, and learn how this novel technique creates order in this massive volume of data.

  • Talk #2: My Life as a Mathematical Consultant
  • Abstract #2: Dr. Langville will cover the highlights of 8-10 projects from working with companies varying from the National Security Agency to SAS Statistical Software to Sports Analysis companies ranking UFC fighters to law firms engaged in patent infringement cases against Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Event Flyer

Thursday, August 29, 2012

  • Math Talks
  • Title: KWIM intro + NOW & LATER: Career Advice for Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Statistics
  • Speakers: KWIM, Dr. Yuliya Babenko, Dr. Kimberly Gardner, Dr. Jennifer Priestley
  • Time/Location: 12:30-1:45 pm in MS 109
  • Event Flyer

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