Math Colloquium

The Math Department hosts a colloquium every Thursday during Fall and Winter quarters. The title and abstracts are posted in the department about a week before each talk. Please contact organizer McLean Sloughter ( for more details.

Math Colloquiums will return in September!

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Upcoming Speakers:

All talks on Thursdays at 3:45pm in Bannan 401


Previous Speakers: The Honour Roll

May 2, 2019 Connor Ahlbach, University of Washington The Sliding Game
Mar 14, 2019 Brian Fischer, Seattle University How To Give a Good Talk
Mar 7, 2019 Gwen Spencer, Smith College Influence Maximization in Networks
Feb 28, 2019 Mehmet Vurkac, Seattle U Electrical Engineering Deterministic Uncertainty In Sets, Numbers & Inference
Feb 21, 2019 Tom Shelly, Edmonds Community College Scheming to Compute Knot Polynomials
Feb 7, 2019 Allison Henrich, Seattle University A Knotty Exploration of Magic & Math
Jan 31, 2019 J. McLean Sloughter, Seattle University The Gauntlet Talk: The Law of Large Numbers
Jan 24, 2019 Kamaldeen Olatunde, Arizona State University Mathematical Models of Malaria Transmission 
Jan 17, 2019 Jim Humphreys, Seattle University Math & Music Theory 301
Dec 6, 2018 Matthew Stamps, Yale-NUS Accidental Mathematics
Nov 29, 2018 Panel Discussion Quantitative Careers: On Working In the Mathematical & Data Sciences
Nov 15, 2018 Whitney Sheehan, Bewilderness Puzzles Analytics, Entrepreneurship, & Standing at the Crossroads of Should & Must 
Nov 8, 2018 Cait Berry, KiloWatts for Humanity The Mess of Working with Real World Data
Nov 1, 2018 A.J. Stewart, Seattle University When Robots Draw, Do They Trace Out Rational Curves?
Oct 25, 2018 Maureen Kennedy, University of Washington Modifying Wildfire Severity
Oct 18, 2018 Joey Chemis, Microsoft Time Series Forecasting Using ARIMAX Modeling
Oct 11, 2018 Camille Minogue A Brief Introduction to Property & Casualty Insurance
Oct 4, 2018 Os Keyes, University of Washington Encoding Gender: Bodies, Data & Identity in the Age of AI
Mar 8, 2018 Jessica Sklar, Pacific Lutheran University Money! Mystery! Murder! Madness! Metaphor! (& Mathematics)
Mar 1, 2018 J. McLean Sloughter, Seattle University Middles: Mean, Median, Metrics & Other Things That Start with M
Feb 22, 2018 Dylan Helliwell, Seattle University The Gauntlet Talk: Brouwer Fixed-Point Theorem
Feb 13, 2018 Jeff Boersema, Seattle University The Banach-Tarski Paradox
Feb 8, 2018 Nicole Persson, Aon Hewitt Actuarial Work in Healthcare Consulting
Feb 1, 2018 Dan Shumow, Microsoft Research Cryptographic Random Number Generators: From Number Theory to Snowden
Jan 25, 2018 Ksenija Simic-Muller, Pacific Lutheran University Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: The Promise & the Practice
Nov 30, 2017 Wesley Magee,  Senior Tableau Consultant at Plaster Group, LLC Data Visualization: What is Mathematical Storytelling?
Nov 16, 2017 Valerio Proietti, University of Copenhagen Line Bundles On the Sphere
Nov 9, 2017 Lily Silverstein, UC Davis Certainty from Uncertainty: The Probabilistic Method 
Nov 2, 2017 Julie Eaton, UW Tacoma Polynomials & Their Critical Points
Oct 26, 2017 Nicholas Scoville Digital Topology:  A Smooth Introduction 
Oct 19, 2017 John Carter, Seattle U Modeling Tsunamis Using Mathematics 
Oct 12, 2017 Jonathan Nolis, Director of Insights & Analytics at Lenati On Finding Good Math Industry Jobs 
Oct 5, 2017 Tristram Bogart, U. de los Andes Determinants, Permanents, & Algebraic Complexity
Mar 30, 2017 Fady El Chidiac, UC Berkeley What Matters for Learning
Mar 2, 2017 Liangmin Zhou, Seattle U Computing Tensor Eigenpairs by Homotopy Continuation Methods
Feb 23, 2017 Eric Woolgar, Alberta  From Gravitational Waves to Penrose's inequality 
Feb 16, 2017 Host: M. Sloughter, Seattle U  Panel: Obtaining Employment in the Mathematical Sciences 
Feb 9, 2017 David Neel, Seattle U  Mathematics Beyond Mathematics - (Ab)uses & (In)appropriations 
Feb 2, 2017 Guannan Shi, Harbin Tech  A Generalized Harmonic Equation: Dirac-Harmonic Equation for Differential Forms
Jan 26, 2017  Steve Klee, Seattle U  Throwin' Shade at Pascal's Triangle 
Jan 19, 2017  Safia Chettih, Reed College  Topology of Configurations on Trees 
Jan 12, 2017  McLean Sloughter, Seattle U  Book Discussion Group: Hidden Figures 
Jan 5, 2017 Jim Humphreys, Seattle U Math & Music Theory 201: Applied Math
Dec 1, 2016 Everett Sullivan, Dartmouth Linear Chord Diagrams with Long Chords
Nov 17, 2016 Casey Mann, UW Bothell Convex Pentagons that Admit i-Block Transitive Tilings
Nov 15, 2016 Christine Guenther, Pacific University Curvature Flows: the Proof of the Poincare Conjecture, or How to Win & Reject $1,000,000
Nov 10, 2016 Ana Granados, SLU-Madrid The Straight Line is the Shortest Distance & Other Lies that we are Told at School
Nov 3, 2016 Ben Segal, UW Applied Math The Stability Spectrum for Elliptic Solutions to the Focusing NLS Equation
Oct 27, 2016 Jacob Price, UW Applied Math Multiscale Simulation Methods: Concepts & Applications
Oct 20, 2016 Frank Farris, Santa Clara U Math+Art Event: Creating Symmetry, Making Art with Waves
Oct 13, 2016 AJ Stewart, Seattle U A Radical's Solution to Solutions by Radicals
Oct 6, 2016 Brian Fischer, Seattle U Understanding (Half of) the Neural Code
Apr 7, 2016 Allison Cox, Trupanion Actuaries in Pet Health Insurance
Mar 3, 2016 Stephen McKeown, UW Mathematics Gauss's Theorema Egregium & Differential Geometry
Feb 11, 2016 Allison Henrich, Seattle U Knotty Games
Feb 4, 2016 Greg Oman, UC Colorado Springs An Independent Axiom System for the Real Numbers
Jan 28, 2016 Dylan Helliwell, Seattle U LARGE NUMBERS! (the Reprise)
Jan 21, 2016 Nicole Persson, AON Actuarial Opportunities at AON
Jan 14, 2016 Jeff Oaks, University of Indianapolis Conceptual Differences Between Premodern & Modern Algebra
Jan 11, 2016 Itai Seggev, Wolfram Research An Interview with a Mathematica Expert...
Jan 5, 2016 Andrea Young, Ripon College Improvisation in the Mathematics Classroom
Dec 3, 2015 Dan Finkel, Math4Love What Would Archimedes Do?
Nov 19, 2015 Chris Jones, UW Applied Math Modeling the Role of Clouds in Climate Change
Nov 12, 2015 Veronika Irvine, University of Victoria Algorithms & Old Lace
Nov 5, 2015 John Carter, Seattle U Modeling Tsunamis
Oct 29, 2015 AH Stewart, Seattle U Error Correcting Codes & Eruves Curves
Oct 22, 2015 Guozhen Lu, Wayne State University Sharp Functional Geometric Inequalities
Oct 15, 2015 Abigail Wacher A Calculus, Linear Algebra & ODE-Based Model of a Wave Energy Converted
Oct 1, 2015 Jeff Boersema, Seattle U The Banach-Tarski Paradox
Mar 11, 2015 Chi-Kwong Li, College of William & Mary Amidakuji, Sorting Algorithms & Factorization of Permutations
Mar 5, 2015 Steve Klee, Seattle U Linear Algebra, Bracketology & Mar MATHness!
Mar 4, 2015 Iva Stavrov, Lewis and Clark What Teaching Differential Equations Taught Me about Prime Number Distribution
Feb 26, 2015 McLean Slougther, Seattle U Finding Nonacademic Employment in the Mathematical Sciences
Feb 25, 2015 Guannan Shi, Harbin Tech The Extension about the Invariance of the Maximum Likelihood Estimator
Feb 19, 2015 Sam Nelson, Claremont McKenna Counting Invariants & Enhancements
Feb 12, 2015 David Neel, Seattle U Novel Erosions: Mathematics & Narrative
Feb 5, 2015 Eric Bahuaud, Seattle U Can You Taste the Shape of a Brownie?
Jan 29, 2015  J. McLean Sloughter, Seattle U Means, Medians, Middles, & Other Things that Start with M.
Jan 22, 2015 Chris Sswierczewski, UW Applied Math Finding Zeros
Dec 4, 2014 AJ Stewart, Seattle U A Section on Sections
Nov 19, 2014 Paul T. Allen, Lewis and Clark Finite Differences and Solvability of Differential Equations Problems
Nov 13, 2014 Tracey Marsh, UW Biostatistics Geometry of efficient estimation.
Nov 6, 2014 Katya Yurasovskaya, Seattle U Braid Groups: An Introduction
Oct 30, 2014 Tom Edgar, Pacific Lutheran Generalized Binomial Coefficients via the Dominance Order on Natural Numbers
Oct 22, 2014 Michael Schultheis Math+Art
Oct 16, 2014 Nicholas Scoville, Ursinus College Graph isomorphisms in discrete Morse theory
Oct 9, 2014 David Kung, St. Mary's College of Maryland Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music
Apr 7, 2014 Jim Humphreys, Seattle U Mathematics and Music Theory 101: Number Theory
Mar 13, 2014 Senior Synthesis: Nonlinear Waves Day Senior Synthesis 2014
Mar 11, 2014 Eric Woolgar, U Alberta Black holes: What are they, and what governs their mathematics?
Mar 6, 2014 Stephanie Hatley, Radiant Zemax Advancements in Defect Detection: A Mathematical Approach to Modeling the Human Eye
Feb 27, 2014 Nicholas Cain, Allen Institute Mathematical modeling of the mouse brain: a multi-scale approach
Feb 13, 2014 Bernard Deconinck, UW Applied Math Riemann Surfaces & Water Waves or Why Do We Care About Riemann Surfaces?
Feb 6, 2014 Jeff DiFranco, Liberty Mutual Mathematics of Insurance Pricing
Jan 30, 2014 Steve Klee, Seattle U (Linear) Algebra, Geometry, & Sudoku
Jan 23, 2014 Dylan Helliwell, Seattle U Large Numbers
Dec 5, 2013 Rafe Mazzeo, Stanford University Celestial Mechanics & the N Body Problem
Nov 21, 2013 Christine Cole, Seattle U Mathematical Models for Molecular Motors: the Polymerization Ratchet
Nov 14, 2013 Jonah Ostroff, UW Math Color Maps with Many Palettes
Oct 31, 2013 Shusen Ding, Seattle U From Calculus to A-Harmonic Equations
Oct 24, 2013 Matt Patterson, Boeing GEODUCK: a Geometry Engine
Oct 17, 2013 Laura Matrajt, Fred Hutchinson Research Optimal Vaccine Allocation for Early Mitigation of Pandemic Influenza
Oct 10, 2013 Brian Fischer, Seattle U Coding for Optimal Performance in the Owl's Brain
May 15, 2013 Kyle Mandli, University of Texas Mathematical Modeling for Costal Hazards
May 9, 2013 Jeff Boersema, Seattle U Almost Commuting Matrices
May 2, 2013 Leanne Roberston, Seattle U The Oldest Unsolved Problem
Apr 25, 2013 Tom Boothby, Simon Fraser U Connecting Topological Graph Theory & Computational Biology
Apr 18, 2013 Natalie Sheils, UW Applied Math Solving PDEs using Fokas's Method
Apr 4, 2013 John M Lee, UW Math The Curvature of the Universe
Mar 14, 2013 A panel Applying to Graduate School in the Math Sciences
Mar 7, 2013 John Carter, Seattle U Modeling Surface Waves in the Ocean
Feb 21, 2013 Katie Oliveras, Seattle U Finding the Ultimate Brownie Pan & Solving the World Water Crisis
Feb 14, 2013 David Neel, Seattle U Being a Number (& What It Has To Do with Love)
Feb 7, 2013 McLean Slougther, Seattle U Modeling Beetle-Caused Forest Mortality
Jan 31, 2013 Nema Dean, University of Glasgow A Simple Clustering Problem
Jan 24, 2013 Steve Klee, Seattle U Perfect Matchings & Hall's Marriage Theorem
Jan 16, 2013 Dwight Bean, University of San Diego (3,5,7) Triangle is Ramsey in E2

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