Mathematics & Statistics Seminars
Northern Arizona University

Week of September 18th

This week’s department colloquium takes place on Wednesday, September 20 at 4:00-5:30pm in Room 164. James Tanton (Mathematical Association of America) will be in Flagstaff doing a workshop for FUSD, and will give us a version of his presentation, on Wednesday afternoon. His talk is titled “Exploding Dots: Joyous, Uplifting, Astounding Mathematics for the World” and here is the abstract:

Here is a story that isn’t true. When I was a young child I invented a machine (not true) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. And these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine (in this non-true story) I realized that I could explain true things! I could explain all the mathematics of arithmetic I learnt in grade school (true), all the of the polynomial algebra I was to learn in high-school (true), elements of calculus and number theory I was to learn in university (true), and I could explore unanswered research questions mathematicians are studying today (also true)! “

Note: There will be no colloquium on Tuesday.

Mike Falk will be giving his third talk in a series in the ACGT seminar on Tuesday at 12:45-2:00pm in Room 164. On Thursday, 9/21, Jeffrey Covington will continue speaking in the Applied Math Seminar. As usual, the Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar (FAMUS) takes place on Friday at 3:00-4:00pm in Room 164. Details about this week’s FAMUS to follow in a separate email. Click on the links in the sidebar to see schedules and more information.

Week of September 11th

The department has four weekly seminars: the department colloquium on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00, with refreshments available from 3:45, the ACGT (Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, Topology) Seminar on Tuesdays from 12:45 - 2:00 pm, the Applied Math Seminar on Thursdays from 12:45 - 2:00 pm, and FAMUS (Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar), on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00 (with refreshments). All events take place in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building on the NAU campus. Click on the links in the sidebar to see schedules and more information.

Steve Wilson is giving this week’s colloquium talk on Tuesday 9/12 at 4:00-5:00 pm (refreshments at 3:45) and Mike Falk will be giving his second talk in a series in the ACGT seminar later that day at 12:45 pm. Both events take place in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building. On Thursday, 9/14, Jeffrey Covington will continue speaking in the Applied Math Seminar. The Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar (FAMUS) takes place on Friday at 3:00-4:00pm in Room 164. Details about this week’s FAMUS to follow in a separate email.

Week of September 4th

The department has four weekly seminars: the department colloquium on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00, with refreshments available from 3:45, the ACGT (Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, Topology) Seminar on Tuesdays from 12:45 - 2:00 pm, the Applied Math Seminar on Thursdays from 12:45 - 2:00 pm, and FAMUS (Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar), on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00 (with refreshments). All events take place in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building on the NAU campus. Click on the links in the sidebar to see schedules and more information.

Jim Swift is giving this week’s colloquium talk on Tuesday 9/5 at 4:00-5:00 pm (refreshments at 3:45) and Mike Falk will be talking in the ACGT seminar later that day at 12:45 pm. Both events take place in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building. On Thursday, 9/6, Jeffrey Covington will be giving a talk in the Applied Math Seminar.

Week of April 17th

Instead of a regularly schedule colloquium talk this Tuesday, we have an interview talk from Dr. Ye Chen, a candidate for a tenure-track position in our department with a PhD from West Virginia University. Dr. Chen will present during the Tuesday April 18th colloquium time, 4-5pm, #164, Adel Math building. He will be talking about “Modeling Gene Expression Data with Graph Theory Methods.”

  • Phillip Doi NAU M.S. Thesis presentation rescheduled for Tuesday, April 25th at 12:45, #146.
  • Honors Week, Dr. Luis David Garcia Puente, Sam Houston State University:
    • Thursday, April 27th at 12:45 Colloquium
    • Thursday, April 27th at 4:00 Student talk, awards, reception
    • Friday, April 28th at 4:00 Interdisciplinary talk
  • May 2nd Zachary Parker NAU M.S. Thesis

More candidate talks to come!

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will NOT meet this week, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.
  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164. Jeffrey Covington presents his undergraduate research.
  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of April 10th

There will be no colloquium this week, Tuesday April 11th. We do have a busy schedule of upcoming talks:

  • April 18th Phillip Doi NAU M.S. Thesis
  • Honors Week, Dr. Luis David Garcia Puente, Sam Houston State University:
    • Thursday, April 27th at 12:45 Colloquium
    • Thursday, April 27th at 4:00 Student talk, awards, reception
    • Friday, April 28th at 4:00 Interdisciplinary talk
  • May 2nd Zachary Parker NAU M.S. Thesis

Additionally, in the coming weeks we expect to schedule at least two one-hour tenure-track candidate talks, and several more shorter talks for the lecturer search. It is important that a good showing of faculty be present for each of these candidate talks, including hopefully a few graduate students too.

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.
  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164.
  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of April 3rd

Bill Schulz spoke this week over some interesting topics from the history of mathematics.


See colloquium website for abstracts and schedule.

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.

  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164.

  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of March 27th

Bianca Luedeker will speak Tuesday March 28th about Women in Mathematics.

See colloquium website for abstracts and schedule.

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.
    • Title: Permutations with triple inversions and volume under 3D lattice paths
    • Speakers: Julie Baum and Krista Young (graduate students at NAU)
  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164.
  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of March 20th

Dr. Shafiu Jibrin will speak Tuesday March 21st about “Finding an Interior Point of a Spectrahedron Using Infeasible Newton’s Method”.


Previously, we had:

  • February 21st, Dr. Maya Chhetri of UNC-Greensboro, spoke about “Asymptotically linear systems.”
  • February 28th, Dr. Brent Burch spoke about “Comparing sampling strategies to estimate the age characteristics of a forest.”
  • March 7th, Dr. Michael Falk spoke about “Resolution of singularities and the Milnor fiber boundary.”
  • March 14th was Spring Break.
    See colloquium website for abstracts and schedule.

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.

  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164.

  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of February 13th

Dr. Benjamin Ruddell of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems will speak about “Information Theory in the Geosciences.”

See colloquium website for abstracts and schedule.

Other Seminar Announcements

  • ACGT The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Tuesday, in #146.

  • AMS The seminar series will meet at the usual time, 12:45-2:00 Thursday, #164. Shafiu Jibrin speaks this week about “Revisiting the Dual Problem for the Weighted Analytic Center Problem for Linear Matrix Inequality Constraint”.

  • FAMUS meets on Fridays, 3-4, AMB #164.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.

Week of February 6th

Dr. Jeffrey Hovermill spoke this week on “Quantitative Reasoning, Accountability, Social Justice, and Liberal Education.” See colloquium website for abstracts and schedule.

The seminar schedules and announcements are available via the departmental seminar website located here. The website is updated as schedule information becomes available.