Mathematics & Statistics Seminars
Northern Arizona University


The “Friday Afternoon Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar” (FAMUS) is a weekly event consisting of announcements, talks, and faculty interviews. FAMUS takes place most Fridays at 3:00-4:00pm in Room 164 of the Adel Mathematics Building. Typically the first half of FAMUS consists of a talk on a mathematical topic while an interview of a faculty member takes place in the second half. FAMUS is hosted by Jeff Rushall.

Come join us for some entertaining talks! Refreshments always served.

Schedule Spring 2024

Note that talks are listed in reverse chronological order.

Euler Characteristics

Date: February 16, 2024

Speakers: Misha Baltushkin (NAU)

Abstract: I will explain this graph theoretic invariant, show lots of examples, discuss the history of this famous number, etc. This is a great topic for newbies at FAMUS, so please don’t be shy about attending.

The faculty guest will be Ye Chen. [PDF of Flyer]

A report on the Nebraska Women’s Conference Tara Zurick and Natalie Burton

Date: February 2, 2024

Speakers: Natalie Burton and Tara Zurick (NAU undergraduates)

Abstract: Natalie and Tara will discuss what happened at the conference, how they got there, show lots of pictures, tell us how their presentation went, and explain the impact NCUWM had on their futures.

The faculty guest will be Michele Torielli. Note: This FAMUS will held in Adel 163 and will end at 3:55PM to allow folks to attend the math ed candidate talk in Adel 164. [PDF of Flyer]

New Results on Sylver Coinage

Date: January 19, 2024

Speakers: Natalie Burton and Tara Zurick (NAU undergraduates)

Abstract: Sylver coinage is a game played on the natural numbers; if you want to know the game rules, come to FAMUS! Natalie and Tara, along with fellow undergrads James Warner and Morgan Boyers, have been working together for about 5 months trying to prove some Sylver coinage “claims” made by (among others) John Conway and Richard Guy. And they have been successful; come and see just how much they have proven!

The faculty guest is Mikhail Baltushkin. [PDF of Flyer]