Activities > Math Coffees
Math Coffees feature a talk of mathematical interest preceded by a social gathering with cookies, soda, and frequently, coffee. Follow the link to see a list of upcoming (and previous) talks.
Talks are usually at a level appropriate for undergraduate math majors. These talks cover topics in mathematics not ordinarily covered in regular courses, from pure mathematics to the best way to get a job after graduating.
If you have suggestions for talks or any other questions, please see Dr. Peirce in 1027 Cowley.
September 28, "Why is a Pizza like a Rabbit?"
May 1, "Creating Sudoku Puzzles" - Kirk, Gus, and Jarod discuss the experience in the Math Modeling Competition.
Wednesday, April 2 Bennett Goiffon, Senior Actuarial Assistant HCC Life Insurance Company - lead a discussion of Actuarial Careers
Friday, April 11 - Darin Mohr, University of Iowa - "Optimization and Modeling in the Area of Aircraft Design" (The speaker will also talked about the University of Iowa graduate school program)
"Flatland - The Movie" Thursday, December 6, 2007
- October 11, 2007 - "Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and Futurama" - Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald - Appalachian State University
- Monday, September 24, 2007 - "Block Monoids and Elasticity" - Mike Fitzpatrick, UW-La Crosse student
- Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - The Game SET
- Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - "Why is Pizza Like a Rabbit", Dr. James Peirce, UW-La Crosse
- Thursday, April 19, 2007 - "Cannonballs and Common Knowledge" - Dr. John Koker - Professor of Mathematics and Dean at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - "What You Should Know About Wavelets" - Professor Guido Weiss - Washington University, St. Louis
- Monday, March 5, 2007 -"The Mathematics and Psychology of
Limit Texas Hold Em" - Charlie Swayne
- Thursday, March 1, 2007 - "Simply" Shaped
A Solution to the National Mathematical Modeling Competition -Jarod Hart, Lee Wienkes and Kirk Wienkes
UW-La Crosse Students
- Monday, February 12, 2007 - "Is An REU for U?" - Sarah Rozner, UW-L Math major
- Monday, February 5, 2007 - "The Great Pi/e Debate" - the 2005 DVD, in which the debaters challenge orthodoxy, brazenly flaunt convention and behave badly to convince the audience of the ridiculous nature of their adversary's arguments.
- Thursday, November 16, 2006 - "The DaVinci Code: It's use of Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio and Cryptopgraphy", Gary Britton, Professor Emiritus, UW-Washington County
- Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - Origami
- Wednesday, October 3, 2006 - "Web Sites That are Mathematically Interesting", Dr. James Peirce
- Thursday, September 28, 2006 - Bowling for Primes
- September 20, 2006 - "Praxis Project Student Teams", Dr. Robert Hoar, UW-La Crosse
In January and February the Math Department was in the process of recruiting for Math faculty positions. Talks were being given by candidates
Thursday, February 23rd,Bowling for Primes was held at Playmor Lanes .
- November 22 - "Combining Information to estimate the probability of a rare event", Dr. Philip Dixon, Iowa State University
- November 17 - "Can Dice Change Their Spots", Dr. Linda Host, UW-La Crosse
- October 18 - "Grad School Opportunities in Stats", Dr. Christopher Bilder, University of Nebraska, Dept. of Statistics
- October 6 - "Math in Technology Development", Dr. Vic Patnaik, Trane Company
- April 28 - "Student Consultants for the SCC: Training and Experience in Statistical Consulting", - Tony Batzler and Craig Buettner, UW-L Students
- April 21 - "Statistical
Consulting Center: Working in the Trenches" - Chad Lorrigan &
Casey Higgins, UW-L Students
- April 14- "A
Review of My Biostatistics Internship at Gundersen Lutheran" -
Scott Hetzel, UW-L Senior Math Student
- April 7- "Eine
Kleine Music Theory" - Dr. Karl Kattchee, UW-La Crosse
- April 1 - "Using
Graphs to Decode RNA" - Dr. Leslie Hogben, Iowa State University
- March 3 -
"Parabola or Catenary" - Dr. James Peirce, UW-La Crosse
- February 24 - The Joy
of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas
many? Counting Surprises"
- February 16 - Maggie
Lee, UW-L Students, "A
Hands on, Minds on Math Club"
- February 3 - Dr. Milan Lukic, Viterbo University, "The cos(x) Euler's Perspective"
- December 9, Heather
Hulett, UW-L Math Department,
Talk about Nothing: A Brief History of Zero",
- November 18, Mariza
de Andrade, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
"Variance Components Models in Linkage Analysis"
- November 11,
Kristopher Presler, FSA MAAA, UW-Eau Claire
"Actuarial Science: A Career Choice Worth Exploring:"
28, Josephine Steel, UW-L Mathematics Student
"Tessellating Planes and Spheres with Regular Polygons"
- October 14, Dr.
Redefining Classroom Assessment.
- October 7, Tony Batzler ("05), My Internship Experience at the Mayo Clinic.
- May 5th, Wednesday,
Sarah Parsen (`04),
Ruler and Compass Constructions..
- April 21, Wednesday,
Mathematics Awards Banquet
- April 15, Thursday,
Dr. Bruce Riley,
Intriguing Family of Polynomials.
- March 25, Thursday,
Dr. Todd Will,
Singular Value Decomposition.
- March 4, Thursday,
Dr. Andrew Matchett,
Cubic and Quartic Formulas.
- February 26,
Thursday, Dr. Karl Kattchee,
How to rank college football teams sensibly.
- February 20, Friday
- February 16, Monday
- February 5, Thursday
- January 30, Friday
- December 4, Thursday
Dr. Fritz Keinert (Iowa State), How do you scan a CAT? Dr. Keinert may also present information on graduate studies at Iowa State and would be happy to talk to interested students before or after the talk.
- November 20, Thursday
Senior Math Major Nicole Pribnow, Drawing Planar Graphs.
- November 14, Friday
Dr. Eberth Alarcon, (Eau Claire), Graph Theory is Child's Play: The Game of Sprouts.
- November 6, Thursday
Jason Wampfler, UW-L `00, now at the Mayo Clinic, A Data Analyst's Life
- October 30, Thursday
Dr. Brooke Fridley, Data Augmentation
- October 23, Thursday
Pat Van Fleet (U. of St. Thomas), Wavelets
Dr. Lisa Rezac (University of St. Thomas), Voting Schemes
- October 16, Thursday
Dr. Jeff Boyle, Transitivity of Correlation Coefficients
- October 9, Thursday
Dr. David Reineke, Yahtzee!
- October 2, Thursday
Coffee and Cookies
- September 24, Wednesday,
Steve Walk, A Paradox or Better to Open,
- September 18, Thursday,
Todd Will, Covering Triangles