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The University of Maine Department of Mathematics & Statistics will host the Maine-Québec Number Theory Conference on October 5-6, 2013. Approximately 60 number theorists from New England, Québec, and beyond will gather at the annual meeting to present and discuss their research. Among the 38 scheduled lectures is a plenary address by Barry Mazur, a Harvard professor and 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Science.

The meeting provides an opportunity for young mathematicians and graduate students to interact with leading scholars. It was founded in 1998 by UMaine professor Chip Snyder and Laval University professor Claude Levesque. This year, the event will be held in their honor on the occasion of their retirement.

The event is funded by the National Science Foundation, the University of Maine Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

It’s that time of year again- when the senior Mathematics majors give talks on their Capstone papers. Come hear what they have been working on. The schedule of lectures and list of topics are here.

All students of Calculus I and II (MAT 126-127) were invited to participate in this year’s Mathematics Contest. The test consisted of three challenging calculus problems, to be solved over one weekend, and turned in on November 14th, 2012.

The results are in, and the following cash awards were given:

**Calculus I** (26 participants)

First Prize winner, $150: **Aleksander Cole**

Second Prize winners, $75 each: **Channosphea But**,** Riley Mattor**,** John Mucrose**

Third Prize winners, $40 each: **Jenn Seneres**,** Samuel Wallace**

**Calculus II** (18 participants)

First Prize: No winner

Second Prize winners, $100 each: **Hue Weon Hwang, Maso Urban**

Third Prize winners, $50 each: **Mitche Beroit**,** Yi Peg**.

*Congratulations to the winners!*

The department of Mathematics and Statistics ran a contest in 2011 for Calculus students. There were 37 contestants, 25 enrolled into Calculus I and 12 into Calculus II. Students of Calculus I and II were given different sets of problems and were not competing with each other.

Place | Name | Class | Prize |

First | Nathan Dunn Elliot Ossana |
Calc II Calc II |
$125 $125 |

Second | Andrew Dicbeon Nicholas Carter Albano Drazhi Aman Maskay |
Calc I Calc I Calc I Calc I |
$75 $75 $75 $75 |

Third | Jaime Potvin Connor Chu |
Calc I Calc II |
$50 $50 |

Honorable Mention | Taylor Plaisted Curtis Tompson Hannah Dewey Kyle Nolan Gwendolyn Beacham |
Calc I Calc II Calc II Calc II Calc II |
$25* $25* $25* $25* $25* |

* UMaine Bookstore gift certificate

The Contest Committee also recommended Calculus instructors to award the above contestants with extra credit points.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2012 contest!

**Stuart Lathrop** has been awarded a CLAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fellowship for this year. Mr. Lathrop, who is a senior math major, won the $1400 fellowship for his proposal entitled ** Contributions to the Foundations of the Theory of Transcendental Numbers**. He is writing an extensive survey on the theorem of Gelfand and Schneider asserting that α

The annual Québec/Maine Number Theory Conference took place on the weekend of September 29-30. The conference was co-organized by number theorists at the Unversity of Maine and at Laval University in Québec City. This year, the conference was dedicated to the memory of UMaine mathematician Ali Ozluk, who passed away last year. Prof. Peter Sarnak, a number theorist at Princeton University, gave a lecture touching on aspects of Ali’s work. UMaine professors David Bradley and Andrew Knightly also gave talks on their research.

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**Pi Mu Epsilon / Pizza Pi talk**

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 11:30am-12:30pm.

Neville 421

Pizza at 11:30 am, Talk 11:50-12:30.

Dr. Eisso Atzema, University of Maine Math Department

*Lessons on Train Schedules: From String Charts to Teaching Tools.*

The early 20th-century was a time of major reforms in the teaching of mathematics all across the Western world. Among the many changes that were adopted was an increased emphasis on the use of the function concept in its various representations (sounds familiar?). In particular, in a very short time span, graphical illustrations of functions became commonplace in mathematics textbooks.

In this presentation, I will talk about the inclusion of so-called graphical railroad time tables (see figure above) as an example of such a graphical illustration. Among other things, I will discuss the origins of this real-life application of mathematics, its actual use, and how its inclusion in the textbooks evolved over time.

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Undergraduates Emma Strubell and Avner Maiberg each received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fellowship from the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for work they are doing with Associate Professor of Mathematics David Hiebeler. They will be developing computer simulations of the spread of internet worms, with the goal of developing strategies for combatting them. Each award comes with a $1400 stipend, and they will share $1100 to purchase equipment.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12:30pm – 1:20pm in Room 421 of Neville Hall.

Speaker: Kevin Roberge, Mathematics Instructor and Graduate Student of Physics.

Pizza will be served!

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