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.

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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!*

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!

]]>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.

]]>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.

]]>Our dear colleague, Professor Ali Özlük, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Bangor on March 1, 2012. Prof. Özlük was born Sept. 13, 1952, in Denizli, Turkey. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bogazici University in Bebek/Istanbul in 1974, he attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in analytic number theory under the direction of Hugh Montgomery in 1982.Professor Özlük authored or co-authored 18 scholarly journal articles devoted to gaining insights into the distribution of the prime numbers, zeros of zeta functions and applications to problems in statistical mechanics and theoretical physics. In a pioneering 1993 paper coauthored with University of Maine Professor Chip Snyder, Professor Özlük studied the statistical properties of low-lying zeros of the family of real quadratic Dirichlet L-functions. This deep and insightful work attracted the attention of world-renowned experts in the field, as it provided some of the earliest evidence for the emerging Katz-Sarnak philosophy that such zeroes should behave statistically like the eigenvalues of certain random matrices. In 1998, Prof. Özlük was honored with an invitation to chair a session and speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin. He had been an invited lecturer at numerous other venues, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, Calif., and Newton Institute, Cambridge, England. During his 25-year career at the University of Maine, Professor Özlük supervised or co-supervised many graduate students, taught just about every mathematics course the department offers from remedial algebra through Advanced Field and Galois Theory, and every fall semester recruited and coached the UMaine team participating in the annual Putnam Mathematics Competition. Students consistently spoke of his great patience with their questions, and colleagues marveled at the breadth of his knowledge and the depth of his insights into areas of mathematics quite remote from his own specialty. Professor Özlük was a cheerful and kind person, much loved by his family, friends, students and colleagues. He will be greatly missed. ]]>

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 421 Neville Hall. ]]>