• November 7, 2019
    AMS Integration Bee another huge success
    Integration Bee Winners35 undergraduate and 14 graduate students sharpened their pencils and competed to see who would be this year's Grand Integrator.

    In this year's undergraduate bracket, Austin Konkel took home the Grand Integrator trophy with Shashwat Maharjan coming in second place.

    In the graduate bracket, this year's Grand Integrator was Mohyedden Sweidan with Arkabrata Ghosh in second place.  

    Congratulations to all our competetors this year! 
  • November 6, 2019
    CMU mathematics undergraduate published in journal
    Paper published in Journal of Biological Systems

    Matt Moore Matt Moore, a CMU undergraduate who earned his bachelor degree in both applied mathematics and biochemistry, recently published a paper in the Journal of Biological Systems titled “Steady state and sensitivity analysis of a Notch-Delta signaling system of one single cell interacting with fixed environment”. (View the paper here)

    The Notch–Delta signaling pathway is a highly conserved signaling system that partakes in a diverse process of growth, patterns and differentiation. Experiments have shown that Delta ligands from different cells activates this pathway (trans-activation) while Delta from the same cell inhibits this pathway (cis-inhibition). The Notch–Delta interactions could switch a cell to one of the two opposite fates: either Sender (high Delta/low Notch) or Receiver (low Delta/high Notch), and further drive a row of cells into alternating Sender and Receiver pattern.

    Steady states of Delta and Notch with respect to cis-inhibition strength k_C and Delta production rate beta_D. When log(beta_D)
    Steady states of Delta and Notch with respect to cis-inhibition strength k_C and Delta production rate beta_D. When log(beta_D) crosses 5 in the figure and log(k_C) is closer to 0, the values of Delta and Notch change sharply, which demonstrates the sensitivity of cell fate to Delta production rate when the cis-inhibition is strong.

    In 2010, a research group at Caltech published a mathematical model in Nature of this signaling system, which forms the foundation of many models developed later. But many of mathematical properties such as steady state and sensitivity were not fully investigated.

    Matt picked up this model and used many mathematical analysis tools to study this model, such as steady state analysis of differential equations, eigenvalues of matrices, Poincare–Bendixson theorem for period solutions, and Hopf bifurcation. First, he proved there exists a unique steady state which is asymptotically stable. Second, he derived the increasing/decreasing and asymptotic properties of the steady state with respect to all the parameters. Third, he studied the sensitivity and discovered the cell fate is only sensitive to the production rates of Notch and Delta under strong cis-inhibition, which is demonstrated by the Figure. Finally, he applied this model to multi-cellular cases and found that the lateral inhibition pattern could be created with the spatially varied Delta production rate.

    This project was collaborated with a talented high student, Yican Zhang in Suzhou High School in China, and guided by Dr. Xiaoming Zheng, a faculty in Mathematics.
  • October 3, 2019
    CMU is 1 of 6 institutions to receive the NSF Advance Catalyst Award
    A program is to increase the representation for women in STEM careers

    Student looking through microscopeCentral is committed to addressing barriers to institutional success for women in STEM at CMU wherein we define institutional success as successful recruitment, retention, promotion, and equitable salaries for women at our institution. In August 2019, Central Michigan University became one of six higher education institutions to receive the ADVANCE Catalyst Award from the National Science Foundation. "The goal of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce." NSF website.

  • August 15, 2019
    Student project selected for national conference
    Austin Konkel and Evan MillerTwo mathematics major students, Austin Konkel and Evan Miller, spent the summer researching "Bergman kernels of some singular Reinhardt domains''.  The project, co-supervised by CMU mathematics faculty members Debraj Chakrabarti and Meera Mainkar, was selected for a presentation at the Young Mathematicians Conference held earlier this month at The Ohio State University.  Austin Konkel was supported by CMU's Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. Evan Miller was supported by a NSF grant. More information about the Young Mathematicians Conference can be found by clicking here
  • April 12, 2019
    Mathematics major wins big at annual Threads fashion show
    Danni Chen at Threads fashion show Danni Chen, a senior mathematics major, has already put one award on her shelf, and may have to make room for another.

    Chen nabbed the New Comer Award at this year's 21st annual Threads fashion show…not too bad for her first time participating in Threads.

    “I fell in love with traditional Chinese clothes while I was in high school.” Chen said. “After I came here in 2015, I found out that CMU has a Fashion Design minor, so I started to take my interest seriously.” Winning this award, “symbolizes a milestone that gives a successful ending to my college years.”

    Chen is also a finalist for the Department of Mathematics Richtmeyer-Foust award.

    Dr. Cleon C. Richtmeyer served as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics, and also as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at CMU. Dr. Judson W. Foust served as Professor of Mathematics and later as President of CMU. It is awarded to an outstanding senior who is either a mathematics major or minor.

    After graduation, she plans on continuing her education in mathematics and pursuing fashion design as a hobby.
  • April 11, 2019
    Mathematics senior receives award for her presentation at annual MAA meeting
    Savannah Swiatlowski at M A A meeting Savannah Swiatlowski gave a presentation at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) held at University of Detroit Mercy, April 5-6, 2019. Her talk titled ``Automorphism Groups of Nilpotent Lie Algebras Associated to Certain Graphs'' was based on her summer research work with mathemtics faculty advisors Debraj Chakrabarti and Meera Mainkar. Savannah received the The Ron Mosier Memorial Award which is given to the student(s) with the most outstanding talk at the meeting.

    Savannah had also presented her work in Summer Undergraduate Michigan Mathematics Research conference at Michigan State University and in a prestigious undergraduate conference Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University in Summer 2018.
  • April 9, 2019
    Carl Lee and Felix Famoye lock in NSA grant to fund this year's ICOSDA conference
    Carl Lee and Felix Famoye Now on their 3rd go-around, Carl Lee and Felix Famoye (faculty members from the newly formed Department of Statistics and Analytics) are organizing their 3rd International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications.

    Held every three years, Lee and Famoye’s first, supported by the National Security Agency, was held in 2013 here at CMU.

    Participants from more than 25 different countries attended the 2016 conference in Niagra Falls, supported by the Canadian Statistical Science Institute.

    So far this year, over 200 researchers from around the world are already scheduled to present their research and exchange ideas. The 2019 conference, supported again by the National Security Agency, will be held October 10-12, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Each CMU faculty member from the newly formed Department of Statistics and Analytics is serving this year as an organizing committee member; Felix Famoye and Carl Lee (Co-Chairs), Mohamed Amezziane, Chin-I Cheng, Kahadawala Cooray, John Daniels, Madhuka Samanthi, Jungsywan Sepanski, and Daniel Wang.

    All researchers presenting at this year’s conference are being invited to submit their papers for consideration of being included in a special issue of the Journal of Statistical Distributions and Applications.

    Click the ICOSDA 2019 website here for more information about this year's conference.
  • April 3, 2019
    Reyna Frost: Hard work ices success
    CMU women’s head basketball coach, star forward reflect on how math adds up for Frost
    Reyna Frost shooting basketAs the Central Michigan University women's basketball team bus rumbled to another game this past season, Head Coach Sue Guevara looked back to see two of her players writing on a foggy window. She went to investigate and saw Reyna Frost and a teammate working out a mathematics equation. Guevara smiled and went back to her seat, knowing that's just the way her star forward works. "She is doing so well in school and on the court because when she makes up her mind to do something, she works at it until she does it well. It doesn't matter how much time or effort it takes," Guevara said. That dedication to excellence is how Frost managed to carry a 3.68 grade point average as a mathematics major the same time as being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. She hopes her success will encourage future CMU student-athletes to follow her example. Growing up, however, success in academics didn't come as quickly as it did with basketball.

  • March 27, 2019
    CMU Alumnus returns as spring commencement speaker
    Subir ChowdhuryInternational best-selling author and management consultant Subir Chowdhury will speak at the 9 a.m. May 4 commencement for undergraduate and graduate students at McGuirk Arena in the John G. Kulhavi Events Center. Chowdhury, chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group LLC, is recognized as an international authority on quality and management. His 15 published works combined have sold more than one million copies and are published in 20 different languages. Chowdhury's latest book, "The Difference: When Good Enough Isn't Enough," was recognized as a USA Today best-seller and a national best-seller in India. As a philanthropist, Chowdhury has focused on the education of the less fortunate of the world through the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation, a nonprofit that has donated millions of dollars to educational institutions since 2006.

  • March 22, 2019
    CMU Alumnus returns for Graduate Student Seminar
    Matthew PlanteCMU alumnus Matthew Plante successfully defended a Master's thesis under the supervision of Professors Meera Mainkar and Ben Salisbury in 2015. He is currently studying in the Ph.D. program of mathematics at University of Connecticut. Matthew gave his talk at CMU AMS Graduate Student Chapter on March 22 at 2 pm in PE 226. The title of his talk is "Some Explicit Exampls of Homomesy".

    Current graduate students Arkabrata Gosh, Kati Moug and Nancy Matar speaks in April. For the details of their presentations, please check the Graduate Student Seminar webpage at http://people.cst.cmich.edu/chan1cj/GSS/
  • March 22, 2019
    CMU Alumnus returns for Graduate Student Seminar
    Sara RimerCMU alumnus Sara Rimer gave her talk at the CMU Mathematics Department Colloquium on March 21 at 4 pm. Sara did her Bachelor's degree at CMU. She majored in both Engineering and Mathematics. At CMU, Sara did undergraduate research in Mathematics as part of the NSF funded Long-term Undergraduate Research (LURE) program from June 2007-May 2009. In 2010, Sara was the Richtmeyer-Foust award winner given to the best math major. Sara continued her education at University of Michigan and received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Currently, Sara Rimer is an Enrico Fermi Argonne Scholar at the Argonne National Lab at Chicago. For the details of Sara's presentation, please check the webpage of Department Colloquia at http://people.cst.cmich.edu/chan1cj/colloquia/
  • March 22, 2019
    CMU Alumnus returns for Graduate Student Seminar
    Chris KaoChris completed his graduate study at CMU and received a Ph.D. in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Sidney Graham. Currently Chris is an Assistant Professor at Flagler College in Florida. During his years at CMU, Chris was a frequent speaker at Graduate Student Seminar and a constant attendee of multiple seminars. For the details of Chris's presentation, please check the webpage of Graduate Student Seminar at http://people.cst.cmich.edu/chan1cj/GSS/

  • March 7, 2019
    CMU Alumnus and  Professorship recipient returns for Graduate Student Seminar
    Adam MorenoCMU alumnus Adam Moreno gave his talk at the CMU Mathematics Department Graduate Student Seminar on March 12 at 4 pm. Adam did a Master of Arts in Mathematics at CMU and continued on to pursue his PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He was the first president of the CMU graduate student chapter of the American Mathematical Society. Recently, Adam has accepted Hedrick Assistant Professorship, a prestigious postdoctoral position at the University of California Los Angeles. For the details of Adam's presentation, please check the webpage of Graduate Student Seminar at http://people.cst.cmich.edu/chan1cj/GSS/

  • January 14, 2019
    Carl Lee brings home Mathmatical Association of America Award
    Carl Lee Central Michigan University statistics professor Carl Lee has been awarded the prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award by the Mathematical Association of America. The MAA presents this honor to university mathematics faculty who have shown great success as educators and made contributions to the field of mathematics. "Lee is recognized for his outstanding contributions to teaching and learning in the mathematical sciences," said Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA. "He provides tireless mentoring and helps any student interested in mathematical sciences and applications." Lee founded the Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition and also is a founding member of the Consortium of the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. He developed the Real-Time Online Hands-on Activities Database which is now used by over 100 instructors at more than 50 institutions and was supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

  • November 27, 2018
    Integration Bee 2018
    2018 integration bee winnersThis year's AMS chapter's Integration Bee was another huge success. Around 50 people watched 23 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students compete in this year's event. In the undergraduate bracket, the grand integrator was freshman Shashwat Maharjan and the runner up was Austin Konkel. In the graduate bracket, the grand integrator was Kati Moug and the runner up was Pankaj Kumar Singh.

  • October 3, 2018
    (CM Life) University of Haifa professor Sfard lectures on strategies to teach mathematics
    Anna SfardUniversity of Haifa math education professor Anna Sfard discussed different aspects of mathematics in two lectures over two days for the 7th annual Fleming Lecture Series. Her first lecture was Oct. 1 in Bioscience Building Room 1010. Her second was a day later, Oct. 2 in Pearce Hall room 127. Part I: Mathematics Learning: Does Language Make a Difference? Sfard can speak Polish, Hebrew, and English, but the language she’s most interested in is math. “When you look at what people say about mathematics you find things like: ‘mathematics is the language of nature. It is the only true universal language. [Mathematics] springs from the soil of basic human experience,'” Sfard said. Sfard doesn't entirely agree. She sees math as a multicultural language, rather than a universal language.

  • May 9, 2018
    CMU Mathematics Professor Awarded National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Science Grant
    Olivia DumitrescuDr. Olivia Dumitrescu has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation's, Algebra and Number Theory for the project titled "Enumerative Geometry of Hitchin Systems and Topological Quantum Field Theory".

    The award supports research in mathematical physics. The topological and geometric structures of various kinds of spaces have captivated mathematicians and physicists for many years. The project lies at the interface between algebra, geometry, combinatorics and analysis. The goal of this project is to study the interplay between topological recursion, Mirzakhani recursion of Weil-Petersson volumes, the classification theorem of CohFT for semi-simple Frobenius algebra and character varieties.

    In recent years the Dr. Dumitrescu has organized several workshops that have specifically facilitated interactions between different research communities. She will continue to promote interactions between enumerative geometry, algebra and the theory of quantization in the direction emphasized in this project.

    More information can be found here https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1802082&HistoricalAwards=false

  • May 9, 2018
    Dr. Mainkar Receives Summer Research Funding
    Dr. Meera Mainkar was awarded summer funding for the project: "Almost Inner Automorphisms on Nilpotent Lie Groups", with collaborators Carolyn Gordon (Dartmouth College), Tracy Payne (Idaho State University) and Cynthia Will (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina) at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkley, California.

  • May 9, 2018
    Dr. Chakrabarti teaching at Berkley this summer
    Dr. Debraj Chakrabarti will teach a summer graduate course at MSRI, Berkley this summer. The ∂-Problem in the Twenty-First Century”, organized by Debraj Chakrabarti and Jeffery McNeal (Ohio State University).

  • May 3, 2018
    Mathematics Graduate Student Wins Award
    Sibbir AhmadMathematics graduate student, Sibbir Ahmad, recently won first prize in the 4th Annual Douglass International Student Essay Competition organized by the CMU Office of International Affairs.

  • April 26, 2018
    Mathematics Annual Awards Ceremony Recipients Mathematics Department Annual Awards Ceremony
    Honoring Outstanding Students

    The Mathematics Department recently held their annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding mathematics students at Central Michigan University.

    Hammel KME Award
    Yejean Han, Natalie DeVos, and Madison McEachern

    Miles Actuarial Award
    Michael Abruzzi, Julie Dukovich, Megan Dwyer, Garrett Goniea, Kara Hughston, Ashley Kerr, Austin Lord, Charles Morrell, Nick Olechnowicz, Tyler Steinhaus, Emma Welch

    Outstanding Tutoring Awards
    Ph.D. Recipient: Jordan Gill
    Ph.D. Honorable Mention: Matt Barco
    Masters Recipient: Travis Wheeler
    Masters Honorable Mention: Anand Panduranga
    Undergraduate Recipients: Madison McEachern and Riley Kench
    Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Andrea D'Amour

    Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2nd Year
    Anand Panduranga

    Outstanding Teaching Assistand Beyond 2nd Year
    Recipient: Christal Schoen
    Honorable Mention: Daniel Ntiamoah

    AMS Graduate Student Chapter Integration Bee Certificates
    Graduate Champion & Grand Integrator: Anirban Dawn
    Graduate Champion & Grand Integrator Runner-Up: Pranav Upadrashta
    Undergraduate Champion: Bridget Parker
    Undergraduate Runner-Up: Jacob Hart

    Michigan Take Home Challenge Exam Certificates
    Natalie Devos, Harry Fu, and Yejean Han finished in 40th place
    Paul Cappaert, Minjeoung Kim, and Savannah Swiatlowski finished in 48th place
    Jacob Barry, Jacob Briskey, and Grant Raymor finished in 62nd place

    Richtmeyer-Foust Mathematics Award
    2018 Recipient: Michael Abruzzi
    Finalists: Kirsten Domagalski, Megan Dwyer, Ashley Kerr, Dustin Stevens

    Edward H. Whitmore Mathematics Award
    2018 Recipient: Laura Vaccaro
    Finalists: Jennifer Becker, Chelsea Bourdon, Kelsey Schmitz

    Department Scholarships
    Brannan Scholarship: Samantha Ellis and Jenna Oetman
    Nikoline A. Bye Scholarship: Madison McEachern
    Jozefaciuk & Rutkowski Scholarship: Shelby Jayne
    Dr. Frederick C. & Lois M. Kabbe Scholarship: natalie DeVos and Gabrielle Konyndyk
    Master Scholarship: Sara Fisk, Kaidlin Jones, Rachel Pung
    Miller Scholarship: Ashley Kerr
    Richtmeyer Scholarship: Megan Engels, Jayda Sykora, Danni Chen, Zachary Honiss, and Nathan Stempky
    St. Andre Scholarship: Michell Kubiak and Austin Konkel
    Serier Scholarship: Emma Welch
    Whitmore Scholarship: Rebecca Bell and sarah Choate
  • February 9, 2018
    Math Grad Student Earns Outstanding Thesis Award
    Christopher GrowMathematics graduate student, Christopher Grow, was recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Thesis Award for his project "Geometry of Symmetric Powers of Complex Domains". First established in 1984 as a way to recognize exemplary scholarly efforts by CMU graduate students and to foster professional relations among graduate students and faculty.
  • November 10, 2017
    Integration Bee 2017 a huge success.
    Integration Bee WinnersThank you to everybody to competed in and attended this year's Integration Bee. We had 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate contestants, but when it was all over our winners were:

    Anirban Dawn and Bridget ParkeUndergraduate Winners:
    1st Place - Bridget Parke, Runner-Up - Jacob Hart
    Graduate Winners: 1st Place - Anirban Dawn, Runner-Up - Pranav Upadrashta
    Grand Integrator: Anirban Dawn

  • September 12, 2017
    CMU math professor awarded Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant
    Olivia DumitrescuOlivia Dumitrescu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics has been awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for her project entitled "Holomorphic Quantization of Hitchin Spectral Curves''. The grant will enable Dr. Dumitrescu to collaborate with other researchers on projects related to different areas of geometry: Hitchin theory, enumerative problems, moduli spaces and birational geometry.

  • June 21, 2017
    Math brain drain begins early
    Negative stereotypes push 'great minds' to go elsewhere
    Persistent negative stereotypes about mathematicians keep talented students away from high-paying jobs and slow technological advances, a Central Michigan University researcher says. Women and members of certain ethnic groups take the biggest hit, said Katrina Piatek-Jimenez, a faculty member in CMU's mathematics department. The result for society as a whole: a big minus sign.

  • April 27, 2017
    Student group brings home awards
    The CMU student chapter of the American Mathematical Society was recently awarded Best Programming Venture for their event "The Fall 2016 Integration Bee" at the CMU Student Engagement & Leadership Awards. Current Treasurer and new Chapter President, Sarah Hayes was also awarded the Emerging Leader Award.

  • June 27, 2017
    Mathematics professor receives Simons Foundation Grant
    Ben Salisbury, assistant professor of mathematics at CMU, has been awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for his project titled "Crystals and Combinatorics". The grant will enable Dr. Salisbury to collaborate with other researchers on projects related to algebraic combinatorics and representation theory; primarily, crystal bases, rigged configurations, Young tableaux, and combinatorial statistics.

  • May 20, 2017
    Mathematics senior, Rachel Domagalski, receives 2016 Honors Academic Excellence Award
    The Honors Program Academic Excellence Award is the highest academic Honor granted from the University Honors Office. This award is given to a graduating senior annually in recognition of exceptional academic success and commitment to scholarship while at Central Michigan University.

    The recipient of this award not only stands out among the 20,000 member study body of CMU, but also stands out amongst peers within the Honors Program. As you can imagine, selecting this recipient is particularly challenging given the quality, quantity, and diversity of accomplishments represented in our Honors graduating class.

    Rachel is completing a major in Mathematics with a concentration in Pure Mathematics. She will complete her senior year with a 3.97 GPA even as she is taking graduate level dual enrollment classes to complete her masters degree next year.

    In addition to her Honors capstone project completed under the supervision of Dr. Narayan, Rachel had previously completed two separate summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates during her undergraduate career. The first in 2014 was at CMU where she focused work on mathematical frames in finite dimensions. The second program completed in the summer of 2015 was hosted by the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she, and I quote, "completely characterized the catenary degree of numerical monoids generated by a generalized arithmetic sequence of embedding dimensions in three."

    In addition to a variety of campus presentations, pieces of Rachel's research have already been presented in symposiums and conferences in Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Seattle Washington, and Washington DC.

    Beyond these professional presentations, Rachel's work has also been published in conference proceedings with a co-authored manuscript also currently submitted and under review for publication.

    In addition to her research, Rachel's passion and skill for all things mathematical have also been reflected in her service as the President of Kappa Mu Epsilon – the Mathematical Honors Society, her work as a math grading assistant, and her role as a supplemental instructor for pre-calculus classes. Because of Rachel's overall academic strength and experience in mathematics, Rachel was one of only two students to be named a CMU Goldwater Scholar nominee in 2015.

    As is true with most of our top academic students, however, Rachel's experiences reach beyond one narrow area of expertise. We appreciate that she did participate in a faculty led study abroad program, has been an active member of the CMU running club and film society, and even competed as a Division I student athlete in the pole vault during her academic career.

  • May 6, 2016
    CMU professor awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for research and teaching
    Central Michigan University statistics professor Felix Famoye​ has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program​grant to Nigeria in mathematics from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Famoye will research and lecture at the University of Lagos as part of a project to conduct research and implement hands-on activities and technology in statistics courses.​​

  • April 14, 2016
    NSF grant received to help study complex analysis
    Debraj Chakrabarti, assistant professor in the department of mathematics at CMU, was just awarded a grant of over $100,000 under the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Science. A portion of the grant will be used for undergraduate research in two area of mathematics…complex numbers and calculus. Complex numbers include quantities such as the square root of negative one. Calculus studies how physical or geometric quantities vary in space or time. The combination of these ideas (called complex analysis) leads to far-reaching and beautiful results about smoothly varying complex quantities (called holomorphic functions). These ideas can be used to model various natural phenomena such as electrical attraction or the motion of liquids. These considerations also have surprising consequences in other parts of mathematics, such as the properties of prime numbers, the geometry of higher dimensional spaces, and the study of equations (called partial differential equations) used to describe many physical processes such as heat conduction and the propagation of waves. This research project studies the behavior of holomorphic functions as one approaches the boundary of the region in higher dimensional space where the function is defined.

  • March 14, 2016
    Calculating March Madness
    CMU student crunches the numbers on NCAA tournament
    Central Michigan University actuarial science​ major Elizabeth Jackson is pairing her knowledge of statistics and love of basketball to calculate what it takes for a team to succeed in the NCAA Championship Tournament.​