2021-2022 Mathematics Colloquium Schedule

Upcoming Talks:

March 31

3:30 PM - SDRICH 207

Lexi Pasi (PhD '21)
Title: Making Meaning: Advancing Your Career in Industry with the Art and Science of Mathematical Story-Telling
Abstract: With the rise of big data and machine learning revolutionizing countless industries, the demand for mathematical and quantitative skills in the workforce is at an all-time high. But navigating this highly competitive and ever-evolving space presents a number of challenges that require one to broaden their conceptual understanding of mathematics and its place in the world. What has been termed "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" has, in the context of data science, revolutionized the way we must think about the scientific process. And the economic pressures that are applied to this process in a fast-paced business environment necessitate that we step outside a philosophy of mathematics which relegates math to neat little silos of controlled formal truth. Mathematicians in corporate and industry positions must learn to embrace their role as mathematical story-tellers: understanding the interplay of mathematical formalism, technical pragmatism, and human desire at every juncture to weave a story of order and meaning out of the chaotic landscape of data and possibility.

April 21

3:30 PM - SDRICH 207

Anzhong Wang (Baylor, physics)
Title: The uniform asymptotic approximation of the second-order ordinary differential equations and its applications to frontiers of physics
Abstract: In this talk, I shall first give a brief review of the uniform asymptotic approximation (UAA) method for solving second-order ordinary differential equations, and then apply it to the studies of gravitational waves, quasi-normal modes of black holes, and power spectra of cosmological perturbations in the framework of quantum gravity. This method provides one of the most accurate analytic computations known in the literature. In particular, when applying it to quantum cosmology, we find that the upper bound of errors is no larger than 0.15% up to the third-order approximation, which is sufficiently accurate for the current and forthcoming cosmological observations. Such analytic investigations shall also lead to much better and deeper understanding and insight of the problems, and provide possible deep machine learning platforms. At the end of my talk, I shall also mention a couple of questions that we are currently facing, and for which we thus seek new ideas. This report is partially based on a collaboration of Drs. Gerald Cleaver (Physics), Klaus Kirsten, Tim Sheng, and Anzhong Wang (Physics), and was supported in part by Baylor University through CASPER.
Contact: Tao Mei

April 22

3:00 PM - Marrs-McLean Science Building room 101

Kulumani Rangaswamy (Colorado)
Title: Manfred Dugas at 70: A survey of his research contributions
Abstract: TBA
Contact: Daniel Herden

April 28

3:30 PM - SDRICH 207

Jerry Bona (University of Illinois Chicago)
Title: Mathematics in the service of biology and oceanography
Abstract: I will survey several applications of mathematical analysis to issues arising in biology and oceanography. As time permits, these will include a model for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, the formation of Rogue Waves, modeling Arterial Blood Flow and propagation of Large Amplitude Internal Waves. While these may not sound closely connected, a common theme will emerge.
Contact: Dorina Mitrea

May 5

3:00 PM - Marrs-McLean Science Building room 101

Amy Goodman (Baylor)
Title: Kathy Hutchison: A celebration of 37 years of teaching at Baylor
Abstract: TBA

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