Students, professor to present mathematics research

Huntington, Ind.—The Christians in Scientific Careers seminar series will begin the spring semester with mathematics students Alicia Hoffmann and Ashley Meyer presenting their summer research in mathematics from 4 to 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Hiner Hall of the Science Hall.

Alicia Hoffmann and Tim Doster (Rochester Institute of Technology) work on a presentation for the Young Mathematicians Conference at the Ohio State University. In the background, Stefan Sabo (University of Pennsylvania) and Eric Lownes (North Carolina State University) edit their paper.
Alicia Hoffmann’s presentation is titled “Finite vs. Infinite Fullerenes and the Ihara Zeta Function,” and Ashley Meyer’s presentation is titled “Effective Condition Number.”

Hoffmann, a mathematics major from Fort Wayne, Ind., spent eight weeks conducting mathematical research through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates. She was a part of the Geometry and Physics on Graphs program, with an emphasis on fullerene graphs.

Ashley Meyer is on far right. The others are students at Hong Kong Baptist University. Meyer and these students participated in an advertising campaign photo shoot. The pictures are now up on large pillars on campus.
A senior mathematics major from Angola, Ind., Meyer conducted research at Hong Kong Baptist University through the Colorado School of Mines and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates. During the eight-week experience, she focused on numerical analysis and scientific computing (math and computers), her data having applications in applied science and engineering.

The campus and the public are invited to attend, and the seminar counts for elective chapel credit. The following week, Hoffman and Meyer also will present their talks at the Women in Mathematics conference in Nebraska.

Dr. Bobbi Buchholz
On Feb. 15, Dr. Bobbi Buchholz, assistant professor of mathematics, will present a summary of her recent doctoral dissertation research titled “Self-Adjoint Matrix Equations on Time Scales” at 4 p.m., also in Hiner Hall. Refreshments will be served. The campus and the public are invited to attend, and the seminar counts for elective chapel credit.

Buchholz joined the mathematics faculty in the fall of 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and computer science from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2002-2005, Buchholz served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include dynamic equations on time scales, difference equations and differential equations.

There is no charge for either seminar.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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