AY 16-17 Seminars


Title: Studying Humans: Considerations and Policies

AbstractIt is useful to study and assess our own teaching, and if we're doing that, then it's useful to also publish about these studies and assessments. However, there are policies that must be followed and considerations to be made in studying your own students. This talk will cover some of the history of why those policies are in place and describe an outline of what you need to do to engage in doing research on teaching and learning. Click here to see the flyer.

Date Time and Location: Friday April 7, 9am in PB 138

Presenter: Jenna Tague, Ph.D (Fresno State)


Date Time and Location: March 24 2017; 11:00 AM in PB 138

Speaker: Przemyslaw Kajetanowicz, Ph. D. (Fresno State)

Title: Low-cost authoring and technological solutions in developing online self-assessment tools for math students

Abstract: The author will present his experience in developing online math content for K-12 and college students. Various solutions were appearing over last several years, from dynamically-generated Java-driven electronic exercises and problem sets to technologically-simpler ways to provide the student with opportunities to practice. Combining non-expensive authoring software with simple CSS- and HTML-based techniques gave promising results and were successfully implemented in one of Polish high schools as well as in the author's home university. 


FALL 2016

December 02 2016; 09:00 AM in PB 101:  Ke Wu, Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: Survival Analysis and Actuarial Life Tables 

Abstract: Survival analysis is generally defined as a set of methods for analyzing data where the outcome variable is the time until the occurrence of an event of interest. The event can be death, occurrence of a disease, marriage, etc. Survival analysis has been widely used in actuarial science, a discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions. In this talk we will discuss some applications of survival analysis in actuarial science, particularly the actuarial life tables. In actuarial science, a life table or mortality table is a table of statistics that provides information on the average probability of survival or death at different ages, the remaining life expectancy for people of different ages and the proportion of the original birth cohort still alive. In life actuarial practices, actuaries use life tables to build models for their insurance systems designed to assist individuals facing uncertainty about the times of their deaths. Survival analysis is concerned with the estimation of survival probabilities in a population under many different circumstances, which is used in the construction of the actuarial life tables. 


November 04 2016; 09:00 AM in S139 :  Marat Markin, Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: On Certain Spectral Features Inherent to Scalar Type Spectral Operators

Abstract: Important spectral features, such as the emptiness of the residual spectrum, countability of the point spectrum, provided the space is separable, and a characterization of spectral gap at 0, known to hold for bounded scalar type spectral operators, are shown to naturally transfer to the unbounded case. The fresh results are to be reported for the first time.

October 21 2016; 09:00 AM in S139 :  Przemek Kajetanowicz, Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: Making math concepts live - enhancing a calculus class with virtual experiments

Abstract: When a new concept or method is being introduced in a math class, combining rigid mathematical reasoning with computer-based experimentation can have strikingly positive impact on students' interest and motivation. The talk will address various calculus topics in that respect, such as Taylor/Maclaurin expansion, optimization problems, directional derivatives, definite integrals, iterated integrals and other. The author will share his experience in that area, referring to his calculus classes at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Specific Mathematica- and Geogebra-driven solutions as well as the way, in which they were used, will be presented.


October 14 2016; 09:00 AM in S139 : Katherine Kelm Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: Perfect Pitch, Imperfect Tuning: The Mathematics of Vibrations

Abstract: Ever wonder where the harmonic series gets its name?  In this talk we explore how changes in the frequency of vibrations affect the perception of musical pitch, why certain pitches sound good together, and why there is no perfect tuning system.


September 23 2016; 09:00 AM in S139 : Steve Chung Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: Collaborative Research Areas in Statistics

Abstract: In this talk, I will present some of my collaborative research work with students that I’ve been working on and discuss future collaborative areas.  These areas include modeling in time series, medical research, economics, and big data analysis.


September 09 2016; 09:00 AM in S139 : Rajee Amarasinghe Ph.D. (CSU Fresno)

Title: Growth and Trends of Mathematics Classes and Students


If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact the Mathematics Department  at 559.278.2992 or e-mailmath.office@csufresno.edu.Requests should be made at least one week in advance of the event.