Colloquium Schedule


Chris Rorres (University of Pennsylvania)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mendel Hall, Room 154 2:30-3:30

Topic: Mathematical Modeling of Animal Epidemics

Abstract: Animal epidemics, such as those of foot-and-mouth disease and infectious salmon anemia, have the potential of causing enormous economic losses, as evidenced by the devastating 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic in the United Kingdom. In addition, some animal epidemics, avian influenza for example, pose the threat of being continued in human populations.

Today, with the availability of enormous computing power and precise global positioning systems, more accurate models of animal epidemics are being developed to explore effective vaccination and culling policies. This talk will discuss research being undertaken at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, emphasizing work in the use of graph theory to chart the progression of chronic wasting disease (CWD) among deer populations in Pennsylvania.

Tom Corwin '69 (Corwin Associates)

Friday, November 6, 2016

Mendel Hall Room 154, 2:30-3:30

Title: The Mathematics of Search: Theory and Operational Examples


I will review the basic tenants of Optimal Search Theory and discuss its application to real-world searches. These include:

  1.  The search for the H-bomb lost off Polomares Spain — 1966

  2.  The search for the USS Scorpion — 1968

  3.  Clearance of the Suez Canal — 1974

  4.  ComSubPac Submarine searches — 1975 through 1977

  5.  Search for the  Miramar F-14 — 1976

  6.  Search for the USS Central America — 1988

  7.  Air France 447 — 2009

  8.  Malaysian Air 370 — 2014

Robert Buchanan (Millersville University)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mendel Hall Room 154, 2:20-3:30

Title: The Mathematics of Wagering

Abstract: Parimutuel wagering is a form of gambling in which the payoff of a bet is determined in part by the collective wagers of all the bettors. Parimutuel wagering in common in horse racing and lotteries. The past performance of horses and jockeys can be analyzed to model the probabilities associated with future performance outcomes. When private estimates of race outcome probabilities differ from the collective public’s estimates as measured by their wagers, bets may be made which have a positive rate of return. The amount wagered and the outcomes wagered on must be carefully chosen to optimize the utility of the bettor’s bankroll. Information present in the win betting pool can be used to estimate probabilities of outcomes in the exotic betting pools.

This talk will touch on topics in statistical modeling, parameter estimation, and nonlinear, numerical constrained optimization. It will be understandable by undergraduate mathematics students.

David Chuss '97 (Villanova University)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mendel Hall 154, 2:30-3:30

Topic: Searching for the Fingerprint of Inflation in the Cosmic Microwave Background

Abstract: The past two decades have brought a vast improvement in our understanding of cosmology during which the Big Bang paradigm has been quantified using a six parameter model.  The observed geometric flatness of the universe, it's near homogeneity, and the small deviation from scale invariance of the small temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (the relic radiation from the early universe) have hinted that the universe underwent a period of brief, rapid expansion in the first fraction of a second.  This expansion, called "inflation," is predicted to produce gravitational waves that would have imprinted a faint but distinct polarization pattern in the cosmic microwave background.   The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) is currently being constructed in the Atacama Desert to search for this signal to test the inflation paradigm. I will review the state of the art of our current understanding of cosmology and discuss the CLASS instrument capabilities.

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Dr. Maureen Carroll (Scranton University)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mendel Hall. Room 154 2:30 - 3:30

Title: Games on Planes: Using similar rules to Tic-Tac-Toe to create a variety of strategy games

Dr. Yimin Zhang (Villanova University)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mendel Hall. Room 115 2:30 - 3:30

Title: Restricted Scheffe` Method Using Minimal Cone Approach for Multiple Comparisons

Dr. Paul Berhardt (Villanova University)                                                         

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mendel Hall, Room 115 2:30 - 3:30

Title: Joint Modeling: When One Model is Not Enough


Dr. Jesse Frey (Villanova University)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mendel Hall, Room 115, 2:30 - 3:30

Title: A Powerful New Test for the General Two-Sample Problem


Dr. Ben Siebold (Temple University)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mendel Hall, Room 115; 2:30-3:30

Title: The Analogy of Phantom Traffic Jams and Detonation Waves

Dr. David Futer (Temple University)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mendel Hall, Room 115; 2:30-3:30

Title: The Rental Harmony Theorem

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Dr. Djordje Milićević, Bryn Mawr College

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mendel Hall, Room 154, 2:45pm (refreshments at 2:30pm)

Title: Sub_Weyl subconvexity and short p-adic exponential sums

Dr. Elizabeth Beazley, Haverford College

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mendel Hall, Room 154, 3:15 pm

Title: The Rim Hook Rule: Enumerative Geometry via Combinatorics

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928

Chair: Dr. Douglas Norton
Staff: Marie O'Brien, 610.519.4809
          Lorraine McGraw, 610.519.4850