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Faculty plaudits

Several faculty members at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional and scholarly activities.
Several faculty members at Austin Peay State University recently brought recognition to the University through their professional and scholarly activities.

Jackie Vogel, professor of mathematics, gave a talk, titled “Proportional Reasoning Activities for Pre-Service Teachers,” during the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges held April 16-17 at Cleveland State Community College. In addition, Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics, Loretta Griffy, associate professor of mathematics, and Matt Jones, associate professor of mathematics, co-presented a talk, titled “Facebook Friends: An Activity in Statistical Analysis,” at the conference.

Several faculty and students attended the southeastern sectional meeting of the Mathematical Association of America held March 26-27 at Elon University in Elon, N.C. Nell Rayburn, professor of mathematics, gave a short course, titled “Introduction to LaTex.” Ben Ntatin, assistant professor of mathematics, gave two talks: “A Distortion Theorem for Univalent Functions Defined using the Salagean Differential Operator” and “Cycle Space of the Closed Orbit of a semi-simple Lie Group acting on a Flag Manifold.”

Raman Sahi, assistant professor of mathematics, presented “Solving Initial Value Problems Using Boundary Value Technique.” Yuriy Bulka, assistant professor of mathematics, spoke on “Estimate of Order of Error of Numerical Solutions of Infinite — Dimensional Volterra Integral Equation.”

The conference also featured the event, Mathematical Jeopardy, and the following APSU students participated in the game: Caleb Wherry, Robert French, Casey McKnight and Brodrick Wiley. There were 32 teams in the competition.

The following students also gave talks: Caleb Wherry, “A Mathematical Introduction to Shor's Quantum Factoring Algorithm,” and Robert French, “Evaluating Discrimators and other Algebraic Terms: Genetic Programming as a Mathematical Tool.”

Jim Vandergriff, professor of computer science and information technology, served as program chair for the meeting.