APSU students perform well at Tennessee Academy of Science meeting
Several Austin Peay State University students took home awards for their outstanding research papers during the 2014 Tennessee Academy of Science Middle Division Collegiate Meeting for Undergraduate Research at Belmont University on April 12.
APSU students David Griffin, Steven Purcell and Donald Hayes received second-place honors for their presentation, "Bernoulli's equation using an ideal fluid in the complex plane.” Dr. Ben Ntatin, associate professor of mathematics, mentored the students. The students are enrolled in Ntatin's Introduction to Complex Analysis class.
APSU students Griffin, Kyle Hayes and Katie Rosenberg earned the third-place award for their presentation "The design of a satellite attitude control system.” Dr. Ramanjit Sahi, associate professor of mathematics, mentored the students. They are enrolled Sahi's Linear Algebra class.
Both Ntatin and Sahi were present to cheer and support the students in this occasion.
MAA 2014--Students, Dodji Kuwonu, Michael McAllister, Bruce Cain, Benjamin Hardin, and Brent Champion, mentored by Ben Ntatin and Samuel Jator and Faculty, Ramanjit Sahi, each presented talks at the MAA Southeastern Section 93rd Annual Meeting
APSU Math Team Dodji Kuwonu, David Zhang, and Ben Firth won 2nd place at the 2014 Southeastern Section MAA Math Jeopardy Contest. They were mentored by Ben Ntatin.
APSU Math Professor Teaches in Honduras
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this summer Dr. Ben Ntatin, Austin Peay State University associate professor of mathematics, traveled to the Central American nation of Honduras to teach a couple college-level math classes at the Soto Cano Air Base. When he arrived in May, Ntatin discovered the enrollment numbers for his courses were a bit low.
“When I arrived, I had one student,” he said. “I worked really hard to recruit students because some didn’t even know they had tuition assistance available to them. They had to apply to college for the first time.”
Ntatin attended assemblies and meetings at the base, pitching the idea of a college education to the U.S. soldiers stationed at Soto Cano. He eventually convinced nine students to enroll in one course and six to try another one, continuing APSU’s new foray into Honduras.
Last year, the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell decided to offer the soldiers stationed at Soto Cano an option other than online classes. The Center pitched the idea of teaching in Honduras to professors at APSU’s Clarksville campus, and during the spring semester, APSU assistant professor of history Dr. Sheena Harris became the first faculty member to spend a few months at the airbase.
On May 22, Ntatin arrived as the second APSU faculty member to teach in that Central American country. His students were all soldiers stationed at the air base.
“They were very good students,” he said. “It was the same impression I’ve always had of soldiers. They’re very disciplined and a desirable kind of student. I had to be more flexible because they are active duty, and sometimes they went out on missions. Even so, they were very conscientious to make sure they did all their assigned work. I was very impressed.”
In his off hours, Ntatin lived in military housing, ate in the local mess hall and taught himself Spanish.
“I speak many languages, and Spanish was one I always promised myself I would learn,” he said. “I occupied myself during the day trying to learn Spanish, and I came back being able to speak it.”
The Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell is looking to continue its presence at the air base, sending APSU professors in subjects such as English, history and mathematics to Honduras for eight weeks each semester. Ntatin said he’d like to go back to motivate these soldiers to pursue a college education.
“Personally, it breaks my heart when I see servicemen and women not having a job,” he said. “You need to see the amount of work they do, the discipline they have and the things they do. I was very forceful about that point when I was recruiting them. You have tuition assistance here so you need to use it. And I think the fire of learning was lit in them.”
For more information on the program, contact Ntatin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chiriga N. Moore, Mathew M. Hinson, Bruce E. Cain Jr., Mahmoud Parvizi, Julian Thomas Texidor, Seth Charles, Anderson Coble, Kristen Knight, Joshua Allen Williams, William G. Rich, Michail McAlliter, Traci Grant, Jordan Taylor, Brandy L. Smith, Mark Berghel, Linh Nguyen, Hudson T. Bilbrey, Andrew T. Wilson II, James I. Murtha, Douglas J. Bruce, Murphy Rogers, Travis Tanner, Ms. Audrey Bullock, Dr. Indranil Ghosh
Our students won awards in both the completed and in-progress research category in the poster presentations at 2013 Research Forum.
In-progress Research Category: Liliana Alvarez and Anne French, Connections between Markov Chains and Knot Theory, mentored by Dr. Sahi
Completed Research Category: Donald Buhl-Brown and William Rich, An Analysis of Using Depth Data to Refine Frame Difference Motion Detection Algorithms, mentored by Dr. Nicholson
Students participated and won prizes at the 2013 TAS Middle Division Collegiate Meeting for Undergraduate Research held at Belmont University. The title of the talks are as follows:
Congratulations to Kristen Knight, who was named winner of the Patterson Prize at the 2013 annual meetings of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Winthrop University, SC. The Walt and Susan Patterson Prize was established in 2006 to encourage undergraduates to participate in the annual meetings. This prize is given to the best student presentations at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Kristen won this award for presenting a paper entitled "Applications to generalized distributions", which is part of research she did with Dr. Ayman Alzaatreh.
Student Presentations were as follows:
A COMPARISON OF THE MAPPING PROPERTIES OF SCHLICT FUNCTIONS AND HARMONIC FUNCTIONS. Tia Guarino, Lucas Johnson, Cory Medlin (Mentored by Dr. Ntatin)
An Investigation of the Convergence of the Newton-Raphson Method in the Complex Plane. Mason Yost, James York-Winegar, and Cortney Bramlett (Mentored by Dr. Ntatin)
(Won 3rd place) THE JOUKOWSKY AIRFOIL: TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE COMPLEX PLANE. Zaklina Cetic, Anne French, Yuri Kim, Arkadiusz Piasecki (Mentored by Dr. Ntatin)
Sencond place was won by Ann French and Lilian Alvarez, presenting on ...... (Mentored by Dr. Sahi)
The APSU Mathematical Modeling team has received an Honorable Mention Designation in the International Contest in Mathematical Modeling. Team members are James York-Winegar, Mason Yost, and Michael Walker. Team sponsor and coach is Dr. Raman Sahi. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sahi and her students.
The Middle Tennessee Mathematics’ Teachers held their annual conference February 3-4, 2012 at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. The conference was attended by over 240 inservice and preservice teachers. Five APSU faculty and 4 APSU students presented at the conference. Ashley Whitehead presented “Problem Solving and Modeling with Fractions”. She also presented “Student Teaching: the good, the bad, and the ugly.” with Dr. Ann Assad. Additionally, Dr. Ann Assad presented “Early Experiences in Problem Solving through Connections”. Dr. Matt Jones and Dr. Andy Wilson presented “SOARing with Mathematics” with APSU student Katie Mattingly. Dr. Jackie Vogel presented “A Grab Bag of Manipulatives” with APSU students Gena Carter, Meaghan Sikes, and Josh Bunger. An additional 17 students attended the conference as part of a SASI grant, along with about 15 students from Residency I. The students gained valuable experience from this conference as evidenced in the following quotes by Meaghan Sikes and Katie Mattingly. “I really enjoyed this experience and would love to go back!” and “This was definitely a learning experience for me. I feel like I have grown as a speaker and a teacher candidate.”
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1st Prize: ANALIZING MATHEMATICAL BELIEFS USING GEOMETRIC PICTURES. Stephanie J. Jessie*, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
2nd Prize: MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF A PROSTHETIC HAND FROM THE MANUFACTURING POINT OF VIEW. Lisa Elliott*, Tia Guarino*, Stephanie Jessie*, and James Winegar*, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
3rd Prize: COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE BUGEY NEUTINO OSCILLATION EXPERIMENT. Mason T. Yost*, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
Other student presentations:
MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF BEADS FOR A GIVEN JAR. Cortney L. Bramlett*, Megan N. Alvarez*, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
SOME GENERALIZATIONS OF SCHLICHT FUNCTIONS DEFINED USING THE SALAGEAN OPERATOR. James York-Winegar*, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
CREATING THE IDEAL MATHEMATICS EDIFICE. Kelsey Phillips, Liliana Alvarez, Jonathan Clinard, Anne French, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
Faculty presentations at TAS:
KNOTS AND CHIRALITY. Ramanjit K. Sahi, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
APPLICATION OF OPTIMAL CONTROL TO THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MALARIA DISEASE. Okosun, K. O. Agusto F. B., and Nizar Marcus, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee (OAFB), and University of the Western Cape, South Africa (OK, NM)
THE CANTOR SET – A PATHOLOGICAL SUBSET OF THE REALS. Ben Ntatin, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.
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2) Baker R. Byron
3) Foust William L.
4) French Anne Marie
5) Hayes, Christopher R.
6) Jensen Elijah R.
7) Nelson Lawrence D.
8) Sullivan Skylar J.
9) Thompson, Terry E.
10) Smith William T.
11) Lemons Samuel
12) Dr. Ayman Alzaatreh
13) Dr. Folashade Agusto
14) Ms. Smith Nellie R.
1) Liliana M. Alvarez
2) Janica T. Bolden
3) Casey Neil Brock
4) Kevin F. Carrigan
5) Sean M. Cather
6) Tia Guarino
7) Stephanie R. Jessie
8) Yuri Kim
9) Stephen M. Stone
10) James M. Winegar
11) Mason T. Yost
12) Emarus D. Shay
13) Kathryn S. Skinner
14) Dr. Yi-Lin Cheng
15) Dr. Jaime Taylor