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Provost Lecture Series: Math professor to showcase research


An Austin Peay State University mathematics professor will share his latest research on new algorithms he conducted last year as the next presenter in the University’s esteemed Provost Lecture Series.

Dr. Samuel Jator, professor in the APSU Department of Mathematics, will speak at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. His topic is titled “Marching or Leaping Numerically: What Makes the Difference?”

The focus of his talk will be on new algorithms for solving differential equations numerically in a “leaping fashion,” Jator said. Specifically, he will show that the new methods can be applied to differential equations that arise in several areas of application, such as the classical equations in mathematical physics, predator-prey models in biology, the chemical reaction problem in chemistry and the Black-Scholes model in finance.

His presentation will be the culmination of research conducted while on faculty development leave in Spring 2010.

Jator, a professor at APSU since 1998, has a Ph.D. in mathematics with an emphasis in numerical analysis from the University of Ilorin in Ilorin, Nigeria. He is the 2009 recipient of APSU’s Richard M. Hawkins Award for excellence in scholarly and creative achievement.

A member of the American Mathematical Society, Jator has published 22 manuscripts in peer-refereed journal such as the International Journal of Computer Mathematics, International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics and Computation. In addition, Jator has served as a reviewer for several scholarly journals. He also has presented at several national and international meetings.

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at (931) 221-7992 or e-mail him at -- Melony Shemberger