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Provost Lecture Series: Physics professor to present research

3/29/2011

The next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University will feature an APSU professor who will present progress on research that piggybacks on a recent colleague’s work in the mathematics field.

Dr. Justin Oelgoetz, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will give a talk, titled “Implementing Jator's Jump,” at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 31 in the Morgan University Center, Room 308. The event is free and open to the public.

In January, Dr. Samuel Jator, a faculty member in the APSU Department of Mathematics, spoke on a new class of numerical methods that have a potential application in many computational fields. These methods solve for a number of points at the same time instead of sequentially. In order to effectively use these methods, they must be implemented in a compilable, higher-level programming language.  

“I will present recent progress toward such an implementation and compare both their accuracy and run time to the more traditional Runge-Kutta methods,” Oelgoetz said. “If time allows, I will also comment on the future direction of these methods, as well as their potential to be ported to parallel platforms as well as graphics processing units (GPUs).”

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 johnsonb@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger