Feb

24

2017

Several porous media are characterized by a network of nanopores where the adsorbed fluid lies in a anomalous state subject to strong intermolecular forces with the solid particles. Among them we may highlight, shale gas, coalbed methane and swelling clays.

Feb

27

2017

A decade ago, Yves Couder and coworkers discovered that droplets walking on a vibrating fluid bath exhibit several features previously thought to be exclusive to the microscopic, quantum realm. These walking droplets propel themselves by virtue of a resonant interaction with their own wavefield, and so represent the first macroscopic realization of a pilot-wave system of the form proposed for microscopic quantum dynamics by Louis de Broglie in the 1920s.

Feb

28

2017

Chris's major professor is Prof. Mary Beisiegel.

Feb

28

2017

Let k be an algebraic number field which is a Galois

extension of the rational field. A Minkowski unit in k is

a unit with the additional property that its conjugates under

the Galois action generate a subgroup of units with maximum

possible rank. Minkowski proved long ago that such units always

exist. I will outline a new proof that establishes the existence

of a Minkowski unit \beta such that the Weil height of \beta

is comparable to the sum of the heights of a basis for the

group of units.

Mar

01

2017

Predicting the secondary structure of an RNA sequence with fast speed and high accuracy has been a long standing challenge in computational biology. It is an important problem because knowing structures reveals crucial information about the RNA’s function, which is useful in many applications. Being able to rapidly determine the structure is extremely useful given the overwhelming pace of increase in genomic data (about 10^21 base-pairs per year) and given the small percentage of sequences that have experimentally determined structure.

The lasagna dinner on Saturday, February 11th was a resounding success. Over 60 students, staff, faculty and family members were treated to an array of lasagna and other international dishes prepared for this traditional department affair.

The menu was so excellent that for one category a tie had to be broken!

Thanks go to Charles Camacho for coordinating the student effort; to the office staff, Deanne in particular, for providing the logistics; and also to the faculty that were able...

Thanks to all the participants of Math Professional Development night on Wednesday February 15, 2017. More than 30 students and faculty were present at this event which featured career-related presentations on the academic, actuarial, and industry/lab paths, CV-tuning and mock interview booths, as well as skype-visits with our alumni Timothy Costa (Intel), Sooie-Hoe Loke (CWU), Duncan McGregor (Sandia NL), F. Patricia Medina (WPI), and Adriana Mendoza (Green River College). Faculty volunteers included Profs Bokil, Higdon, Hur, Larson, Lockwood, Peszynska, Restrepo, Riverstone, Showalter, and Thomann. We'll do it again. [If you...

The 2017 Oregon Academy of Sciences meeting will take place this Saturday, 2/25, at OSU. Plenary speakers include Tevian Dray and Corinne Manogue, who will speak about "Active Engagement: Lessons learned from the Paradigms and Bridge projects." The plenary session runs from 1-2:30 PM in LInC 100.

Mathematics graduate students and faculty may be interested in the recent article "Math PhD Careers: New Opportunities Emerging Amidst Crisis" which is available at http://www.ams.org/publications/journals/notices/201703/rnoti-p260.pdf The article includes thoughtful analyses and helpful suggestions for expanding employment opportunities in mathematical sciences outside the academic setting.

In relation to this, doctoral students are reminded of the upcoming deadline March 1 for NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship opportunities at http://www.orise.orau.gov/nsf-msgi/default.html....