Mathematics News

Archived News from 2015.


(12-1-15) There were two Beling lectures in Mathematics this semester.

  • Riordan Group and it's Applications in Counting Lattice Paths by Prof. Sheng-Liang Yang, Visiting Scholar at IWU from Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou, China.
  • A Biologist and a Statistician Walked into a Bar... by Prof. Olcay Akman, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

(12-1-15) Prof. Sheng-Liang Yang, a Visiting Scholar at IWU whose home institution is Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou, China, gave the department's third brown-bag lunch talk of the semester just before Thanksgiving break.  He spoke about the mathematics education system in China.  Pictured below left to right: Dan Roberts, Tian-Xiao He, Sheng-Liang Yang, Zahia Drici, and Ray Jiang '17.

Yang brown bag

(11-2-15) Actuarial Success.  Math and Finance double major Keyuan Wan '17 passed the second actuarial science test, financial mathematics.  He passed the test in June.

(10-29-15) Prof. Olcay Akman from Illinois State University gave the department's second brown-bag lunch talk of the fall semester.  He spoke about the new graduate program consortium in Biomathematics available at Illinois State.

(10-13-15) Alumnus Steven Lachowski '15 and math majors Jacob Henry '16 and Jacob Nowakowski '17 gave the department's first brown-bag lunch talk of the fall semester today.  They discussed a series of calculus modules that they designed over the summer of 2015 using the mathematical programming software Mathematica.

Pictured from left to right: Jacob Nowakowski '17, Steven Lachowski '15, and Jacob Henry '16.

(5-26-15) Math major Cindy Basilio '17 is interning at Lingnan University in Hong Kong this summer as part of a large grant awarded to IWU by the Freeman Foundation.  See this article for more details.

(5-26-15) Update: Math major Jill Harmon '16 had great success at Nationals, placing 4th in the triple jump and 7th in the heptathlon.

(5-18-15) IWU math majors Christine Peterson '16 and Matthew Mardis '16 are completing internships with State Farm this summer.

Christine Peterson '16 and Matthew Mardis '15 at the State Farm Intern Kick-off for all summer 2015 interns.













(5-13-15) Congratulations.  Our very own Natalie Hoijer '15 (who graduated two weeks ago) was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award.  This award is meant to "foster and celebrate student research that engages, translates and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional boundaries."  Natalie was a double math/music major.  She conducted research on the relationship between mathematical patterns and musical compositions.  For more details, please see this article.

Natalie Hoijer pi day
Natalie Hoijer celebrating Pi Day by baking pi pies.














(5-13-15) Throughout the past year IWU math students Christine Peterson '16 and Gina Mayer '16, with the help of others, worked hard to re-establish the IWU chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).  It is now a thriving chapter.  From the AWM website:

"The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences."

Faculty advisors for our AWM chapter are Prof. Zahia Drici and Prof. Dan Roberts.



Jill Harmon triple jump
Jill Harmon on the podium for triple jump.


(5-6-15) Beling summer research students named.  This summer three IWU math majors will be conducting research with math faculty.  This research is supported by funds made available through the Earl and Marian A. Beling Professorship of Natural Sciences held by Professor Tian-Xiao He.

  • Brian Bollivar '16 is working with Prof. Shallue.
  • Jacob Nowakowski '17 is working with Prof. Shallue.
  • Jinze Zheng '17 is working with Prof. He.



(4-1-15)  IWU math major Jill Harmon '16 placed 5th in nation at NCAA DIII nationals in the triple jump.  She is pictured on the right.



(3-30-15) Actuarial Success.  IWU math major Christine Peterson '16 passed the SOA Probability actuarial exam.





(3-30-15) IWU math majors Christine Peterson '16, Dana Jourdan '17, and Jacob Henry '16 gave presentations this past weekend at the 25th Annual Expanding Your Horizons through Math, Science, and Technology Conference.  The conference is for students in grades 5 through 10, as well as their parents.

Christine and Dana at EYH
Christine Peterson and Dana Jourdan at EYH.
Jacob and Christine at EYH
Jacob Henry and Christine Peterson at EYH.



(1-8-15)  Dr. Tian-Xiao He received an NSF and AMS travel award in partial support of his attendance, talks, and service for the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.  Dr. He also published the article (with Peter J. S. Shiue) "Algorithms for enumeration problem of linear congruence modulo m as sum of restricted partition numbers", Frontiers of Mathematics in China, 10 (2015), no. 1, 69-89.