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Week of: Mar 31, 2019

Kieval Lecture Mathematics

The Humboldt State University Mathematics Colloquium and annual Kieval Lecture will take place on Thursday, April 25.

Humboldt State University Mathematics Colloquium, Dr. Frank Farris, April 25, 2019, 4:00-4:50 PM, BSS 166
“In Creating Symmetry, The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, I explain a process to create wallpaper patterns from photographs using ideas from partial differential equations and complex analysis. In this talk, complex numbers take center stage. What are they and why are they useful in making images like the one shown? Using the domain coloring algorithm, which I proposed in the late ‘90s, we illustrate many familiar concepts from complex analysis. Then we take a step in the direction of art, using photographic material as our color palette. Completing the complex plane to the Riemann sphere gives us even more flexibility.”

The 73rd Harry S. Kieval Lecture, Dr. Frank Farris, April 25, 2019, 7:30-8:30 PM, FH 118
“For some reason, humans like to see symmetry. For instance, your mind can look at a pattern and know how it could repeat to fill the whole plane. In this talk, I’ll focus on helping you see the symmetries in decorative patterns, from rosettes and friezes to wallpaper patterns. I’ll describe the path that led me to create these patterns, using mathematics and photographs. The kernel of the idea is as simple as a sine wave, but the story touches on such far-flung topics as group theory and partial differential equations. Building from scratch, I’ll take you through my technique of turning photographs into mathematical art.”

Frank Farris, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University, has served as editor of Mathematics Magazine and as the MAA Chair of the Council on Publications and Communications. His book, Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. It describes a new artistic process for creating art from source photographs. Exhibitions of this work have been displayed by Carleton College, Cornell University, Bowdoin College, Pomona College, Pacific University, Temple University, and others. His undergraduate degree is from Pomona College (1977) and his Ph.D. from MIT (1981). Awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Golden Section of the MAA and Best Photograph, Painting, or Print at the 2018 Mathematical Art Exhibition at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

This Kieval lecture series is presented by the HSU Department of Mathematics. Named for HSU Mathematics Professor Emeritus. Dr. Harry S. Kieval, who taught at HSU from 1966 to 1979, the series includes topics on popular and/or broad aspects of mathematics attractive to undergraduates and the public.

Week of: Mar 24, 2019

Determining Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian CNRS

Please join us for the 2019 Lamberson Ecology Lecture Series with guest speaker, Dr. Larissa Bailey, Colorado State University. Dr. Bailey’s evening presentation is titled, “Combining Science and Expert Knowledge to Determine Optimal Management Strategies for a Declining Amphibian.” The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in NR 101, is free and open to the public. 
Abstract: Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a salient threat to many animal taxa, causing local and global extinctions, altering communities and ecosystem function. On such disease, chytridiomycosis, is a prominent driver of amphibian declines caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). To guide conservation policy, we combined empirical knowledge of host-pathogen metapopulation dynamics with expert judgment regarding effects of management actions, to select from potential conservation strategies. We apply our approach to a boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) and Bd system in the southern Rocky Mountains and identified conservation strategies that balance tradeoffs in maximizing toad population persistence and landscape-level distribution, while considering costs. The most robust strategy is expected to reduce the decline of toad breeding sites from 53% to 21% over 50 years. Our findings are incorporated into management policy to guide conservation planning. We also developed a user-friendly online application that could serve as a template for managers of other systems challenged by EIDs.

College: College of Natural Resources and Sciences, CNRS, Dean’s Office
Lecture Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location: NR 101
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. John Matsui, UC Berkeley will present the keynote address for the CTL Teaching Excellence Symposium in the College Creek Community Center 260 - (Great Hall) on Friday, March 29th at 11:00 AM.

Dr. John Matsui is the Assistant Dean of Biological Sciences and Director of the Biology Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Matsui is dedicated to making biology accessible. A primary goal of Dr. Matsui’s work is to “level the playing field” for individuals who, like himself, do not fit the historical profile of success and to help them become leaders in their future science-related careers. Please join us to hear Dr. Matsui’s experiences working with minoritized students and his efforts to eliminate achievement gaps.

Poster presentations from your HSU colleagues working at advancing inclusion in STEM will be on display from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Date: Friday, March 29th
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Great Hall

Week of: Mar 10, 2019

Transfer Support Mob in Communication Communication

Transfer Support Mob in Communication

Students who transfer into Humboldt State often face the burden of a new school with the assumption that they know the norms and practices of university life.  The Department of Communication provides peer-to-peer support for transfer students in the form of the Transfer Support Mob.  Every semester the TSM gather to answer questions, provide guidance and help incoming transfer students to navigate life at Humboldt State.

On January 28, 2019, almost a dozen current Communication Majors (most of them former transfer students) gathered to discuss housing, health care, food, exercise, music, classes and professors with the Spring 2019 transfer cohort. 

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Seminar – Elizabeth Milano, PhD, USGS, will present “From Salt Marshes to Mountains: Population genetic surveys of six rare plant species in San Diego County”.

The U.S. Geological Survey - Western Ecological Research Center uses tools from molecular ecology and conservation genetics to preserve biodiversity by bolstering management and monitoring efforts of six rare plant species in San Diego County. These efforts provide a baseline for the genetic diversity of rare plants along steep environmental gradients and foundations for conservation and management strategies.

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time:  4:00 PM
Location: Science B 133

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