Week of December 6-10, 2010 Monday, December 6, 2010 3:45 PM Calculus Seminar 459 MSC Irina Franke will ask about the role of proof in the calculus sequences, and Gordon Wade will ponder mathematics and calculus as humanities. Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:45 AM Math 1220 Instructor Meeting 400 MSC 1:00 PM Graduate Committee Meeting 400 MSC 3:45 PM Faculty Meeting 459 MSC The Chair selection committee is asking all tenure-stream faculty, full-time instructors, postdocs, and staff to come to the second forum of the candidates for Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics whose 4-year term will begin in the Summer of 2011. At this time, the candidates will continue to be responding to questions from the department and follow-up questions from the audience. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 9:00 AM Math 1150 Instructor Meeting 400 MSC 11:30 AM Statistics Seminar 459 MSC Shihai Lv, BGSU Bayesian analysis of single-molecule experimental data 1:30 PM Analysis Seminar 459 MSC David Rumsey, BGSU Numerical Smoothness and Error Analysis for RKDG on Scalar Nonlinear Conservation Laws (Part II) The new concept of numerical smoothness is applied to the RKDG (Runge-Kutta/Discontinuous Galerkin) methods for scalar nonline conservations laws. Continuing from where we left off, we will begin by giving an error estimate for smooth solutions and note the order of this estimate. Next we will define the "smoothness" indicators used to compute the error. An outline of the proof of the spatial discritization error will be given. Finally, some experimental results confirming the boundedness of the indicators will be shown. 2:30 pm Education Seminar 459 MSC 3:30 pm Algebra Seminar 459 MSC Stephen Gagola III Using Caley generalized hexagons to determine covering numbers II Covering numbers of groups have been broadly explored and some results have been shown, by Foguel and Kappe, to also hold for loops. It was proven by Tomkinson that there exist positive integers which are not the covering number for any group. We will see if such results extend to Moufang loops by investigating the construction of the split Cayley generalized hexagon. Thursday, December 9, 2010 10:45 AM Math 1120 Instructor Meeting 400 MSC 3:45 PM Foundational Math Committee Meeting 400 MSC Friday, December 10, 2010 3:30 PM COLLOQUIUM 459 MSC David Madigan, Columbia University Statistical Methods in Drug Safety The pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies rely on various data sources to ensure the safety of licensed drugs. Recent high profile drug withdrawals have led to increased scrutiny of this activity. Many statistical challenges arise in this context. This talk will describe some of these data sources and the challenges they present, focusing especially on newer large-scale data analyses.
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