Welcome to Women In Mathematics @ UA

The Women In Mathematics group is a community of female math faculty and students who work together to provide support and resources for women in math at The University of Akron. WIM encourages women to pursue studies and careers in mathematics by organizing events such as seminars given by female speakers. The main goal of WIM is to retain more women mathematics students at all levels, from undergraduate through graduate, and to provide them with a strong network of support.

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2013 Department of Mathematics Poster Session.

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Women in Mathematics Lecture Series

When: Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 3:30pm

Where: CAS 124

Speaker: Terrian Nowden, NASA Glenn Research Center

Title: From Hands-on to Mathematics to the International Space Station

Abstract: While attending UA I was a non-traditional student, working full-time and attending classes part-time.  Early in my career as a NASA technician, I’d been afforded opportunities to grow and develop my craft; becoming a specialist in the area of micro-miniature techniques.  Deciding to return to college to complete my degree was a surprise to my organization.  Mathematics provided me a new skill, analytical thinking.  I am now a power system analyst for the International Space Station.

 Refreshments will be served at 3:20pm. 

 When: Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 3:30pm

Where: Schrank Hall North 359

Speaker: May Mei, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Denison University

Title: Modeling Quasicrystals with Dynamical Systems: An Investigation of Periodicity and Quasiperiodicity

Abstract: The mathematical modeling of quasicrystals, whose discovery by Dan Shechtman earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is a fascinating problem that involves work in different areas of mathematics, and has applications to different areas of science. We are particularly interested in the symbolic dynamics on aperiodic sequences and tilings. In this talk, we trace a brief history of quasicrystals and discuss the surprising interplay between dynamical systems and mathematical physics.

Refreshments will be served at 3:20pm.


When: Thursday October 2, 2014 at 3:00pm

Where: Schrank North 359

Speaker: Rudy Palenik, Casualty Actuarial Society

Title: What do actuaries do? How can you become one?


When: Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 3:30pm

Where: Crouse Hall 210

Speaker: Pamela Harris, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy

Title: My journey to a PhD through the study of representation theory of Lie algebras

Abstract: Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American Davies Research Fellow with dual appointments at the United States Military Academy and the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, MD. Her PhD was conferred by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in May 2012. In this talk, Dr. Harris will discuss her journey to receiving her PhD and will focus on introducing her research interests, which concern the representation theory of Lie algebras, in particular as this relates to the area of combinatorics.