Department of Mathematics

West Chester University

Mathematics Information
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair


West Chester University
Department of Mathematics
Student Research

 

Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award

Dr. Chuan Li has received a Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award from West Chester University's College of the Sciences and Mathematics. This award is for his project Development of a new Matched Alternate Direction Implicit (ADI) method for solving parabolic interface problems.
Two undergraduate students, Cameron Campbell and Stacy Porten-Willson, will be supported by this grant for their research activities in this project in 2017-2018.

 

Cameron and Stacy RIMS award
Cameron Campbell and Stacy Porten-Willson, two undergraduate students working with Dr. Li, who will be supported by Dr. Li's RIMS grant for their research activities in 2017-2018.

 

23rd Industrial Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students, July 16-26, 2017, SAS Hall on the campus of North Carolina State University

Andreas Benjamin Plumridge, a graduate student working with Dr. Andreas Aristotelous, has been accepted to the Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students – July 16-26, 2017.
This is a prestigious and selective program (here is a link to some information about last year's workshop), with only 30-40 graduate students from the USA (sometimes from outside the USA) accepted each year, so big congratulations to Ben.
Ben has been partially supported by Dr Aristotelous' GA grant for 2016-2017.
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Evolution in Philadelphia Conference (EPiC), April 15 2017, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Lane D’Alessandro, a graduate student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave a talk at the EPiC conference.

 

Applied Mathematics Seminar, April 12 2017, West Chester University

Ben Plumridge, a graduate student working with Dr. Andreas Aristotelous, and Lane D’Alessandro, a graduate student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave presentations in the Applied Mathematics Seminar.
Ben's talk was entitled Developing a Computational Model of Dorsal Closure. Here is the abstract and the presentation.
Lane's talk was entitled Optimizing Overall Reproductive Fitness Using Resource Allocation. Here is the abstract.

 

 

EPaDel Spring 2017 Section Meeting, April 1 2017, Kutztown University

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From left to right: Dr. Chuan Li, Dr. Lisa Marano, Xiaojuan Yu, Stacy Porten-Willson and Cameron Campbell at the EPaDel Spring 2017 Section Meeting.

Click here for pictures, slideshow and pdf files from the EPaDel Spring 2017 Section Meeting held on April 1 at Kutztown University, where some of mathematics department students gave presentations.

 

Applied Mathematics Seminar, March 22, 2017, West Chester University

Lane D’Alessandro and Maggie Celentano, students working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, and Ben Plumridge and Cathy Yu, students also working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave presentations in the Applied Mathematics Seminar.
Lane and Maggie's talk was entitled Using Rarefaction to Assess Optimal Sampling Effort in Stream Invertebrates. Here is the abstract.
Ben and Cathy's talk was entitled Developing a Habitat Suitability Index for Brown Trout in White Clay Creek Using Fuzzy Logic. Here is the abstract and the presentation.

 

Paper Publication

A paper on which Dr. Allison Kolpas and her student Adam Helker are two of the co-authors was published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology in December 2016.
Auld, J. R., Helker, A. D. and Kolpas, A. (2016),
Consequences of mating and predation risk for longevity in a freshwater snail: abstinence makes the heart beat longer. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29: 2539–2544. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12976
Click on the link to read the abtract for the paper online.

 

Research Day October 2016

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Some of the students and faculty from the mathematics department who presented at Research Day, October 2016.

 Click here for pictures, slideshow and posters from Research Day Fall 2016.

 

All Science Poster Day Fall 2016

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Winners at the All Science Poster Day Fall 2016 include mathematics students Lane D’Alessandro (left), and Stacy Porten-Willson and Cameron Campbell (center).

Click here for pictures, slideshow and abstracts from the All Science Poster Day Fall 2016, where some of mathematics department students participated.

Paper Publication

Dr. Viorel Nitica and his student Kenneth Gill published a paper in the Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics in July 2016.
Gill, K. and Nitica, V. (2016)
Signed Tilings by Ribbon L n-Ominoes, n Even, via Gröbner Bases.
Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics, 6, 185-206. doi: 10.4236/ojdm.2016.63017
Click on the link above to go to the journal's abtract page for the paper, where you may also download the paper.

 

SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences, July 11 - 14 2016, Boston, MA.

Corin Stratton, a student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave a poster presentation at the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences. Click here to download the pdf file for Corin's poster.

 

Research Day April 2016

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Corin Stratton, a student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave a presentation, Optimal Mating Strategies of Hermaphroditic Snails, at Research Day April 2016. Follow the link to download the pdf file for Corin's presentation.

 

All Science Poster Day Spring 2016

Adam Helker and Corin Stratton, students working with Dr. Allison Kolpas,gave poster presentations at the All Science Poster Day Spring 2016. Here are links to Adam's poster and Corin's poster.

 

 

SRCA Award, Spring 2016

Corin Stratton, a student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, received an Award for Excellence in Student Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities, in Spring 2016, for his project entitled Optimal Mating Strategies of Hermaphroditic Snails.

 

 

West Chester University Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities Report, 2014-15

A research project of Dr. Kolpas from the WCU mathematics department is described on page 5, and the research carried out by her students is described on page 16.

 

 

All Science Poster Day Fall 2015

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Corin Stratton, a student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave a poster presentation,
Optimal Mating Strategies for Simultaneous Hermaphrodites in the Presence of Predators,
at All Science Poster Day Fall 2015.
Follow the links to download the pdf file of the poster and to read the abstract.

MAA MathFest, Washington, August 6, 2015

Using Social Networking Analysis in Higher Education
Prabhat Kumar, Natalie Hurd, and Paul Johnson
West Chester University

The speakers will discuss several Social Network Analysis (SNA) research projects of which they were a part at their university. The aim of these SNAs was determine ways to maximize interactions between faculty and the flow of information across the campus. Areas of particular interest included the use of High Impact Educational Practices and support systems for Underrepresented Minorities. This talk will highlight the research methods used to conduct the SNA and the major results of several SNAs

 

 

MAA EPaDel Meeting, Dickinson College, April 6, 2013

A Generalization of the Game of Shove
Brian Stoyell-Mulholland
West Chester University

A brief exposition of the algebra of combinatorial game theory. The solution of the game of Shove is demonstrated and how, by a simple alteration to the rules, the game can be generalized. This generalization, Stumble, creates infinitesimals that are not present in Shove. Although not completely solved yet, interesting propositions have been discovered.

SIAM Conference on Computational Science & Engineering, February 25th - March 1st 2013, Boston, MA.

Alex Meade, a student working with Dr. Allison Kolpas, gave a presentation at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science & Engineering.

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