Welcome New Faculty!
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has grown in recent years, and this year is no exception. Who are all these new faces and from whence did they come? Explore below. And join us in extending a heartfelt "welcome" when next you see them!
Dr. Swarnali Banerjee received her Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics, University of Connecticut in 2014. She served as a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Old Dominion University, 2014–2016. Previously in India, she received her Bachelor’s degree in statistics from University of Calcutta and M.Stat degree from the Indian Statistical Institute. She joined Loyola University in 2016. Her research interests include analyzing count data in ecology and different areas of health sciences, sequential analysis and statistics in bioinformatics. Dr. Banerjee is has also been involved with Indian classical music since her childhood and enjoys learning, performing with and playing musical instruments. She has recorded a music album and has performed for television commercials, as well as classical music numbers numbers in the Northeast.
Dr. Wick earned his B.A. in Physics from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and later earned a Physics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1999. He joins us from Lake Forest College, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Wick's research has covered a range of topics such as High Energy Cosmic Rays, Dark Matter Distributions, and Computational Neuroscience.
Mark Pashan received his BS in Engineering from Iowa State University, MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, MBA from the University of Chicago and MEd from Loyola University Chicago. Mark began his career as an engineer specializing in computer architecture and computer networking. He rose to become an Executive at Lucent Technologies, Tellabs and Coriant leading business units in each of these corporations. Mark holds 8 patents. Throughout his engineering career he has tutored students in Algebra, Calculus and Differential Equations. While living overseas, Mark was a member of the board of directors of the Franconia International School in Erlangen, Germany. He has an Illinois teaching license in secondary mathematics.
Students Present Research
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is proud to have had a number of students participate in the Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposiums. Students' research had a variety of focuses. While some undergraduates focused on their second majors such as physics, psychology, and chemistry, others had projects on pure math such as combinatorics. The 6 graduate student presenters were applied statistics students that used the skills developed from their classes to model real-world problems. Take a look at the photos of our students participating in the Weekend of Excellence.
Congratulations to all of the students that participated and their amazing research!
Some of the Mathematics/Statistics Students and their Presentations
Sean McCarthy- "All Models are Wrong, Some are Useful: Mixed Effects Models for Biological Data"
Merjean Pobud- "Predicing the Space-Time Distribution of Atlantic Seabirds"
Hunyang Cho- "Comparison of How Different Tuning Parameters affect Prediction Accuracy and Alternative Ways of Measuring Prediction Accuracy"
Fan Yang- "CriteoLabs Display Advertising Challenge"
Alex Kuang- "Non-Parametric Spatial-Temporal Model for Alien Red Bananas"
Dan Zimmerman- "Photometric Classification of Supernovae"
George Seelinger- "Diagram Algebras: Combinatorics and Idempotents"
Alex Gilman- "Shocks and Patterns in Vertically Oscillated Granular Systems"
Alex Rix- "How does Current Distribute on a Two Dimensional Plate?"
John Kusner- "Designing Novel Iodine Catalysts to Perform Enantioselective Dearomatization of Phenolic Substrates at the Para Position"
Professors Receive Funding to Run Math Teachers' Circle
Loyola Professors Marian Bocea and Peter Tingley have been awarded $2,000 from the American Institute of Mathematics to continue running the first math teachers’ circle in Chicago.
The circle is part of a national project that brings K-12 math teachers and college professors together to build connections, work on challenging math problems, and bridge the gap between school and university mathematics education. There are over 60 different circles nationwide, but the Chicago circle is only the second in the state.
“We all believe that teaching problem solving and critical thinking skills is fundamental to the mission of the math department and to Loyola in general,” Professor Tingley said. “We also believe that this mission goes beyond the university, and is best achieved through cooperation with the community, and in particular with CPS teachers.”
Professor Tingley and Bocea recently held the first meeting at Loyola, where 12 Chicago Public School math teachers were in attendance, along with two math education students.
Loyola Mini-Datafest Results
Congratulations to the following winners of this year's Loyola Datafest.
1st: Hunyong Cho and Byunghwe Ahn (The Random Duo)
2nd: Igor Schneider and Gabriela Nubling (Brazilian Miners)
3rd: Jessica de la Cruz and Robert Martinez (Shining Force)
Out of the 12 registered teams (Team Catnip, The Random Duo, Pichleap, Immortal, Cannonball Run, Wang, Shining Force, Patrick, Raed, Aziz, Brazilian Miners, and Can We Do Better) these three winning teams scored highest.
This year, our winners predicted how many people would use a city bike share program at any given moment, using 2 years worth of ridership data. Details are available from the original kaggle competition website. Such analytics help bike share programs, like Chicago's Divvy program, move bikes between stations more efficiently - so you always have a bike available and empty spaces to park one.
Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!
Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. We offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed for students with diverse career or higher educational goals. Our faculty members maintain active research programs in the fields of combinatorics, algebra, analysis, applied mathematics and applied statistics.
In a nod toward the unity of mathematics, we offer the following question—whose answer requires several of the above fields, as well as geometry:
A collection of small waves are travelling through shallow water and happen to collide. What happens next?
The first half of the above sentence is governed by the famous KdV equations. (Jerry Bona, UIC, spoke at our colloquium about these waves not long ago.)
The second half of the above sentence is governed by cells in the totally positive part of the Grassmannian and plabic graphs. (Dr. Lauve can tell you more about this aspect of the theory of totally positive matrices.)
See our Faculty Research page for a list of local people to ask for more details, or consult the original sources:
Y. Kodama, L. Williams, KP solitons, total positivity, and cluster algebras, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, v.108, n.22 (2011).
M. Ablowtiz, D. Baldwin, Nonlinear shallow ocean wave soliton interactions on flat beaches, Physical Review E, v.86, n.3 (2012).
Photo Credit: Mark Ablowitz, Colorado. Taken in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Figure Credits: Lauren Williams, Berkeley. [slides]