Mathematics Department Weekly Reader


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Week of October 5, 2009 xxxxxx


Robert Antol


Bob Antol is originally from Des Moines. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1974.

He attended Iowa State majoring in MATH. He was Iowa State’s first recipient of the Richard V. Andree award for his paper entitled “The Perfect Numbers and Pascal’s Triangle”.

After graduating from Iowa State in 1978, Bob started working for IBM in East Fishkill, New York and 31 years later is still there.

He works in the Electronic Design Automation organization. His group is responsible for developing, delivering and supporting tools and methodologies that give IBM chip designers a competitive market advantage by providing unique function, improved quality with lower cost of design.

Chips designed using his organization’s tool suite include chips in game hand-helds, game boxes, ATMs, video cameras and chips in IBM’s largest super computers.

Bob is married to his lovely wife, Barbara (a MATH major from Pace University). They have been married for 22 years. They share their house with 2 cats and live in Poughquag, New York.











Life Before, During and After Mathematics ... or pi r 2 – No, Pie Are Round

IBM software engineer and ISU alumnus Robert Antol (MATH '78) will visit the Department on Thursday, October 8 to talk with undergraduate students about the mathematics of pi and pie.

The 4:00 p.m. presentation will be in the Sprague Room (400 Carver).

Please announce this event in all undergraduate classes. Students may read more about Antol the mathematician and Antol the astronomer, on pages 5-6 of the 2009 edition of Math Matters.

Students are encouraged to submit a question for Antol by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday (email to



MORE 2009
Monday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids


Hold this date:

National Science Foundation workshop at UI on October 8.


Fall 2009 Iowa PDE Seminar


Save the date: October 10. This conference is part of the Iowa PDE seminar series which has been hosted alternatively between Iowa State University and University of Iowa since 1985. The mission of the Iowa PDE seminar is to bring together experts and young researchers in Iowa to discuss recent research advances in the field of partial differential equations. The seminar of this fall will expose participants to some of the current trends and recently developed tools in PDEs, numerical PDEs and related applications. Everyone interested in the theme of this seminar is welcome to attend. 


Funding opportunities

Internal and external grant opportunities will be listed here throughout the year. A link to this page is located on the departmental home page: Funding Opportunities.


Deadlines this week

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Colloquia and Seminars this week


Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms
Monday, October 5at 2:10 p.m. in Carver 124. Facilitator: Ling Long

Combinatorics & Number Theory Seminar
Monday, October 5at 4:10 p.m. in Carver 232. Mike Hilgemann: Frobenius-Schur indicators of Hopf algebras constructed from factorizable groups.

Computational & Applied Math
Monday, October 5at 4:10 p.m. in Carver 202. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian (ISU Mech Eng) A stochastic variational multiscale framework for modeling flow through heterogenerous porous media

Matrix Group Seminar
Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. in 204 Carver Hall
Kenneth Driessel on The Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff Formula

Discrete Mathematics Seminar
Tuesday, October 6 at 2:10 p.m. in 174 Carver. JiHyeok Choi

Mathematics Colloquia
Tuesday, October 6 at 4:10 p.m. in 290 Carver Yekaterina Epshteyn (Carnegie Mellon University). Chemotaxis and numerical methods for chemotaxis models.

Graduate Student Seminar Series
Wednesday, October 7 at 4:10 p.m. in 204 Carver. James Evans on Mathematical modeling of complex systems: From stochastic models to ODEs and PDEs

Matrix Group Seminar
Thursday, October 8 at 1:10 p.m. in 190 Carver Hall
Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. in 204 Carver Hall
Kenneth Driessel onThe Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff Formula

Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar
Friday, October 9 at 3:10 p.m. in 290 Carver

Mathematics Colloquia
Friday, October 9 at 4:10 p.m. Jim Ralston (UCLA)




Graduate student birthdays this week:

10/6 Travis Peters; 10/7 Anchalee Khemphet; 10/11 Volodymyr Sukhinin


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