## Week of October 5, 2009 xxxxxx

**ANTOL BIO:**

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.

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**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 tuttle@iastate.edu).

POSTER

**MORE 2009 **

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

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### Hold this date:

National Science Foundation workshop at UI on October 8.

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

Remember to check the departmental calendar for deadlines. e

### 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 on*The 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)

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#### Transitions

Graduate student birthdays this week:

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

*Transitions features announcements regarding life transitions,
i.e., family, job, etc. of those associated with the Department may be
published at the request of the individual. * Send submissions to tuttle@iastate.edu