Marist College Mathematics Department News

Department well-represented at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings

2015 Joint Mathematics MeetingsThe Marist College Mathematics Department was well-represented at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings, in San Antonio, Texas, January 10-13.

Samantha Sprague (Class of 2015) presented a poster, “Elliptic Curve Cryptography,” on work she has done under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Joseph Kirtland.  In her poster she showed how certain points on elliptic curves can be used to create a secure public-key cryptosystem. This research is part of an ongoing independent study project that will culminate in her being awarded Honors in Mathematics upon her graduation in May.

Emma Talis (Class of 2017) presented a poster, “The Effect of Prey Dispersal on a Two-Patch Predator-Prey System,” based on research done at the Nebraska-Lincoln REU that she attended in the summer of 2014.

2015 Joint Mathematics MeetingsOlivia Brozek (Class of 2011) and Professor Matthew Glomski presented their work “A compartmental epidemiological model with infectious-deceased class,” In their talk, they considered Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (MHF), a rare and deadly disease caused by a virus from the same family as Ebola. They extended the traditional susceptible-exposed-infectious-removed (SEIR) model to include an infectious-deceased compartment and discussed how this model may apply to the current West African Ebola epidemic. Dr. Glomski and Olivia received support for their research from NIMBioS, the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee (NSF grant # DBI-1300426), and the School of Computer Science and Mathematics (NSF grant # CNS-0963365, PI Dean Roger Norton).

Dr. Joseph Kirtland also presented his research in the talk, “Finite Inseparable p-Groups.” This talk investigated finite inseparable p-groups and, under certain conditions, established a necessary and sufficient condition for inseparability.