Faculty, Students Present to Illinois Section of MAA

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Lewis University Faculty, Students Present to Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America

Published: April 4, 2022.

Lewis University Mathematics faculty and students presented multiple research talks at the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America's 2022 Annual Conference March 25-27 at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Computer Science and Mathematics double major, David Kovalev, presented, "Effects of Optimally Performed Healthcare Measures On C. difficile Infection Rate," which gave details on the research he conducted this year under the mentorship of Dr. Cara Sulyok, assistant professor of mathematics.

Mathematics major Miles Mena presented "Spanning Forest Probabilities on Path Graphs and Binary Trees" on research he did at a summer REU at Fairfield University. Miles also co-presented "Predictive Hockey Analytics" with Lewis University physics major and mathematics minor Harvey Campos-Chavez and Benedictine University computer science Major Alia Alramahi. This presentation gave an update on a multi-university research collaboration funded by the Council of Undergraduate Research in Mathematics and mentored by Dr. Amanda Harsy of Lewis University and Dr. Anthony DeLegge of Benedictine University.

Assistant professor of mathematics Dr. Marie Meyer presented "Laplacian Simplices Associated to Threshold Graphs."

Dr. Sulyok presented "A Mathematical Framework to Augment the Q-MARSH Score in the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease."

Dr. Brittany Stephenson, assistant professor of mathematics, gave the closing keynote plenary talk, "Mathematical Modeling: Finding A Balance Between Reality and Utility." In this talk, Dr. Stephenson discussed the mathematical research behind the study of disease transmission while also providing an overview of the modeling process and the creation of different types of models.

Dr. Amanda Harsy, associate professor of mathematics, was one of the co-organizers for this conference and served as co-chair for both the 2021 and 2022 ISMAA Section Meetings.

The Illinois Section of the MAA was founded in 1917 and is the tenth-oldest in the Association. The mission of the MAA is to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.  

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