Dr. Barton Willis
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The spring meetings of the Nebraska-Southeast South Dakota section of the Mathematical Association of America are being held on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3.

“Dr. Helaman Ferguson, a well-known mathematical sculptor, will present the after dinner talk,” said Dr. Barton Willis, UNK mathematics professor. “Helaman is visiting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his talk is open to the public.”

Dr. Carl Cowen, professor of mathematics at Purdue University, will speak on mathematical biology. Seventeen speakers from six universities will also present. UNK graduates Pari Ford and Jake Weiss, who are now completing doctorates in mathematics, will speak Saturday morning. All the presentations, including the presentation after the banquet, are open to the public; however, the banquet is closed.

The conference schedule is listed below:

Friday, April 2
Nebraskan Student Union, Room 238

1-1:10 p.m. Chancellor Douglas Kristensen, Welcome
1:10-1:25 p.m. Dr. Tom Shores, UNL, “Inverse problems: What?s the problem?”
1:25-1:40 p.m. Dr. Richard Avery, Dakota State University, “Discrete Centered Laplacian”
1:40-1:55 p.m. Dr. Montserrat Alsina, UNL, “Special Points in Shimura Curves”
1:55-2:10 p.m. Michael J. Gerdes and Dr. Steven R. Dunbar, UNL, “Financing the Penney-Ante Game”
2:10-2:25 p.m. Dr. Mark Sand, Dana College, “Viewing Green?s Functions”
2:25-2:40 p.m. Dr. Jim Lewis, UNL, “The MAA/PMET Workshop”
2:40-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:00 p.m. Dr. Carl Cowen, Purdue University, “Connections Between Mathematics and Biology”
4-4:15 p.m. Dr. Bo Deng, UNL, “Cracking the Neural Code”
4:15-4:30 p.m. Dr. Dora Matache and Jack Heidel, UNO, “A Random Boolean Network Model which Exhibits Deterministic Chaos”
4:30-4:45 p.m. Dr. Barton Willis, UNK, “The Maxima Computer Algebra Project”
6:00-7:30 p.m. Banquet, Nebraskan Student Union, Room 310
7:30-8:30 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Helaman Ferguson

Saturday, April 3
Nebraskan Student Union, Room 238

8:30-8:45 a.m. Nicholas Baeth, UNK, “Non-Unique Decomposition of Modules over Local Rings”
8:45-9:00 a.m. Dr. Muriel Skoug, Nebraska Wesleyan University, “A Cone of Linear Transformations with Hermitian-Like Properties”
9-9:15 a.m. Jake Weiss, UNL, “Exponential Functions on Time Scales”
9:15-9:30 a.m. Pari Ford, UNL, “Mixing of Random Walks on Graphs”
9:30-9:45 a.m. Dr. Tami Worner, Wayne State College, “Membership in Professional Organizations of Nebraska/SE South Dakota Section of MAA”
9:45-10:05 a.m. Break
10:05-10:25 a.m. Business meeting
10:25-10:40 a.m. Vincent Lempke, Central Community College, Columbus Campus, “Calculators Cannot Solve All Problems or All Problems Correctly”
10:40-10:55 a.m. Dr. Kristie Pfabe, Nebraska Wesleyan University, “Math Night, a Community Event”
10:55-11:15 a.m. Jennifer Choutka, Chad Katzberg, Brad Randazzo, Nebraska Wesleyan University, “Undergraduate Mathematical modeling Projects”
11:15 a.m. Adjournment

Jake Weiss is a Kearney native.