- Linfield College
Department of Mathematics

Math Events

Below are the planned events for the current semester. View some of our past events here.

Taylor Series Events (Spring 2018)

Taylor Series is a colloquium series focused on careers, internships, and research for students in mathematics & the sciences. The events for this semester are listed below. For more information about the Taylor Series, please contact Professor Jennifer Nordstrom (jfirkins@linfield.edu).

1) Math Modeling and Math Research

Thursday, March 8th from 4:15-5:15 PM 

Taylor 106

Big Data and the Stock Market, William Shannon

Trends in Energy Consumption by State: 1960-2009, Joe Murphy and Rory Petke

2) Alumni and Career Panel 
Thursday, April 5th from 4:15-5:15 PM

Taylor 106
More details coming soon!

3) Biostatistics, Meike Niederhausen, OHSU

Thursday, April 26th from 4:15-5:15 PM

Taylor 106

Title: What is Biostatistics?

Abstract:When you read a New York Times article about a new drug or special diet that reduces risk of heart disease, a newly discovered gene that increases risk for diabetes, or the discovery that children not vaccinated for a certain disease may cause an outbreak, it is not just biologists doing the work. These breakthroughs come from collaborations, where biostatisticians often play a key role in designing studies, analyzing and visualizing data, and interpreting the results.

 Statistics offers interesting and exciting work in diverse areas along with many opportunities to make a positive difference; it is also a rapidly expanding field with jobs projected to grow much faster than the average: 34% between 2016 and 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Statistical analysis and data mining was listed as #2 in the “Top Skills Companies Need Most in 2018” by LinkedIn, #2 best STEM and #1 Business jobs in 2018 by US News, and Fortune magazine ranked statistics among the top graduate degrees based on salary, growth, and job satisfaction.

 At this colloquium, OHSU Biostatisticians will give an overview of the field of biostatistics and talk about the research they do and how they use their analytical skills to collaborate with many types of scientists and clinicians on exciting and meaningful research problems and clinical studies. They will also discuss the Biostatistics graduate programs at OHSU.

4) Senior Panel (advice from 2018 majors)
Thursday, May 3rd from 4:15-5:15 PM

Taylor 106
More details coming soon!


Math Club Events (Spring 2018)

The Math Club is a student run club that features a variety of mathematical events for students. The math club is currently being run by students Troy Taylor, Carmen Hoffbeck, and Morgan Chamberlain. Professor Christian Millichap is the faculty advisor. If you are interested in being added to the math club email list or finding out more about math club events, please contact Troy Taylor (ttaylor2@linfield.edu).

1) Math Study Nights
The math club plans to hold monthly study nights this semester. 
First study night: Tuesday, February 27th from 6-8 PM in Taylor 106.

2) Mathematics and career related talk given by Professor Millichap
Tuesday, March 20th from 11AM-12PM in Taylor 101

Title: To Accept or Not Accept: Predictive Modeling and the College Admissions Process
Abstract: Statistics and mathematical modeling can help college admissions offices decide which student applicants should be accepted each year.  In this talk, Professor Millichap will discuss how information from students that applied and attended in previous years can be used to build a model to predict how the incoming class will behave.  He will draw on his experience developing such models for Dickinson College and American University, and will share his lessons learned from these experiences.  This discussion will lead into a brainstorming session to develop ideas for how Linfield College could implement similar predictive modeling tools.  In addition, attendees will see a demo of Rapid Insight Analytics, a user friendly modeling software package, that can assist with this process.

3) Math talk (applied math related, talk given by Professor Corban Harwood from George Fox University)
Thursday, May 10th from 4:15-5:15 PM

Taylor 106
More details coming soon!

PLACE Related Events (Spring 2018)

Professor Millichap is organizing the following PLACE events that connect mathematics with the current PLACE theme of ``The Digital Citizen.'' For more information on these events, feel free to contact Professor Millichap (cmillich@linfield.edu). 

1) Mathematics and career related talk given by Dr. Michael Johnson
Thursday, February 22 from 5:00-6:00 PM in Riley 201

Title: Data Driven Decision Making
Abstract: The presentation will begin with a brief summary of the career of a math major to provide just one example of how a professional career can span an array of jobs with a diverse set of duties and responsibilities. Some tasks, projects, and positions are fairly predictable for one with a math or statistics background to include conducting analyses, creating mathematical models, implementing predictive models and constructing computer simulations.  However, there are many challenges that are not as predictable; projects that require a certain amount of creativity and flexibility to combine various techniques in order to obtain the desired results.  Examples of both “expected” and “unexpected” projects will be discussed. Additionally, we’ll share some lessons learned from perspective of the job seeker as well as the one doing the hiring and highlight some highly desirable characteristics that go beyond the skill set you’ve developed as an undergrad in science, technology, engineering or math.



Regional Events (Spring 2018)

1) Oregon Academy of Science Conference
Saturday, March 3 at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon

2) MAA Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22 at Seattle University