Dr. Rongjin Huang was invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) Conference 2018. The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest conference for the topic of mathematics. It meets once every four years, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU). Being invited to speak at the ICM has been called "the equivalent, in this community, of an induction to a hall of fame." Professor Huang, Department of Mathematical Science, MTSU has been invited to participate in the panel discussion on “Use of Lesson Study to support quality mathematics teaching: practical and theoretical issues raised within the community of mathematics educators and mathematicians” in the SECTION 18: Mathematics Education and Popularization of Mathematics. The twenty-eighth ICM was held in Rio, Brazil from August 1-9, 2018. Professor Huang and other three panelists: Professor Stéphane Clivaz from Switzerland, Professor Mercy Kazima from Malawi, and Professor Maitree Inprasitha from Thailand, moderated by Professor Akihito Takahashi from USA. successfully organized the Panel Discussion at the congress. Professor Huang’ significant contribution to lesson study has been well recognized internationally. He has published 10 peer-reviewed articles, edited two Journal Special Issues (ZDM- Mathematics Education, 48 (4), July 2016; International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 6 (4), October, 2017) and one theme book (Theory and Practices of Lesson Study in Mathematics: An International Perspective. Springer, 2018).
Dr. James Hart was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award at the Fall Faculty Meeting held August 23, 2018. Dr. Hart joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at MTSU in 1991. He has taught courses ranging from college algebra to graduate seminars, including the calculus sequence, linear and abstract algebra, Boolean algebra, and topology. He has directed six master's theses and currently serves as the department's graduate program coordinator. Hart has helped pioneer the use of Pathways to Calculus precaculus materials at MTSU in 2014, assisted in editing and refining those materials in 2015, and remains active in the ongoing mentoring and professional development of precalculus instructors.
Dr. Qiang Wu was awarded the Distinguished Research Award at the Fall Faculty Meeting held August 23, 2018. Dr. Wu joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at MTSU in 2011. His research interests include computational learning theory and high-dimensional data mining. His research has focused on the mathematical foundations of support vestor machines, regularization kernel methods, indefinite kernal machines, information theoretical learning, and distributed learning for big data. Wu has published 50 peer-reviewed journal/conference papers, 21 published since joining MTSU. His publications can be found in highly ranked applied mathematics and machine learning journals such as Applied and Computional Harmonic Analysis.
Dr. Yeqian Liu was on the panel of the "Health Across Disciplines" event and gave a talk "Generalized Propensity Score Methods for Comparing Combination Therapy in a Phase I Trial with Single-Agent Therapy in a Phase III Trial" on March 20, 2019. Dr. Liu promoted interdisciplinary research collaborations by participating in this event. During this event, a large conversation was held with the audience about how to connect MTSU researchers and scholars across disciplines. Dr. Liu talked to professors from several departments and made them realize that they can always find statistics help for their projects from the Math department. Please see the attached flyer of the event. Scholars Week Panel
Dr. Lu Xiong supervised Jie Long and Wenwen Qin in a poster presentation at the MTSU 2019 university wide scholar week on March 22, 2019, and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences Scholars Day on March 19. The poster was titled “A RegTech Research: Better the Insurance Information Regulation System Using Machine Learning and Web Technologies”.
This year several students passed multiple required actuarial exams! Also, four students were awarded Southeastern Actuarial Conference Scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000! Check the website for more details.