College of Science

Past Colloquia

 Spring Semester 2020

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Thursday, Feb. 27 12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249 Special Colloquium: Giacomo Capodaglio, Ph.D., Florida State University, "Modeling and simulation of nonlocal diffusion and structural mechanics" (PDF)

Tuesday, March 3

12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249 Special Colloquium: Jolene Britton, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Riverside, "Numerical and Optimization Methods for Balance Laws & Fidelity Weighted Transfer Learning" (PDF)
Thursday, March 5 12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249

Special Colloquium: Chong Wang, Ph.D., McMaster University, "Modeling and Analysis of patterns in multi-constituent systems with long range interaction" (PDF)

Tuesday, March 10

12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249 Special Colloquium: Manuchehr Aminian, Ph.D., Colorado State University, "Using applied mathematical tools to understand the immune system".
Wednesday, March 11 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Dwight Williams, Ph.D. candidate, University of Texas at Arlington, "It looks like calculus: Lie superalgebras acting on polynomials in commut- ing and anti-commuting variables"
Wednesday, March 25 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Mike Willis, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. CANCELLED
Wednesday, March 15 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Jamie Haddock, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. CANCELLED
Thursday, April 30 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-2870 Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Joseph Teran, University of California, Los Angeles. CANCELLED
Thursday, May 7 12:05PM-12:50PM Zoom-webinar

Natalie Gasca, Ph.D. student, University of Washington, "How to participate in 2020 SACNAS (The National Diversity in STEM Conference)" (Video)

 Fall Semester 2019

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Wednesday, Sep. 4 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Student talks: Evelyn Guerra, Cal Poly Pomona, "The impact of temperature dependent sex determination on the population dynamics of Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas)", and Scott West, Cal Poly Pomona, "Modeling the Adaptive Immune Response to Chronic Hepatitis B" (PDF)
Wednesday, Sep. 18 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Eric Kawaguchi, Ph.D., USC's biostatistics and epidemiology department, "A Fast and Scalable Implementation Method for Competing Risks Data" (PDF)
Wednesday, Oct. 2 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Prof. Sharona Krinsky, California State University Los Angeles, "Mastery-Based Grading: What Mathematicians Have Been Searching for in a Grading System" (PDF)
Wednesday, Oct. 16 1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Prof. Rolando de Santiago, University of California, Los Angeles, "Classification of group von Neumann Algebras" (PDF)
Tuesday, Oct. 29 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616

Prof. Ellie Dannenberg, Pomona College, "An Introduction to Circle Packing" (PDF)

Nov. 5

12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Milos Savic, University of Oklahoma, "Mathematical Creativity – A Way for Teachers and Students to Feel Empowered" (PDF)
Nov. 13
1:05PM-1:50PM 4-1-314 Prof. Lily Silverstein, Cal Poly Pomona, "An Introduction to Computational Complexity in Algebraic Geometry" (PDF)

Tuesday, Nov. 19

12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616

Victoria Bhavsar, Ph.D., Director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development and the eLearning team, Cal Poly Pomona, “Transparency” as a strategy to improve student persistence in problem solving (PDF)

Tuesday, Nov. 26

12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616

Prof. Ryan Szypowski, Cal Poly Pomona, "Harmony in Higher-Dimensions."

 Spring Semester 2019

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Tuesday, Feb. 5 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University, "Curious Quandles" (PDF) - Special Colloquium
Thursday, Feb. 7 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Roberto Pelayo, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, "Factorization in Numerical Monoids and Quasi-polynomial Growth" (PDF) - Special Colloquium
Tuesday, Feb. 12 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Dr. Rebecca Patrias, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, "A tour of symmetric functions and tableau combinatorics" (PDF) - Special Colloquium
Thursday, Feb. 14 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Lily Silverstein, University of California Davis, "Probabilistic and Statistical Methods in Computational Algebra" (PDF) - Special Colloquium
Wednesday, 2/27 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Dr. Yunied Puig de Dios, UC Riverside, "Kriz's Theorem via Dynamics of Linear Operators" (PDF)
Wednesday, 3/13 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Arlo Caine, Cal Poly Pomona, "Text Recognition with Computational Topology and Geometry" (PDF)
Wednesday, 3/27 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Dr. Timmy Ma, Dartmouth College, "Mathematical Models of Learning from an Inconsistent Source" (PDF)
Wednesday, 4/17 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Jessica Jaynes, CSU Fullerton, "Using Design of Experiments to Determine Consumer Preferences with applications to Health Science" (PDF)
Thursday, 4/25 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Aaron Gaut, Jet Propulsion Lab, "Modeling and Simulation of Robotics Systems" (PDF)
Thursday, May 2 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-2870

Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Pat Thompson, Arizona State University, "A report of Developing and Investigating a Rigorous Approach to Conceptual Calculus (DIRACC)" (PDF)

Buffet lunch reception 11:30-12:00 for faculty, staff, and students outside 3-2870

Fall Semester 2018

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Wednesday, Aug. 29 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-210 Student Talks: Giao (Selena) Bui, Cal Poly Pomona, "An application of the Discrete Hardy Inequality" (PDF), and Joshua Silva, Cal Poly Pomona, "Cohomology of quadratic Poisson structures on R^3 and their foliations" (PDF)
Monday, Sept. 10 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Roummel Marcia, UC Merced (Applied Mathematics), "Linear Algebra and the Mathematics of Imaging" (PDF)
Wednesday, Sept. 26 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Cristina Runnalls, Cal Poly Pomona (Mathematics Education), "When math isn't universal: teaching with linguistic diversity in mind" (PDF)
Wednesday, Oct. 10 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Cathy Kriloff, Idaho State University (Mathematics) "Traversing Symmetric Graphs" (PDF)
Tuesday, Oct. 23 12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249 Prof. Cynthia Flores, CSU Channel Islands (Mathematics), "Going in Depth: From defining Lebesgue Spaces to control of dispersive KdV-like equations" (PDF)
Wednesday, Nov. 7 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Dr. Kim Ayers, Pomona College "A Skew-product Flow Model for Hybrid Dynamical Systems" (PDF)
Monday, Nov. 19 1:05PM-1:50PM 8-249 Prof. Anne Cawley, Cal Poly Pomona (Mathematics Education) "Reading between the lines: decomposing the practice of explaining a procedure" (PDF)


Thursday, Dec. 6 12:05PM-12:50PM 8-249 Prof. Emily Cilli-Turner, University of La Verne (Mathematics Education) "Reshaping Mathematical Identity by Valuing Creativity in Calculus" (PDF)

Spring Quarter 2018

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Mar. 28 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1616 Dr. Melinda Lanius, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Ice cream geometry: a mathematical activity and coloring book" (PDF)
Apr. 12 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Berit Givens, Cal Poly Pomona, "An exploration of triangular-square numbers" (PDF)
Apr. 18 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Lilian Metlitzky and & Prof. Greisy Winicki-Landman, Cal Poly Pomona, "Rethinking Mathematics and its Teaching" (PDF)
May 2 12:05PM-12:50PM 8-250 Prof. Ian Duncan, UC Santa Barbara (Actuarial Mathematics) "Changing Health Care: How can we harness the power of predictive analytics for patients, providers, and payers?" (PDF)
May 9 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Robin Wilson, Cal Poly Pomona, "Symmetries of the Heawood graph and its spatial embeddings" (PDF)
May 16 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1616 Prof. Eyob Demeke, CSULA (Mathematics Education) "Proof comprehension: A case study of Abstract Algebra students" (PDF)
May 24 12:05PM-12:50PM, reception prior 11:30AM-12:00PM 3-2870

2018 Distinguished Lecture

Prof. Deanna Needell, UCLA, (Applied Mathematics) "Simple classification from binary data" (PDF)

Winter Quarter 2018

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Jan. 23 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Cristina Runnalls, University of Iowa, "Language, Math, and High School: Multilevel Comparisons of the ELL and non-ELL Student Experience" (PDF)
Jan. 30 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Raymond LaRochelle, San Diego State University, "Secondary Teachers' Professional Noticing of Students' Mathematical Thinking" (PDF)
Jan. 31 11:05AM-11:50AM 4-2-314 Prof. Shawnda Smith, CSU Bakersfield, "Minding the Gap: A Comparison between Pre-service and Practicing High School Teachers Geometry Teaching Knowledge" (PDF)
Feb. 1 12:05PM-12:50PM 3-1616 Anne Cawley, University of Michigan, "'I've gotten over being stuck not knowing': The Classroom Experiences and Mathematical Identities of Latinx Students in Developmental Mathematics" (PDF)
Feb. 21 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1623 Prof. Arlo Caine, Cal Poly Pomona, "Sensitivity of Geometric Structures" (PDF)
Mar. 7 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1623 Xander Henderson, UC Riverside,  "Quantifying Fractality: An Introduction to the Distance Zeta Function" (PDF)

Fall Quarter 2017

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
Oct. 4 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1637 Dr. Bianca Thompson, Harvey Mudd College, "An accessible guide to uniform bounds of twists" (PDF)
Oct. 18 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1637 Prof. Nicholas Brubaker, CSU Fullerton, "Understanding interfaces and their application in modern technology" (PDF)
Nov. 1 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1637 Prof. James Risk, Cal Poly Pomona, "Gaussian process models for mortality and improvement factors" (PDF)
Nov. 15 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1637 Prof. Fernando Lopez-Garcia, Cal Poly Pomona, "Poincaré type inequalities" (PDF)
Nov. 16 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1-314 Dr. John Flaig, Applied Technology, "Multivariate neural network modeling" (PDF) CANCELLED
Nov. 29 1:05PM-1:50PM 3-1637 Prof. Mitsuo Kobayashi, Cal Poly Pomona, "Problems Encountered at a Sabbatical" (PDF)

Spring Quarter 2017

Date Time  Location  Speaker and Title
April 6 12:00PM-1:00PM 3-1639 Ivan Ventura, Cal Poly Pomona, "Can You Hear the Shape of a Radial Schr\"odinger Operator?" (PDF)
April 12 1:00PM-1:50PM 3-2643 Tim Hsu, San Jose State University, "How I Flip Calculus" (PDF)
April 20 12:00PM-1:00PM 3-1616 Brandon Coya, University of California, Riverside, "Graphs and Circuits" (PDF)
April 24 2:00PM-2:50PM 8-4 Dr. Danielle O'Donnol, Indiana University, "Unknotting θ-graphs and DNA Replication" (PDF)
April 27 12:00PM-12:50PM 3-1623 Dr. Silvia Saccone, Case Western Reserve, "Are Decompositions of a Module Unique?" (PDF)
May 1 2:00PM-2:50PM 8-4 Dr. Tyler Kloefkorn, University of Arizona, "The Intersection of Homological Algebra and Numerical Methods: Finite Element Exterior Calculus" (PDF)
May 2 12:00PM-12:50PM 3-1623 Dr. Wiktor Mogilski, Binghamton University, "L^2-cohomology: Fun & Conjectures Abound" (PDF)
May 3 1:00PM-2:00PM 3-2643 Dr. Jillian Cannons, Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics, "Searching for Treasure: An Information Theoretic Linear Programming Approach" (PDF)
May 11 12:00PM-1:00PM 3-1616 Dr. Bill Zahner, San Diego State University, "Student's Linguistic Diversity in Mathematics Classrooms" (PDF) 
May 24 1:00PM-1:50PM 3-1616 Dr. Fernando Lopez-Garcia, UC Riverside, "Decomposition of Functions and Solutions" (PDF)

Winter Quarter 2017

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
January 17, Tuesday, 


Stats Search: Dr. Hayley Belli, Northwestern University, "Sensing with Whiskers: From Geometry and Mechanics to the Statistics of the Array" (PDF)
January 23, Monday, 3:00PM-4:00PM 6-113 Stats Search: Dr. Hyunkeun Cho, "Efficient Quantile Marginal Regression for Longitudinal Data with Dropouts" (PDF)

January 24, Tuesday, 12:00PM-1:00PM

3-1637 Stats Search: Dr. Claudia Solis-Lemus, "Statistical Inference from the Tree of Life" (PDF)

January 26, Thursday, 12:05PM-12:50PM

3-1616 Stats Search: Dr. Mandev Gill, "Bayesian Modeling of Evolutionary Dynamics" (PDF)
February 1, Wednesday, 1:00PM-2:00PM 3-2643 Dr. John Flaig, "Multivariate SPC using JMP's ARIMA and Neural Network Modeling Platforms"
February 15, Wednesday, 1:00PM-1:50PM 3-2643 Erik Hieta-Aho, "Introduction to Coding Theory" (PDF)
February 16, Thursday, 12:00PM-1:00PM 3-1616 Dr. Darryl Yong, Harvey Mudd College, "The Power of Geometric Transformations and Symmetries(PDF)
February 27, Monday, 3:00PM-3:50PM 24-191 (Music Recital hall) Dr. Dave Kung, St. Mary's College, "Harmonious Equations: An Exploration of Math & Music" (PDF)
March 1, Wednesday, 
3-2643 Andrea Arauza, University of California, Riverside, "Harmonic Functions on the Sierpinski Gasket" (PDF)
March 7, Tuesday, 
3-1637 Stats Search: Dr. Won Chul Song, Purdue University, "Group Feature Screening via F-test" (PDF)
March 9, Thursday, 
3-1637 Stats Search: Dr. Jimmy Risk, UC Santa Barbara, "Gaussian Process Regression for Machine Learning & Statistical Computing"

Fall Quarter 2016

Date and Time


Speaker and Title
October 13, Thursday, 
Room 3-1616   Dr. Michael Hartglass, University of California, Riverside, "An Introduction to Free Probability"
October 27, Thursday, 
Room 4-2-314 Student Colloquium: Ruben Hurtado, Ryan (Hsien-Te) Kao, Pedram O., Ali Oudich, Uyen Nguyen , Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics
November 10, Thursday, 12:00PM-1:00PM Room  Dr. Briana Foster-Greenwood, Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics, "Adventures in Noncommutative Algebra"

Spring Quarter 2016

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
April 20, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 David Nguyen, Cal Poly Pomona, "Basketball Paths and Random Paths in Life"
April 28, Thursday, 12:05pm-12:50pm Room 3-1639 Prof. Susan Nickerson, San Diego State University, "Promising Interventions for Broadening Participation in STEM"
May 4, Wednesday, 
Room 5-240 Linda Saeta, Claremont High School, "The Discontinuities in the Derivative of Math Education"
May 20, Friday, 4:00-6:00pm Room 162-1001 Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Hernando Ombao, UC Irvine, "The Contributions of Statistics to Brain Research"
May 25, Wednesday, 1:00pm-1:50pm Room 3-1639 Hendrik Weyer, Universitat Bremen, Germany, "Laplace Operators in Fractal Geometry - An introduction to analysis on fractals" 

Winter Quarter 2016

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
January 13, Wednesday, 

Room 3-1639

Prof. Alex Small, Cal Poly Pomona, Physics and Astronomy, "Seeing the 'Impossible' in biology"
January 27, Wednesday, 1:05-1:50pm Room 3-1639 Prof. Arlo Caine, Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics, "Cohomology of toric Poisson structures"

February 15, Monday, 1:05-1:50pm

Room 3-1637 Michael Santana, University Illinois Urbana-Champaign, "Characterizing graphs without disjoint chorded cycles"

February 17, Wednesday, 1:05-1:50pm

Room 3-1639 Dr. Briana Foster-Greenwood, Idaho State University, "Symmetry, graphs, and algebras associated to reflection groups"
February 22, Monday, 11:05am-11:50am Room 3-1639 Dr. Sogol Jahanbekam, University of Colorado Denver, "Some Applications of the Combinatorial Nullstellensatz and Discharging Method"
February 25, Thursday, 12:05pm-12:50pm Room 3-1637 Dr. Ivan Ventura, Harvey Mudd College, "Solitary Wave Dynamics for Nonlinear Schroedinger Equations with Slowly Varying Potential"
March 3, Thursday, 
Room 3-1637 Dr. Jillian Cannons, Cal Poly Pomona, "Problems in Applied Optimization"

Fall Quarter 2015

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
Oct. 7, Wednesday, 
Room 3-2643 Student Talks: Ruben Yuriar, Mathematics, "The OSU SAMMS Program and Asymptotic Analysis" and Miguel Landeros & Karina Pena, Mathematics, "Irreducible Elements of Leamer Mondoids: and REU Project"
Nov. 4, Wednesday, 
Room 3-2643 Prof. Stacy Musgrave, Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics, "Understanding and Advancing Undergraduate Mathematics Instructors' Mathematical and Pedagogical Content Knowledge"
Nov. 18, Wednesday, 
Room 3-2643 Dr. Ivan Ventura, Harvey Mudd College, Mathematics, "Can you hear the shape of a radial Schroedinger Operator?"
Nov. 19, Thursday, 2:05-2:50PM Room 3-1637 Dr. John Flaig, FASQ, Managing Director of Applied Technology, Inc., "The New FMEA, an Econometric Approach"
Dec. 2, Wednesday, 
Room 3-2643 Dr. Angel Chavez, Pomona College, Mathematics, "Random Conformal Mappings of the Disk"
Dec. 3, Thursday, 12:05-12:50pm Room 3-1616 Prof. Stewart Johnson, Williams College, Mathematics, "Non-linear Games on a Grid"

Spring Quarter 2015

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
April 8, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1637 Dr. Jorge Moreno, Cal Poly Pomona, Physics and Astronomy
"Interacting Galaxies in a Multi-scale Hierarchical Universe"
April 22, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1637 Dr. Ray Beaulieu, National Security Agency, Cryptographic Design
"Symmetric Key Cryptography"
May 7, Thursday, 
Room 3-1616 Prof. Blake Hunter, Claremont McKenna College, Mathematics
"Building Graphs to Analyze Big Data"
May 15, Friday, 
Room 162-1001

Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Art Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College, Mathematics
"The Mathematics of Games and Gambling

For off-campus visitors, driving directions to campus and the Visitor Information Booth are available.  Parking passes are $6/day and can be purchased from the attendant at the Visitor Information Booth or from any one of the parking permit kiosks located in the parking lots around campus.  Parking in Lot C near the base of the CLA tower provides easy access to the lecture hall in the College of Business Administration through the campus Rose Garden.

Winter Quarter 2015

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
January 28, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1623 Dr. John Flaig, Fellow of the American Society for Quality, Distinguished Cal Poly Alumnus,
"A conversation with analytics thought leaders" (pdf)
January 28, Wednesday, 
Room 4-1-314 Special Colloquium: Osvaldo Soto, Mathematics Education,
"Teacher change in the context of a proof-centered professional development" (pdf)
February 2, Monday, 
Room 3-1623 Special Colloquium: Dr. Chris Yakes, Mathematics Education,
"Proportional Reasoning in the Middle Grades: Changes and Challenges with the Common Core" (pdf)
February 5, Thursday, 
Room 3-1616 Special Colloquium: Dr. Stacy Musgrave, Mathematics Education
"To get the right answer" (pdf)
February 25, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Dr. Sam Nelson, Claremont McKenna College, Mathematics
"Counting Invariants and Enhancements"
March 11, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Dr. Robin Jeffries, CSU Chico, Mathematics and Statistics
"What's the Big deal with Big data? The rising importance of training new Data Scientists"

Fall Quarter 2014

Date and Time Location Speaker and Title
Oct. 8, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Student Talks: Grace Lim, Applied Mathematics, "MIT Summer Research Program: Cell Swimming" (pdf) and Aaron Gaut, Computer Science, "Text recognition through computational topology" (pdf)
Oct. 15, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Prof. Em. Daryl J. Daley, Applied Mathematics, University of Melbourne, Australia
"Epidemic modelling: measles, dengue fever, ebola... " (pdf)
Oct. 22, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Prof. Adam King, Cal Poly Pomona, Mathematics and Statistics
"DNA evidence, conditional probability, and the Texas sharpshooter fallacy" (pdf)
Nov. 10, Monday, 
Room 8-4 Prof. Tommy Dreyfus, Tel Aviv University, School of Education,
"How can we know whether it is a proof?" (pdf)
Nov. 19, Wednesday, 
Room 3-2643 Dr. Guillermo Reyes, USC, Mathematics
"Degenerate diffusion in heterogeneous porous media with vanishing viscostiy" (pdf)
Dec. 3, Wednesday, 
Room 3-1639 Dr. Mohammed Omar, Harvey Mudd College, Mathematics
"When algebraic geometry meets graph theory" (pdf)