Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

April 12–13, 2019

!Peter Engel Science Center

Saint John's University (please park in Parking Lot P2 or P4)

Schedule and abstracts (coming)

Invited Speaker:  Dr. Talitha Washington (Howard University)

Picture of Dr. Talitha Washington


Biography (from her website):  Dr. Talitha Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She is currently a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems.   

Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College and studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She was a VIGRE Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University. She held assistant professorships at The College of New Rochelle and the University of Evansville, and most recently, an associate professorship at Howard University. She serves on the Council of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

​She earned the Project Management Certificate from Georgetown University, and completed the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is also a graduate of the SACNAS Leadership Institutes, led by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). She coordinated the EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) and has led a Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) Research Experience for Undergraduates.  Her work on Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, the first Black in the world to earn a PhD in mathematics, has been shared on radio and television stations, as well as in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, easily the most visible journal to all mathematicians.  

​Dr. Washington is a motivational speaker who enjoys sharing her expertise on STEM diversity as well as applied mathematics to a wide range of audiences. 

Dr. Washington's talk for Friday, April 12:  Hidden Figures: The Mathematics of Katherine Johnson

ABSTRACT: What’s the mathematics that Katharine Johnson used to send John Glenn into orbit and bring him back safely? Who was the mathematician that created the mathematics in the “Hidden Figures” Hollywood movie? Come and uncover the equations created by Johnson during the Space Race, and how the mathematical consultant, Dr. Rudy Horne, created the mathematics for the movie. 

Dr. Washington's talk for Saturday, April 13:  Nonstandard Finite Difference Schemes for a Nonlinear World

ABSTRACT: Many real-world phenomena tend to be modeled via nonlinear models. In the late 1980's, Ronald Mickens of Clark Atlanta University introduced the concept of a nonstandard finite difference scheme (NSFD) as a methodology which would best approximate solutions to systems of nonlinear differential equations. This talk will show how to construct NSFD schemes for various nonlinear models, including the models for the spread of a disease models and the models for the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  

Upcoming Conference Speakers

Former Conference Speakers

  • 2018  Tim Chartier 
  • 2017 Francis Su
  • 2016 Judy Walker
  • 2015 Ami Radunskaya
  • 2014 Hal Schenck
  • 2013 Annalisa Crannell (Videos: Friday's Lecture, Saturday's Lecture)
  • 2012 Kenneth Millett
  • 2011 William Dunham
  • 2010 Claudia Neuhauser
  • 2009 Joe Gallian
  • 2008 (Conference cancelled due to weather)
  • 2007 Carlos Castillo-Chavez
  • 2006 Edward Burger
  • 2005 Jennifer Quinn
  • 2004 Frank Farris
  • 2003 Colin Adams
  • 2002 David Bressoud
  • 2001 Underwood Dudley
  • 2000 Sam Patterson
  • 1999 Robert L. Devaney
  • 1998 Richard Guy
  • 1997 Ron Graham
  • 1996 Frank Morgan
  • 1995 Carl Pomerance
  • 1994 Philip Straffin
  • 1993 Thomas Banchoff
  • 1992 Judith Grabiner
  • 1991 Raymond Smullyan
  • 1990 Joan Hutchinson
  • 1989 Richard Askey
  • 1988 Sherman Stein
  • 1987 Reuben Hersh
  • 1986 Peter Hilton
  • 1985 I.N. Herstein
  • 1984 Ruth Struik
  • 1983 Joan Fisher Box, George Box
  • 1982 Alfred Willcox (in conjunction with the North Central Section Meeting)
  • 1981 Doris Schattschneider, Leonard Gillman, Don Koehler
  • 1980 Mary Ellen Rudin
  • 1979 Paul Halmos

Lectures will be geared toward a general audience