8th Annual KMUMC
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Kennesaw State University

Note: New Location This Year – KSU Center

Goals of the Conference

  • Provide students with an opportunity to present their work (mathematical research or exposition) in a friendly, supportive, collaborative environment, and see the work of fellow students and faculty
  • Introduce students to a broader mathematical community, provide them with an opportunity to network
  • Allow students to see an address by a well-known mathematician
  • Provide students with information about graduate school and careers which involve mathematical background

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Jason Rosenhouse, James Madison University
    • Title: "The Saga of the Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever"
    • Abstract: The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever was introduced by philosopher George Boolos in a 1996 paper. The paper was called, "The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever." We are to imagine three gods: one who only makes true statements, one who only makes false statements, and one who randomly answers truly or falsely at his whim. The gods will answer any yes/no question that is put to them, but they will answer in their own language, in which the words for yes and no are da and ja, in some order. Sadly, you do not know which word means what. Your task is to determine who is who in just three questions. The puzzle has spawned a veritable industry of journal articles, in which authors present ever more ingenious solutions, and ever more fiendishly difficult variations. We will discuss the various approaches to this puzzle and its variations. Along the way, we will consider aspects of the history of logic, focusing especially on puzzle masters like Lewis Carroll and Raymond Smullyan.
    • Bio: Jason Rosenhouse is a professor of mathematics at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA. He received his PhD in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2000, specializing in algebraic graph theory. He is the author/editor of seven books, including The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brainteaser and Among the Creationists: Dispatches From the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline, both published by Oxford University Press. In 2020, he will start a five-year term as the editor of Mathematics Magazine, published by the Mathematical Association of America. When not doing math he enjoys chess, cooking, and reading locked-room mysteries.
  • Dr. Victoria Powers, Emory University
    • Title: "The Mathematics and Statistics of Gerrymandering"
    • Abstract: Gerrymandering refers to drawing political boundary lines with an ulterior motive, such as helping one political party or group of voters. In the US there is a history of manipulating the shapes of legislative districts in order to obtain a preferred outcome. In recent years there have been a number of court cases in which the plaintiffs have used mathematical or statistical ideas to attempt to convince the courts that gerrymandering has occurred. In this talk we will look at some of these methods and explain how mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists are helping in the legal fight against gerrymandering.
    • Bio: Vicki Powers is Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. She received a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in mathematics from Cornell University. She was Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii before joining the faculty at Emory University in 1987 and has held visiting positions at the University of Regensberg, Germany and Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. From 2013-15 she was a program officer at the National Science Foundation. Her mathematical interests include real algebraic geometry and mathematical voting theory.

Presentations and Abstract Submission

Faculty and students are invited to present a 15-minute talk or a poster. To submit the title and abstract of your talk or poster presentation, please send an email with subject “abstract submission” to Sandee Chandler (schand17@kennesaw.edu) no later than November 5, 2019.

All posters should be sized to fit on a standard tri-fold poster board (36″ H x 48″ W).