**2001 Guest Lecture
Series**

**Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 4:30 p.m.,
Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Sara
Faridi, The George Washington University, Washington, DC**
**Title: A survey of algebraic
curves**

Abstract: We will give examples of algebraic curves and describe several properties of them. We will also describe some applications of algebraic curves in fields related to mathematics.

**Thursday, July 12, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Jane
Hawkins, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC**
**Title: Ergodic theory:
what is it?**

Abstract: We give an overview of the subject of ergodic theory from its inception. A crash course in measures will be included. The focus will be on interesting examples and the usefulness of this point of view in studying dynamical systems.

**Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Dr. James R.
Schatz, National Security Agency, Fort George G. Mead, MD**
**Title: Introduction to
Cryptography**

**Thursday, July 19, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Natalie
Priebe, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY**
**Title: An introduction
to self-similar tilings**

Abstract: In this talk we will introduce the notion of a tiling of Euclidean space and explain how self-similar tilings are constructed. Simple examples in two dimensions will be shown, and some of the methods of mathematical analysis of the tilings will be discussed.

**Thursday, July 26, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Elaine
McDonald, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA**
**Title: A brief introduction
to Queuing Theory**

Abstract: Queuing Theory is a powerful way of modeling with probability. We will take a look at some real-world "networks" as simple as a queue at a bank to a convoluted assembly line at a semi-conductor factory. Can we predict how long we have to wait in line? What criteria determine whether there will likely be a bottleneck in the system?

**Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Margaret
Murray, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg,
VA**
**Title: American Women
in Mathematics: From Christine Ladd-Franklin to Mary-Louise Parker**

Abstract: In this talk I give an historical overview of the participation of American women in mathematics, from the 1870s until the present day. My emphasis will be on how far we have come --- and how far we still need to go --- toward full acceptance of women in the American mathematical community.

**Thursday, August 2, 2001, 4:30
p.m., Funger 320**
**Speaker: Professor Isabel
Bajeux-Besnainou, The George Washington University, Washington, DC**
**Title: Finance in Mathematics**

Abstract: Finance has become more and more technical over the years.
In particular, when it comes to pricing derivatives securities --- as options,
futures, swaps or more exotic instruments --- techniques from Probability
theory, stochastic calculus, partial differential equations are key. This
presentation will give an overview of what are the most important mathematical
techniques in Finance.