Fall 2012 Events
The activites below took place during the Fall 2012 semester
as part of a joint program between the Math Club @ WMU and the
mathematics honors society Pi Mu Epsilon. Unless otherwise stated,
events were held in the Alavi Commons Room on the 6th floor of Everett Tower.
 Every Tuesday at noon

Brown Bag Lunch in the Alavi Commons
 Get to know your professors and peers. All students and faculty are invited!
 Friday, September 14, 4pm
 Pizza Party!
 Wednesday, September 19  Friday, September 21
 in 3375 Rood Hall
 Book Sale
 Lots of math text books, for $5 or less!!
 Sign up to volunteer, get a free book per hour.
 Friday, September 28, 4pm
 The First Idea of Calculus, The Second Idea of Calculus
 Video lectures by Professor Michael Starbird, The University of Texas at Austin
 Friday, October 12, 4pm
 Momemtum Trading: How Mathematics Can Help
 Professor Qing Zhang, University of Georgia
 Friday, October 19, 4pm

The History and Use of Some Mathematical Notation
 Brian Hadley, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Friday, October 26, 4pm
 Public Lecture, 1110 Rood Hall

Untangling Social Networks and Finding Favorite Films
with Modern Matrix Theory
 Professor Mark Embree, Rice University
 Friday, October 26, 6:30pm
 at the Fetzer Center

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremonies and Banquet
 Friday, November 2, 4pm

The Mathematics of Silence: Historical Evidence and Probability
 Professor Timothy McGrew, Department of Philosophy, WMU
 Friday, November 9, 4pm

A Mathematical Look at Undergraduate Chemistry, Part I
 Richard Hollister, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Friday, November 16, 4pm
 Feedback Forum with the Chair
 Professor Gene Freudenburg, Chair
 Share your ideas to make our department a better place!
 Students only.
 Friday, November 30, 4pm
 1110 Rood Hall

General Abstract Nonsense: A Gentle Introduction to Category Theory

Timothy Clark, Student, Department of Mathematics, WMU
 Friday, December 7, 4pm

Business Meeting, Dinner, and a Movie

Movie: "I want to be a mathematician: a conversation with Paul Halmos"
 Produced by the Mathematical Association of America

Fall 2012 Officers


Richard Hollister 
Joshua Withee 
President 
Vice President 


Brian Hadley 
Andreas Quainoo 
Treasurer 
Secretary 


Ashish Gupta 
Shelley Speiss 
Graduate Representatives 
Faculty Advisors


Niloufer Mackey

Melinda Koelling


Pi Mu Epsilon Scholarship Committee


Steve Mackey

Jay Wood


Chapter History
Our chapter was established in 1988. Before a chapter can be established at an institution,
the PME National Council requires clear evidence of an ongoing history of student mathematical activity outside the classroom,
and adequate support for these activities.
We were the fifth chapter to be established in Michigan,
and hence were assigned the fifth letter of Greek alphabet: epsilon.
Thus, our official name is:
The Michigan Epsilon Chapter
of Pi Mu Epsilon
