15th Annual Financial Math Festival
FSU's Financial Math Department welcomed students, faculty, alumni and industry practitioners to their annual Financial Math Festival, March 1-2, 2013. The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with a reception and a talk given by Dr Lisa Goldberg from the University of California, Berkeley, titled "In Search of a Statistically Valid Volatility Risk Factor." The first day concluded with a catered reception in the Chemistry Building lobby, during which attendees had the chance to network and learn more about the state of the industry in a casual environment.
Alumni Profile: Kurt Vinhage
Kurt Vinhage, Class of '10 (Florida State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics). Kurt Vinhage is currently enrolled in the mathematics PhD. program at Penn State University. As an FSU senior, he wrote an honor's these with Mike Mesterton-Gibbons on "an investigation into small group stability with respect to parity". During a summer REU in 2009, he co-authored a paper on "Super edge-graceful lavelings of total graphs and total cycles", which was published in the journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.
Faculty Research: Mike Mesterton-Gibbons
Among questions of interest to biologists who study animal behavior are these: When should an animal - for example, a fiddler crab - intervene to help a neighbor having a territorial dispute with an intruder? Does eavesdropping - for example, by green swordtail fish - increase or reduce the overall frequency of aggressive behavior in a population? How widespread in nature is mutual assessment of fighting abilities? To be sure, humans do it, but what about hermit crabs or sea anenomes? And if strength is indeed being assessed, when does it pay for a threat to be a bluff?
Mariel Vazquez Alumni Profile
Mariel Vazquez, who earned her Ph.D. in math at FSU, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research. She applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, studying its entanglement as it packs tightly into living cells. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vazquez became fascinated with math and biology in high school. "I found pure mathematics to be absolutely beautiful but I didn't know how I could apply it to biology," Vazquez said. That changed when she became an undergraduate at the National Autono- mous University of Mexico and attended a series of talks about DNA topology - the application of knot theory to the study of DNA.
Faculty Profile: Harsh Jain
When new faculty member Dr. Harsh Jain was attending high school in India, he had no idea he would go on to flourish in an exciting career in biomathematics. Dr. Jain describes his career choice as a "happy accident"-during high school he showed a strong dislike for mathematics but didn't know what other major to declare in college. Advised that with a mathematics degree he could pursue anything he chose, he passed his qualifiers for pure math and then stumbled into biomathematics, thinking, "Who had ever heard of biomath?"