#### Welcome to FSU Mathematics

Our mission is to preserve, expand, and disseminate mathematical knowledge. We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the graduate and the undergraduate level, and to excellence in research in the mathematical sciences. FSU is one of the only two pre-eminent universities in the State of Florida. The Mathematics Department has 36 research faculty members whose research covers a broad spectrum of mathematics and its applications. Research areas covered include...

#### 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?

#### 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.

#### FSU Undergraduate Mathematical Society

The Florida State University Math Society was first organized in the spring semester of 2012, after then-junior Jaclyn Adelson and senior Johnny Petit renewed interest in the long- dormant math club. In the fall semester of 2012, the FSU Math Society became a Recognized Student Organization dedicated to uniting the mathematics community of Florida State University.

#### 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?"