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Department of Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium – Dr. Lori Alvin

Published: 11/15/2018

By: Carla Nelson

Dr. Lori Alvin, assistant professor of mathematics from Furman University, recently presented a presentation to the Auburn University Department of Mathematics and Statistics on Dynamical Systems.

Sponsored by the Auburn University student organization Association for Women in Mathematics, the colloquium was held in Parker Hall on Nov. 9.

Dr. Alvin received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She described the way she began studying Dynamical Systems as almost a fluke.

Dr. Alvin said when she was studying for her Ph.D., she had to choose between taking a Statistics class or a class in Dynamical Systems.

“I knew I didn’t want to do Statistics, I had no clue what Dynamical Systems were,” she said. “So, I decided to choose the lesser of two evils and take Dynamical Systems … best thing I ever did.”

Dr. Alvin’s presentation was titled “Investigating One-Dimensional Dynamical Systems.” The colloquium investigated unimodal maps from two families: the symmetric tent maps and the logistic maps, and looked at several examples to understand the long-term behavior of points within each system.

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