## Newsletter

- April 12, 2014: Prof. Behforooz gave a talk at 39th Annual New York Regional Graduate Mathematics Conference at Syracuse University.

- April 4, 5, 2014: Math Club has organized a trip to the Museum of Math in Manhattan. All five faculty members of the math department and 9 students have participated in the trip.

- March 13, 2014: The Math Club celebrated the Pi Day. Prof. Emmons gave talk "Continued Fractions and Quadratic Forms".

- March 7, 2014: The National Mathematics Honor Society Pi Mu Epsilon has installed a new chapter at Utica College. President Hutton gave a welcoming speech. Dr. Brigitte Servacius from Worcester Polytechnic Institute installed the new chapter. The name of the chapter is Newt York Alpha Upsilon.

- March 4, 2014: The Math Department had the second monthly lunch of Spring 2014 semester with students.

- February 4, 2014: The Math Department had the first monthly lunch of Spring 2014 semester with students.

- December 7, 2013: Three UC students, Tri Bui, Marcin Kosela and Richard Paulsen participated in the annual Putnam Competition hosted by The Mathematical Association of America.

- November 2013: Prof. Brad Emmons gave a talk at Mohawk Valley Community College "Continued Fractions".

- November 19, 2013: The Math Club has hosted a movie night. We saw "The Beautiful Mind".

- October 18, 19, 2013: Prof. Houssein Behforooz, Ralph Craig, Xiao Xiao and students Hannah Johnson, Richard Paulsen attend the MAA Seaway Section Meeting at SUNY Potsdam. Prof. Houssein Behforooz gave a talk "Changing Calendar Dates to Magic Squares". Richard Paulsen gave a student talk "The Hilbert Matrix".

- October 15, 2013: Richard Paulsen gave a talk "The Hilbert Matrix" at a math club meeting.

- September 25, 2013: Prof. Houssein Behforooz gave a talk "The Magic Square" at a math club meeting.

- Fall, 2013: The Mathematics Department organized a seminar on homological algebra using Charles Weibel's book
*An Introduction to Homological Algebra*. The seminar will meet every Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:00 at Hubbard 210.

- Summer, 2013: Prof. John Peter is organizing a topology seminar. It will take place at Hubbard 108 every Wednesday at 11:00am.

- May 19, 2013: Congratulations to the Class 2013.

- April 19, 20, 2013: Prof. Ralph Craig, John Peter, Xiao Xiao, and students Hannah Johnson, Richard Paulsen attended the MAA Seaway Section Meeting at SUNY Fredonia.

- March 14, 2013: The Math Club observed the "Pi Day" by having pies. We also watched a documentary "Fermat's Last Theorem".

- February 6, 2013: Prof. John Peter published a paper
*Fake Wedges*at Transactions of American Mathematical Society. He coauthored this paper with his Ph.D. advisor John Klein at Wayne State University.

- January 31, 2013: The Mathematics Department started a seminar on Lie algebra using James Humphreys' book
*Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory*. The seminar will meet every Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 at Hubbard 218. Faculty members will give talks in turn.

- January 9 - January 12, 2013: Prof. Houssein Behforooz, Prof. John Peter, and Prof. Xiao Xiao attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting at San Diego. Prof. John Peter and Prof. Xiao Xiao attended this meeting as part of the Project NExT program.

- December 6, 2012: Prof. John Peter gave a talk at the topology seminar at University at Albany titled "Stabilization and Classification of Embedded Thickenings"

- November 5, 2012: Prof. John Peter gave a talk titled "What is a Topology?" in the Math Club meeting.

- October 12-13, 2012: Mathematics Department (four professors and two students) attended the Fall MAA Seaway Section Meeting at Elmira College. Prof. Brad Emmons gave a talk titled "The Characteristic Polynomial of Permuted Block Matrices".

- September 25, 2012: Math Club has hosted a movie night. We showed the movie "Stand and Deliver".

- September 20, 2012: Prof. Xiao Xiao gave a talk titled "The Diophantine Problem of Frobenius" at State University of New York Geneseo colloquium series.

- August, 2012: Prof. Brad Emmons has reviewed two papers for Bulletin of Korean Mathematical Society.

- June 1, 2012: Prof. Hossein Behforooz has stepped down as the department chair. The math department thanks him for his six years of service. Prof. Brad Emmons has stepped up as our new department chair.

- May 31, 2012: Prof. John Gazak finished his one year position as a visiting professor. He will continue to teach at Utica College as an adjunct.

- May 16, 2012: Prof. Xiao Xiao published the paper
*Computing isomorphism numbers of F-crystals using the level torsions*in the Journal of Number Theory. Here is the final version.

- May 13, 2012: Congratulations to the Class 2012: Rhianna Arcuri, Katelynne Dellerba, Raymond Fryc (
**Valedictorian of Class 2012!)**, Jeremiah Gillette, Rebecca Mennig, Ryan Mulligan, Fabio Sanchez, Yevgeniy Sidorevich, Monica Storms. Here is a picture.

- April 14, 2012: Mathematics Department (four professors and four students) attended the Spring MAA Seaway Section Meeting at Hamilton College. Prof. Xiao Xiao gave a talk at this meeting.

- March 14, 2012: Mathematics Department gathered together to celebrate the PI day even though it is during the Spring break. Here is a picture, and another one.

- Feburary 10, 2012: Prof. Brad Emmons gave an invited address talk at Albion College Colloquium Series titled "Sum of Continued Fractions Expansions".

- Fall, 2011: Prof. Hossein Behforooz published two papers titled "Weihted Magic Squares" and "Magic Squares Derived from Magic-Latin-Sudoku Squares" in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics.

## Faculty Profile

**MATHEMATICS:**

PROFESSOR HOSSEIN

BEHFOROOZ, PH.D.

L egend has it that magic squares were discovered by the Chinese emperor Yu in 2200 B.C. Today, 4200 years later, UC Mathematics Professor Hossein Behforooz is unlocking the "mystical" properties of these remarkable mathematical tables. ...more.

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