Thomas Zaslavsky
Teaching Schedule
Spring 2014:
Future Courses
Fall 2014:
 Math 581: Topics in Graph Theory: Signed, Gain, and Biased Graphs.
(This does not require Math 510 but it is desirable to have seen
graph theory.)
 Office: LN 2231
 Office hours:
 Courses:
 Spring 2014
Math 323

Section 06:
 Calculus III 

MWF  3:30  4:30 
LH13 

T  4:25  5:50 
LH005 
Math 510

Section 01:
 Introduction to Graph Theory 

MWF  1:10  2:10 
LN2205 
Math 563

Section 01:
 Combinatorics Seminar 

T  1:15  2:40 
LN2205 
 Ph. D. Students:

Jackie Kaminski,
Summer,
2013
Thesis: Classification of Factored GainGraphic Hyperplane Arrangements

Nathan Reff,
Spring,
2012
Thesis: Gain Graphs, GroupOriented Hypergraphs, and Matrices

Lucas Rusnak,
Spring,
2010
Thesis: Oriented Hypergraphs

Garry Bowlin,
Summer,
2009
Thesis: Maximum Frustration of Bipartite Signed Graphs

Rigoberto Florez,
Summer,
2005
Thesis: Four Studies in the Geometry of Biased Graphs

Lori Koban,
Summer,
2004
Thesis: Two Generalizations of Biased Graph Theory: Circuit Signatures and Modular Triples of Matroids, and Biased Expansions of Biased Graphs

Steven Tedford,
Spring,
2002
Thesis: A Characterization of the Mixed Branching Greedoid

Daniel Slilaty,
Summer,
2000
Thesis: Orientations of Biased Graphs and Their Matroids

Steve Pagano,
Spring,
1998
Thesis: Separability and Representability of Bias Matroids of Signed Graphs
Quotations of the Month
Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land
unto all the Inhabitants Thereof
The Liberty Bell
(from Leviticus 25:10)
They that can give up
essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, 1755
They had a year of joy, twelve months of the strange heaven which the salmon know on beds of river shingle, under the ginclear water. ... Looking back on it, ... they did not remember that in this year it had ever rained or frozen.
 The IllMade Knight (Ch. 14, p. 381)
[A description of the Republican Party that has not become obsolescent.]
To the Editor:
After six years of the Bush administration and seven addresses by President Bush to Congress on the state of the union, it's now clear that Mr. Bush's political philosophy can be condensed into two principles:
First, most domestic problems in the United States can be solved by tax cuts or tax credits.
Second, most of the United States' foreign problems can be solved by wars or threats of war. ...
Anthony J. DiStefano, Aiken, S.C., Jan. 24, 2007
The New York Times, January 25, 2007
The notion that this bill doesn't keep people out of foreclosure is true. It doesn't combat global warming. It doesn't get troops out of Iraq. It won't help me lose weight. There are a lot of things this bill won't do that I very much want to do. None of them are a reason to vote against a bill that doesn't do what it doesn't say it's going to do but does what it does. What it does is go to the aid of cities that have been victimized.
 Rep. Barney Frank, answering a criticism of a housing bill he supports.
 "A Liberal Wit Builds Bridges To the G.O.P.", New York Times, May 13, 2008.
Economics 101
Tax exemptions for privileged groups brought high taxes on industry and agriculture, and emigration increased.
  Article on Charles II of Spain, The Columbia Encyclopedia, 5th ed., 1993.
Past quotations of the month.
Research
Other Places, On and Off Site
 Fraktur (German) letters, printed and handwritten forms, from Sheila MacIntyre and Edith Witte, GermanEnglish Mathematical Vocabulary, Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1956; second ed. 1966. Higher resolution (2 MB).

Combinatorics Seminar

Combinatorics News
 GianCarlo Rota (Our Hero!)
 eXtreme Combinatorics: Design theory schedules the XFL season. (February 3, 2001.)
 A Hat Problem: It sounds like a parlor game  but it's mathematical coding theory. (April 10, 2001.)
 Our professors have their own number.
 The End of a Reign in Graph Theory: W.T. Tutte Dies, May 2, 2002.
 Archimedes did combinatorics 2200 years ago! Read all about it!
 Sphere packing: Solved at last? or, What is a proof, really?
 A statistical analysis of The New Yorker's fiction. (Not combinatorics, but it's an unusual senior thesis!)
 Obituary of Frank Harary, who liked to be called "Mr. Graph Theory".
 A book on probability that sounds like fascinating fun, full of anecdotes and math: CHANCES ARE... Adventures in Probability, by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan (New York Times review).
 Was Pythagoras really a mathematician at all? Read the controversy in the London Review of Books: "Other Lives", by M.F. Burnyeat.
 The New York Times discovers signed graphs! Actually, it's the math column by Steven Strogatz (Cornell) called "The Enemy of My Enemy".

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