The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.

## Departmental News

The American Mathematical Society is publishing a new book by **John Erdman**, Emeritus Associate Professor at the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The book, "A Problems Based Course in

Advanced Calculus", is designed for a course in advanced calculus that promotes active learning through problem solving. The book will be available in July, https://bookstore.ams.org/amstext-32/.*6/7/2018*

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the **Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) on April 14-15, 2018 (Saturday - Sunday)**. More information about this event can be found on the AMS web site.*4/4/2018*

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the 5th Annual Cascade RAIN Meeting on Saturday, April 7th. These meetings feature rapid and informal communication of research activities in computational and applied mathematics. Further information may be found at https://sites.google.com/view/cascaderain2018/.

3/7/2018

**Dr. Gerardo Lafferriere** was awarded a Small Starts grant by the National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC), for a project titled, A Decentralized Network Consensus Control Approach for Urban Traffic Signal Optimization, budgeted at $20,000 for the period 11/01/2017 to 10/31/2018. The grant supports the development of a simulation tool to analyze the use of a mathematical consensus approach to manage the signal control on an urban street network.

1/17/2018