### Math News and Announcements

##### Chagas and Chickens: The Impact of Incompetent Hosts on the Incidence of Disease

Mondal Hasan Zahid, University of Texas at Arlington Math Graduate Student, recently did a study that is aimed to identify the conditions for which the presence of chickens reduces vector-human interaction and ultimately decreases human risk for Chagas infection.

##### New course combines math, volunteering

Shanna Banda, mathematics learning resource director, and mathematics senior lecturer Alice Lubbe launched a new program this semester that incorporates service learning into a mathematics course.

##### 19th Annual Calculus Bowl Restructured and Updated

Students in calculus classes from more than two dozen high schools throughout North Texas competed to answer questions in a fast-paced competition based on pre-calculus and calculus questions in the 19th Annual University of Texas at Arlington Calculus Bowl.

##### USDA grant to blend data with agriculture for improved production

A University of Texas at Arlington math professor will use a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for data-based careers in agriculture-related fields.

##### The 2019 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship

Robitaille, a 15-year-old homeschooled ninth-grader from Euless, has been fascinated by math from a very early age and has a proficiency for advanced mathematics that few people many times his age possess.

##### Professor emeritus Corduneanu remembered for kindness, contributions to mathematics

Constantin Corduneanu, an esteemed mathematician whose career spanned seven decades and two continents, was remembered by friends as a kind, caring gentleman who was supportive of his students and colleagues.

##### Dragan receives honorary professor award from Romanian university

Dr. Irinel Dragan, UTA professor emeritus in mathematics, has received an honorary professor award from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași in Iași, Romania, for his contributions to numerous fields of mathematics.

##### Dr. Grantcharov Promotion and Dr. Han awarded Professor Emeritus status

Faculty members were formally promoted during a Faculty Recognition Dinner and reception on October 11 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari delivered remarks and UTA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Teik Lim presented gifts to the honorees.

##### Math department honors memory of doctoral student who was a friend to all he met

Alan Amaya was in his second year as a UTA doctoral student and a graduate teaching assistant in mathematics.

##### Blake Neptune UTA Math Tutor and ROTC Cadet

Cadet Major Blake Neptune, a physics senior, is an MS5 cadet in the ROTC, the five signifying his seniority and the year of his membership. He is a part of the Headquarters Company, which organizes and oversees its three-day-long Field Training Exercise, or FTX, this past week at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells.