Constitution Day 9/20/11

GRCC will celebrate Constitution Day on 9/20/2011 with a program titled “Do You Know Your Rights?” at 5:30 p.m. in the Applied Technology Center Room 168.  A panel discussion celebrating Constitution Day will take place featuring:

  • Heather Forrest, GRCC Professor, Political Science
  • Yan Bai, GRCC Professor, Political Science
  • Gordan Vurusic, GRCC Professor, Political Science
  • Moderated by Keith St. Clair, GRCC Professor, Political Science

The panel will consider these questions and other issues related to the constitution – and take questions from the audience.

  • How has the current Supreme Court influenced the interpretation of the Constitution?
  • How will constitutional interpretation influence the next presidential election?

Sponsored by GRCC Student Congress, Social Science Department and Student Life

Mathematics Seminar – Dynamical Systems, Andrei Markov, and the Stochastic Matrix 9/20/11

The GRCC Mathematics Department will host the first Mathematics Seminar of the 2011-2012 academic year on Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 108 Cook.

The speaker is Brian Hadley, currently a WMU student and a former GRCC student. Brian’s topic is Dynamical Systems, Andrei Markov, and the Stochastic Matrix; an abstract may be found below. Brian tells us that only a basic knowledge of matrices is needed to understand the talk, and it should be appropriate for students at the level of Ma 110 (College Algebra) and higher.

Please encourage your students to attend this talk by a former GRCC student. We also hope that you will attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.


In a system with a finite set of variables we can use the powerful tool of a Stochastic Matrix to examine how the state of a dynamical system will change with time. It was the Russian mathematician Andrei Andreyevich Markov who set the groundwork for a completely new branch of probability theory, and launched the theory of the stochastic processes. Today stochastic processes are used to study social sciences, physics, biology, economics and differential equations. We will examine simple dynamical systems utilizing the stochastic matrix, and take a look at practical applications of stochastic processes.