Holdener Examines Relationship Between Art and Math in Speaker Series

Mathematician Judy Holdener of Kenyon College will examine the relationship between math and art as part of Allegheny College Math Department’s Undergraduate Speaker Series on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, “Immersion in Mathematics Via Digital Art,” Holdener examines her venture into digital art with the creation of a mathematical artwork titled “Immersion.” The surface patterns in the piece reflect Holdener’s day-to-day immersion in mathematics, depicting patterns that relate to the content of the courses she teaches as well as research she has conducted with undergraduates in the area of dynamical systems.

Holdener will describe how the patterns reflect the connection between two well-known mathematical objects — the Thue-Morse sequence and the von Koch curve — and how the formal mathematical meaning of “immersion” plays a role in the composition of the piece.

Since 1972, the Math Speaker Series has brought Allegheny students into contact with many nationally and internationally prominent mathematicians. Holdener’s talk is funded by the Leila Parsons Fund.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Leech Wins Mathematical Association of America Teaching Award

The Allegheny Mountain Section of The Mathematical Association of America has awarded its 2017 Section Teaching Award to Instructor of Mathematics Cheryl Leech `87. Each year the award is presented to an MAA member in the Section who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary success in teaching, who has an ability to foster curiosity and generate excitement about mathematics, and whose teaching influence extends beyond their own institution.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Students Compete in William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

At he beginning of December 2016, Allison Ganger (’18), Keith Irvin (’19), Diptajyoti Mukherjee (19′), Jonathan Goodman (’19), Aubrey Collins (19′), and Christopher Miller (’19) took part in the 77th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical competition. The competition itself is a six hour long exam consisting for twelve exceedingly difficult questions covering a wide range of mathematical concepts. This past year the exam was taken by 4,164 of the top undergraduate mathematics students in the nation. The students from Allegheny College prepared for the exam during weekly practice sessions throughout the Fall 2016 semester overseen by Professor Craig Dodge (Mathematics).

Allison Ganger, Keith Irvin, and Dipta Mukherjee represented Allegheny College as the official team for the school. There combined scores were ranked against the other school teams in the nation. As a result of their hard work, Allegheny placed 112 out of 568 schools that competed.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship: Application Deadline is 4/3

Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship

The Frederick and Marion Steen Mathematics Scholarship was established in honor of Frederick and Marion Steen by their children. This prestigious, merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student majoring at Allegheny College in the natural sciences. The purpose of this fund is to partially cover senior year tuition expenses for one selected student per year.

According to the terms of the Scholarship, “the recipient should demonstrate the following character:

* strong understanding of and skills in the application of the principles of mathematics

* ability to communicate and enthuse others with the beauty of mathematics

* commitment to put mathematics to purpose in a teaching, engineering, or scientific profession”

A junior natural sciences major who wishes to be considered for this scholarship should send a letter to the Chair of the Mathematics Department (Professor Tamara Lakins) indicating how he or she meets the criteria for the award, and provide an up-to-date transcript (a printout of a WebAdvisor transcript is acceptable).

The deadline for completed applications is April 3, 2017.
Applications will be reviewed by the Mathematics Department shortly thereafter.

Peter Brooksbank: “What Do You Mean, It’s Hard?”

Professor, 366 Olin Science, Numbers 3, 6. and 9 are his favorites.

Peter Brooksbank, professor of mathematics at Bucknell University, will deliver his address titled “What Do You Mean, It’s Hard?” on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in Quigley Hall’s Henderson Auditorium as part of the Spring 2017 Math Speaker Series at Allegheny College. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooksbank will discuss what is known as the “P ≠ NP Problem,” arguably the most important open problem in mathematics and computer science.

Since 1972, the Math Speaker Series has brought Allegheny students into contact with many nationally and internationally prominent mathematicians. Brooksbank holds a doctorate from Oregon University. His research interests include computational algebra, finite groups and combinatorics.

The address is sponsored by the William Beazell Memorial Fund.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Math Speaker Series to Feature Peter Brooksbank

Professor, 366 Olin Science, Numbers 3, 6. and 9 are his favorites.

Peter Brooksbank, professor of mathematics at Bucknell University, will deliver his address titled “What Do You Mean, It’s Hard?” on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in Quigley Hall’s Henderson Auditorium as part of the Spring 2017 Math Speaker Series at Allegheny College. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooksbank will discuss what is known as the “P ≠ NP Problem,” arguably the most important open problem in mathematics and computer science.

Since 1972, the Math Speaker Series has brought Allegheny students into contact with many nationally and internationally prominent mathematicians. Brooksbank holds a doctorate from Oregon University. His research interests include computational algebra, finite groups and combinatorics.

The address is sponsored by the William Beazell Memorial Fund.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Weir speaks at Mathematical Association of America meeting

Associate Professor of Mathematics Rachel Weir gave a talk entitled “Highlighting Mindset and Self-Regulation in Calculus” at the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Columbus, Ohio, in August. Weir also participated in the pre-conference symposium “Active Learning in Mathematics,” which was sponsored by the NSF and the Sloan Foundation.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Lakins publishes textbook

The textbook “The Tools of Mathematical Reasoning”, by Professor of Mathematics Tamara Lakins, has been published by the American Mathematical Society in the AMS Pure and Applied Undergraduate Texts series. As noted on the AMS bookstore website, books published in this series “are characterized by excellent exposition and maintain the highest standards of scholarship”.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Barry’s paper accepted for publication

A paper by mathematics Professor Michael Barry, “Generators for Decompositions of Tensor Products of Modules Associated with Standard Jordan Partitions,” was recently accepted for publication by the journal Communications in Algebra.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Mathematics Department Fall Speaker: Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Mathematics Department announces its Fall speaker: Dave Kung from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Dr. Kung will give a talk titled “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music” on Monday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Quigley Hall Auditorium. More information about this talk can be found here.