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.

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

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.

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Math Speaker Series to Feature Peter Brooksbank

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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Seniors Kelly Pohland and Yukihide Nakada to Publish Their Research

During summer 2015, Kelly Pohland ’16 and Yukihide Nakada ’16 worked on a research project under the direction of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Craig Dodge and Professor of Mathematics Harald Ellers. Their work provided insightful contributions to classifying the simple modules of the centralizer algebra for the Symmetric groups. During fall 2015 they submitted their work to Involve: A Journal of Mathematics, work that has been accepted for publication pending revisions. In early January 2016, Kelly and Yuki presented their research at the MAA student poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Washington, the largest annual mathematics conference in the world.

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