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Chad TopazCHAD TOPAZ AWARDED NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT

(June, 2014)  Chad Topaz has been awarded a 3-year $219,000 National Science Foundation research grant, Applied Dynamics and Topology of Aggregation Systems, to support his work on the mathematics and biology of swarms. This grant will support summer research involving six Macalester students and three Harvey Mudd College students, and will fund them to present their work at national conferences.

2014 DEPARTMENT AWARDS

(April, 2014) Each year the MSCS faculty select students to receive department awards.  This year's Konhauser award recipients are Amy Janett ('14) and Eric Biggers ('14).  This year's Ezra Camp award recipients are Sara Staszak ('14) and Nathan Leech ('14).  The Roberts award recipient is Christa Nilsen ('14), and the Wagon Competition Award is given to Jie Shan ('14).

Ezra J. Camp Endowed Prize, established and funded by colleagues and friends in memory of Dr. Camp, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department 1939-1970, is awarded for meritorious performance in one or more of the following areas: academic record, marked by improvement while at Macalester; work as a preceptor or honors work.Konhauser Achievement Award, established and funded by Fred Deschamps (’87) and family in honor of Dr. Joseph D. Konhauser, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department 1968–1991, is awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in mathematics or computer science in recognition of an outstanding academic record coupled with a demonstrated dedication to and interest in the field.

The A. Wayne Roberts Prize is given by the department to honor a junior or senior majoring in mathematics or computer science in recognition of a dedication to the education of youth. This dedication will be demonstrated by work tutoring K-12 students, a keen interest in education policy, or through commitment to service teaching K-12 mathematics or computer science after graduation. This prize is established by department colleagues in honor of Dr. A. Wayne Roberts, who worked at Macalester from 1965 until 2005, as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and in service as provost of the College.  Through his work with Macalester students and faculty, and with the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League, which he founded in 1980 and led until 2009, Dr. Roberts has played an enormously important role in mathematics education in Minnesota.

 The Wagon Competition Prize is given by the department to honor a student majoring in mathematics or computer science who has demonstrated the spirit of teamwork, creativity, cooperation, and a striving for excellence that we try to foster through the many competitions in which we participate. This award is named in honor of Dr. Stan Wagon, professor of Mathematics at Macalester from 1990 to 2012, who worked enthusiastically and tirelessly throughout his teaching career, training, inspiring, rewarding, and in all ways supporting students in their problem-solving and competition endeavors.

Dan FlathDan flath wins mAA north central section distinguished teaching award

(April, 2014)  Math Professor Dan Flath has won the 2014 Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics Award from the Mathematical Association of America, North Central Section. 

Vittorio AddonaVITTORIO ADDONA AND JEREMY ROTH ('10) CITED IN ARTICLE IN ESPN THE MAGAZINE

A paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports by MSCS professor Vittorio Addona and then Mac student Jeremy Roth (class of 2010) is cited in the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine.  In his column, The Numbers, Peter Keating points to Addona and Roth's paper as the only one he's seen connecting performance-enhancing drug use to quantifiable on-field changes in Major League Baseball.  Addona and Roth found that steroid use was associated with increased fastball velocities for pitchers of over 1 MPH. 

Karen SaxeKaren Saxe selected as 2013-2014 Congressional Fellow by American Mathematical Society

(May, 2013) Karen Saxe was selected by the American Mathematical Society as its 2013-2013 Congressional Fellow. The AMS Congressional Fellowship provides a unique public policy learning experience to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction and to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision making process in Congress.  The fellowship is year-long and runs from September through August.

The Congressional Fellowship is one of several fellowships offered through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.  This fellowship allows the recipient an opportunity to work on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, working as a special legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input.  The fellowship includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long seminar series on issues involving science, technology and public policy.  Learn more about the AMS Congressional Fellowship and read about some fellowship experiences.  Saxe fellowship article

Taylor Rasmussen ('13) receives inaugural A. Wayne Roberts PrizeTaylor Rasmussen and Wayne Roberts

(April, 2013) Taylor Rasmussen ('13) is the first receipient of A. Wayne Roberts Prize. This newly established prize will be given each year to honor a junior or senior majoring in mathematics or computer science in recognition of a dedication to the education of youth, as demonstrated by work tutoring K-12 students, a keen interest in education policy, or through commitment to service teaching K-12 mathematics or computer science after graduation. This prize is established by department colleagues in honor of Dr. A. Wayne Roberts, who worked at Macalester from 1965 until 2005, as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and in service as provost of the College.  Through his work with Macalester students and faculty, and with the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League, which he founded in 1980 and led until 2009, Dr. Roberts has played an enormously important role in mathematics education in Minnesota.

2013 DEPARTMENT AWARDS

(April, 2013) Each year the MSCS faculty select students to receive department awards.  This year's Konhauser award recipients are Meg Naminski ('13) and Phuong Vu ('13).  This year's Ezra Camp award recipients are Brandon Maus ('13) and Colin Jarvis ('13).  We instituted a new Roberts award this year; the recipient was Taylor Rasmussen('13) (see article above).  The competition award, renamed to honor Prof. Stan Wagon, was given to Junyi Wang ('14). Four students received Capstone Awards for outstanding Capstone Day presentations: Yacoub Shomali, Kyle Rosenberg, AnnaLeigh Smith, and Jacob Rath.

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Tom Halverson Receives Simons Foundation Grant

 (April, 2013) Tom Halverson has been awarded a 5-year $35,000 Collaboration Grant from the Simons Foundation for his research in combinatorial representation theory. The goal of this program is to support the "mathematical marketplace" by increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians. The grant supports travel for the awardee and for Macalester students and provides departmental funds for seminar and colloquium speakers.  The Simons Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

Capstone Day 2013 WAs great! 

(April, 2013) Capstone Day 2013 took place on Wednesday, April 17.  Our seniors presented their capstone projects!  On Thursday, April 18, David Liben-Nowell will speak for our Senior Banquet.   Schedule of Capstone Talks      Capstone Project Titles and Abstracts    David Liben-Nowel Talk

Chad TopazChad Topaz receives SIAM Award

(March, 2013) Chad Topaz has been selected for an award by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for work conducted jointly with Prof. Andrew Bernoff of Harvey Mudd College. Their paper, A Primer of Swarm Equilibria, SIAM J Appl Dyn Syst 10(1) (2011) 212–250, will reappear as the "SIGEST" article in SIAM Review, the society's flagship journal. The purpose of SIGEST is to make the over 10,000 readers of SIAM Review aware of exceptional papers published in SIAM's specialized journals. SIGEST articles are nominated by the editorial boards of these specialized journals. Chad's article was selected “for the importance of its contributions and topic, its clear writing style, and its accessibility.” Chad will be recognized at the awards luncheon of the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting.
In addition, this paper was one of three chosen for the 2013 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Outstanding Paper Prize. The award is given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the past three years. Topaz will receive this award July 9, during the 2013 SIAM Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Mathematics students win four prizes at national meeting

(February, 2013) Four posters contributed by Macalester summer research students received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session last month at the Joint Math Meetings in San Diego.  The awardees include seniors Hossein Alidaee, Mike Reeks,and Maxray Savage, who, along with seven other undergraduate student researchers, developed their mathematics research last summer. They were mentored by Macalester Mathematics professors Andrew Beveridge, Dan Flath and Tom Halverson. Alidaee and Reeks did independent research at Macalester, while Savage was part of MAXIMA, a 12-student REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) that is co-hosted by Macalester and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota.  JMM Prizes article

Faculty, Students, and Alumni meet at Annual Math meeting

Faculty/Students JMM(January, 2013) Faculty, students, and alumni met for dinner at the 2013 Math Meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Math Jeopardy Team Defends its title


(December, 2012) Macalester's Math Jeopardy team successfully defended Macalester's title at the Math Jeopardy tournament.

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David BressoudDavid Bressoud Named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

(November, 2012) DeWitt Wallace Professor David Bressoud has been named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. David Bressoud AMS Fellow details

 

Karen SaxeKaren Saxe speaks at the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series

(November, 2012) Professor Karen Saxe will speak at the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series on Nov. 1 in Washington, DC. The title of her talk is "A Mathematical Adventure through the Census, Reapportionment, and Redistricting.”

Students enjoy Math pumpkin-carving day

(October 2012) Students carved pumpkins into math-inspired jack-o-lanterns.

students carving pumpkins Closeup of Sierpinski pumpkin Closeup of pumpkin-carvingSome final pumpkins

 

Alumni published in ESPN: The Magazine

(October, 2012) Kwame Fynn '13 (Accra, Ghana) and Morgan Sonnenschein '12 (Overland Park, Kansas), both Applied Math and Statistics majors,  had part of their research, "An Analysis of the Career Length of Professonal Basketball Players," published in ESPN: The Magazine (10/1/12).

Chad Topaz speaks at Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

(August, 2012) Professor Chad Topaz has been invited to speak at the prestigious Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium in October of this year.  The symposium, co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.  Topaz Kavli article

Taylor Rasmussen '13, named M Club's Male Athlete of the Year

 (April, 2012) Congratulations to applied mathematics and statistics major Taylor Rasmussen '13, who has been named M Club's Male Athlete of the Year!  Rasmussen article

Kaplan Wins Statistics Education Award

(January, 2012) At the national Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, Danny Kaplan from the MSCS Department was given the annual award for the Outstanding Contributed Paper in Statistics Education. The award is for Kaplan's 2011 paper, "Confounding the Introductory Statistics Course," which describes the motivations behind Macalester's Math 155, Introduction to Statistical Modeling, taken by approximately 150 Mac students each year.

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