And we also offer our heartiest congratulations to Liz Jurisich, who formerly served as Associate Chair of the Math Department and is currently speaker of the faculty senate, who will be taking over as the department chair this summer.

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Join us on November 16th at 3:00 in 252 RSS for a *Celebration of Summer 2018 Student Math Research*. There will be talks by students who did research this past summer, information for students interested in doing research in the future, pizza and more!

Its six plenary speakers included Michael Dorff (president of the Mathematical Association of America), Kenji Ueno (a well-known Japanese algebraic geometer), and the Cofc Math Department’s combinatoricist Dinesh Sarvate!

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In a project with medical applications, undergraduate **Michael Lanier** is working with **Professor Mukesh Kumar **to mathematically analyze wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) images to identify cancerous polyps automatically. Utilizing *deep learning* and *neural networks*,

the team hopes to help doctors combat the third most common cancer in the US through early detection. Lanier and Kumar explain their research this way: “In this project, we will develop an

automated system for polyp detection in WCE images based on deep learning which is an improvement to the neural networks that contain more computational layers that allow for higher levels of abstraction and prediction in the data.”

Undergraduates** Monique Sparkman** and **John Cobb** along with graduate student **Albert Serna** and **Professor Alex Kasman** are studying the particle-like waves called “solitons”,

but instead of the usual real-valued functions, the *solitons* they are studying are described by *quaternions*, abstract numbers that do not satisfy the familiar commutative property. Since waves and non-commutativity are both fundamental to quantum physics, studying this combination could someday have practical value, but for now this team is happy to simply have made some surprising discoveries about how these two ideas fit together mathematically.

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**Outstanding Student Award: **Tristan J. Aft, Katherine H. Balcewicz, Gloria R. Burke, Blaine T. Billings, Joseph G. Casagranda, Emma L. Collins, Elyana R. Crowder, Na T. Duong, Katelynn H. Huneycutt, Isabel K. Johnston, Choral P. Linhart, Tea T. Luu, Mahwish M. Rana, Orel R. Robino, Payden L. Shaw, Elaine Todd, Emanuel O. Valencia, and Spencer B. Wilder.

**Susan Prazak Endowed Award for Future Teachers:** Joseph G. Casagranda, Emanuel O. Valencia, and Zachariah J. Wirszyla.

**The Ewa Wojcicka Mathematics Award:** Blaine T. Billings

**The Scott Ward Award for Excellence in Mathematics:** John D. Cobb

**Best Undergraduate Research Poster:** Grier M. Jones and Daniel A. Rich

Congratulations to all the awardees!

Show up early at 4:30 for a panel discussion featuring CofC faculty and guests from NASA addressing various aspects of the film.

Snacks will be served between the panel discussion and the showing of the movie. It is all free and open to the public Please join us!

Click to see poster:

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]]>**Mathematics Department Colloquium**

**Most Fridays**

**Tea at 2:45 in RSS 346 (math department lounge)**

**Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00, usually RSS 251 but watch for signs**

An hour with a guest speaker about all kinds of mathematical stuff!

This Friday, September 29, our guest speaker will be J. B. Nation from the University of Hawaii. He’ll talk about statistical analysis of gene expression data from cancers. For more details, see the Mathematics Colloquium Page.

**Guest speakers from MUSC on biostatistics
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**Wednesday, October 18, 3pm, Maybank 223**

Come hear about biostatistics! What is it? What kinds of careers can you pursue in the field? What does MUSC have to offer? And we’ll have snacks.

For more details, see the Facebook event

**The annual Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest**

**Saturday, October 21, 8:30 am to 11:00 am**

Problem solving contest for undergraduates! Each participant writes up solutions to challenging problems. The faculty at Virginia Tech grade them and award prizes. The Math Club can provide breakfast and lunch! RSVP by replying to this e-mail or to the Facebook event

**Friday, November 3**

**Keynote Speaker: Michael Berry
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**Special seminar at 11:00 at Harborwalk: The Historical Development of Computation: Inventions for the Future
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**Tea at 2:45 in RSS 346, Colloquium from 3:00 to 4:00: Toward Unsupervised Learning for Social Media Using Linear Algebra**

This semester, our keynote speaker Dr. Berry will give two presentations, one in the computer science department, one in the math department. Berry is an expert in data science, including the ranking and clustering of large data sets. More details

**The annual Putnam Math Contest**

**Saturday, December 2, 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm**

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada. The Putnam Competition takes place annually on the first Saturday of December. The competition consists of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. During each session, participants work individually on 6 challenging mathematical problems. The two sessions are 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm. If you can only make it to one, that’s okay. The Math Club can provide breakfast and lunch! RSVP by replying to this e-mail or to the Facebook event

**The Mathematical Contest in Modeling**

**Thursday February 8 through Monday February 12, 2018**

It’s not too early to start thinking about the MCM. MCM is a contest where teams of undergraduates use mathematical modeling to present their solutions to real world problems. It’s a weekend long event that takes place on campus. RSVP by replying to this e-mail or to the Facebook event

**The Annual High School Math Meet**

**Saturday, February ****24, 2018**

The department is hard at work preparing to host hundreds of high school students for the annual Math Meet! This year’s theme is the Winter Olympics, which will be taking place during February 2018. Watch for a call for volunteers in the next few months. Every bit of help is much appreciated! (And you get a free tee shirt!) More details on the Math Meet Facebook page

*The College of Charleston Math Club is an informal group of faculty, students, and members of the community with a common interest in mathematics. We participate in contests, have guest speakers, play games, practice for the GRE, … anything mathematical! Join our Facebook group to find out more. There’s also a Mathematics Alumni group on Linked In.*