**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.*

Some of the difficulty in deciphering the old mathematical reference comes from the fact that the ancient Babylonians counted in base 60. (This is, in fact, the reason we use numbers like 360 and 180 to describe angles. They are were nice round numbers to the Babylonians!)

To learn more about this fascinating discovery, check out the original paper which is available as a free download as long as you are using a computer on the CofC campus.

]]>Cathleen Morawetz, who was a president of the American Mathematical Society and professor at NYU, died this past weekend at the age of 94. Her contributions to the mathematical study of waves and shock formation continue to be influential. In fact, as this article in the New York Times describes, just weeks before her death she attended a conference where younger researchers were using the inequalities that she had proved.

The article also recalls an interesting anecdote about this woman who succeeded as a mathematician at a time that this ran contrary to society’s expectations:

*In an interview with the journal Science in 1979, Dr. Morawetz recalled that when her children were young — a time when few women pursued professional careers — people often asked whether she worried about them while she was at work.*

*Her reply: “No, I’m much more likely to worry about a theorem when I’m with my children.”*

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**Students:**

Each year, a student who recently took calculus at CofC is awarded a $100 prize in the Harrison Randolph Calculus Contest. This year, it was **Bach Nguyen** who won the prize based on his answers to the test that was administered on April 14th.

The prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and books up to $7,500. The College was one of just a handful of schools around the country with three or more honorees, one of whom was math major **John Cobb**.

Congratulations to **Katelynn Honeycutt** and **Spencer Wilder** whose research poster “Validity of Nonlinear Beam Models for Axial Flow” won an award of merit at the SSM Poster Session.

The recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Student award from the math department are **Arianna** **Tolerton**, **Christopher** **Johnson**, **Elyana** **Crowder**, **Emanuel** **Valencia**, **Emma** **Collins**, **Isabel** **Johnston**, **Katelynn** **Huneycutt**, **Kaya** **Tollas**, **Na** **Duong**, **Payden** **Shaw**,** Sonia Kopel**, and **Spencer Wilder**.

**Isabel Johnston **and** Emanuel Valencia** are the recipients of the 2017 Susan Prazak Endowed Award for Future Teachers of Mathematics.

**Sonia** **Kopel** won this year’s **Ewa** **Wojcicka** Mathematics Award.

**Christopher Johnson** was the recipient of the A. Scott Ward Award (yes, it really is the “A Ward Award…) for Excellence in the Mathematical Sciences.

**Alumni:**

**Tyler Perini** (’16) who worked with Amy Langville when he was an applied math major here at CofC is now a PhD student at Georgia Tech studying operations research. We are proud to congratulate Tyler on his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship of $34K in stipend and $12K in cost-of-education allowance for five years.

**Hau Chan** (’10) will be joining the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Fall of 2018. Before joining UNL, he will hold postdoctoral positions at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Harvard Innovation Science Laboratory.

**Faculty:**

**Martin Jones** received the 2017 Norine Noonan Award from the School of Sciences and Mathematics for his contributions to the school and community as a teacher, scholar and activist.

**Stephane Lafortune** was awarded a Collaboration Grant from the Simons Foundation. These grants funded by mathematician (and Wall Street wizard) Jim Simons aim to foster research by increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians.

Congratulations Tyler, and happy Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month!

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