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Math Department Newsletter, 04/25/11:
* Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman who has been awarded a Collaboration Grant by the Simons Foundation.
* Congratulations to Ken Berenhaut who has won the Hobbs Faculty Venture Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement -- The award recognizes the most innovative entrepreneurial pursuits among current Wake Forest students and faculty, across all departments and degree programs, on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses. Ken earned this award for his work with INVOLVE.
* Congratulations to our alumnus David Orton (B.S. in math in 1977) who has also won an award from the Entreprenuership office. "... the annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, achievement and social responsibility. This year, we are pleased and proud to announce that the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award will be presented to WFU alumnus Mr. David Orton. Mr. Orton has had much success in his career as an entrepreneur, founding and running several technology ventures." You can find out more about Dave at our alumni site: http://www.math.wfu.edu/Alumni/
* Reminder of Senior Thesis Presentations this Thursday: On Reading Day, April 28, from 2:00-5:00 we will have our annual presentations of senior theses and honors projects. There will also be pizza right after the last talk. Please plan to attend and encourage others to attend also. A flier with talk titles and times should be posted very soon.
Math Department Newsletter, 04/11/11:
* Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman who is on the ballot for the MAA National Elections. Ellen has been nominated to be Second Vice-President. All members of MAA (other than undergraduate students) are eligible to vote. Voting closes at the end of the day on May 17. See http://maa.org/elections/ for further details.
* Congratulations to Richard Freedman, Caroline Epstein, Megan Hunter, and George Story who were awarded Tatum Scholarships by the faculty of the math department.
* Congratulations to Roumen Iordanov and Michael Montoya who are co-recipients of the 2011 Phillips Prize in Mathematics.
* Math Club Talk: Ben Klein, professor emeritus at Davidson College, will be with us this Thursday to give a talk entitled "Too Good to be True". See flyers for details.
* Pi Mu Epsilon Dinner and Induction: Following the Math Club Talk on Thursday we will welcome some new members into Pi Mu Epsilon, and we will celebrate with a dinner catered by Golden Apple. Please plan to attend and congratulate the new members. See Sarah Raynor's email from 4/1 for further detail.
Math Department Newsletter, 04/04/11:
* Gentry Lectures: The Gentry Lectures are here! This is an important annual event for the whole department, so please plan to attend the talks, volunteer to help (talk to Jason Parsley), and participate in whatever way that you can. See http://www.math.wfu.edu/Events/Gentry/vakil.html for more information.
* Need volunteers to help with math contests (repeatx2): We are offering NCCTM qualifying contests in Algebra I and Geomtry. Approximately 16 teams (64 students) from 8 middle and high schools will participate in the contests on Saturday, April 9. We need 3 - 6 volunteers to help proctor and grade the contests: 3 proctors are needed from 9:30 to 12:00. 3 graders are needed from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Math Department Newsletter, 03/28/11:
* Gentry Lectures: The Gentry Lectures are next week on Monday and Tuesday! This is an important annual event for the whole department, so please plan to attend the talks, volunteer to help (talk to Jason Parsley), and participate in whatever way that you can. See http://www.math.wfu.edu/Events/Gentry/vakil.html for more informaion.
* Women in Mathematics and Public Health: Tuesday, 3/29, 4:00-5:00pm ZSR Library Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room: In recognition of Women's History Month, Drs. Sarah Raynor and Ellen Kirkman of the Department of Mathematics, Reynolda Campus, and Dr. Mara Vitolins of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will share their personal reflections on the important role women have played in their respective disciplines, their own career and research experiences, and their individual visions for the future of women in mathematics and public health. See http://pdc.wfu.edu/class/p3050WZn7R5
* Need volunteers to help with math contests (repeat): We are offering NCCTM qualifying contests in Algebra I and Geomtry. Approximately 16 teams (64 students) from 8 middle and high schools will participate in the contests on Saturday, April 9. We need 3 - 6 volunteers to help proctor and grade the contests: 3 proctors are needed from 9:30 to 12:00. 3 graders are needed from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Math Department Newsletter: 3/14/2011:
1) Pi Day today--several very enthusiastic students will be manning a booth on the quad with temporary tattoos, t-shirts for sale, and activities. Rick will be presenting a seminar on Math and Magic this afternoon in the lounge at 5:15. (Be sure to get a shirt and wear it!)
2) On Thursday at 4:15 in the lounge, our alumna Anna Snavely will be visiting. She will be talking to students about aspects of grad school in statistics. Since her presentation/discussion will be particularly of interest to upper level students in statistics, faculty teaching upper level statistics courses are particularly requested to announce this event to their classes.
Math Department Newsletter, 03/07/11:
* Pi Day is Monday March 14! Please encourage your students to participate in the festivities. Flyers have been posted.
Math Department Newsletter, 03/01/11:
* Math Club Event: Please plan to attend Math & Music, and encourage your students to attend. This is a "Math Around us Seminar", created by students for students. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 4:30pm in the loungeMath & Music. See flyers for details.
* INVOLVE: The recent WFU story about INVOLVE is now listed at the AMS website: http://www.ams.org/news/student-enews/news-for-students
* Alumni News: "Scott Chapman has been appointed Editor-Elect of the American Mathematical Monthly effective January 1, 2011. He will serve a five year term as Editor from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2016. His appointment was approved by the MAA Board of Governors at MathFest in Pittsburgh in August. Congratulations to Scott!"
Math Department Newsletter, 02/21/11:
* Math Club Talk: This Thursday at 4:15 Dr. Hugh Howards will talk about "Knots in Higher Dimensions". You can find details on the flyers. Hope to see all of you there.
* Inspiring student involvement: There is a nice article about Ken Berenhaut and his students at the WFU home page.
Mathematics professor Kenneth Berenhaut has co-authored over 50 articles with his students in the past eight years. Committed to the teacher-scholar model, he founded "Involve—A Journal of Mathematics," the only student-faculty collaborative journal in the field. More »
* Go Mathletes!: Our graduate and faculty league basketball team has a playoff game tonight at 9:00. Good luck to the team!
Math Department Newsletter, 02/14/11:
* Ravi Vakil has an article in the Monthly (this month) on the Mathematics of Doodling, which is the subject of one of his Gentry talks.
* COMAP Teams: We have 3 COMAP teams this year working on ever more challenging mathematical modeling problems.
Team 1: Richard Freedman, Dana Mcpherson, and Yilin Yang
2: Xinyi Cao, Ryan MaCarthy, and Anqi Zou
Team 3: Joshua Jocobs, Junjun Liang, and Lily Nie
These students are to be congratulated for spending the weekend working hard on the competition. They finish this evening at 8:00. Many thanks to Miaohua Jiang for his efforts to organize our COMAP teams.
Math Department Newsletter, 02/08/11:
* Congratulations to Larissa Horn and Hannah Robbins! Larissa has been offered a position at the National Security Agency. Hannah has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position at Roanoke College.
Math Department Newsletter, 01/24/11:
* Math Club Talk: This Thursday our speaker will be Dr. Jeremy Rouse who will speak about "The Congruent Number Problem" Please join us for tea and cookies at 3:30 and then stay for the talk at 4:15.
Math Department Newsletter, 01/17/11:
* Colloquium: This Thursday our speaker will be Dr. Ann Shiu who will speak about "Counting positive roots of polynomials with applications for biochemical systems" Please join us for tea and cookies at 3:30 and then stay for the talk.
Math Department Newsletter, 01/10/11:
* Please join me in congratulating Ed Allen, who will be our new department chair starting on June 1.
* Opening Colloquium: This Thursday we will have several faculty give short presentations about their research. Students are strongly encouraged to attend so that they can learn more about possible thesis topics. Fliers with more details should be posted soon.
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