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June 9, 2011

Principal Investigator, Professor Ellis-Monaghan, and co-principal investigator Professor Pangborn were awarded a major three-year National Science Foundation grant of $200,002 for Sep. 2010-Aug. 2013 to support the collaborative work between the math and computer science departments of designing nanoconstructs, with student assistants, that has the potential for wide practical application.

On campus collaboration in undergraduate research in the area of graph theoretical self-assembly design strategies has continued with four mathematics undergraduates during the 2010-2011 academic year, under the direction of Professors Ellis-Monaghan and Greta Pangborn from the Computer Science Department. Several papers, posters, and talks at academic meetings resulted from these collaborative efforts, and students wrote reflections on their experiences. This work was supported by an REU supplement to NSF Grant No. 1001408.

In 2011, Professor Ellis-Monaghan became Editor-in-Chief of the journal PRIMUS: Problems Resources and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.

Professors Ashline, Ellis-Monaghan, and Zsu Kadas from the Mathematics Department and Declan McCabe from the Biology Department published a centerfold poster and accompanying “Math and Bio 2010” article on Modeling Seashell Morphology in the Jun.-Jul. 2010 edition of MAA FOCUS, the newsmagazine of the Mathematical Association of America.

During the spring semester, Professor Lloyd Simons mentored and supervised Andrew Gilbert ’11 in his honors thesis work in Galois Theory/Abstract Algebra. In May 2011, Andrew presented “Computing Galois Groups” in which he described an approach to a fundamental problem in the field: given a polynomial with rational numbers as coefficients, how does one go about finding its associated Galois group?

Professor Phil Yates presented “Instructor Characteristics Associated with Improved Student Attitudes Toward Statistics” at the Statistics Colloquium at UVM in Nov. 2010 and the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) inCary,NCin May 2011.

Both Students and Faculty participated in April, 2011 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Skidmore College.

Professor George Ashline and Professor Ellis-Monaghan have continued to give invited talks and workshops at schools in Vermontthrough the Vermont State Math Coalition’s Expanding Horizons program. For example, Prof. Ashline presented “Exponential Functions in Snowflakes, Carpets, and Paper Folding” at Enosburg Falls High School and South Burlington High School in Dec. 2010 and “Correlation Properties and Applications” at Franklin Elementary School in May 2011.

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