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June 9, 2011

Four Saint Michael’s students, Andrew Gilbert ’11, Jake Girard ’12, Dan Lewis ’10, and Mary Spuches ’12, had a paper “Design Optimization for DNA Nanostructures” accepted for publication in the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.   This research used mathematical tools, particularly from the area of Graph Theory, to determine the minimum numbers of component molecules necessary for the self-assembly of geometric nanostructures, such as Platonic and Archimedean solids, from strands of DNA.   The work was advised by Prof. Ellis-Monaghan and Prof. Pangborn.

Kaiti Tuthill ’11 published the article “Constraint Consensus Methods for Finding Interior Feasible Points in Second Order Cones” in the Journal of Applied Mathematics. Kaiti’s  joint research for this paper was done while working at a National Science Foundation-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Northern Arizona University inFlagstaff during the summer of 2010.

Mary Spuches ’12 gave at the talk “Design Optimization for DNA Nanostructures” at the national MAA Mathfest conference in Pittsburgh, PA in Aug. 2010.

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