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May 24, 2012
  • On campus collaboration in undergraduate research in the area of graph theoretical self-assembly design strategies has continued with undergraduates during the 2011-2012 academic year, under the direction of Profs. Ellis-Monaghan and Greta Pangborn from the Computer Science Department. Several papers, posters, and talks at academic meetings resulted. For example, several students/groups of students presented their research in a wide variety of venues, including the Northeastern Section MAA meetings (Jun. 2011), the Saint Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium (Jul. 2011), the NASA ATLAS team (Aug. 2011), the Southeastern Section AMS meetings (Mar. 2012), the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences Spring Student Symposium (Apr. 2012), the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (Apr. 2012), and the  Saint Michael’s Student Research Symposium (Apr. 2012).
  • Awarded a major $200,000 three-year National Science Foundation grant running through Aug. 2013, Principal Investigator Prof. Ellis-Monaghan and co-principal investigator Prof. Pangborn continued their collaborative work with undergraduate students and between the mathematics and computer science departments focused on designing nanoconstructs, with potential for wide practical application.
  • In 2012, Prof. Ellis-Monaghan continued as Editor-in-Chief of the journal PRIMUS: Problems Resources and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.
  • With Eric Parziale ’13, Prof. Phil Yates wrote “Keep the Ball! The Value of Ball Possession in Soccer” and submitted it to the American Statistician in March, 2012. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the New England Symposium for Statistics in Sports in September at Harvard.
  • Prof. Yates also presented “Historic Floods and One % Chance Flood Estimation” at a Norwich University Mathematics Colloquium in March, 2012. Focusing on the flood history of the Congaree River in South Carolina, this research was done jointly with Prof. John Grego of the University of South Carolina.
  • In July, 2012 at the TeX Users Group Conference in Boston, Prof. Jim Hefferon is presenting with Prof. Michael Doob of the University of Manitoba “Reaching for the Stars with Asymptote.”
  • Students and Faculty participated in April, 2012 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Westfield State College. Five Saint Michael’s students and four faculty members attended the Conference, celebrating undergraduate mathematics research with students and faculty from across the Northeast. Students presenting included:  Michaela Burns ’15, “Epidemics and Graph Theory”; Thomas Dickerson ’13, “Computational Generation of Crystal Nets”; Robert Hammond ’13, “Graph Theory and Water Habitat Conservation”; Mary Spuches ’12, “Uniform Polyhedra in the Octet Truss”; Saja Willard ’13, “Self-Assembly Design Strategies”. Profs. Ellis-Monaghan and Yates, and Mary Spuches ’12 chaired sessions. Also attending were Profs. Pangborn and Lloyd Simons.
  • Profs. George Ashline and Ellis-Monaghan have continued to give invited talks and workshops at schools in Vermont through the Vermont State Math Coalition’s Expanding Horizons program. For example, Prof. Ashline presented “Correlation Properties and Applications” to three BFA-Fairfax high school classes in May, 2012.
  • Several mathematics majors are participating in off campus mathematics programs for the summer of 2012.
    • Alexandra Foote ’13: Selected to participate in the competitive Explorations in Statistics Research: An Undergraduate Program at UC Berkeley, California from Jun. 16-24, 2012. “The seven day workshop is designed so that students get a sense of how statisticians approach large, complex problems. During the week, the several different topics that may be presented include text and document analysis, environmental statistics, and earth and space science. Importantly, students will also get a chance to work with data. In the process, students will gain a basic understanding of computing and visualization tools.”
    • Kaitlyn Adams ’15, Jessica George ’14, and Jeff Trites ’14: Selected to participate in the competitive summer mathematics pre-REU program on “Signal and Image Analysis” at Texas A & M University during Jun. 24-Jul. 28, 2012.  As technology becomes more sophisticated, the need for efficiently handling vast amounts of data has grown tremendously. This program will introduce the basic ideas behind Fourier analysis and wavelets, the two main tools used to analyze signals and images. The students will break into groups and work on projects involving real-world examples.
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