Over the weekend of September 5-7 a three member team including Goucher Student Philip Seidel tied for third place among twenty seven teams at HopHacks. HopHacks is a student run 36-hour Hackathon at the Johns Hopkins University that occurs once every semester. Philip met his teammates Elizabeth Starkey (Penn State), and Katherine Young (Towson) during his 2013 and 2014 Summer Internships at Textron Systems Unmanned Systems. Although they were friends before the event, this was their first time working on a project together.
Their project, called Smooosh, is a Chrome Extension which makes reading scholarly articles easier. Smooosh replaces long citations like ‘(2008; see also Rayner, White, Johnson, & Liversedge, 2006)’ with ‘(…)’ and displays the original citation on mouse over. Smooosh increases comprehension by extracting and formatting the essential parts of the article using the Readability library.
For more information:
Smoosh’s Submission Website ( with screen shots! )
The winning entry for Lewand Beauty in Mathematics award is a computer music piece “Triangle Numbers”, by Aron Riesenfeld.
Congratulations to our award winners last night at the Torrey dinner!
The Torrey prize for a senior in Mathematics went to Renzo Tamiro Villazon Scholer.
The Ekin prize for a senior in Computer Science went to Ari Bornstein.
The Leavitt prize for a Mathematics went to Seth Hoesman.
The Lewand prize for Beauty in Mathematics went to Aron Riesenfeld.
A nice press account of Ari’s experience in Israel:
Ari Bornstein was one of 25 participants (out of 500 applicants) in the Israel Tech Challenge.
Students Ari Bornstein, Phil Seidel, and Aron Riesenfeld have worked this semester to complete a networked vending machine project that will allow users to order drinks online and retrieve them securely from a vending machine by authenticating themselves with their Goucher one cards. The project is set to deploy next semester.
Five students took the Putnam exam Dec. 7 from 10am to 6pm, with a lunch break in between. The exam had 5 questions in each section.
This year’s competitors were:
Nine of our students competed this year in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Competition.
Dr. Joseph Cutrone was the organizer for the Goucher College students who gave up their Saturday to take this difficult math exam. The participants of the Goucher competitive math team were:
This year, 117 college and universities throughout the east coast and great lakes region of the US took the exam. The exam started in 1979 and is now in its 35th year. Contestants at each participating school take the two and one-half hour exam on their own campus under the supervision of one of their own faculty members. Individuals compete for $750 in regional prizes for which any contestant is eligible.
Where are they four months after graduation?
Avery Erwin-McGuire has joined ASML, doing development work for laser-assisted silicon wafer alignment. ASML is the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. 70 percent of the world’s supply of semiconductor parts are produced using ASML equipment. ASML’s customers include Intel and IBM.
Owen Lehmer has joined ViaSat as a software engineer working on ground control and satellite software. ViaSat specializes in innovative satellite products enabling fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. ViaSat serves over 400,000 customers in the contiguous Unites States and counts DirecTV, DISH Network, and AT&T among its reseller partners. ViaSat is one of Forbes “200 Best Small Companies in America.”
Hugh Geller inaugurated the wall whiteboard in the Julia Rogers Lobby. We are well and truly moved into our new space now.