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May 9, 2011
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Edible Turing Machines

The Theory of Computation class spent part of reading day making an edible Turing Machine out of cupcakes and decorating icing.  Yumm..

Nov 8, 2010
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ACM Programming Contest

Students Ari Bornstein, Julian Irwin, and Owen Lehmer participated in the regional ACM programming contest at Johns Hopkins University.

Aug 11, 2010
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Kelley Moran presented talk “Modeling Gastric Emptying” at MathFest

On August 6, 2010, Kelley Moran ‘11 presented a talk entitled “Modeling Gastric Emptying” at MathFest, the national summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This project is part of Dr. Gretchen A. Koch’s biomathematics research program.  Kelley presented her work in the Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Sessions and previously presented her work at the Landmark Conference at Juniata College.  

Kelley received an American Mathematical Society/American Statistical Association Award for her presentation, an accomplishment honoring her hard work and dedication.

Mar 24, 2010
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Pi Day Celebration: Pizza, Pi, and Pictures

Thursday, March 25, the MaCS Club will be hosting a belated Pi Day Celebration: Pizza, Pi, and Pictures. There will be pizza and soda!

The Use of Partial Differential Equations in Image Processing

Professor Patrick Guidotti, UCI
3/25 3:30pm HS 137

Abstract: In this talk I shall try to give insight into the use of partial differential equations as tools for image processing tasks such as de-noising and de-blurring. To simplify the presentation only the one-dimensional situation will be considered. A series of numerical experiments will be shown highlighting the main issues and motivating the developments in this dynamic area at the interface between mathematics and computer science.

Mar 19, 2010
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2010 Writing Prize in Mathematics

Solve this problem:

There were 11 women and n men in a group hunting for mushrooms. Each of them found the same number of mushrooms, a total of n2 + 9n – 2 mushrooms. Which was greater, the number of women or the number of men in the group?

Any Goucher student is eligible. Deadline for submission is March 26 at 11:30 AM. Deliver entry to the office of Professor Robert Lewand (Hoffberger 130).

The purpose of the award is to foster good mathematical writing style. The prize will be awarded to the student whose solution is best written. Judges will be looking for correctness (mathematical and grammatical), neatness, and clarity of exposition. You may discuss the problem with other students but the written report must be original. You may refer to books, journals, or on-line resources. Write your name on a cover sheet but nowhere else on the paper. Enjoy!

Nov 9, 2009
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Mid-Atlantic Regional ACM Programming Contest

Three Goucher computer science majors, senior Jon Simon, and juniors Russ Smith and A. J. Wax, participated in the Mid-Atlantic Regional of the ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest on Saturday, Nov. 8.  They enjoyed the spirit of the competition and had a great time.

Sep 3, 2009
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Prof Koch awarded Grant

The Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) awarded a mini-grant in the amount of $11,850 to Dr. Koch in April 2009.  This grant provides a stipend of $3300 each to Jennifer Jordan and Ariel Kramer to work as a team during the summer and fall.  In addition to working full-time this past summer, Jennifer and Ariel will work for ten hours a week during the semester and present their work at the CURM Spring Research Conference at Brigham Young University.  Additionally, the grant provides support for Dr. Koch to receive a course release and to travel to Utah for a summer workshop with other CURM mini-grant recipients as well as to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco.  The grant will allow Ariel and Jennifer to experience collaborative, interdisciplinary research in a way that reflects how applied mathematicians actually do research.  With an acceptance rate of approximately twenty percent, it is an honor for members of the Goucher community to receive CURM’s support. 

Sep 3, 2009
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Jennifer Jordan wins award at MathFest

Jennifer Jordan received an American Mathematical Society/American Statistical Association award for her presentation at MathFest.  This project is a continuation of the work completed Jordan Yoder ‘09 during the summer of 2007, for which he won the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Award for Applied Mathematics Award.  Jordan and Jennifer collaborated on the project during the spring 2009 semester as an independent study.  The presentation of national awards to two mathematics majors for an original research project serves as a tribute to the talented students that participate in Goucher College’s Summer Science Research Program.

Sep 3, 2009
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Students Present work at MathFest

On August 6 and 7, 2009, Jennifer Jordan ‘11 and Ariel Kramer ‘11 presented their work entitled “Follow the Food Feeding Function: A Biomathematical Study of Gastric Emptying” at MathFest, the national summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Portland, Oregon.  Ariel and Jennifer conducted the research under the guidance of Dr. Gretchen A. Koch, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Ariel presented the first part of the talk in the MAA Student Paper Sessions, while Jennifer’s presentation occurred as part of the Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Sessions.  Both women previously presented their work during the Summer Science Program presentations at Goucher College and at the Landmark Conference at Susquehanna University.  The abstract for their talks is:

Through an examination of the mechanisms driving gastric motility, absorption, and transit, and using differential equations, we created a compartmental model of the digestion system.  Specifically, we seek to understand the process of gastric emptying by modeling the interactions between ingested solids, liquids, and chyme.  To make the model accurate biologically, we introduced randomness into the system; additionally, the nonlinearity and number of the parameters in the model make finding analytical solutions impractical.  Thus, we created numerical simulations of the model.  As this research is at the crossroads of biology and mathematics, both quantitative and qualitative analyses of the simulations will be discussed.

Aug 17, 2009
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“When will I use Math?” website

Check out a new website “When will I use Math?”

http://WhenWillIUseMath.com

 

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