Mathematics & Computer Science
'13 Fall Semester
On November 16-17, Andrew Tullo '14, Chris Zumberge '14, Sam Tolkin '14, Holly Bertolet '15, Mike Filippone '15 and David Reinert '16 participated in the 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend at Ben Franklin Techventures at Lehigh University.
On November 13, Dr. WIlliam Dunham, Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College, closed out the fall colloquium series with, "Lunchtime with Euler." Dr. Dunham notes that, "Among history’s greatest mathematicians is Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), the Swiss genius who produced an astonishing 25,000 pages of pure and applied mathematics of the very highest quality. In this talk, we sketch Euler’s life and describe a few of his contributions to number theory, algebra, and other branches of mathematics."
On November 3, Dr. Elyn Rykken, Dr. Dan File, and three Mathematics Majors: Jarrett Felix '14, Bryan McComb '14, and Benjamin Nassau '15, of Muhlenberg College, attended the 23rd Annual Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Mathematics Competition held this year at Lafayette College. The contest consists of a three-hour test where students need to work together as a team to solve the problems. It is open to students from Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette, Lehigh University, Moravian, and Muhlenberg College.
On October 23, Dr. Florence Appel or Saint Xavier University presented a colloquium on "Teaching Computer Ethics Issues" to the campus. She noted that, "Society's widespread use of and reliance on digital technology has brought a number of interesting and challenging ethical issues to the attention of computer science educators and their students. From practices that threaten personal privacy and security, to thorny issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property, issues abound and pose a minefield for students who are future professionals in a number of fields that involve regular implementation of computers and digital communication technology. Educators have a responsibility to prepare students for this reality. We will explore several serious computer ethics issues, identify resources and try our hand at various pedagogies that may encourage our students to address these issues critically and creatively."
On October 8, Dr. Elizabeth McMahon of Lafayette College presented a Colloquium on "Mathematics and the Game of SET." The card game of SET is played with a deck of 81 cards, and quite a lot of mathematics can be explored using the game. The presentation covered questions in combinatorics, probability, linear algebra, and especially geometry using the Game of SET. As Dr. McMahon notes, "The deck is an excellent model for the finite affine geometry, and provides an entry to surprisingly beautiful structure theorems for that geometry."
On September 27, student researcher(s) present and discuss their summer research experiences during the Summer Research Poster Session.
On September 19, William Dunham, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, spoke at the Mathematics Colloquium at West Chester University. His title was "An Afternoon with Euler."
On September 18, How I Spent My Summer Vacation… Summer Research Done by Math and Computer Science Students with Macauley Breault '15, Jarrett Felix '14, Bryan McComb '14 and Erica Wenzel '14.
On September 10, Dr. Kimball Martin of the University of Oklahoma opened the fall colloquium series with "How often should you clean your room?" Or how to mathematically quantify the notion of how often you should clean your room, which means how to optimally balance the time you spend searching for things and the time you spend putting things back.