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Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.

Our First Computational Science Graduate

This month, Tarang Hirani became Hood’s first graduate in Computational Science, a “rapidly growing multi- and interdisciplinary field that uses ad- vanced computing and data analysis to understand and solve complex problems (Journal of Computational Science 2014). As a CPSC major, Tarang took courses in applied mathematics, computer science, chemistry and physics. He spent the summer of 2014 as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, working in the Engineering Lab of the Applied Economics Office. His experience there led to his capstone experience, working at NIST on the Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability project, which “allows users to compare the sustainability performance of a building type as the energy efficiency design of that building type is increased.” (http:// birdscom.nist.gov/)

Computational Science has been highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education as a hot new major, one that combines mathematics and computer science, and especially Big Data techniques, to solve real-world problems — one whose graduates are sought-after. Hood is the only college in Maryland to offer a bachelor’s degree in the field. To find out more, consult the Hood Catalog or a faculty member in mathematics or computer science.


Senior Gives Talk at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Alisha Dunkle, a senior Early Childhood Education major and math education minor from Watertown, New York, recently gave a talk at the world’s largest mathematics conference the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, in San Antonio, Texas.

Last summer, Alisha participated in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Along with a faculty advisor and four other students, she examined elementary school textbooks used in Texas and analyzed their statistical content, comparing them to national standards. The group reported their findings in San Antonio. They have also been invited to present their research at the NCTM Research Conference in Boston this spring.

SK-Day at Hood:We needYOU!

Sonia Kovalevsky Day – our day-long mathematical workshop for local high school girls – is coming up soon! This year’s date is Monday, March 9th – the Monday of Hood’s spring break and we need YOU (yes, you!) to help make this event happen!

Tell any one of your math professors or email Dr. Tysse at tysse@hood.edu if you can help out on the day of the event. Student volunteers will act as mentors, guides, classroom assistants, and ambassa- dors for the math department and the College! If you need help getting permission to stay in the dorms in order to make it to SK-Day, just let us know. Come represent Hood College and the Department of Mathe- matics and have lots of fun doing so! This experience will look great on your resume!

More about the event: Sonia Kovalevsky Day is a day-long program of fun mathematical activities for local high-school girls. We invite 10th and 11th grade girls and their teachers from all 10 Frederick County High Schools. We will run exciting, interactive mathematical workshops and host a career panel, among other fun activities. Contact tysse@hood.edu. Now! Right now! Quickly – before you forget!

Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The annual international COMAP mathematical modeling contest will take place February 5th through February 9th. During the contest, teams composed of up to three students work on a mathematical modeling problem at Hood. Stu- dents from Hood have participated in this con- test almost every year for decades; participants from previous years report having had a good time and having done good mathematics. The problems that students tackled in recent years have included analyzing traffic patterns, designing a system to pick the “best all time college ever,” and modeling the heating of pans of different shapes in an oven. You may find further infor- mation about the contest at www.comap.com/ undergraduate/contests/. If you are interested in forming or joining a team, you may contact Dr. Parson.

  • Feb. 5-9 at Hood College.
    Mathematical Competition in Modeling
  • Monday, Feb. 9; Thursday, Feb. 12; Friday, Feb. 13 at Hood College
    February Math Seminars. All talks will be at 3:00 or 4:00; watch for updates from your math instructor.
  • Monday, March 9 at Hodson Science & Technology Center.
    Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for High School Girls
  • Saturday, April 11.
    Hood College Research Celebration
  • Friday/Saturday, April 24-25, Roanoke, VA.
    Spring 2015 meeting of the MD-DC-VA Section of the MAA
  • August 5- 8 in Washington, DC.
    MAA Centennial MathFest
  • Every Wednesday at 3:30, 2nd floor Hodson.
    Math Tea. Games, puzzles, math, food, fun!
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