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

Math Tea: It's Mathmatical Pumpkin Time!

Our special Halloween Pumpkin Carving Math Tea will take place on Thursday, October 25, Hodson 2nd floor, 3:15 p.m.

Let's see if we can come up with something fun to send in to the MAA's online photo gallery. The best photo submission will be featured on the Halloween MAA Found Math page.

Please let Dr. Stewart know if you plan to attend so that we can buy an appropriate number of pumpkins. If you forget, you are still welcome to come - we just can't guarantee that we will have a pumpkin for you.

Of course, we will also have something fun planned every Thursday this semester, so please come and enjoy our culinary and mathematical treats!

Above: Senior math and computer science major Dorothy Kirlew shows off her creation from a previous year. Below: Sophomore Natalie Guerra's impressive pumpkin from last year. Can you top it? Find out Thursday, October 25th at Math Tea! (3:15pm, 2nd floor Hodson.)

A Career in Intelligence?

The National Science Foundation announces a one-day program for college students

Women in Intelligence: Making a Difference
Tuesday, November 13
3 – 8 pm at their headquarters in Fort Meade, MD. This popular event will include a panel discussion, keynote address, dinner with NSA staff, and discussion with women who work in the intelligence field. Students planning to major in any STEM field, including mathematics, are encouraged to attend. Hood students who have participated in the past have had a wonderful time and learned a lot.

If you want to go, you should respond SOON, but definitely by October 26th, by email to Chris Jones at cjones7@nsa.gov, including a sentence telling them one thing you hope to learn about the NSA at this event. You must attach a copy of your résumé. If you do not have one, make an appointment at the Career Center.

Report from Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge

This year's Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge took place at Shippensburg University on September 29th and 30th. Hood sent only one team this year, made up of James Andrews and Cal Silvious. Hood's team competed against 15 other teams from schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. They arrived with sleeping bags and laptops on Saturday afternoon and worked through the nighton mathematical modeling. James and Cal studied the question of whether it wouldmake sense for Pennsylvania to change its laws to send electors to the Electoral College in proportion to votes that presidential candidates receive. Other teams studied the long term balance between use of land for suburban development and for farming.

After working all night on their problems, the teams wrote one-page executive summaries of their work and prepared ten-minute Power Point presentations on what they figured out in their busy 24 hours of modeling. A panel of judges, which included mathematicians and even two English professors, graded the written reports, and their fellow competitors ranked the oral presentations. This year's overall winner was a team from Montgomery College in Takoma Park, but Hood's team also had a good showing. The team members report having had a great (if exhausting!) time working on their problem and meeting students from other schools in our region.

The next big modeling contest is the annual COMAP contest, which runs in February. Hood has teams participate every year in this contest. Participants from last year were Jessica Garshell, Andrea Haines, Jessica Jeffrey, Jessica Lipscomb, Michael Mudarri, and Cal Silvious.

Undergrad Shows Off Research at Sums Conference

Senior math major Michael Mudarri participated in the Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference at James Madison University on September 29th. This annual one-day conference aims at promoting undergraduate research in mathematics and statistics.

The day started with a plenary lecture by Robert Bryant, director of the prestigious Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and concluded with a talk by mathematician-magician Chuck Sonenshein. In between, there were many talks and poster presentations by undergraduates on research projects that they had undertaken.

The speakers included Michael, who gave a 15-minute talk entitled "A Constructive Proof of the Cubic Case of Kronecker-Weber." Michael based his talk on the summer research he did at Hood with Dr. Parson. If you are interested in exploring undergraduate research in mathematics yourself, come and ask any of the mathematics professors about it!

Upcoming Dates

  • Mondays 8-9 p.m. in Hodson 236
    Least Suares Math Club Meetings
  • Oct. 27 9-11:30 a.m.
    VA Tech Regional Mathematics Competitions
  • Oct 26- 27 in Lexington, VA
    MAA Fall Section Meeting at Virginia Military Institute
  • Oct. 29 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Whitaker
    Least Squares Math Club Bake Sale
  • Nov. 13 3:30 p.m. in Hodson 316
    Seminar by Prof. Edwin O'Shea
  • Nov. 13 3- 8p.m. in Fort Meade, MD
    NSA Women Intelligence event
  • Nov. 27 3:30 p.m. in Hodson 316
    Seminar by Prof. James Tanton
  • Jan 9-12 in San Diego, California
    Joint Math Meetings
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