Summer Plans: From Research to Job Search
When Spring semester classes wrap up
in May, students and faculty alike will
breathe a sigh of relief and stop to reflect
back on a challenging and productive
semester. However, they won't rest
for too long. Here are just a few of the
exciting plans students, graduates, and
faculty have made for the summer:
Dubravka Bodiroga and Dr. Parson
have been awarded a Hood Summer
Research Institute grant to explore the
theory of equations.
Abby Boyle will be starting a full-time
job in Madison, Wisconsin, as a project
manager for Epic, a leading healthcare
Chad Doremus will be working at
Deloitte again this summer as an IT
consultant, officially starting there fulltime
in the fall.
Jenny Harper will follow up on last
summer's National Security Scholarship
Program internship and begin a
full-time job as a software engineer for
AAI in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Jessica Jeffrey will be programming at
the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell
University. She will be working
with their bioinformatics group to aid
in the sequencing of the tomato genome.
Jim Ledwell, upon graduating with
his math degree, will retire from his
current job of 22 years and start the
Master of Arts in Teaching program
at Frostburg State University.
Kizza Nandyose has been accepted
to an REU at UCLA. RIPS, or Research
in Industrial Projects, is a
two-month-long program where students
work in teams on a project
from industry or the public sector.
Dylan O'Connell will be working for
the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
through the College of William
and Mary. He will be working with
data from arctic gliders and satellites
on a 3D mathematical model of the
As for the faculty, Dr. Mayfield will
develop and teach a new course in
the history of mathematics for the
M.S. in Mathematics Education program.
Middle and high school math
teachers will learn ways to introduce
history into their classrooms.
Starting this summer, Dr. Seymour will be embarking on a well-deserved
retirement after 25 years as a professor
here at Hood. We wish her well and are eternally grateful for her
numerous contributions, from her
leadership in the curriculum for Math
207 and 333 to the delicious baked
goods she provided week after week
for Math Tea.
In July, Mr. Devilbiss will attend an
MAA Professional Enhancement Program
(PREP) workshop on "Teaching
Statistics using Active Learning and
Technology". The workshop will focus
on the newly released Guidelines for
Assessment and Instruction in Statistics
Education issued by the American
Dr. Stewart will be continuing her
work on Project MathVote, developing
new questions for classroom voting
and analyzing data on quality of classroom
discussion and student confidence
levels during voting. She also
plans to attend a PREP workshop on
Dr. Dunham will represent the math
department at the Pacific Northwest
Section meeting of the MAA in Juneau,
Alaska, where she will attend a
mini-course on "Quantitative Reasoning
in the News".
A New Face in the Math Department
Next fall, there will be a new math professor at Hood. Dr. Gwyneth Whieldon
was chosen from among more than 600 applicants for a position at
Hood. Professors Stewart, Parson, Dunham, and Mayfield interviewed 60
applicants at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans in January
and then invited three finalists to campus. Students had the opportunity to
attend seminars given by the three candidates and to submit reviews of
them. All of us were pleased when Dr. Whieldon accepted the position.
Professor Whieldon grew up in Maryland and graduated from St. Mary's College
of Maryland with a double major in mathematics and physics. She was
then awarded an NSF fellowship to attend graduate school at Cornell University,
where she is completing requirements for a Ph.D. in mathematics.
Her research interests are in commutative algebra and combinatorics. After
helping out with a summer research program at Cornell, she will begin
teaching at Hood (Calculus I and Intro to Probability and Statistics) in August.
Dates of Interest
April: Math Awareness Month
- April 13: Leonhard Euler's
birthday party at Math Tea
- April 15: Leonhard Euler's
- April 15: Leonhard Euler's
- April 15-16: MAA Section
Meeting at Randolph-Macon
- April 19: Honors Convocation
- May 21: Commencement
- August 4-6: Mathfest in Lexington,
Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon
On Sunday, April 3rd, eight students were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society. Founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University, PME currently has over 340 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions. Students are elected to membership for outstanding academic work, both in mathematics and overall.
Dr. Michael Pearson, Associate Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America, delivered the annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture, "A Ramble around the History of Pi". President Volpe and Provost Conway-Turner were on hand to wel-come everyone. The senior members of the Society received honor cords to wear at Commencement.
Congratulations to this year's new PME members Jamie Bingaman, Annmarie Boyle, Chris DiGangi, Andrea Haines, Kori Junghans, Kizza Nandyose, Valentine Polii, and Matthew Shives.
2010 inductees Abby Boyle and Jenny Harper were also honored.
Seniors View Rare Books
Students in the senior seminar visited the Dibner Library of Science and Technology in the Smithsonians National Museum of American History on Friday, April 1st. Hosted by Peggy Kidwell, mathematics curator, and Lilla Vekerdy, head of special collections, the seminar students viewed incunabula, books published just after the invention of the printing press, between 1450 and 1500 CE. They saw beautiful editions of Archimedes translated into Arabic and Latin, Regiomontanus' translation of Ptolemy's Almagest, a first edition of Luca Pacioli's Summa de arithmetica, and a letter written by Galileo.
The seniors have spent the semester learning about the history of mathematics; each student will complete a final research project on a topic of interest. Please come to a poster session highlighting these capstone projects on Thursday, May 5th from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. in the second floor atrium of Hodson.
No, it's not a joke. That is the name of the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America -- this year in Lexington, Kentucky, August 4 – 6. There are many activities just for undergraduate students at this fun summer event: a reception, two invited lectures, two workshops, Math Jeopardy, a banquet, a problemsolving competition, an ice cream social and lots and lots of talks given by students.
If you would like to go, and especially if you would like to give a talk (have you completed a project in a course, or done a summer internship or research?), please contact a member of the mathematics faculty. Hood students have given very successful talks in the past and have won prizes! If you see some of the student talks this year, you will see that YOU can certainly give one of them next year. There are travel grants avail-able from MAA and Pi Mu Epsilon.