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Kutztown University is again hosting an all-female virtual lecture series in association with KU's chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics. See lecture series website for the schedule.
In the Center for Computational Mathematics and Modeling at Temple University, a team of 2 PhD students and 4 undergraduate students has developed a prototype of an interactive virtual reality (VR) simulator for signal propagation in neurons. Using the center's VR system, the team has devised a pipeline that reads real neuron geometries from a public database, makes them compatible with a VR visualization, and then numerically solves the Hodgkin-Huxley equations that describe signal propagation along the neuron geometry. A key feature is that the application allows researchers to immerse themselves into the geometry, and to visualize and interact with computational simulations in real time. The pipeline allows researchers to run simulation code on their own geometries and watch those simulations unfold in 3D space. Researchers can see and walk around their geometries as they evolve in real time; they can grab, move, rotate, and resize them; they can tap their geometries and see their simulation values instantly altered. The students plan to further grow and develop this system with the goal that it can serve as a new tool to provide a better intuitive understanding of 3D space and time-evolution problems described via partial differential equations on complex geometries. Mentored by Prof. Benjamin Seibold and Gillian Queisser, the student team is James Rosado, Stephan Grein (PhD students) and Craig Fox, Bogdan Nagirniak, Jacob Wells, Noah Williams (undergraduate student researchers).
The Villanova University Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to congratulate their recently promoted colleagues: Dr. Katie Haymaker (Associate Professor of Mathematics), Dr. Elise Pasles (Associate Teaching Professor), Mr. John Santomas (Senior Instructor), and Dr. Yimin Zhang (Associate Professor of Statistics). The department also announced a new major in Statistics that was added in FAll 2020.
Kutztown University is hosting an all-female virtual lecture series in association with KU's chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics. See MAA Connect or social media for individual seminar annoucements.
Neumann University will be graduating its first math majors during May 2020: Melanie Malseed and Helen Cooney. Congratulations to Melanie, Helen, and Neumann University!
Communications on Number Theory and Combinatorial Theory (CONTACT) is an open access journal which features a double-blind referee process. The aim of the journal is to publish original research articles in the areas of number theory and combinatorics.
CONTACT is a brand new journal, and we can only obtain an ISSN and get it listed on MathSciNet only after the publication of some complete issues. We are certainly going to work towards this direction and get CONTACT properly listed and all publication properly recognized, and we are reaching out today to ask you to consider helping us reach this objective by submitting a research article to our journal.
Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in CONTACT provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Articles can be submitted at research.library.kutztown.edu/contact.
If you have questions, please contact Tony Wong (email@example.com) and Josh Harrington (Joshua.Harrington@cedarcrest.edu).
The Bryn Mawr math department celebrated with a lovely holiday party last December. A young honorary department member (center) had a particularly good time.
Albright College professor, Dr. Brittany Shelton, gave a presentation entitled “Exploring preference orders through discrete geometry” at King’s College Mathematics Department Colloquium on October 7th, 2019. In her talk, Dr. Shelton described how discrete geometry can be used to construct preference orders according to a voter’s opinion on two issues. She also explained how the candidate’s positions on these issues affect the number of possible preference orders that a voter can have.
Now that it’s time to elect a new president for our MATH club, we were inspired by Dr. Shelton’s talk to use a new voting scheme! Instead of using the traditional plurality rule election system, where the candidate with the most votes wins, the club has decided to hold an instant run-off election. Each member will rank the candidates based on how strongly he/she feels about two issues and will submit a preference list, that is, a ranking of all the candidates in order from most preferred to least preferred, as their “vote.” Thank you to Dr. Shelton for giving us a new way to elect our next fearless leader for math club.
Until 2019, the Newsletter collected news and stories from the EPaDel section, the Student Chapters, and other math departments and clubs on campuses in our section.