April 9, 2009 - Albion Students Excel in COMAP International Mathematical Contest in Modeling
Two teams of three Albion students each were honored with awards of both Meritorious Winner and Honorable Mention in the 2009 International Mathematical Contest in Modeling sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. This year 1675 teams from 14 countries participated in the competition. The team of Yang Chen, Chris Creighton, and Sophia Potoczak received the prestigious award of Meritorious Winner for their work on a problem a complex problem related to cell phone usage and energy consumption. Only 9 teams in the world scored better than this Albion team in the competition. Other schools that received the same level of recognition as Albion for this problem included Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Cornell University and The United States Military Academy at West Point.
In addition, the team of Chen Chen, Whitney Patton, and Kathryn Wagner, who chose to solve a problem involving the mathematics of traffic circles, received the rank of Honorable Mention for their solution. This is significant since, out of the 1675 teams in the competition, 1074 (61%) received a ranking lower than honorable mention. Other schools that received this ranking include Princeton University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Michigan State University, Colorado College and numerous universities from China.
Congratulations to all six students for this fine achievement! Official results are available at the official COMAP MCM Results Website
April 15, 2009 - Students Finish 2nd, 24th In Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition
The results of the 33rd Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition, hosted on April 4 by Albion College, have arrived. A Calvin College team took top honors with a score of 41 points on the 10-question, 100-point exam. Finishing a close second was Albion's top team of Chen Chen, Yang Chen, and Qian Wang, who notched a score of 35. Rounding out the top 5 was a second Calvin entry and two teams from the University of Michigan-Flint. Also participating for Albion were Rachel Kamischke, Whitney Patton, and Kathryn Wagner, who finished 24th with 11 points. Thirty-one teams from 11 small colleges in Michigan participated in the 2009 LMMC. Congratulations to both Albion teams!
April 21, 2009 - Mark Bollman Publishes Book Review in The College Mathematics Journal
Mark Bollman's review of Ian Stewart's Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities was published in the May 2009 issue of The College Mathematics Journal. The May issue is devoted to puzzles, and includes an interview with Martin Gardner along with a collection of articles on mathematically-oriented puzzles. The CMJ is published by the Mathematical Association of America and is focused on the first two years of college mathematics.
April 23, 2009 - Students Present Research
Several mathematics and computer science students gave talks at the 20th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.
- Yang Chen, '11, dual economics and financial engineering (combined course) major with an applied mathematics minor, gave a talk entitled "Factors of China's Rapid National Saving Growth." Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Kotaro Yoshida (Economics and Management).
- Ryan Graham, '09, gave a talk entitled "Quantifying the Influence of a 4.8-Tesla Magnetic Field on the α↔γ Phase Transitions in Fe-0.75C Steel." Ryan is a Physics major with an applied mathematics minor. His faculty sponsor was Dr. Aaron Miller (Physics).
- Whitney Patton, '09, a mathematics major, gave a talk entitled "The Biangular Coordinate System as Seen Through Complex Numbers". Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Mark Bollman.
- Tim Rambo,'09, gave two talks. The first was entitled "An Introduction to Quantum Algorithms"; his faculty sponsor was Dr. Harold Connamacher. His second talk was entitled "Implementation of an Algorithm-Driven Solar Tracker"; his faculty sponsor was Dr. Aaron Miller (Physics). Tim is a dual Physics and Computer Science major.
- Culver Redd, '11, gave two presentation. The first was a talk entitled "Calibration and Use of the 11-Inch Celestron Telescope for Observing and CCD Imaging"; his faculty sponsor was Dr. Nicolle Zellner (Physics). His second was a poster entitled "Photophysics of Benzoic Acid Derivatives"; his faculty sponsor was Dr. Craig Bieler (Chemistry). Culver is a physics major and computer science minor.
- Lesley Simanton, '09, a physics major with an applied mathematics minor, gave a talk entitled "Multi-Wavelength Photometry on Stellar Clusters: Applications in Telescope-Camera System Analysis and Galactic Formation." Her faculty sponsor was Nicolle Zellner (Physics).
The purpose of the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium is to honor excellent student research, scholarship, and creative activity. The participants are nominated by their faculty sponsors after having participated in independent research that results in the significant synthesis of new knowledge. The research must have been performed under the direct supervision of an Albion College faculty member, or in a College-approved off-campus program. This year over 100 students presented their research.