November 16, 2009 - Chance Class Travels To Soaring Eagle Casino
Mark Bollman's First-Year Seminar, Chance, traveled to the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, MI on Monday, November 16. The class took this opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge of probability on the gaming floor. In so doing, they re-created the origins of their subject, as much of what we now know as probability theory finds its roots in the study of gambling and games of chance. Though they learned in class that the odds and payoffs for any casino game are set in the house's favor, 13 of the 16 students took advantage of a pair of lucrative promotions offering free casino play and successfully beat the casino's edge.
November 18, 2009 - Students Finish 4th. 25th in MATH Challenge
The results of the 2009 Michigan Autumn Take-Home Challenge have arrived, and both Albion teams landed in the top half of the field. The team of Chen Chen, Yang Chen, and Mingjia Yang finished 4th with a total of 66 points out of a possible 100. Becca Putans, Rachel Kamischke, and Kathryn Wagner finished 25th with 30 points. Fifty teams completed the competition. The top ten teams were: 1. Calvin College & Taylor University: 78 pts. 3. Hope College: 73 pts. 4. Albion College: 66 pts. 5. Lawrence Technological University & Kalamazoo College: 63 pts. 7. Kalamazoo College: 60 pts. 8. Grand Valley State University: 53 pts. 9. Merrimack College & Calvin College: 52 pts. Congratulations to both teams!
November 19, 2009 - Darren E. Mason's Research Published in the Journal of Metals
Darren Mason's research was published in the paper "Strain Heterogeneity and Damage Nucleation at Grain Boundaries during Monotonic Deformation in Commercial Purity Titanium" in the Journal of Metals. Darren's co-authors were T.R. Bieler, M.A. Crimp, Y. Yang, L. Wang (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); P. Eisenlohr (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung — Düsseldorf, Germany); W. Liu (Argonne National Laboratory); G.E. Ice (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The official citation is Int. J. of Metals, 61 (12), p. 45 - 52, 2009.
December 1, 2009 - Darren E. Mason's Research Presented at the Fall 2009 Materials Research Society Meeting
Darren Mason's research was presented in the inivited presentation "Comparison of Slip, Slip Transfer, and Damage Nucleation in Experimental Observations and Crystal Plasticity Finite Element Simulations of CP Ti" at the Fall 2009 MRS Meeting held from 11/30/2009 - 12/04/2009 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Darren's co-authors were T.R. Bieler, M.A. Crimp, Y. Yang, L. Wang (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); P. Eisenlohr and YunJo Ro (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung — Düsseldorf, Germany); W. Liu (Argonne National Laboratory); G.E. Ice (Oak Ridge National Laboratory).