Mark Bollman's Math Seminars Are a Real Gamble

Mark Bollman, professor of mathematics, Albion College
Over the years, Mark Bollman has taught just about everything that involves numbers. But the professor of mathematics enjoys doing even more than that. He has researched new card games, tested theories of probability, created eight-side dice and even written a textbook about his new favorite subject, gambling, called Basic Gambling Mathematics: The Numbers Behind the Neon. "Gambling has been my primary interest for five years," says Bollman. "I've always had an interest in elementary probability."

Szocinski, '16, Looks Back on Year of Mathematics in Budapest

Tim Szocinski
"Hungarians generally don't own clothes dryers, and the currency is different; 250 florints is one dollar," says Tim Szocinski, '16. "But I don't think Budapest is too much different from cities in the U.S. I wouldn't know for sure because I never lived in a big city before." Given his reason for being in Hungary—studying pure mathematics through an international program at McDaniel College in Budapest—Szocinski's easygoing approach to what many might see as stressful isn't surprising.

Reimann's Mathematical Art Captures Media Attention

David Reimann's Studded Walnut sculpture was exhibited at the 2015 Bridges Conference.
Works of art created by Albion College professor of mathematics and computer science David Reimann attracted coverage by The New Yorker this week. The article in the Science & Tech section of the magazine's website looks at summer as a season of opportunity for researchers. Toward the end of her piece, she mentions Reimann's "bespoke polyhedra" at the 18th annual Bridges Conference in Baltimore. Reimann has attended the event since 2009 and in recent years has exhibited his work, including at last year's conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Erdman, '14, Co-Authors Economics Research Paper

Sarah Erdman, Albion College Class of 2014
Sarah Erdman, '14, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and economics and management, shares author credit with professor Jon Hooks of the Economics and Management Department on a research paper exploring discount pricing in mutual funds. "Turnover and Closed-End Fund Discounts," appears in the Fourth Quarter 2014 edition of the Journal of Business & Economics Research.


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