June 25, 2009 - Three Students Present FURSCA Summer Research
Chen Chen, Eric Richardson, and Kathryn Wagner all presented progress reports on their summer research projects at the weekly FURSCA summer symposium on Thursday, June 25. Chen and Kathryn are working in the area of biangular analytic geometry: Chen's research is on calculus in the biangular plane and in tri-angular space, and Kathryn's focuses on two-dimensional graphs of biangular functions. Eric's project is in operations research and is attempting to design an efficient mass transit system from metropolitan Detroit. All three students are supervised this summer by Mark Bollman.
July 27, 2009 - David Reimann presents research at the 2009 Bridges Conference
Professor David Reimann presented his research "Text from Truchet Tiles" at the 12th Annual Bridges Conference held July 26-30 2009 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. His paper appears on pages 325-6 in the printed proceedings. The Bridges Organization fosters the mutual exchange of ideas among practicing mathematicians, scientists, artists, educators, musicians, writers, computer scientists, sculptures, dancers, weavers, and model builders. A nice article about the conference appears on the AMS website.
August 19, 2009 - Mark Bollman named as new department chair
Mark Bollman has been named as the new chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department. Dr. Bollman has been a member of Albion's faculty since 1999 and has taught nearly every mathematics course offered by the department. Dr. Bollman succeeds Dr. David Reimann as chair. Reimann has served as chair since 2002 and will return to full-time teaching responsibilities in the department. Albion has a rotating internal chair model, with a renewable three-year appointment as chair; appointments are made by the College President upon the recommendations of the Provost and the department.
August 27, 2009 - Computer Labs Upgraded
The Linux and Windows computer labs have both been upgraded. The E.R. Sleight Computing Lab is now running OpenSUSE version 11.1. The 17 computers in the lab each have a 32-bit Intel Core Duo processor (E7300) running at 2.66 Gz and 4 GB of RAM. In addition, a new linux server, mathcs, has dual 32-bit quad-core AMD opteron processors (2350) running at 2.00 GHz and has 16 GB of RAM. The Putnam Computer lab, located in 251 Putnam, is now running Windows Vista. The 24 computers in the lab each have a 32-bit Intel Core Duo processor (E7300) running at 2.66 Gz and 4 GB of RAM. Windows software of note includes Mathematica, Matlab, Mathcad, Minitab, SPSS, and Java. Contact Dr. Reimann if you experience any difficulty in using these labs.