June 1, 2009 - Darren E. Mason is visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE)

Darren Mason is currently visiting the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, Germany and will remain its guest until June 30, 2009. During his visit Professor Mason will be working with colleagues from the Microstructure Physics and Metal Forming division of MPIE and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Michigan State University on fundamental problems that arise in modeling microcrack/damage nucleation in textured metals. The research program is a fusion of experimental, numerical modeling, and mathematical modeling of material behavior across multiple length scales. This international and interdisciplinary project is funded by a three-year joint grant from the National Science Foundation and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

June 15, 2009 - Mark Bollman Leads At AP Calculus Reading

Mark Bollman served as a Table Leader at the 2009 Advanced Placement Calculus reading, held from June 9-15 in Kansas City, Missouri. As a table leader, Mark was part of a team of two who were jointly responsible for the performance of a room of 16 exam readers. His room contributed, along with 830 college and high school calculus teachers from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries, in scoring 304,490 AB and BC Calculus exams. Mark is in his fourth year as a TL, following five years of service as a Reader.

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.

An example of a random Truchet tiling containing the text "Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science" is shown above. A darker color has been used for the text to increase its contrast

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