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.
October 31, 2009 - Six Students Compete In MATH Challenge
Six students represented Albion in the 15th Michigan Autumn Take-Home Challenge, held at colleges across the greater Midwest on Saturday, October 31. Competing for Albion were Chen Chen, Yang Chen, Rachel Kamischke, Becca Putans, Kathryn Wagner, and Mingjia Yang. The MATH Challenge is a 10-question, 3-hour exam taken by undergraduate students in teams of two or three. The 2009 MATH Challenge included 53 teams from 20 colleges in 6 states. Mark Bollman coordinated the students' participation in the contest. Results of the MATH Challenge are expected by the end of the semester.
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.