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

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.

Left to right: Mingjia Yang, Yang Chen, Chen Chen

Left to right: Rachel Kamischke, Kathryn Wagner, Becca Putans

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