Mathematics

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December 12, 2011

Sharon Smith Donahue ’86 Plays Key Role in NASA’s New Space Telescope

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By Tiffany Bentley When the James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2018 as the successor to Hubble, it will look deeper into space — beyond the reach of existing instruments — to see the earliest stars and galaxies that formed in the Universe. It will detect stars approximately 280 million years older than those seen [...]

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November 22, 2011

John Hunt ’01 Makes Musical Debut on MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals

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In today’s competitive music industry, a composer’s big break can occur in a matter of seconds after several disappointments. No one knows that better than John Hunt ’01 of South Orange, N.J., who made his musical debut during MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals most recent episode. Previously, two of Hunt’s original compositions were slated to be [...]

Felix Hutchison ’12 and Yue (Luna) Yuan ’12

October 14, 2011

Grand Challenges: Yue Yuan ’12 and Felix Hutchison ’12 Build Electrical Models to Mimic the Human Brain

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What if the breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer’s disease isn’t in a pill but in a computer? What if a paralysis victim could operate an electronic device just using the power of the mind? These are questions that Yue “Luna” Yuan ’12 (Wuhan, China), a mechanical engineering and policy studies dual major, and Felix Hutchison ’12 (Plainsboro, [...]

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September 15, 2011

Meet the New Faculty

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This fall, Lafayette welcomes 11 new professors, bringing the College’s total to 213 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. Over the past several years, the College has been hard at work on the initiative in the 2007 strategic plan to increase the size of the permanent faculty by 20 percent and decrease the student-to-faculty ratio from 11:1 [...]

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June 3, 2011

Math Professor Gary Gordon Helps Students Break Down Complex Problems

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If given the choice offered to Neo in The Matrix, Gary Gordon, professor of mathematics, would likely choose the blue pill. He appreciates a finely constructed matrix, thank you very much. Gordon’s upcoming book, tentatively titled Matroids: A Geometric Approach, examines matrices, networks, and their points of connection. Written in collaboration with Professor Jennifer McNulty [...]

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May 31, 2011

Rob McEwen ’05 Develops Programming and Algorithms for Army Intelligence Center

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By Kevin Gray When Rob McEwen ’05 began his career at Lafayette College, he knew that he wanted to earn B.S. degrees in mathematics and computer science, which he did. What he didn’t know was whether he wanted to work in industry or government service, or to pursue an academic position. “After several great summers [...]

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May 10, 2011

D’Wana Terry ’87 Provides Counsel for FCC Chief

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 Ever question a charge under the “adjustments” section of your cell phone bill, or worried about your privacy when using a public wireless hot spot? These and countless other issues fall under the purview of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission, and as special [...]

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May 2, 2011

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 1, in the Williams Center for the Arts. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions–engineering, the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 46 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the [...]

Melissa Foley ’12, David Wenger ’12, and Bridget Greeley ’12

April 29, 2011

Team Receives Projects for Peace Grant to Work with High School Students

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Three Lafayette students are taking on a new challenge: fostering peace and prosperity in the violence-ridden city of Plainfield, N.J. Chemistry major Melissa Foley ’12 (Lebanon, N.J.), mathematics major Bridget Greeley ’12 (Mountainside, N.J.), and mechanical engineering major David Wenger ’12 (Montville, N.J.) have received a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to support their [...]

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April 11, 2011

Lafayette Places in Top 10 Percent in National Putnam Math Competition

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Lafayette’s three-student team finished in the top 10 percent of schools participating nationally in the 2010-11 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. The College placed 34th out of 442 teams. California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University were this year’s top finishers. This is now the ninth year out of the last [...]