Mathematics

Joshua Geesey '13 (left), James Hilbert '11, and Samatha Sangenito '12 are preparing for the National Forensics Association's national tournament.

March 18, 2011

James Hilbert ’11 Enjoys Unprecedented Debate Success as Forensics Society Prepares for National Tournament

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As a high school sophomore, James Hilbert ’11 (West Whippany, N.J.) joined the debate team as a way to explore his interest in becoming a trial lawyer. He’s since changed career aspirations and is a mechanical engineering and mathematics double major, but he caught the bug for debate and hasn’t looked back. This year, he’s [...]

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January 28, 2011

Math Professor Elizabeth McMahon Loves Getting Students Excited about Concepts

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What’s a math professor doing teaching a women’s and gender studies course? The answer, or rather the genesis to that question lies in the frustrating three years Elizabeth McMahon spent at the University of Michigan obtaining her master’s degree in mathematics, one of only 10 women among 104 grad students. “There was a real culture [...]

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January 25, 2011

Peiyuan Mao ’11 Studies Stellar Flares at Space Telescope Science Institute

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It’s not often an undergraduate finds an opportunity to conduct research that has never been done before, but that’s exactly what Peiyuan Mao ’11 did through a summer program at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md. His work could have implications in determining if there are habitable environments outside our solar system. [...]

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December 17, 2010

Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem Uses Mathematics to Study Malaria

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Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, assistant professor of mathematics, still remembers the hot ache in her bones and exploding chills from one of the worst cases of malaria she ever contracted.  A first-year student at the University of Buea in Cameroon in 1993, she could barely move, transfixed at times by the bright dreams of delirium. The goal [...]

Farhan Abedin ’11 works with and Justin Corvino, associate professor of mathematics.

December 3, 2010

Research and International Conferences Help Prepare Farhan Abedin ’11 for Grad School

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When Justin Corvino, associate professor of mathematics, received a National Science Foundation grant, he envisioned using part of it to support student travel to professional conferences, but he never guessed how perfectly it would work out this summer. He and Farhan Abedin ’11 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) attended the PRIMA Conference on Geometric Analysis hosted by the [...]

Lafayette College

November 30, 2010

Students Win LVAIC Mathematics Competition

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Two teams of Lafayette students took the top two places at the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Mathematics Competition held at Moravian College. Finishing first in the 21st annual event were civil engineering major Xuan Chen ’13 (Chengdu, China) and math majors Miao Wang ’12 (Cheng De He Bei, China) and Liang Zhang ’13 [...]

Liusha Geng ’13 (left) works with Professor Robert Root and Heidi Verheggen ’12.

October 15, 2010

Student-Faculty Team Explores Why Vertebrates Developed Backbones

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Forget Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. When Rob Root and his research assistants watch videos of sharks swimming, they are looking for clues to help determine how–and why–fish and other vertebrates developed backbones. It sounds like a problem more suited to study by a biologist, but Root, associate professor of mathematics, and his team [...]

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October 6, 2010

Nobel Laureate John Nash Jr., Subject of Film A Beautiful Mind, Will Give Talk Oct. 18

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John Forbes Nash Jr., a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, will deliver a lecture 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Williams Center for the Arts. His talk, “Ideal Money and Asymptotically Ideal Money,” is sponsored by the policy studies program and hosted by the First-Year Seminar [...]

Professor Chawne Kimber

August 19, 2010

Professor Chawne Kimber Removes the Intimidation from Math

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Chawne Kimber has always liked math, but she hasn’t always admitted it. “I was one of the girls who had to hide it because it wasn’t cool at the time for a girl to like math,” says Kimber, associate professor of mathematics, who grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., where women were discouraged from certain intellectual [...]

Lafayette College

May 12, 2010

The Effects of Obesity on the Economy

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Teevrat Garg ’10 writes about his research with Susan Averett, professor of economics Teevrat Garg ’10 (Haryana, India), who is pursuing a B.S. in mathematics and an A.B. with a major in economics and business, is working as an EXCEL Scholar with Susan Averett, professor of economics, on a project examining labor market outcomes of [...]