Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings

As always, the Ship Math Department was very active at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Here is a list of many of the things we did this year.
  • Dr. Lenny Jones presented A Class of Irreducible Polynomials in AMS session on Lattices, Polynomials, and Linear Algebra. This is joint work with Dr. Joshua Harrington.
  • Dr. James Hamblin presented Using Common Final Questions to Assess Proof in the MAA session on Assessment of Proof Writing Throughout the Mathematics Major. He also co-organized the MAA Committee on Technologies in Mathematics Education Panel Discussion entitled, "Assistive Technologies for Math Students and Faculty with Disabilities."
  • Dr. Doug Ensley was the guest lecturer for WEB SIGMAA's "Mathematics Instruction Using the Web." His presentation was titled Mobile Math Apps. He also presented Mobile Math Apps in the MAA Poster Session of Project Supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education.
  • Dr. Ji Young Choi presented Vertical Recurrence Relations for Stirling Numbers of the Second Kind in the AMS session on combinatorics.
  • Dr. Kimberly Presser presented Using Daily Quizzes to Build Proof Skills in a Real Analysis Course in the MAA session on Topics and Techniques for Teaching Real Analysis. She also co-organized the following MAA General Contributed Paper Sessions:
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Teaching Introductory Mathematics
    • Research in Number Theory
    • Mathematics Education
    • Research in Algebra and Topology
    • Graph Theory and Combinatorics
    • Teaching Mathematics Beyond the Calculus Sequence
    • Interdisciplinary Topics
    • Research in Geometry and Linear Algebra
    • Modeling and Applications of Mathematics
    • Research in Applied Mathematics
    • Calculus
    • Assorted Topics
    • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
    • Assessment and Outreach
    • Mathematics and Technology
  • Dr. Joshua Harrington presented The Reducibility of Constant-Perturbed Products of Cyclotomic Polynomials in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Number Theory. This is joint work with Dr. Lenny Jones and Dr. Daniel White.
  • Drs. Kate McGivney and Sarah Bryant presented Retaining and Advancing Female STEM Faculty at Teaching-Focused Institutions in the MAA session on Programs and Approaches for Mentoring Women and Minorities in Mathematics.
  • Dr. Paul Taylor presented Two Short Projects for Improving Financial Literacy in the MAA session on Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students.
  • Dr. Ben Galluzzo presented Undergraduate Sustainability Experiences in Mathematics in the MAA Poster Session of Project Supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education. He also co-organized the "MAA Session on USE Math: Undergraduate Sustainability Experiences in the Introductory Mathematics Classroom."
  • Dr. Deborah Gochenaur presented Mathematics - for life, for love, for a living in the MAA session on Student Activities. This is joint work with Dr. Luis Melara. She also co-organized the MAA Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers Panel Discussion entitled, "Mathematicians Supporting Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."
  • Mr. Grant Innerst presented Statistical Crowd Counting in the MAA session on Data, Modeling, and Computing in the Introductory Statistics Course. This is joint work with Dr. Ben Galluzzo.
  • Dr. Dave Kennedy presented How Math Can Lead You to Fantasy Football Glory in the MAA session on Mathematics and Sports. This is joint work with Dr. Ben Galluzzo.
  • Dr. Marc Renault presented Properties of the (a,b)-Fibonacci Sequence, Modulo m in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Assorted Topics.
  • Ms. Alicia Lamarche presented Representing Integers as the Sum of Two Squares in the Ring Z_n in the AMS session on Combinatorics and Number Theory. This is joint work with Drs. Lenny Jones and Joshua Harrington.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NCTM: Mathematical Modeling with Fantasy Football

Ben Galluzzo and Dave Kennedy presented "Mathematical Modeling with Fantasy Football," at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2013 Regional Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Friday, October 18, 2013

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Baltimore, MD

Luis Melara with students Brenna Deshong and Megan Parthemore presented, "Oral Reviews: Improving Recrutiment and Retention in STEM Majors," and Tom Evitts presented, "A Day at the Races,"at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2013 Regional Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Truth Values" Extravaganza

Gioia De Cari performed her award-wining hit solo show, "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T's Male Math Maze," to a sold-out crowd in SU's Memorial Auditorium on October 17th. The show was hosted by STEMUP-PA with additional support from SU's office of social equity, women's center and the department of mathematics.

Starting an Actuarial Program with Existing Resources


Dr. Paul Taylor had his article “Starting an actuarial program with existing resources” accepted for publication in the journal PRIMUS – Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Understanding the Influence of Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

Dr. Kate McGivney, Professor of Mathematics and STEM-UP PA PI, and Dr. Alice Armstrong, Associate Professor of Mathematics and STEM-UP PA Co-PI were invited to present the talk, "Understanding the Influence of Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process" at the Human Resources conference.  In September Dr. Kate McGivney and Dr. Sarah N. Bryant, STEM-UP PA Project Manager, were invited to present this talk to faculty and administrators at Elizabethtown College.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ship Math Alumni Update

Congratulations to the following Alumni:

  • Jessica Durofchalk (2013) is now at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School
  • Ashley Eden (2013) is now at Dauphin County Technical High School
  • Alyssa Fahringer (2013) is now at James Buchanaan Middle School
  • Andrew Geesaman (2013) is now at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School
  • Amy Thompson (2013) is now at Spring Grove Middle School
  • Natalie Kupchella (2013) is now at Preston High School in Kingwood, WV
  • Ben Robinson (2013) is now at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Samantha MacIntyre (2013) joined the U.S. Air Force
  • Jeffery Andrews (2013) will be attending West Chester University's graduate school. 
  • Jessica Rossi (2012) is now at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Rusty Zufall (2012) is now at Glen Burnie High School in Maryland 
  • Beytullah Arikan (2012) is now at Stone Hill Middle School in Virginia

Please let us know if you have any information on other Ship Math graduates.