Friday, April 22, 2016

MathEdge Fantasy Sports L.L.C. Named a Finalist in the Big Idea Contest

MathEdge Fantasy Sports LLC, a tech startup company co-founded by Ben Galluzzo and Dave Kennedy, has been named a finalist in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Big Idea Contest.  This contest is open to new businesses in Central and Northern Pennsylvania, and awards two prize packages worth over $150,000 each.  MathEdge’s idea is an app named Draft Hog that uses a mathematical algorithm to help the customer draft a competitive fantasy football team.  Galluzzo and Kennedy previously won the TechCelerator@Carlisle’s business plan contest in the fall of 2015.  Congratulations to Dr. Galluzzo and Dr. Kennedy!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Shippensburg Math & Computer Science Day

Shippensburg University held its annual Math & Computer Science Day on April 5, 2016. This is a day when high school students from the surrounding region come to Shippensburg University to participate in mathematics and computer science events. The events this year were a Team Computer Programming Competition, an Individual Mathematics Contest, and a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. 

Math & Computer Science Day by the numbers15 high schools, 90 high school students, 17 high school teachers, 41 SU student volunteers, 9 SU faculty volunteers, 1 Penn State Harrisburg faculty volunteer, 1 University of Pennsylvania graduate student volunteer, 3 events and over 40 challenging problems.

New this year was our partnering with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, which is supported by the American Institute of Mathematics. Since the inaugural festival at Google in 2007, they have become increasingly popular around the United States. The first international festival was in China in 2015, and later this year a second will be hosted in New Dehli, India. The Shippensburg University Mathematics Department is proud to have hosted the first in Pennsylvania. 

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the competitive events. For the Team Computer Programming Competition there were 9 teams (25 students). Trophies were awarded to first, second, and third place. For the Individual Mathematics Contest there were 41 participants. Amazon gift cards ($75, $50, and $25) were awarded to first, second, and third place.

The organizers Drs. Lance Bryant, Sarah N. Bryant and Dudley Girard want to thank all of the high schools that participated this year along with the SU students, faculty, and staff that make the event possible. We offer a special thank you to Dr. Ben Galluzzo and Dr. Kim Presser for showcasing some of our undergraduate student research and talking with high school students about careers in mathematics during the festival.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Kudos to Curtis Lamp

Congratulations to Curtis Lamp who was recently selected to the highly selective, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SURF Gaithersburg program in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) for this summer.  He will be working with mentors from NIST on research associated with latent fingerprint pre-processing. Way to go, Curtis!

MidSchoolMath Annual Conference

In February Dr. Tom Evitts presented the workshop entitled "Persist and Persevere? No Problem!" at the third MidSchoolMath Annual Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

AMTE's Affiliate Connections Committee Appointment

Dr. Tom Evitts was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Affiliate Connections Committee of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE).