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Math/CS Students Elected to ΦΒΚ

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges chapter of ΦΒΚ, the national honor society, has announced its student inductees for 2016. Students are elected by current members of the chapter, who were themselves elected to ΦΒΚ during their own undergraduate careers.

Departmental majors selected for membership this year include Duncan Lilley H'17 (Math and Computer Science), John Remmert H'16 (Mathematics), and Chris Wilson H'16 (Mathematics). Also elected was Math minor Sean Bright H'17.

In addition, Math and Computer Science major Matt McPartlon H'16 was elected last year as a Junior.

Posted 26 April 2016

Joseph Rusinko Joins Department

Joseph Rusinko joined the department as an associate professor in the Fall semester of 2016. Professor Rusinko received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2007, and has previously taught at Winthrop University in South Carolina. His research interests are in the area of applied algebraic geometry, and in particular its applications to phylogenetics.

Posted 2 March 2016

Tasha Williams, Math Intern for 2015-16

Tasha Williams joined the Department in Fall 2016 to serve as the math intern for the academic year 2015–16. Williams received an M.S. in Operations Research in 1995 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has taught mathematics for over ten years at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Posted 2 March 2016

Department Prizes for 2015

At the end of each academic year, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards a variety of academic prizes to students. These prizes have been funded by various gifts to the colleges for the purpose of recognizing excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Here is the list of award recipients for 2015:
  • The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Alana Kilcullen WS'15.
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Luke DeLuccia H'15.
  • The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, to a William Smith senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Alana Kilcullen WS'15.
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Yu Cai WS'17.
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Duncan Lilley H'17.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 6 May 2015

Students Inducted into ΦΒΚ

ΦBK (Phi Beta Kappa) is a national academic honor society. It was founded in 1776, and it currently has chapters at 283 American colleges and universities. According to its web site, "Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities."

The following mathematics and computer science majors have been selected in 2015 for membership in ΦΒΚ by Zeta of New York, the HWS chapter of the organization:

  • Alana Kilcullen, WS'15
  • Matthew McPartlon, H'16
  • Kyle Zaverton, H'15

In addition, Luke DeLuccia H'15 was selected for membership as a Junior in 2014. Selection as a Junior is considered to be a singular honor.

Posted 6 May 2015

Mathematics and Baseball

William Smith alum and math major Kimberly Oaks Holmes is Senior Vice President of Strategic Analytics, XL Group (Insurance and Reinsurance). She recently published an article entitled Winning in a Competitive Environment: Who knew Baseball and Insurance had so much in common? The article provides an overview of how analytics are being used in both baseball (Billy Beane of Moneyball fame) and the insurance business.

Posted 4 April 2015

20 Years on the Internet

Fall 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' connection to the Internet. (For a few years prior to that connection, HWS was part of BITNET.) Soon after that, Professor David Eck set up a web site for the Colleges running on our main academic computer, a VAX named hws3.hws.edu. For a time, the HWS web address was http://hws3.hws.edu:9000. (The link is to a copy of the site captured by the "Wayback Machine" at the Internet Archive in 1997.)

Our own web site, math.hws.edu, was also established at about the same time. Originally, it ran on a Mac IIci computer in Professor Eck's office. You can see a version of that site. Most of the links don't work, but the one to Professor Vaughn's original web pages does. The web site math.hws.edu later to moved to a Solaris workstation for a while, before finally settling onto a series of Linux servers. You might also like to browse the history of the site on the Wayback Machine.

One more historical note: Professor Eck's first course web page, for CPSC 328, Winter '95 (Program Translators) was up and running by early January 1995.

Posted 17 December 2014

Spring 2015 Staffing

Two new faculty joined the department as Visiting Assistant Professors in Fall '14, and they will continue with us for Spring '15. They are Andrew Gainer-Dewar, shown on the left below, and Jacquelyn Rische, shown in the center.

Also continuing in the Spring will be our math intern, Josh Danis, shown on the right below. Josh graduated from Hobart last year with a major in Mathematics.

Professors Kevin Mitchell and David Eck are on leave for the Spring semester. Professor Carol Crithlow, who was on leave for the past year, returns to teaching in the Spring.

Posted 17 December 2014

iPhone Game by Shaun Viguerie '12

Hobart Alum and Computer Science Major Shaun Viguerie '12 reports that he has started writing mobile phone apps, working together with Marc Bertucci H'12. Their first entry in the iPhone store is a game called "Rocky River," in which the player tries to guide a salmon upstream through a river full of rocks. Shaun says, "Be forewarned -- the game IS difficult -- there is a rhythm to it -- once its figured out the game becomes quite fun and addicting." A version for Android should be coming soon.

For his regular job, Shaun works at Markit Financial Information Services, along with fellow HWS alumni Kathryn Middleton '14 and Joseph Howe '14.

Posted 24 November 2014

Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)

Joe has an upcoming solo show at TFNF Gallery in Brooklyn. The show, entitled Permission, consists of a new series of figurative wall sculptures made with ceramic tile.

All are welcome to the opening reception this Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM at
TFNF Gallery
89 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The show will be on view until November 28th. Open gallery hours are on Saturdays, 12 - 4 PM. See more at Relationships.

Posted 2 November 2014