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In Memoriam: Professor Larry Smolowitz
It is with great sadness that I write with the news that Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Larry Smolowitz passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Professor Smolowitz retired from teaching in 2004 after nearly 40 years of distinguished service to the Colleges. A valued member of our community, Larry chaired the Department of Mathematics on a number of occasions and served important roles in faculty governance. He will perhaps be best remembered for his dedication to the intellectual development of his students and for the many kindnesses he showed them. I can recall many evenings when, during my walk home from Coxe Hall, Larry would be in his office meeting with students to help them better understand calculus, abstract algebra, and probability.
A gifted mathematician, Larry received his bachelor's degree from RPI and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Beth-El, Geneva Scholarship Associates at HWS, the Parkinson Research Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.
Mark D. Gearan
Posted 24 December 2013
Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)
This piece is entitled "William and Patty Hearst."
Also, if you are in New York this July, my class of painting grads have a group show at Projekt 722. in Brooklyn. The opening is July 13th while the show runs from July 6 - 28.
You should know I'm still using what I learned in math/CS: my thesis drew on some vector field ideas and I typeset it in LaTeX!
Posted 1 July 2013
Department Prizes for 2013
- The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Alexander Kittelberger H'13.
- The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Samuel Heinle H'13
- 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 Alana Kilcullen WS'15
- 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 Ruiqian (Richard) Dai H'15 and Luke DeLuccia H'15.
For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, visit our department prizes page.
Posted 29 April 2013
Alex Kittelberger Honors Project
Posted 29 April 2013
Jon Forde Receives Tenure
Tenure marks one of the most important milestones in the career of a professor. It is granted by the Board of Trustees after a careful review and recommendation by the Department, the faculty Committee on Tenure and Promotion, the Provost, and the President of the Colleges. The review generally takes place in the sixth year of teaching.
Posted 20 March 2013
Laser Tag in CPSC 336
Students in the photo, from left to right, are: Kieran Koehnlein H'13, Kingsley Adarkwah H'13, Sam Heine H'13, Ruiting Wang H'14, Mark Benya H'14, and Chazoi Hardware H'13.
Posted 18 February 2013
Lectures on Elections and Fair Division
The first lecture is titled, "Is There a Better Way to Elect a President?" and will be presented at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 7, in the Geneva Room. This talk is based on Professor Brams' recent article of the same name in which he describes the properties of approval voting, where voters can approve as many candidates as they like in a multicandidate election. This system has been adopted by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematic Society (AMS) and several other professional societies. Brams argues that this system is a much simpler and more practical option than the plurality U.S. voting system. In addition, he will discuss other systems such as ranking systems and grading systems which have been widely discussed in mathematical fields.
The second lecture is titled, "The Win-Win Solution: Guaranteeing Fair Shares to Everybody" and will be presented in Room Napier 201 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 3. Professor Brams describes this talk as follows: Cutting up a cake, dividing up the property in an estate, determining the border in an international dispute--such problems of fair division are ubiquitous. Beginning with "I cut, you choose," I will illustrate how rigorous methods can be applied to the analysis of a variety of procedures for allocating goods (or "bads" like chores), or for deciding who wins on what issues in a dispute. In particular, I will focus on procedures which provide "envy-free" allocations, in which everybody thinks he or she received the largest portion and hence does not envy anybody else.
Posted 26 September 2012
Alums in New York City
Posted 22 September 2012
New Faculty Join Department
Professor Yan Hao joins the department in a tenure-track position in applied mathematics. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary and spent a year in a post-doctoral position at Arizona State University before coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her interests include Computational Biology and Numerical Analysis.
Professor Eric Nelson and Professor Mark Radosevich join the department as Visiting Assistant Professors of Mathematics for the 2012--13 academic year. Eric Nelson completed his Ph.D. at Colorado State University and is interested in group theory, finite geometry, and mathematics education. Mark Radosevich's Ph.D. is from Brandeis University; his interests include low-dimensional topology and mathematics education.
Posted 22 September 2012
Deparment Prizes for 2012
- The Robert L. Beinert Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Yaoxin Liu H'12.
- The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Marcela Melara WS'12.
- The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, awarded to a William Smith senior in recognition of superior achievement in mathematics, to Jessica Tarnatino WS'12 and Sarah Tarantino WS'12.
- Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Trevor Gionet H'12.
- The Glen M. Lee Prize, to the Hobart Senior who has displayed the greatest proficiency in Mathematics and Athletics, to Shaun Viguerie H'12
- The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith sophomore who have achieved the highest rank in mathematics in their first two years at the Colleges, to Erxin Du WS'14.
- 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 Bowen Wang H'14 and Brezeck Wang H'14.
Congratulations to all!
Posted 1 May 2012