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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
Integrated Circuit Runs Again
Posted 29 April 2012
Gionet Receives Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946. The purpose of the Fulbright Program worldwide is "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange." The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) is the principal administrator of the Fulbright Program. Bi-national commissions, composed equally of U.S. and partner-country citizens, coordinate Fulbright Programs in fifty-one of the 140 participating countries.
Posted 15 April 2012
Yaoxin Liu Honors Project
Posted 13 April 2012
Marcela Melara Honors Project
Posted 13 April 2012
Shaun Viguerie Honors Project
Posted 13 April 2012
News from Max Beckett
Posted 22 March 2012