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Pi Day News: Version 1.1

Okay, a working link to the video about Pi Day is here.

Posted 14 March 2011

Pi Day: Will it turn into Tau Day?

Another video link from Vi Hart, the amazing math doodler. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG7vhMMXagQ&feature=feedu

Posted 14 March 2011

Math and CS Have the Best Jobs

...at least according to an analysis by CareerCast.com, as reported in this article in the Wall Street Journal from January 4, 2011. Out of 200 jobs rated, the top five spots in a ranking based on income, working environment, stress, physical demands, and job outlook went to professions in areas of mathematics and computing. The top five jobs, according to this ranking are: software engineer, mathematician, actuary, statistician, and computer systems analyst.

Posted 12 March 2011

Save the Date!

Math/CS faculty, majors, and minors: The Mathematics and Computer Science Department's Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 21st in the Barn. Mark your calendars! Come to celebrate another great year of mathematics and computer science and congratulate this year's prize winners! Hope to see you there!

Posted 12 March 2011

News from David Sugar

David Sugar '02, who majored in Computer Science at Hobart College, is working at The Boys Latin School of Maryland (www.boyslatinmd.com), a college preparatory school. He reports that he has started graduate school at UMUC (University of Maryland University College), working towards an MS degree in Information Technology.

Posted 5 March 2011

GPU Programming for Medical Visualization

Max Beckett '11 found this 16-minute lecture on the TED web site, about the use of GPU Programming for visualization of medical data. Max did an independent study on GPU programming in the Fall semester.

Posted 1 March 2011

Off to Uganda

Lisa Maticic '10 will leave on February 8 to start a tour with the Peace Corps in Uganda. She will be blogging about her experiences from time to time, and you can follow her story at lisamaticic.blogspot.com/. Lisa majored in mathematics here at William Smith College.


Posted 1 March 2011

Colloquium: VIREOS: An Integrated, Bottom-Up, Educational Operating Systems Project with FPGA Support

On Thursday, March 3rd at 4:45pm in Napier 201, Prof. Marc Corliss will share results from his recent work. This talk will present the VIREOS project, a new operating system designed specifically for the classroom. VIREOS is a simple, Unix-like, operating system, which runs on the Larc educational architecture. A VIREOS/Larc system can either be simulated or run on a pre-configured FPGA. The VIREOS project is well integrated with an introductory computer architecture course (using Larc) and the assignments are structured in a similar fashion: using a bottom-up approach. The project includes several resources available on the Web, which help reduce the overhead of adopting VIREOS. Finally, VIREOS has been used in one operating systems course already, and, overall, it was well received by students. (Refreshments will be served beforehand.)

Posted 1 March 2011

Colloquium: Discovering the missing piece: 4-connected, 4-regular, claw-free graphs of odd order

On Tuesday, February 22 at 4:45 in Napier 201, mathematics majors Trevor Gionet '12 and Yixiao Sha '12 will speak about their summer research experience last summer. In 1995, Plummer published a paper in which he gave a characterization of the 4-regular, 4-connected, claw-free graphs. Based on that work, he and Hartnell published a paper on 4-connected, claw-free, well-covered graphs a year later. However, in his 1995 paper, Plummer inadvertently omitted some of the graphs with odd order. Last summer Trevor and Yixiao were working on a related question under the direction of Prof. Erika King when they discovered this omission. Together they completed Plummer's characterization of all 4-connected, 4-regular, claw-free graphs, and then showed the implications this has on the well-covered graphs he and Hartnell determined. In addition, they characterized the 4-connected, 4-regular, claw-free, well-dominated graphs. The talk will be exploring the route they took to these findings. In addition, Yixiao will share her experiences presenting their work at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics in January. (Refreshments will be served beforehand.)

Posted 1 March 2011

Colloquium: Wide World of Mathematical Biology

The first departmental colloquium of the Spring 2011 semester will be Prof. Jonathan Forde speaking about his research. He will present a talk on Wednesday, February 9 at 4:00pm in Gulick 206A. After a brief introduction to what mathematical biology is and why it is a growing area of active research, Forde will present preliminary results from some of his current research projects: immune therapy for HIV, treatment of hepatitis delta virus and the ecology of plant-herbivore-carnivore systems. He will also give a preview of the upcoming summer research program on modeling infectious disease. (Refreshments will be served beforehand.)

Posted 1 March 2011