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### Using FPGAs to Create a Complete Computer System

Posted 5 April 2011

### Math Awareness Month

The web site www.mathaware.org has information about the annual celebration of Math Awareness Month in April 2011.

"Unraveling Complex Systems" is theme for Mathematics Awareness Month, April 2011, as per a joint announcement from the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM).

How do epidemics spread, birds flock, and stock markets operate?

Many of these answers fall within the realm of mathematics.

From natural entities such as living cells, insect colonies and whole ecosystems to man-made inventions like power grids, transportation networks and the World Wide Web, we see complex systems everywhere. Deciphering the mathematics behind such systems can unravel well-structured networks and discernible patterns in natural and artificial structures. That is the idea behind Mathematics Awareness Month.

Understanding these complex systems can not only help us manage and improve the reliability of such critical infrastructures of everyday life, but can also allow us to interpret, enhance and better interact with natural systems. Mathematical models can delineate interactions among components of these systems, analyze their spontaneous and emergent behaviors, and thus help prevent undesirable developments while enhancing desirable traits during their adaptation and evolution.

Posted 4 April 2011

### Ariel Trent Accepted at ESP-REU

Posted 22 March 2011

### Article Published

Trevor Gionet (Hobart College '12) and Yixiao Sha (William Smith College '12) worked on a summer research project in 2010 with Professor Erika King. The goal of the project was to find a more efficient way of proving a theorem characterizing 4-regular, claw-free, well-dominated graphs, which was originally proved by Prof. King using roughly 350 pages. However, during their first week of research, Yixiao and Trevor discovered a graph that was omitted from a characterization by Michael D. Plummer originally used to prove Prof. King's theorem. Thus their research was redirected to revise Plummer's characterization.

Trevor and Yixiao were able to complete Plummer's characterization, revise a result in a paper that used that characterization, and prove a case of Prof. King's theorem. They wrote an article with Prof. King entitled "A revision and extension of results on 4-regular, 4-connected, claw-free graphs", that includes their results. The paper was recently accepted into the journal Discrete Applied Mathematics.

Posted 15 March 2011

### Pi Day News: Version 1.1

Posted 14 March 2011

### Pi Day: Will it turn into Tau Day?

Posted 14 March 2011

### Math and CS Have the Best Jobs

Posted 12 March 2011

### Save the Date!

Posted 12 March 2011

### News from David Sugar

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