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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

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

Finalist for "The Pitch"

John Darby H'14 was one of the four finalists this year for The Pitch, an annual contest where students develop and promote ideas for products or services. The final contest was held on Wednesday, March 12. The finalists competed for a $10,000 prize by presenting their projects to a panel of judges made up of four HWS alumni who have been successful in the business world. (The day of the pitch turned out to have some of the worst winter weather that Geneva has seen in years, but it went ahead as scheduled.)

John Darby is a double major in computer science and architecture and is a member of the HWS Sailing team. His idea for the pitch arose partly from an independent study that he did in web site programming. John will attend graduate school next year in the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch was held for the third time this year. It was established to promote entrepreneurial leadership and is organized by the Centennial Center for Leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Posted 18 April 2014

In Memoriam: Professor Larry Smolowitz

Dear Members of the HWS Community,

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

Jon Forde Receives Tenure

Professor Jonathan Forde has been granted tenure at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With tenure, Forde becomes a permanent member of the faculty of the Colleges and of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Tenure also carries a promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

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

New Faculty Join Department

The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has three new members this Fall.

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

Integrated Circuit Runs Again

Integrated Circuit, the Department's seven person running team again ran in this year's Seneca 7 Relay Race on April 28. The race is 77.7 miles around around Seneca Lake. Each runner completes three of the 21 different legs of the course which starts and ends in Geneva. The team finished in 10 hours, 41 minutes and 57 seconds (8:15 pace) which was good enough for 54th place out of 154 teams. While other teams from the Colleges competed, ours was the only department at HWS to field an entire team. Running for Integrated Circuit this year were: Top: Nicholas MacDonald (H'12), Trevor Gionet, (H '12), Professors Jon Forde, Stina Bridgeman, and Carol Critchlow. Bottom: Professor Kevin Mitchell and Abigael Blumenthal (WS '14). All of the faculty competed last year as well.

Posted 29 April 2012

Movie Night: The Proof

For over 350 years, some of the greatest minds of science struggled to prove what was known as Fermat's Last Theorem -- the idea that a certain simple equation had no solutions. Now hear from the man who spent seven years of his life cracking the problem, read the intriguing story of an 18th century woman mathematician who hid her identity in order to work on Fermat's Last Theorem, and demonstrate that a related equation, the Pythagorean Theorem, is true.

Andrew Wiles devoted much of his career to proving Fermat's Last Theorem, a challenge that perplexed the best minds in mathematics for 300 years. In 1993, he made front-page headlines when he announced a proof of the problem, but this was not the end of the story; an error in his calculation jeopardized his life's work. In this interview, Wiles recounts how he came to terms with the mistake, and eventually went on to achieve his life's ambition.

The department will show the movie on Thursday, December 1st at 7:30pm in Albright Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends!

Posted 23 November 2011

If Copernicus and Kepler Had Computers: An Introduction to Model-Building and Computational Science

On Thursday, November 17th at 5:00pm, Dr. Charles Van Loan, a SIAM Visiting Lecturer, will give a talk in Napier 201 that connects mathematics and computer science. If you watch Mars against the backdrop of the fixed stars, then night after night you'll see rather steady progress across the zodiac. But every so often, the planet appears to "back-up" before continuing on its forward trek. This periodic, retrograde motion wreaks havoc with a model of the solar system that places each planet on a steadily rotating circle with Earth at the center. Ptolemy did a pretty good job patching up the model by placing each planet on a small rotating circle whose center is on the rim of a larger rotating circle. The path traced out is called an epicycle and it offers some explanation for Mars' orbital wanderings. The epicycle model lasted for centuries until Copernicus set the record straight by suggesting that the Earth revolved around the sun along with the other planets. But would he have been so bold a scientist if he had access to 2011 computers? Or would he have just mouse-clicked his way into fame, developing a simulation package that supported further tinkering with the Ptolemaic model? (Refreshments will be served.)

Posted 11 November 2011