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Math Tea: It's Mathmatical Pumpkin Time!

It's that time of year again! Join the Mathematics Department for pumpkin carving fun on Halloween (October 31st ) at Math Tea in Hodson 255 at 4pm. Every year we gather and carve "pumpkin pi" and other fun Jack-o'- lantern designs together, while eating pumpkin pie and other fun fall treats! Don't miss out on the fun. Let Dr. Stewart (stewart@hood.edu) or Dr. Whieldon (whieldon@hood.edu) know if you're interested by Monday October 28th to guarantee that we've got enough pumpkins for everyone.

Of course, we will also have something fun planned every Thursday at 4pm this semester, so please come and enjoy our culinary and mathematical treats!


At the annual Maryland Council for Teachers of Mathematics banquet, Professor Christy Graybeal, who holds joint appointments in the mathematics and education departments, was awarded the Maryland Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for 2013.

This prestigious award is given each year to an out- standing figure in Maryland mathematics education. Dr. Graybeal is active in the MCTM organization. She teaches courses in both the mathematics and education departments, including graduate courses for current middle school and high school mathematics teachers.

Congratulations, Dr. Graybeal, on your well-deserved honor!


Two Hood undergraduates presented their summer research at a regional conference in September. Skyler Stasiewicz and Tarang Hirani traveled with Professor Dunham to the Shen- andoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference at James Madison University where they presented a talk entitled "Large Network Analysis." They were among 35 other individuals and teams to present their mathematical research at the conference.

Tarang and Skyler spent the summer working on this research with Prof. Dunham and Prof. Stewart thanks to a grant from Hood College's Summer Research Institute.

The conference featured two keynote speakers. Dr. Robert Lang (langorigami.com) spoke on the deep mathematics of origami. Dr. Carolyn Yackel (Mercer University) spoke on abstract mathematical structures in artwork. There were plenty of fun activities for the students and faculty.

If you are interested in hearing more about Skyler and Tarang's research, just ask them! Or look for them to give a talk here at Hood later this semester.

If you are interested in attending a math conference, the Mathematical Association of America section meeting (for DC, Maryland, and Virginia) will take place November 1st and 2nd in Longwood, Virginia. The mathematics faculty will be thrilled to help you register and even give you a ride to and from the meeting! Dr. Whieldon has the details for student registration.

Coming up in January, the AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings will take place in Baltimore. This is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world– over 6,600 people attended last year! There will be something to interest almost any mathematically curious person.


Several alums returned for Hood Homecoming weekend October 5-7:

Benita Queen Stocks '89 is Director of Membership & Programs of NAIOP Northern Virginia, a commercial real estate development association.

Aba Blankson '99 is Director of Communications at The Common App.

Dan Rocker '11 works as a site auditor for James Westbrook and Associates telecom engineering company.

Andrew Bodine '13 works for Hood College as an assistant swim coach and aquatic center manager.


    The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) focuses on mathematics for students, faculty, professional mathematicians, and all who are interested in the mathematical sciences including mathematics at the undergraduate level. The student page (maa.org/students) has lots of information and resources. Student members of the MAA get many benefits. And, of course, you can note your MAA membership on résumés and graduate school applications. If you would like to join the MAA, please see Dr. Whieldon. We will pay $15 of your $35 yearly student membership fee.


    Mondays 8-9 p.m. in Hodson 236
    Least Suares Math Club Meetings
  • Every Thursday 4pm Hodson 255
    Math Tea
  • Oct. 27 9-11:30 am
    VA Tech Regional Mathematics Competition
  • Nov. 1-2 Longwood U and Hampden- Sydney College
    MAA Fall Section Meeting
  • Tuesday Nov. 5 6pm Hodson Auditorium
    5th Annual Mathematics Education Lecture: Dr. Richard Hollenbeck
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 8pm Hodson 114
    Least Squares Math Club: Polynomial Bingo
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 8pm Hodson 114
    Least Squares Math Club: Leibniz Day
  • an. 15-18 Baltimore, Maryland
    Joint Mathematics Meetings
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