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Summer Plans: From Research to Job Search

When Spring semester classes wrap up in May, students and faculty alike will breathe a sigh of relief and stop to reflect back on a challenging and productive semester. However, they won't rest for too long. Here are just a few of the exciting plans students, graduates, and faculty have made for the summer: Dubravka Bodiroga and Dr. Parson have been awarded a Hood Summer Research Institute grant to explore the theory of equations.

Abby Boyle will be starting a full-time job in Madison, Wisconsin, as a project manager for Epic, a leading healthcare software company.

Chad Doremus will be working at Deloitte again this summer as an IT consultant, officially starting there fulltime in the fall.

Jenny Harper will follow up on last summer's National Security Scholarship Program internship and begin a full-time job as a software engineer for AAI in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Jessica Jeffrey will be programming at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University. She will be working with their bioinformatics group to aid in the sequencing of the tomato genome.

Jim Ledwell, upon graduating with his math degree, will retire from his current job of 22 years and start the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Frostburg State University.

Kizza Nandyose has been accepted to an REU at UCLA. RIPS, or Research in Industrial Projects, is a two-month-long program where students work in teams on a project from industry or the public sector.

Dylan O'Connell will be working for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science through the College of William and Mary. He will be working with data from arctic gliders and satellites on a 3D mathematical model of the ocean.

As for the faculty, Dr. Mayfield will develop and teach a new course in the history of mathematics for the M.S. in Mathematics Education program. Middle and high school math teachers will learn ways to introduce history into their classrooms.

Starting this summer, Dr. Seymour will be embarking on a well-deserved retirement after 25 years as a professor here at Hood. We wish her well and are eternally grateful for her numerous contributions, from her leadership in the curriculum for Math 207 and 333 to the delicious baked goods she provided week after week for Math Tea.

In July, Mr. Devilbiss will attend an MAA Professional Enhancement Program (PREP) workshop on "Teaching Statistics using Active Learning and Technology". The workshop will focus on the newly released Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education issued by the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Stewart will be continuing her work on Project MathVote, developing new questions for classroom voting and analyzing data on quality of classroom discussion and student confidence levels during voting. She also plans to attend a PREP workshop on WeBWork.

Dr. Dunham will represent the math department at the Pacific Northwest Section meeting of the MAA in Juneau, Alaska, where she will attend a mini-course on "Quantitative Reasoning in the News".

A New Face in the Math Department

Next fall, there will be a new math professor at Hood. Dr. Gwyneth Whieldon was chosen from among more than 600 applicants for a position at Hood. Professors Stewart, Parson, Dunham, and Mayfield interviewed 60 applicants at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans in January and then invited three finalists to campus. Students had the opportunity to attend seminars given by the three candidates and to submit reviews of them. All of us were pleased when Dr. Whieldon accepted the position.

Professor Whieldon grew up in Maryland and graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a double major in mathematics and physics. She was then awarded an NSF fellowship to attend graduate school at Cornell University, where she is completing requirements for a Ph.D. in mathematics. Her research interests are in commutative algebra and combinatorics. After helping out with a summer research program at Cornell, she will begin teaching at Hood (Calculus I and Intro to Probability and Statistics) in August.

Dates of Interest

  • April: Math Awareness Month
  • April 13: Leonhard Euler's birthday party at Math Tea
  • April 15: Leonhard Euler's birthday
  • April 15: Leonhard Euler's birthday
  • April 15-16: MAA Section Meeting at Randolph-Macon College
  • April 19: Honors Convocation
  • May 21: Commencement
  • August 4-6: Mathfest in Lexington, Kentucky

Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon

On Sunday, April 3rd, eight students were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society. Founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University, PME currently has over 340 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions. Students are elected to membership for outstanding academic work, both in mathematics and overall.

Dr. Michael Pearson, Associate Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America, delivered the annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture, "A Ramble around the History of Pi". President Volpe and Provost Conway-Turner were on hand to wel-come everyone. The senior members of the Society received honor cords to wear at Commencement.

Congratulations to this year's new PME members Jamie Bingaman, Annmarie Boyle, Chris DiGangi, Andrea Haines, Kori Junghans, Kizza Nandyose, Valentine Polii, and Matthew Shives.
2010 inductees Abby Boyle and Jenny Harper were also honored.

Seniors View Rare Books


Students in the senior seminar visited the Dibner Library of Science and Technology in the Smithsonians National Museum of American History on Friday, April 1st. Hosted by Peggy Kidwell, mathematics curator, and Lilla Vekerdy, head of special collections, the seminar students viewed incunabula, books published just after the invention of the printing press, between 1450 and 1500 CE. They saw beautiful editions of Archimedes translated into Arabic and Latin, Regiomontanus' translation of Ptolemy's Almagest, a first edition of Luca Pacioli's Summa de arithmetica, and a letter written by Galileo.

The seniors have spent the semester learning about the history of mathematics; each student will complete a final research project on a topic of interest. Please come to a poster session highlighting these capstone projects on Thursday, May 5th from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. in the second floor atrium of Hodson.


No, it's not a joke. That is the name of the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America -- this year in Lexington, Kentucky, August 4 – 6. There are many activities just for undergraduate students at this fun summer event: a reception, two invited lectures, two workshops, Math Jeopardy, a banquet, a problemsolving competition, an ice cream social and lots and lots of talks given by students.

If you would like to go, and especially if you would like to give a talk (have you completed a project in a course, or done a summer internship or research?), please contact a member of the mathematics faculty. Hood students have given very successful talks in the past and have won prizes! If you see some of the student talks this year, you will see that YOU can certainly give one of them next year. There are travel grants avail-able from MAA and Pi Mu Epsilon.

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