Mathematics & Statistics News
Ann Cannon wins prestigious statistics education award!
Ann Cannon was named the 2017 Mu Sigma Rho William D. Warde Statistics Education Award winner. She earns this latest honor from her excellence in classroom teaching in the statistics discipline and a lifetime devotion to statistics education. Congratulations Ann! Learn more
Congrats to Julia and Megan for winning the Cornell Math Club's puzzle hunt!
Julia Thome ('18) and Megan Pope ('20) won the 2017 Cornell Math Club puzzle hunt. This year the hunt was titled The Mystery of the Missing Mathematical Moose Picture and took students through 3 stages of puzzles to find Cornell T. Moose's missing picture. See more information on Cornell College Math Club events.
Drew Klocke presents his work with Dr. S at the 2016 Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting.
Drew Klocke '18 presented a poster of his research with Dr. Skorczewski that describes how the sizes of NCAA division I basketball conferences are related to discrepancies in various ranking schemes. Drew's project began as a project in MAT 221 Linear Algebra, and after presenting it at the meetings he was exchanging contact information with a writer for ESPN The Magazine! You can read more about his experience on the Cornell College news page.
Jordan Wolfe presents research at the 2016 Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting
Jordan Wolfe '17 presented his research on "A new way to measure competitive balance across sports leagues" at the 2016 Midwest Sports Analytics Meetings in Pella , IA. Jordan's work is joint with Jake Lehman '16, Brian Cristion '17, and Dr. Skorczewski. To learn more about sports analytics research at Cornell contact Dr. Skorczewski.
3 Cornell students recognized in MAA Math Horizons
Cornell students Sam Cieszynski, Nate Dwyer, and Collin Smith were recognized in the November 2016 edition of the MAA Math Horizons publication. The group submit a correct solution to a question posed about a certain type of sequence. They were 1 of only 11 such submissions. Congrats guys! For more information about working on Math Horizons problems contact Dr. Skorczewski
Alum returns to speak on matroids
Evan Eakins '07 came back to Cornell October 19 and gave a talk titled 'When Greed is Optimal.' The talk introduced the topic of matroids and highlighted some connections between matroids, graph theory, and greedy algorithms. He later stuck around and chatted with students interested in attending graduate school in mathematics. For more information on capstones in Matroids, Graph Theory, or Algorithms contact Dr. S or Dr. Freeman
AMS Fellow Louis Kauffman speaks at Cornell
AMS Fellow Dr. Louis Kauffman came to Cornell to visit the Algebear September 8-9. While visiting Dr. Kauffman also gave a talk on Knot Theory to a packed room full of Cornell students and faculty introducing the concepts of linking numbers and knot coloring. Later in his visit Dr. Kauffman sat in on Dr. Freeman's FYS course "Counting to Infinity in 18 Days." For more information on a capstone in Knot Theory contact Dr. Freeman
Three math students perform summer research in Cellular Automata
Sam Cieszynski, Nate Dwyer, and Collin Smith performed research projects this summer as part of the Cornell Summer Research Institute mentored by Mathematics faculty Steve Bean, Jim Freeman, and Tyler Skorczewski. The theme of the summer research was Cellular Automata (CA). Sam developed a CA model of forest fires, Collin used CA to compose music algorithmically, and Nate developed a CA that can be used to study computability. Learn more
2015-16 Edition of the Tangent Plane is out!
The 2015-16 edition of Then Tangent Plane has been compiled. Topics range from the historical feud of the Bernoulli mathematical family, to modeling tumors, to statistical analyses of archery tournaments. You can read about these projects in the Moose Lounge. Revising a class project for submission in The Tangent Plane may earn culture points. For more information on The Tangent Plane contact Dr. S.
Laura Wetzel named 2015-2016 Problem of the Block Champion
Senior Mathematics and Physics major Laura Wetzel has been named the 2015-2016 Problem of the Block Champion. The contest was very close this year with the margin of victory coming down to bonus points earned from winning individual block problems. Congrats Laura! To learn more about the Problem of the Block, visit the Problem of the Block page. Problem of the Block
Cornell students only team in Iowa to solve cryptography problem!
The team of Nate Dwyer, Dillon Pape, and Eric Andow were the only team from Iowa to crack a code in the 2016 Kryptos competition. Kryptos is a 4 day international cryptanalysis competition hosted by Central Washington University. This year the competition featured teams from all over the US, Europe, and Indonesia. Great job guys! For more information about Kryptos visit the competition page below. Kryptos
Cornell College again tops among all liberal arts colleges at Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition
Cornell College teams placed 2nd and 3rd overall at the 2016 Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition and tops among all liberal arts colleges. The team of Collin Smith, Nate Dwyer and Ngoc Nguyen missed claiming the championship by a single point! The competition is sponsored by the Iowa section of the MAA. Next year's contest will be held at UNI in Cedar Falls. For more information about competing contact Dr. Bean at sbean(at)cornellcollege.edu.
Cornell Students and Faculty introduce area kids to STEM
Cornell students and faculty from Math, CS and Physics hosted a booth at the 2016 Cedar Rapids STEM Festival held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Cornell students Lainey Drevlow, Orgho Neogi, Julia Thome and Ngoc Nguyen along with Math faculty Tyler Skorczewski and Jim Freeman, Physics faculty Kara Beauchamp, CS faculty Ross Sowell and science librarian Amy Gullen introduced students to STEM topics such as electricity, magnetism, drones, origami and mathematical puzzles. Students earn credit for participating in outreach programs like this one as part of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics culture points program. For more information about the culture points program follow the link below. Culture Points Program
Josh Lee studies suction feeding at CSRI
Josh Lee worked with Dr. S during the 2015 Cornell Summer Research Institute (CSRI) studying the mathematics of suction feeding fish. In particular, Josh used an immersed boundary approach to investigate the fluid flows suction feeding fish create to lift limpet prey off the bottom of the sea floor. Josh is planning on pursuing advanced engineering work at the University of Arizona.
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Brian Diaz presents at Iowa MAA section meeting
Brian Diaz ('18) presented at the Iowa section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In his talk titled "An Elementary Solution to a Problem of Ramanujan's Interest," Brian spoke about his original research that not only confirmed Ramanujan's previous results without resorting to advanced mathematics, but also extended the problem to show results for a new parameterization.