Archives for Mathematics

Models of Excellence, Scholars in Dialogue

Gordon professors from very different fields are often invited to offer their insights and expertise on teaching and dialogue at national gatherings. Here are three recent examples: In January as the Joint Mathematics Meeting gathered in Baltimore—"the world's largest mathematics meeting in the world"—Karl-Dieter Crisman, associate professor of mathematics, was there as well. In a poster presentation, Crisman discussed Gordon's long-running relationship with Read full article »

Revolutionaries and One Remarkable Woman: Friends from 19th Century British Mathematics

Take several mathematical equations, add a few radicals and you get some thinkers whose influence still affects today's math world, according to Richard Stout, professor of mathematics. As part of the mathematics department's monthly and public Math Forums on campus, Stout will be discussing some key figures in history, Tuesday, December 3, 2013, in the Ken Olsen Science Center room 127 Read full article »

Six Faculty + Summer Grants = Interesting Scholarship, Part II

Each summer at Gordon, the Provost's Office invites applications for small grants that Faculty can use toward ongoing research and scholarship in between academic years. This summer, six were awarded stipends, ranging in projects from screenwriting and data reviews to humanitarian logistics and fiction writing. Here are two more recipients, with others to follow: Mike Veatch, chair and professor of mathematics Read full article »

Math as a Means of Helping Humanity

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, dozens of practitioners from a variety of non-profit organizations gathered at Gordon for a first day-long conference entitled, "Humanitarian Response: Innovation to Meet Needs." Organized and led by Mike Veatch, professor and chair of mathematics and computer science, and colleague Jarrod Goesntzel at MIT's Humanitarian Response Lab, participants heard from representatives at agencies such as Doctors Without Borders, Partners Read full article »

Center for Faith & Inquiry Honors Faculty Scholarship: Part II

In an effort to promote outstanding scholarship that can reach both professional and public/church audiences, the Center for Faith and Inquiry recently announced its inaugural Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations to the follow faculty! David Lumsdaine Professor of Political Science, David Lumsdaine will explore the implications of “Biblical and Ethical Perspectives on International Affairs”: "As Christians, and simply as citizens concerned with Read full article »

Center for Faith & Inquiry Honors Faculty Scholarship: Part I

In an effort to promote outstanding scholarship that can reach both professional and public/church audiences, the Center for Faith and Inquiry recently announced its inaugural Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations to the follow faculty! Ruth Melkonian-Hoover Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, associate professor/chair of political science and international affairs, will continue her scholarship focus through a project entitled, “Evangelical Attitudes toward Immigrants Read full article »

Imagining the Next Supercomputers with ‘LittleFe’

Jonathan Senning, right, in his office with student Peter Story '14 and the model supercomputer they built together. Last month while attending SC12, an international conference on  high performance computing (HPC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jonathan Senning, professor of mathematics and computer science, did something he'd wanted to for a while: he built a hands-on model computer he can use in Read full article »

Delivering Aid in Kenya

On Thursday, December 1, Mike Veatch, professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics and computer science department, will be giving a talk on campus (KOSC 125 at 4:45 p.m.) about the "Spatial Distribution of  Aid Recipients in Kenya." In it he'll explore how GiveDirect, a non-profit organization, recruits and delivers aid to residents of Kenya. The aid delivered is cash Read full article »

Voting by the Numbers

Yes, the presidential election season is upon us again, and that's good news for assistant mathematics professor Karl-Dieter Crisman as he continues exploring several theories related to voting. In early January, he'll be presenting a talk entitled, "Symmetry in Voting Theory: The Borda-Kemeny Spectrum and Beyond" in Boston at a special session of the American Mathematical Society joint meeting with the Read full article »

Royal Probabilities

From July 6-8, 2011, Mike Veatch, professor of mathematics, will travel to the 16th INFORMS Applied Probability Society Conference which will take place at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference focuses on applications of probability to stochastic systems arising in operations research, computer networks, biology and finance. The title of Mike's paper and talk is "Approximate Linear Programming Read full article »