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Su Publishes Math Book for Wide Audience

Mathematics for human flourishing Francis Su

Francis Su wants you to live life more fully, and one key, he says, is more math. “The practice of mathematics cultivates virtues that help people flourish,” says Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics. “These virtues serve you well no matter what profession you choose. And the movement towards virtue happens through basic human desires.” This […]

Researchers’ Paper Contributes to Artificial Intelligence Field

F.W. Olin Science Center at Harvey Mudd College.

Contributing to the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence (AI) are Harvey Mudd College computer science Professor Jim Boerkoel and his students, Lindsay Popowski ’21 and Michael Gao ’20, whose paper “Dynamic Control of Probabilistic Simple Temporal Networks” was accepted for publication and presentation at the 2020 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Developed during the College’s […]

Castro Named to McAlister Professorship

Alfonso Castro

Alfonso Castro has been named McAlister Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Established in 2018 by longtime supporters Robert and Barbara McAlister to recognize and support the work of an outstanding faculty member within the Department of Mathematics, the appointment includes an annual discretionary fund to support travel, research or teaching. Endowed faculty chairs […]

Hamilton’s Book Chosen as Outstanding Academic Title

Inevitably Toxic book cover

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will include Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise—co-authored by Harvey Mudd College Professor Vivien Hamilton—on its list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2019. Each January, the ACRL publishes its prestigious list, which reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed in Choice, a publishing unit […]

Harvey Mudd’s Homework Hotline Celebrates 30,000 Caller

Homework Hotline caller, Harvey Mudd College

Since Harvey Mudd College launched its Homework Hotline a decade ago, tutors have fulfilled a much-needed service that more than 30,000 student callers have utilized. HMC Homework Hotline tutor Lucy Wong ’22 answered the 30,000th call on Oct. 29 at 7:45 p.m. Wong says an eighth grade student from Paramount Park Middle School, a frequent […]

Gamiz Named an Engaged Scholar by Campus Compact

Gabriela Gamiz

Gabriela Gamiz, director of community engagement at Harvey Mudd College, has been selected as part of the inaugural 2019–2020 Engaged Scholars Initiative for the Western Region Campus Compact. In her ongoing efforts to strengthen the community engagement programs at HMC, Gamiz will use this opportunity to work on documenting the experiences of historically underrepresented students […]

Math for America at HMC

Math for America participants at HMC

In 2018, mathematics professor Darryl Yong ’96, computer science professors Colleen Lewis and Zachary Dodds and Karen Gallagher (USC) launched their National Science Foundation funded project, “Math for America Los Angeles: Elevating Mathematics and Computer Science Instruction through Teacher Leadership.” A collaborative effort between USC, Harvey Mudd College, school districts in the greater Los Angeles […]

CS Faculty, Students Publish Papers On Machine Learning, Deduction Games and Temporal Networks

Geoff Kuenning consults with two students during a class

The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science reports the following recently published papers: “The Futility of Bias-Free Learning and Search” Along with Professor George Montañez, students Jonathan Hayase ’20, Julius Lauw  ’20, Dominique Macias ’19, Akshay Trikha ’21 and Julia Vendemiatti ’21 published a paper titled “The Futility of Bias-Free Learning and Search.” Learning […]

HMC Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Computer Science Center

President Klawe addressing gathering at groundbreaking ceremony

by Liam Chalk ’23 Harvey Mudd College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 28 for the new McGregor Computer Science Center, which will include a Makerspace, recording studios and other community resources. The new building’s three stories and 36,000-square-foot structure should also help alleviate some of the strain placed on the school’s expanding computer science […]

Uncovering New Signals of Long-Lived Particles

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

When Harvey Mudd College physics professor Brian Shuve began studying long-lived particles (LLPs) five or six years ago, the concept was somewhat of a fringe idea. Was it possible that particle collisions within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were throwing off new particles that slipped unnoticed past LHC detectors and that those particles could hold […]