Mathematics News

NSF Funds REU Project

March 19, 2018

NSF logo

Driven by a desire to find funding for student research, Harvey Mudd College Professors Lisette de Pillis (Norman F. Sprague Jr. Professor of Life Sciences, professor of mathematics and department chair) and Tanja Srebotnjak (director of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design) looked to the National Science Foundation for options. “I really wanted to […]

Williams Receives Diversity Mentor Award

February 28, 2018

Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College, mathematics faculty

Harvey Mudd College mathematician Talithia Williams is one of The Claremont Colleges Faculty Diversity award winners. The Claremont Colleges Diversity Working Group presented awards to Williams, Fernando Lozano (Pomona College), Sara Olson (Pomona College) and Suyapa G. Portillo Villeda (Pitzer College) on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Balch Auditorium on the Scripps campus. The Claremont Colleges […]

Harvey Mudd Again in Putnam Top Ten

February 28, 2018

Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning

Harvey Mudd College repeated as the top-scoring undergraduate institution in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the preeminent undergraduate mathematics competition. Twenty-five HMC students spent the better part of Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 taking this notoriously difficult six-hour exam, which requires a unique blend of cleverness and problem-solving skills. The median score for the competition, in which 4,638 […]

Students Publish Temporal Planning Research

February 19, 2018

Harvey Mudd College

Student researchers at Harvey Mudd aren’t exactly on a mission to Mars, but their work could lead to red planet rovers learning some new tricks. In a computer science/mathematics collaboration, Amy Huang ’18 and Liam Lloyd ’18 use geometry to seek ways to embed time management and efficiency into artificial intelligence technologies, aiming to produce […]

NIH Honors Moayeri ’20 for Exceptional Biomedical Research

November 15, 2017

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

Mazda Moayeri ’20 received an Exceptional Summer Student Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for outstanding research conducted at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS). Moayeri, a joint major in computer science and mathematics, is being recognized for the high-quality of his summer internship work in non-invasive detection and […]

Leung ’17 Wins LeRoy Apker Award for Undergrad Physics Work

October 27, 2017

Calvin Leung '17

Calvin Leung ’17, a mathematics and physics double major, has become the fourth Harvey Mudd College student to win the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society for outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate. He joins Stephanie Moyerman ’06, Nathaniel Stern ’03 and Gwen (Bell) Porter ’98. The Apker Award is presented to […]

NSF Funding Supports Diversity in Mathematics

October 12, 2017

Dagan Karp

For more than 15 years, Dagan Karp, professor of mathematics and associate dean for diversity, has been active with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Thanks to a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award, Karp and SACNAS will continue their work to diversify science leadership in the U.S. […]

De Pillis to Keynote BEER Conference

October 2, 2017

Harvey Mudd Department of Mathematics Chair Lisette de Pillis

In her keynote talk “Mathematical Medicine: Modeling Disease and Treatment,” Lisette de Pillis will present a sampling of mathematical models that help to simulate immune system interactions, disease dynamics and treatment approaches that may slow, or even stop, disease progression. De Pillis will address researchers, educators and students from around the world at the International […]

Bingo Paradox

September 26, 2017

Arthur Benjamin, mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College

In 29 years of teaching at Harvey Mudd College, Arthur Benjamin, the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics, has seen almost every possible mathematical paradox, especially ones that involve probability and games of chance. That’s why he was astonished when a former student introduced him to the Bingo Paradox. The Bingo Paradox, as presented in the […]

Suroku by Kyra Wyld ’17

August 11, 2017

Many thanks to mathematics alumna Kyra Wyld ’17, who provided an exclusive puzzle for the HMC Department of Mathematics newsletter. Here’s a repeat of the rules as well as the completed puzzle. Each triangle bound by bold lines must have the numbers 1 through 6 once and only once. Sets of parallel lines form bands […]

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