FALL 2015 EVENTS
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Location: Prof. Tuck's house (see faculty for more info)
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long-standing tradition of hosting a welcome picnic for freshmen and returning students. Be ready to vie for the Math vs. CS volleyball crown!
Thursday, September 10
KOSC 125, noon–1 p.m.
There are group math team competitions at the local MAA Meeting every year. Join us as we try a few classic problem from one of them out together!
Thursday, October 1
KOSC 126, 1:15-2:15
Hear students talk about their summer research and internships. Rachel Olugbemi will discuss her NSF-sponsored REU in Texas, Chemical Graph Theory: A Study in Trivalent Connected Graphs, while senior Wesley Nelson will talk about his work at a local biotech firm exploring DNA Sequencing Through Graph Measures of Centrality.
Friday, October 9
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.
Join other mathematics students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. Prof. Tuck from Computer Science will share a bit about his journey.
Friday, October 30
Chapel, 10:25-11:10 am
Where can you use mathematics in real life? Can you use it to help those in need? Mathematician Jarrod Goentzel of MIT believes you can. He is the all-campus Convocation speaker on October 30th, speaking on "Humanitarian Supply Chains: Emergency Relief, Global Health, and Food Security". He focuses in his research on "meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings" and has degrees from Tabor College, Colorado State, and Georgia Tech.
Thursday, November 12
KOSC 118, noon–1 p.m.
With Sage (www.sagemath.org) we all have access to mathematical computation for free. Learn about how to do more math and visualize more of it in this special math forum in the KOSC computer lab, including about the next-gen platform SageMathCloud.
Gordon will be hosting this event for the first time this fall! We look forward to lots of great invited talks, student team math competition, and opportunities to share your own work. Please contact Dr. Senning to volunteer to help welcome visitors to Gordon, and Dr. Veatch or Dr. Crisman about the program. The conference website has most information you will need.
Tuesday, December 8
KOSC 125, 4:50-5:40
If Gabriel blows his horn, can you paint it? Evangelista Torricelli found the volume of an infinite solid before the beginnings of calculus using intriguing techniques; hear Dr. Stout explain one of the most puzzling and fun math problems of the 17th century and its implications for today.
SPRING 2015 EVENTS
Friday, January 23
MacDonald 131, 2:10 p.m.
Williams College Professor Devadoss is a winner of the local Math Association of America's highest teaching award, a researcher in combinatorial topology and geometry, and a committed Christian. Join us as he shares some thoughts with us about life and math.
(Note: He is the invited speaker for Convocation that day as well, see here.)
Thursday, February 19
KOSC 126, noon–1 p.m.
The National MAA undergraduate magazine, Math Horizons, has a puzzle and problems section every issue. Join us as we try a few of them out together!
Friday, March 20
KOSC 124, 10:25–11:10 a.m.
Join other mathematics students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. Brief message of reflection by Dr. Crisman on his time in South Africa.
Saturday, March 28th
Merrimack College, 9:30-3:30
A fun team competition, featured speaker on combinatorial games, and student talks from all over New England!
Thursday, April 16
KOSC 125, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
This special Symposium presentation by Number Theory students is sure to be a treat! "The need for privacy in the digital age makes cryptography an essential part of communication. Cryptographic messages appear as gobbledygook to everyone except the sender and receiver. This event will explore the history and modern uses of cryptographic methods in communication."
Thursday, April 30
KOSC 126, 1:15-2:15
Is mathematics created or discovered - or is it both? Join us as we watch the recent PBS special on this topic, "The Great Math Mystery".
MATH FORUM GENERAL INFORMATION
Gordon College's Math Forum is a biweekly gathering of mathematically inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem solving to guest speakers from industry to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or 4:45 p.m.
Students—please let us know if there are other events or topics you would enjoy! To give you ideas, some Math Forum speakers and events from the past few years are below.