Fall 2022 Events
MATH FORUM—Make Your Math Beautiful with LaTeX
Thursday, September 1
KOSC 118, 12–1 p.m.
How can you make your mathematics beautiful in a typed document? Come to this forum to discover the wonders of using LaTeX to not just make your math look better than in normal word processors, but
MATH/CS COOKOUT AND VOLLEYBALL GAME—First social event!
September 1, 5–7 p.m., Dr. Tuck's house
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!
RSVP to Ms. Cheetham; you must reply to get a ride (though you can also easily walk there).
Friday, October 21
KOSC 124 (or TBD), 10:25–11:10 a.m.
Join other mathematics and computer science students for a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, fun, reflection, and looking forward. As always, there will be worship and/or a brief message of reflection.
MATH FORUM—Refugee Resettlement and Operations Research
Dr. Andrew Trapp, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Thursday, November 10
KOSC 124 (or TBD), 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Fall Math Association of America Northeastern Section Meeting
Friday, November 18
Keene State College (NH), roughly 3–9 p.m.
A fun team competition, invited speakers, and student talks from all over New England! See Dr. Crisman about registering and transportation.
Spring 2023 Events
To be announced!
Mathematics Association of America Conference
This is the big fall New England conference, with great invited talks, student team math competition, opportunities to share your own work, and a banquet. Typically the weekend before Thanksgiving. In 2015, Gordon hosted over 150 visitors for the conference right here in the Ken Olsen Science Center!
(For summer research students, there is also a spring version usually in late May or early June.)
This conference began with a fun team math competition between Salem State and Gordon and has blossomed into an annual local conference with student talks from all over Eastern New England, invited speakers, and more! Usually in April.
Joint Mathematics Meetings
The largest annual gathering of mathematicians in the world, the Joint Meetings has a wealth of talks from high-level research to student poster sessions, panels on pedagogy, and interactive art or the booths in the exhibit hall. Gordon annually has between three and eight representatives (including faculty, students, and alumni); many summer research students will present here. A highlight is the ACMS reception and dinner, which has a speaker relating a short talk connecting our faith with our mathematical passion.
This conference began in the late 1970s with our own Dr. Stout as one of the first attendees. It is a biannual conference of Christian mathematicians and computer scientists, which now has criss-crossed North America, coming this summer at Illinois Wesleyan University, and before that in Charleston, South Carolina. Gordon hosted the conference in 1999, and we take students as often as they are available and the conference is in the Northeastern United States.
North Shore Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Many years, a Saturday in March or April this fun event is hosted, roughly 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. It includes a fun team competition, activities like math coloring, special speakers, and student talks from all over New England!
Math Forum General Information
Gordon College's Math Forum is a (roughly) bi-weekly gathering of mathematically-inclined people from all over campus. The format ranges from problem-solving to guest speakers from the industry, to special talks about interesting topics or people in mathematics. Math Forum has typically been on Tuesdays or Thursdays at noon or at 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 other events from the past are listed below.
- Mathematics and Faith Seminar—Led by math faculty
- Welcome to the Fourth Dimension!—Dr. Satyan Devadoss, Williams College
- Coordinating Revenue Management Decisions in Airline Alliances—Prof. Robert Shumsky of Dartmouth, Tuck Business School
- Counting in Candy Crush and Scoring in Sagrada: Exploring Combinatorics and Graph Theory through Games—Prof. Dana Rowland of Merrimack College
- The Life and Mathematics of Ramanujan—Prof. Michael Bradley of Merrimack College
- The Mysterious Connection between Voting and Statistics—Sarah Berube (student)
- Origami: How to Do Math Without Scissors or Glue—Dr. Thomas Hull, Western New England College
- Summer Research Report (offered many times)—Wesley Nelson, Rachel Olugbemi, Jess Wild, Leah Miller, Luke Cui, Sunny Kim,... and many others!
- Mersenne and More: Faith and Math in the 1600s—Dr. Crisman
- Using LaTeX—Lauren Meitzler and Maya Bam (students)
- Mathematics in Budapest—Anne Lemmer (student)
- The Futurama Theorem—Prof. Dana Ernst of Plymouth State University, NH
- "Old School" Graphing in Polar Coordinates—Dr. Senning
- Who is Your Mathematical Celebrity Look-Alike?—Dr. Tim Chartier, Davidson University
- Bringing Math to Inner City Schools—Prof. Robert Case of Northeastern University
- Color and Facial Perception and the Mathematics of Voting—Dr. Crisman, joint with CIPHER seminar
- Let the Data Do the Talking: Empirical Bayes Classifiers and Behavioral Advertising—Dr. Veatch
- Amicable Numbers—What are they?—Dr. Stout
- Connecting Voting Theory and Graph Theory—Dr. Crisman
- Fractals and the Liberal Arts—Students from MAT 353 Real Analysis
- What is Topology?—Gordon alumnus and Colby College professor Scott Taylor
- Visual Algebra—Dr. Nathan Carter, Bentley University
- Broadening the Field: The Life and Work of Charlotte Angas Scott—Julianne McKay (student)
- Many-Valued Logics—Xuan Yang (student)
- Integration Bee—moderated by Dr. Veatch
- Introduction to Sage—Dr. Crisman
- Saving Lives by Bringing Applied Math and Operations Research Scholarship into Action—Dr. Prashant Yadev, MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program
- Humanitarian Logistics—Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, MIT
- Using Simulations to Guide the Reform of Boston School Assignments—Peng Shi, MIT
- Sonya, Karl and Fyodor: Intellectual life in Europe during the last half of the 19th century—Dr. Robert Brabenec, Wheaton College (IL)
- The St. Petersburg Paradox: Making Decisions with Rare Events—Dr. Veatch
- What is Numerical Analysis, Anyway?—Dr. Senning
- The Nature of Craftsmanship in Mathematics and Computer Science—Prof. Greg Crow, Point Loma Nazarene University
- Math in the Real World—Mike Ahearn, Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Why are the lines in Lane so long? An Introduction to Queuing Theory—Jane Eisenhauer and Stephen Rizzo (students)
- Intro to Math Circles—Dr. Crisman
- What do Math Majors Do After Gordon?—Recent Alumni
- Sudoku and Graphs—Jeffrey Fraser (student)
- Happy Birthday, Euler! From Graphs to the Fields Medal—Dr. Crisman
- Don't Forget to Check Your Digits—Symposium 2007 "Authenticity"—talk by students about check digits
- Dodgson's Method in Voting—Dr. Tommy Ratliff, Wheaton College (MA)
- Math Awareness Month Talk: What Makes Your Vote Matter—Dr. Crisman with Dr. Brink and Dr. Melkonian-Hoover from Political Science
- Joint with Health Professions Seminar—Dr. Kim Pearson of Harvard School of Public Health on biostatistics and testing for gene links to disease
- Joint with CS and Chemistry/Physics Senior Seminar—Dr. Michael Orrison of Harvey Mudd College on applications of matrix representations