# Mathematics and Statistics

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The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...

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The National Science Foundation has funded, "Evolution of Color Variation in Hawaiian Damselflies: Causal Links for an Ecological Selection Hypothesis," as part of its Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions program (DEB...

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Association for Women in Mathematics
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American Statistical Association
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Research Opportunities at Grinnell
Current Grinnell College students will find a list of research opportunities on the Science Division GrinnellShare site (login required). You will find descriptions for research projects with professors on campus, as well as a number of off-...

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Dr. Henry Cohn, a research mathematician at Microsoft Research New England, will visit the Mathematics and Statistics Department on April 24 and 25.
He will give a talk “Sphere Packing in High Dimensions” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Noyce 2022. The talk will be...

Tom Moore gave a contributed paper, "Keys to Success in a Run-and-Gun Basketball System", at the national meeting of the American Statistical Association, on August 4, 2011 in Miami Beach. This is joint work with former students Ben Johannsen ('06) and Eric Ohrn ('07). You can...

Given that over 60 percent of Grinnell’s students participate in study-abroad programs, it’s no wonder Grinnell has a reputation for being globally focused. Not only is off-campus study an awesome opportunity to expand your international education, it’s also an unforgettable...

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Studying is hard, especially when you’re just getting used to college classes or transitioning from introductory courses to higher-level studies. But it doesn’t have to be so hard that you feel like you’re not getting anywhere! Read on to learn tried and true techniques for...

In celebration of Pi Day, professor Marc Chamberland offered a humorous take on everything you need to know about this irrational number.

In July, the book "Difference Sets: Connecting Algebra, Combinatorics, and Geometry" by Emily Moore and her co-author, Harriet Pollatsek was published. An early version of the book was used by Professor Moore in a Senior Seminar course here at Grinnell in the Spring of 2012. The...

“Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?” That’s often the eye-rolling question in a first interview.
For Natalie Larson ’06, the quick answers could be “NASA,” “Norway,” and “ ’net congestion” — a few of her hefty résumé builders since graduating with honors as an art major...

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Grinnell College will host a national conference June 19-20 that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and to develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences.
The conference includes four free, public keynote talks in Noyce Science Center,...

Asst. Prof. Jeff Blanchard and his collaborator Prof. Jared Tanner (Oxford) recently launched www.gaga4cs.org as the platform for the first release of their compressed sensing software. The software, GAGA: GPU Accelerated Greedy Algorithms for Compressed Sensing, solves large...

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service is developing a recruiting relationship with Cambridge Associates LLC, a privately held independent consulting firm. The firm, headquartered in Arlington, Va., provides consulting and investment oversight services to more than 900...

Pi Day is upon us! It is always held on March 14, since Pi starts with 3.14. The latest video from Professor Marc Chamberland's youtube channel, Tipping Point Math, asks "How Many Digits of Pi are Useful?" With trillions of digits crunched out by supercomputers, one wonders...

Jessi L. Smith, a noted expert on social psychology, will deliver the Scholars' Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 1, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public with a free pizza lunch provided.
Smith, a professor of psychology at...

Are you ready to shape your own learning? The individually advised curriculum at Grinnell College puts you in charge.
There’s only one required course outside of your major, the First-Year Tutorial. So each semester you’ll have 16–18 credits for exploring the academic world....

Lester Alemán ’07 became an advocate and a leader while a Posse Scholar at Grinnell College. He also worked as a program director for nearly four years at the Posse Foundation in Los Angeles. So it’s only fitting he had a chance showcase those skills while discussing the often...

Department with Strong Showing at JMM Seven faculty members and two students represented the Grinnell Mathematics and Statistics Department at this year's Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, January 4-7, 2012. The Joint Mathematics Meeting is an annual meeting of the American...

Sunspot scientist came close to flying on orbital mission
Las Cruses BulletinLas Cruses, Nm., United StatesJuly 22, 2011
The scientist who looked up at the Sun from atop the Sacramento Mountains hoped to get an even closer look, as a payload specialist, during the STS-51F Space...

Professors Jeff Blanchard, Joe Mileti, and Jen Paulhus spent some, or all, of spring break working on research outside of the United States.
Jeff Blanchard visited a collaborator in Edinburgh for a week of intensive writing for an ongoing project. The trip to Scotland paid off...

This year, members of the Mathematics and Statistics department have received two National Science Foundation grants and two competitive leave awards from the college. Professor Kuiper received a second consecutive NSF grant for developing undergraduate statistics programs....

While growing up in Islamabad, boys were encouraged to become engineers and girls to be physicians, recalls Ahsan Rahim ’11. “Everything else was just a waste of time, according to my family.” That’s why he intended to major in physics and math at Grinnell and study engineering...

At Grinnell, finding professors who want to mentor you is easy. Working with smart, engaged students is what professors love.
So when Karen Shuman and Chris French, associate professors of mathematics and statistics, decided to offer a summer research project to first- and...

Marc Chamberland, Myra Steele Professor of Mathematics and Natural Science, loves to share his passion for math, not just with his students, but with the public, too.
On his YouTube channel, Tipping Point Math, he explains seemingly complex mathematical ideas using examples...

Before classes begin, the Grinnell Science Project (GSP) brings together selected students who are interested in science and creates a community that helps them feel comfortable with college life both inside and outside the classroom.
“GSP was a huge blessing. For one thing, the...

Marc Chamberland and Patrick Lopatto (a Grinnell High School student) published the paper "Formulas for Odd Zeta Values and Powers of Pi" which appeared in the electronic Journal of Integer Sequences (Vol. 14, Issue 2, article 11.2.5). Values for the Riemann zeta function at odd...

Josie Bircher ’16 came to Grinnell undecided about what field she was going to pursue. That has turned to inspired certainty, and she credits Grinnell’s individually advised curriculum with helping her chart her course.
A First-Year Tutorial is the only required class at...

Anne Fausto-Sterling, a noted expert in gender studies, will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101.
Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University, is a frequent...

Grinnell College’s Daniel Goldstein ’16 joined elite company Tuesday when he became the 24th Pioneer in history to earn Academic All-America recognition.
Goldstein made the At-Large Team after enjoying a stellar diving and scholastic career at Grinnell.
The team is chosen by the...

Grinnell College had 29 students sit for the annual Putnam exam. The Grinnell College placed 76 out of 546 participating institutions. The team consisted of Benjie Greenberg, Sam Calisch, and Rob Zyskowski. Klevi Xhaxho and Benjie Greenberg both had an individual score of 20,...

The Grinnell College Putnam team placed 46th out of 546 teams from across the U.S. and Canada. The annual exam took place in December with 16 Grinnell students among the 4296 students who took the exam. Grinnell College had four students score at least a 20:
Klevi Xhaxho: 28...

On October 2, 2015, approximately 40 students on campus watched the live stream of the first annual Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). The section broadcasted was...

Professor Christopher French cowrote an article, "Hankel Transforms of Linear Combinations of Catalan Numbers" with math majors Michael Dougherty, Benjamin Saderholm, and Wenyang Qian, all math majors in the class of 2012. The article appeared on April 20 in the Journal of...

During Grinnell’s week-long fall break, 11 students in the Opera, Politics, and Society in Modern Europe course went to San Francisco with Kelly Maynard, assistant professor of history, to get an up-close look at how politics and culture influence the development of modern opera...

Ingrid Daubechies, the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, gave the Convocation on May 1, 2013. Daubechies focuses on the mathematical aspects of time-frequency analysis, in particular wavelets, as well as applications. Her research was the breakthrough...

Representatives from Nationwide Insurance will be on campus Tuesday, Sept 17 to discuss the actuarial profession and recruit for summer internships or careers. There will be a MASSS with the representatives, at noon in Noyce 2022 , and there will be individual meetings to talk...

February 19, 2011, Grinnell will send a team of competitors to Iowa State University (Ames) for the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition. Do you enjoy working on math problems with other people? There are no specific math prerequisites. Our team will be organized by David...

Toby Baratta ’17 arrived at Grinnell intending to focus mainly on Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and political science.
“Then I took computer science,” Baratta says. “It totally changed my life.”
Since her introductory class in functional problem-solving, Baratta has...

The Mathematics and Statistics Department had a very active summer research program under the College's Mentored Advanced Projects. Six faculty offered seven projects which involved fourteen students.
Professor Marc Chamberland worked with three MAP students during the summer of...

The scholarly activity of the mathematics and statistics faculty was showcased at numerous conferences over the summer.
Kuiper Speaks on Teaching Undergraduate Statistics
May 2011: At the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina...

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Feb 10-14, 2011, is a contest that occurs over a long weekend, and contestants team up in groups of three. Teams use their mathematical skills to tackle a given real-life problem and then communicate their model in a written report....

Over winter break, several members of the department attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, the largest annual gathering of mathematicians and statisticians in the world. Chris Hellmann ('16) and Brennan Langenbach ('16) presented a poster entitled "Symplectic...

Prof. Chamberland will be a member of the editorial board for the magazine Math Horizons from 2014-2018. Math Horizons, published four times a year, is a vibrant and accessible forum for mathematics, especially with students in mind. You can find issues of this magazine spread...

Professors Shuman, Blanchard, Chamberland, T. Moore, and E. Moore take advantage of spring recess to attend workshops, do research, and give lectures.
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Shuman Spends Spring Break at Oberwolfach
Karen Shuman spent March...

The Grinnell College Putnam team placed in the top 10% of all participating institutions for the second consecutive year. As reported by the Putnam committee:
"A total of 4440 students from 572 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States participated in the...

The Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, will feature Hilary Mason ’00. Mason is founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, a data science and machine learning firm, and the data scientist in residence at Accel Partners .
Mason's lecture, which is free and open to the...

2012 Merlot Classics Award - Stat2Labs
The Sloan ConsortiumNewburyport, Ma., United StatesAugust 3, 2012
Dr. Kuiper's creative and engaging games and labs exemplify reform efforts in Statistics Education, and she is highly deserving of a MERLOT Classics Award.
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Professor Marc Chamberland, math, examines the designs of four World Cup balls: the Telstar, the Teamgeist, the Jabulani, and the Brazuca. Find out what makes each one mathematically special.

Undergraduate research tends to evoke images of either a library or a laboratory. The Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL) offers students in social studies and the humanities something different. The lab has computers with statistical analysis programs that can help...

Student Work presented at SIAM PP12
Jeff Blanchard attended SIAM PP12 (otherwise known as the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2012 Conference on Parallel Processing for High Perfromance Computing) in Savannagh, Georgia, February 15-17, 2012. During the conference...

Two groups of Grinnell College students won awards at this year’s Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC) sponsored by the American Statistical Association and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. USPROC is an annual national...

Although he only made his debut in mathematical art this past January, Marc Chamberland, professor of mathematics and statistics, has already had pieces accepted to two juried exhibitions: His works Inner Square and Borromean Five were shown at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (...

Professor Marc Chamberland, math, offers advice on a subject near and dear to many students' hearts — getting a fair share of the pizza.

In December of 2012, W.H. Freeman published “Stat 2: Building Models for a World of Data.”
The book was co-authored by members of the Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW), a group of statisticians at liberal arts colleges that has been meeting annually since 1987.
Tom...

Tom Moore presented the CAUSE Webinar (internet-based seminar) on "Using baboon 'mothering' behavior to teach Permutation tests," on September 14, 2010. CAUSE is the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. Archived webinars can be found at www....

Shonda Kuiper presented a web-based talk focusing on her new textbook, Practicing Statistics. More about her book, which is still in progress, can be found at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/kuiper1einfo/.

Lillian Webster ’17 has received an honorable mention from the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Majoring in mathematics and statistics, Webster is one of 256 honorable mentions, chosen from 1,150 applicants nationwide.
For her...

Why are most manhole covers round? Sure, it makes them easy to roll and slide into place in any alignment. But there’s another, more compelling reason, involving a peculiar geometric property of circles and other shapes. Marc Chamberland, professor of mathematics and statistics...

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Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and...

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Location: Room 2012, Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center
Director: Sue Norris
The Math Lab’s director and student tutors work to help you develop your abilities in calculus and statistics courses.
You may visit whenever you have coursework questions. Our goal is to help you...

Studying the mathematical sciences develops your skills in logical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and data analysis — skills germane to many disciplines. Our students frequently participate in national competitions, student seminars, summer research, and internships. Our...

The use of statistical methods to acquire useful information and make decisions from data is becoming an indispensable skill in a wide variety of fields and careers. The Statistics concentration focuses on learning from data in the presence of uncertainty. While the...