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Robert N. Noyce ’49 Science Center

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, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, physics, and psychology. Containing modern scientific equipment and instrumentation, the facility has laboratories, classrooms, and seminar rooms, which are equipped with electronic and other modern instructional tools. The building also houses the Kistle Science Library and the Physics Historical Museum. In the northeast section of the building, a greenhouse is used as an instructional and research facility.

Shonda Kuiper, mathematics, awarded the 2012 MERLOT Classics Award

2012 Merlot Classics Award - Stat2Labs

The Sloan Consortium
Newburyport, Ma., United States
August 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.

Editor Notes: 

  • The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching – MERLOT (www.merlot.org) Announces the 2012 MERLOT Awards for Exemplary Online Learning Resources. This program recognizes and promotes outstanding peer reviewed online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning. The award is granted to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community. Every year each of the MERLOT Editorial Boards is able to select an outstanding resource from its discipline to receive the MERLOT Classics Award. MERLOT considers this learning material an exemplary online learning resource and it is now recognized as so on the MERLOT website listing. United States, Aug. 2.

  • Shonda Kuiper's textbook, "Practicing Statistics: Guided Investigations for the Second Course" is available, contrary to the information provided in the release.

Person Mentioned: Faculty/Staff- Shonda Kuiper, mathematics

Experiment used on Skylab designed by George Simon '55

Fri, 2011-07-22 14:36 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Sunspot scientist came close to flying on orbital mission

Las Cruses Bulletin
Las Cruses, Nm., United States
July 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 Shuttle Challenger flight.

“Space Center Commissioner Dr. George Simon should be riding high … doing his scientific research in a locale that will be the envy of many of his colleagues,” the January 1985 Space Log reported. The International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) in Alamogordo publishedthe journal. Simon was on the backup list, and did not make the Spacelab 2 mission that launched on July 29, 1985.

Person Mentioned: Alumnus/a- George Simon '55

Hankel Transforms of Linear Combinations of Catalan Numbers

Fri, 2011-04-29 15:43 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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 Integer Sequences, Vol. 14 (2011), Article 11.5.1. In this paper, the authors consider the result of applying a certain operation called the Hankel Transform to certain sequences of numbers obtained in a natural way from the famous Catalan number sequence. Other authors had shown that when one applies the Hankel Transform to the sequence of sums of adjacent Catalan numbers, the resulting sequence consists of every other Fibonacci number. This paper generalizes that result to more general linear combinations of Catalan numbers. The research for this work was done during the summer of 2010, as part of a MAP that Dougherty, Saderholm, and Qian participated in.

Grinnell Putnam Team in Top 10%

Wed, 2011-04-06 10:41 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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 points (individual rank: 641.5)
  • Benjy Greenberg: 26 points (individual rank: 679.5)
  • Colin Grove: 20 points (individual rank: 883)
  • Alyce Eaton: 20 points (individual rank: 883)

The first three were members of the Grinnell's "team" (all contestants take part individually but three students are identified before the contest and the sum of their scores forms the team score). Congratulations to all the Putnam participants.

Professors spend Spring Break doing Math

Fri, 2011-04-01 09:09 | By Anonymous (not verified)


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 27 - April 2 at the mathematical research institute (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach) in Oberwolfach, Germany---a mathematical retreat nestled in the beautiful Black Forest. The workshop she attended focused on wavelets, frames, operator theory, and representation theory. Workshop participants are not expected to give talks; instead, they attend just a few talks each day and spend the rest of the time working with their fellow participants in one of the best mathematical libraries in the world.

Blanchard Gives NIU Mathematics Colloquium

  • Jeff Blanchard visited a collaborator at Northern Illinois University from March 30 - April 2 continuing their work on Composite Dilation Wavelets. On April 1, Blanchard gave the Mathematics Colloquium where he discussed his work with Compressed Sensing. The related paper,Compressed Sensing: How Sharp is the Restricted Isometry Property?, which appears in the current issue of SIAM Review, has been in the top ten most downloaded papers across all SIAM journals for both March (#6) and April (#7).

Chamberland Presents Kelvin Lecture at Coe College

  • On March 1, Marc Chamberland, the Myra Steele Professor of Mathematics, gave the Kelvin Lecture at Coe College titled "Chaos: Where Order Meets Disorder". The Kelvin Lecture is Coe College's annual invited mathematics lecture for undergraduates.

Tom and Emily Moore give invited addresses at Eastern Kentucky University

  • On Tuesday, March 15, Tom Moore gave an invited address at Eastern Kentucky University titled "'Mothering' behavior in female baboons: using permutation tests to establish the significance of observed patterns." This talk was based upon joint work with Vicki Bentley-Condit of Grinnell's Anthropology Dept.


  • On Thursday, March 17, Emily Moore gave an invited address at Eastern Kentucky University titled "Difference Sets." This talk introduced the audience to ideas that are part of the textbook Professor Moore is writing with Harriet Pollatsek of Mt. Holyoke College.