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Putnam Team in Top 10% for Second Consecutive Year

Wed, 2012-04-04 14:29 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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 Competition. There were teams from more than 460 institutions"

Grinnell College had 24 students take part in the competition. Our team of three students consisted of David Brown '14, Alyce Eaton '13, and Klevi Xhaxho '12, and our team rank was 40 out of all participating institutions. Congratulations to all the participants and to our team for their excellent performance on the Putnam!

MAP 2011: 14 Students and 6 Faculty Conduct Summer Research

Tue, 2011-08-23 09:54 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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 2011: Colin Johnson ‘13, Alice Nadeau ‘13, and Bingxi Wu ‘13. Their project was to understand the structure of multiplicative partitions.

Jeff Blanchard mentored three MAP students, Tolu Alabi ‘13, Bradley Gordon ‘12, and Russel Steinbach ‘12 on graphical processing unit algorithms for finding the kth largest value in a list.

Professor French and Boanne MacGregor ‘12 investigated the representation theory of association schemes.

Professor Jonkman directed two summer research projects. With Kate Doyl ‘13 and Brianne Evans ‘13, they performed a statistical assessment of state-level health estimates in the United States, namely a large-scale telephone survey administered by the CDC known as the BRFSS. With Alyce Eaton ‘13 and Erik Figge ‘13, the group worked to develop a statistical model for selecting cross country teams for the NCAA Division III national championship meet.

Professor Mileti worked with Jonah Elman ‘12 on comparing random sequences.

Professor Shuman directed the work of Ethan Edl ‘12 and Klevi Xhaxho ‘12 on a computing the size of several sets associated with iterated function systems.

Faculty Receive Competitive Funding

Tue, 2011-08-23 04:29 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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. Professor Blanchard was awarded an NSF grant for his research on comparability of algorithms in compressed sensing. Professor French was awarded an Academic Enterprise Leave funded by the Mellon Expanding Knowledge Initiative. Professor Shuman, who just completed four years offunding from the NSF, was awarded a one semester Grinnell College Study Leave. Both French and Shuman will use these competitive leaves in conjunction with a one semester sabbatical for the duration of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Math and Statistics Faculty Attend Conferences Around the Globe

Tue, 2011-08-23 04:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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, Shonda Kuiper presented a poster with Dennis Pearl (Ohio State University) Robert Carver ‎(Stonehill College), Lesser, Larry ‎(University of Texas El Paso), Michael Posner (Villanova) and Amitra Wall (Buffalo State College) on the educational benefits of incorporating fun into the classroom.

August 2011: Shonda Kuiper was invited to speak at the Joint Statistics Meeting in Miami, Florida to discuss teaching regression through statistics. This talk provided examples from her new textbook and emphasized the importance of allowing students to work with multivariate data sets in their first introductory statistics course.

Grinnell Hosts SLAW

Tom Moore hosted the annual Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW), an amazing group of statisticians from colleges similar to Grinnell that has met annually since 1987 to promote various projects. This workshop was originally founded by Moore. Grinnell Professors Kuiper and Jonkman attended the workshop which totaled 12 faculty from 10 institutions.

Mileti attends Ramsey Theory Workshop

Joe Mileti participated in the workshop "Ramsey Theory in Logic, Combinatorics, and Complexity" from May 22-27 in Bertinoro, Italy. The meeting brought together mathematicians, logicians, and computer scientists interested in different aspects of Ramsey theory to explain their recent progress and techniques.

Blanchard Presents in Scotland and USA

In June, Jeff Blanchard presented his work on GPU accelerated greedy algorithms for compressed sensing in Edinburgh, Scotland at SPARS11: Workshop : Signal Processing with Adaptive Sparse Structured Representations. He then traveled to Glasgow for the 24th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis to give a similar talk in a mini-symposium on compressed sensing.

In August, Blanchard gave an invited talk in the session Polyhedra are Everywhere at MathFest 2011, the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. His expository talk, Polyhedra in Compressed Sensing, detailed Donoho and Tanner's equivalence of solving a compressed sensing problem with the neighborliness of random polytopes.

Paulhus returns to Carleton's SMPosium

Paulhus, who attended the nationally acclaimed Carleton Summer Math Program for Undergraduate Women in 1997, returned to the program this summer as an invited alumna. This mini conference is held each year during the summer program to bring alumnae together to network and share experiences with the current undergraduate attendees.