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Applied Mathematics News

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Dr. Benjamin Wilson was invited to give a talk at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, as a speaker in their Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics Conversation Series. His talk titled "Would Wheel of Fortune be Easier in Dothraki or Klingon?" was based on his research project with Stevenson Applied Math majors Gerald Roman-Gonzalez and Billy Heidel in which they are analyzing the complexity of constructed languages using tools from Information Theory, Dynamical Systems, and Statistics. During the talk, Dr. Wilson put attendees in the role of Claude Shannon in the late 1940's who studied the complexity of written English using several experiments on native English speakers which exploited their inherent knowledge of the statistics of the language.

Math faculty member, Dr. Ben Wilson, and his wife, Sydney Gross, completed a marathon in Phoenix over winter break. The race featured several rock 'n' roll bands scattered throughout the 26.2 mile course. Dr. Wilson has run several half marathons around the country and this was his second time completing a full marathon. 

Over winter break, ​​Dr. Mark Branson (right) and Dr. Ben Wilson attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in San Diego. With thousands of mathematicians attending from around the world, the JMM is one of the largest international math conferences each year. Both professors gave presentations at the meeting: Dr. Branson spoke​ in a session on Humanistic Mathematics titled Fighting Alternative Facts: Teaching Quantitative Reasoning with Social Issues. Dr. Wilson presented in a session on Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning titled Active First Semester Calculus.

Over Thanksgiving, Adjunct Math Professor Dr. David Preston and his wife, T.J., ran the NCR half marathon. They each won in their respective age group.  Here's what Dr. Preston reported: "T.J., usually wins races but it is rare for me.  I wanted to send you the evidence that I was proudly promoting Stevenson both during the race and at the awards ceremony as we displayed our trophies."

Congratulations!  And, of course, we love seeing SU pride!

Stevenson Math faculty Ms. Eileen McGraw and Dr. Ben Wilson attended MAA MathFest 2017 in Chicago. The conference brings together mathematicians from around the world for presentations focusing on both teaching and research in mathematics. At the conference, Dr. Wilson received a certificate for being a Project NExT Fellow, a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences.  Both Ms. McGraw and Dr. Wilson attended a mini-conference within the larger meeting on the topic of Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), a teaching method used in many math courses at Stevenson.