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Applied Mathematics News

Date: Jan 2016

At the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting, Dr. Neal Miller and Nicole Heil presented their summer research results of a survey for radio emission associated with ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULX). They identified two ULX sources with probable radio emission. These observations confirmed a previously-noted one, and detected one other new candidate.

According to USA Today, James Hind, a British mathematician devised a formula for how to build the perfect snowman. Snowmen should be 5.3 feet tall, be made up of three tiered balls of snow with diameters of 11.8 inches, 19.6 inches and 31.4 inches, following the golden ratio, have appropriate clothing, and, of course, a carrot nose!  

This certainly gives our students something to work on as the start of school is delayed by three days by the record breaking snowfall over the weekend! Read the full story.

Reference: USA Today

Physics faculty member, Dr. Neal Miller, and SU senior, Nicole Heil, attended the American Astronomical Society meeting in Orlando this month.  At the meeting, Nicole attended several astronomy presentations and career events geared to undergraduates.  Dr. Miller also attended many presentations and met colleagues and collaborators of his research.  Both had a great time and learned a lot.  Pictured here is Nicole posing next to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory booth at the meeting.

Applied Math senior, Jeremy Kline, completed his Capstone internship at Hillis Carnes Engineering, a Geotechnical Engineering consulting firm in Frederick, Maryland. At Hillis Carnes, Jeremy was an Engineering Technician with the primary duty of testing compaction of soils, clay, stone, and asphalt. Jeremy's capstone paper discussed increasing the safety and efficiency of mines through the use of different types of rock bolting techniques. While there are several methods of rock bolting, Jeremy recommended that all mining companies should implement a specific method called roof screening. While more expensive and time consuming to to install than other methods, roof screening is the safest method of rock bolting.

Applied Math senior, Nick VanRensselaer, works part time at SU for the IT Department.  He's one of the students who responds to tech calls and fixes faculty and staff computers.  When we call and Nick comes around, we know the problem will be fixed well!

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