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students in front of Alhambra

So excited that our MATH 215 Mathematics and Art course is in Spain seeing the mathematics behind art in several cities.  In this picture the group is at the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granda, Andalusia, Spain.  This place has an interesting history:  It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Emirate of Granada.  It then became a royal palace and then a royal court.   

Students getting pizza

Students in Collaboratory

Pi day desserts

National Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number, but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein. Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. National Pi Day has become a day to celebrate numbers and math.  The SU Math community celebrated today with our annual Pi Celebration- pizza pies and delicious pi/pie desserts!

new inductee picture

food served

This week, the Math Department was excited to host the 14th Induction into the Maryland Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) National Mathematics Honors Society. We inducted 10 new members this year. Following the ceremony, there was a lunch for the inductees and their families and other members of KME.

at publisher

Dr. Kerry Spencer, our Science Writing faculty member, and her research assistants Morgan LaMonica and Takneeah Cook recently visited New York City to present their research results to publishers, editors, book marketers, and agents. They collected data on 475 Young Adult novels and used it to estimate the effect of book marketing and book content on sales. More than 250 characteristics were recorded for each book, ranging from things like the size of the author advance and whether or not the book won awards, to the type of plot structure and the gender of the protagonist. Bestselling books are marketed, not written, and a minimum threshold of marketing must be met before a book has a viable chance to “break out.” 


Ben and Billy and poster

people at Meeting

student presenting her poster

Several Stevenson Applied Mathematics majors also attended the JMM including Billy Heidel ('20), Joshua Lang ('21), and Lindsey Weishaar ('19, second picture above). Billy presented a poster in the Undergraduate poster session based on his research with math faculty member, Dr. Ben Wilson (top picture). His poster was titled To Spin or Not to Spin: Simulating Wheel of Fortune in Python​. Another presenter in the poster session was Samantha Bothwell, the daughter of Stevenson adjunct math professor Cynthia Bothwell (3rd picture). A math major at Colorado State University, Samantha's poster was titled Effects of Maternal Complications ​on Circulating Protein Profiles in Pre Term Infants.