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The Mathematics and Physics Department and people across the world mourn the loss of Stephen Hawking, a British theoretical physicist famous for his work in cosmology and quantum mechanics.   After graduating from Oxford in 1962 and receiving his PhD from Cambridge in 1966, much of his research career focused on black holes and the discovery of Hawking radiation.  The author of many academic books and articles, Hawking also wrote a number of children's books and popular science books aimed at making science accessible to the general public.  Hawking was able to accomplish all this despite an early-onset of Lou Gehrig's disease.  Using of variety of speech-production devices that he helped to create, Hawking continued to lecture about his research and make public appearances in recent years despite his worsening physical condition.  

Hope everyone is having a great Pi Day and a wonderful Spring Break!  Please join us for our annual celebration of Pi on Tuesday March 20th.  We'll have, of course, all kinds of pies for you to sample! 

This spring, eight students were initiated into the Maryland Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honors society. Led by Applied Mathematics majors, Rebecca Gruver, Courtney Hohn, and Jess Rega, the current President, Vice President, and Treasurer of KME respectively, the induction ceremony involved an overview of the history, ideals, purposes, and symbols of KME. This year marked the 13th initiation for KME at Stevenson. Parents, current KME members, and faculty gathered to watch Olivia Appicella, Billy Heidel, Darian Hileman, Cassie Morris, Alayna Roesener, and Lindsey Weishaar be initiated. Alex Dangel and Cara Habicht were also initiated, but couldn't attend the ceremony. Among other components, qualifications for KME are based on a students GPA, class rank, the number of upper level math courses they have taken, and their performance in their math courses at Stevenson. Congratulations to all of the new KME members!

The Stevenson University baseball team swept this week's MAC Commonwealth weekly awards,  with Applied Math junior, James Wiercinski, being selected as the Pitcher of the Week.  James allowed two hits and one run in five innings of work in a no-decision in the season opener against Penn State Abington Saturday, an eventual 3-1 win.  He struck out eight and walked three in his outing.  Congrats, James!

This semester, Applied Math majors Gerald Roman-Gonzalez and Billy Heidel are working on an independent research project with math professor, Dr. Ben Wilson. The research, which Dr. Wilson and Gerald began as a summer research project during the S3RP program at Stevenson, involves analyzing the complexity of constructed languages using tools from information theory.  Gerald and Billy work on the project together each week.  Then, at the end of the semester, they will present their work at the School of the Sciences Poster Session.


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