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Applied Mathematics News

This summer, rising junior Applied Mathematics major, Gerald Roman, is participating in the Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP). Together with Dr. Benjamin Wilson, Gerald is analyzing the complexity of languages from a statistical viewpoint based on the work of Claude Shannon from the 1940's and 50's. Gerald's research involves computing the entropy of languages which measures how much information is produced on average for each letter of text in the language.  The entropy of a language gives a sense of the predictability of a piece of text written in that language.

Early one morning during his summer vacation to the United Kingdom, Dr. Neal Miller set out on a run to a lesser-known but highly significant destination: the birthplace of James Clerk Maxwell! This nondescript home in Edinburgh is now owned by a historical preservation society and not open for public tours, but is marked by the plaque shown here (you can see Dr. Miller's photo-taking reflection in it!). Maxwell's work unified electricity and magnetism, and in so doing demonstrated the nature of light as an electromagnetic wave. The quote at the bottom is from Einstein: "One scientific epoch ended and another began with Maxwell."

 

Welcome to the new applied students who are joining us this fall! All new freshmen came to campus for a day in June to participate in activities to meet other incoming students, to hear about the upcoming school year, to meet faculty in the department, and to register for classes.  Of course, we are the #1 department on campus!

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Wilson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, who was selected to participate in Project NExT. Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program, through the Mathematical Association of America, for new math faculty. It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, finding exciting and interesting service opportunities, and participating in professional activities.  Congratulations to Dr. Wilson on receiving this honor!

The Department of Mathematics and Physics, along with the rest of the School of the Sciences, has now moved to our new building on the Owings Mills North Campus!  Our new address is:  11200 Ted Herget Way, Owings Mills, MD  21117.  

We're settling in and learning our way around.  Looking forward to using our many new spaces this fall- especially our Math Collaboratory and our Math Room!  Feel free to stop by for a visit- let us know you're coming and we'll be glad to give you a tour!

 
 
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