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Student at Poster

Faculty and Student at Conference

Dr. Benjamin Wilson and Applied Mathematics Junior, Evan Williams, attended the Spring 2019 conference of the MD-DC-VA section of the Mathematics Association of America in Frederick, MD cohosted by Hood College and Frederick Community College. Evan presented a poster on his and Dr. Wilson's work from summer 2018 titled, "Around the World in 239 Translations: Computing the Entropy of Written Language Using the Bible." The research examined the complexity of 239 different languages by computing quantities like entropy based on n-gram frequencies in translations of the Bible in each language. At the conference they also attended talks by students and faculty from other schools in the section.

Two students doing research

This semester, Applied Mathematics majors Jess Rega ('19) and Alayna Roesener ('20) are doing research with math faculty Dr. Benjamin Wilson working in the field of sabermetrics, the study of baseball analytics. Their research involves learning to work with the computing tool R which is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics​. At the start of the semester they were working with data from major league baseball, but now that Stevenson's baseball season is under way, they have started analyzing statistics from our own Mustang's baseball team. In collaboration with the baseball coaching staff they are collecting and analyzing data on all aspects of the game including batting, pitching, and fielding. Jess and Alayna are both Stevenson athletes on the track team and soccer team, respectively, so this is a great project combining their interests in sports and mathematics. They hope their analysis will lead to success on the field for Stevenson baseball.

picture of abel prize

Last week, it was announced that Karen Uhlenbeck is the winner of Norway's Abel Prize — often called the Nobel Prize of Math.  She is the first woman to win this award.  The Norwegian academy said it recognized Uhlenbeck "for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics."  At SU, we are excited to celebrate our female math faculty members and students!  



group photo in Spain

ruins in Spain

at dining table

Welcome back to the Study Abroad MATH 215: Mathematics and Art students who enjoyed an Exceptional Experience Spring Break in Spain!  They spent 8 days in Spain, visiting Madrid, Córdoba, and Granada. Students were able to see priceless artworks and learn about the mathematical structures that artists use to create them.  The pictures show some of the places that the students visited.

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 13th century Moorish palace in Granada Spain which has beautiful geometric mosaics..  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.   

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