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Applied Mathematics News

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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.” 

 

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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.

math faculty at JMM

The 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) were held locally this year, in downtown Baltimore. This gave a nice opportunity for Stevenson faculty to easily attend. The JMM attract thousands of mathematicians from around the world each year to attend talks and workshops on teaching and research and to network. Math faculty (l to r in picture above) Ben Wilson, Sarah Blanset, and Mark Branson all attended the meetings. 

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The Department of Mathematics and Physics is very excited to start the spring semester!  Welcome to our new students and welcome back to our returning students.  Don't forget to join us for the weekly Student-Faculty Math Tea, Thursdays 1-2 in the Math Learning Collaboratory, S150!

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Applied Math senior, Jess Rega, completed her Honors Capstone internship at Santander Bank near her hometown in Massachusetts.  She presented her Capstone project, "The Metadata Catalogue" to the Stevenson Community at the Capstone Honors Presentations event and at the School of the Sciences Fall Poster Session.  We're excited to share that Jess did such a good job at Santander Bank that she was offered employment for after she graduates from Stevenson in May.  Congratulations!

 
 
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