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Applied Mathematics News

Ray Salas, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, visited SU to discuss internships for our Applied Math students.  Ray was a Capstone mentor for Michael Byrd (Applied Math '17) and we look forward to other students working with Ray to get real-life experience in this exciting field.  Ray (left) is shown here with Ellen Roskes (next to Ray), department chair, Ben Wilson, faculty member, and Michelle Schwartz, Student Engagement Coordinator.

Applied Math Senior, Courtney Hohn, is completing her Capstone Internship at the Social Security Administration in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics.  Her role as an intern is to identify any errors and redundancy in the 2016 SSI Annual Statistical Report, create visualizations of monthly data for publication on SSA's website, and use her programming skills to create interactive maps of data.  Courtney hopes to one day become a high school math teacher, but she likes having the experience of working as a mathematician in the government.  

Congratulations to Dr. Kerry Spencer who was awarded an SU Seed Grant based on her research on Young Adult literature.  Here is how she describes her project:

My work considers the way book marketing functions both independently and dependently from book content in the US Young Adult (YA) market. Marketing for YA literature is particularly complicated because the parties buying books are not usually the same as the ones reading them. By mathematically/inductively establishing the effect of YA book marketing on book sales, the effect of book content on sales can be analyzed; such analysis typically uncovers demographic-related implicit bias with works by POC and women disproportionately affected by lower levels of marketing.

Congratulations to math faculty member, Dr. Sarah Blanset, on her promotion to Associate Professor of Mathematics.  Dr. Blanset has excelled in all three areas of faculty responsibilities, teaching, scholarship and service.  Best wishes! 

Some of the department faculty who were there to celebrate Dr. Blanset's good news were (l to r) Dr. Neal Miller (Physics), Dr. Ellen Roskes (Department Chair), Dr. Mark Branson (Math), Dr. Sarah Blanset, and Dr. Ben Wilson (Math).

Warmest wishes to Gerald Roman-Gonzalez on his graduation with a BS in Applied Math!  Gerald has been a favorite in the department for his pleasant manner, for his participation in research with Dr. Wilson, for his mentoring of younger students and for all his help in building our department!  

We wish you all the best in all that you do!  In the words of Henry David Thoreau:  "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."

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