April 22, 2010 - Kathryn Wagner's Thesis Receives Jenkins Award

At the Honors Convocation on April 22, Kathryn Wagner's honors thesis, "Trigonometric Functions in the Biangular Plane", was recognized with the Edmund and Kathleen Jenkins Award. The Jenkins award rewards outstanding student research by members of the senior class, and is presented to four students from the Prentiss R. Brown Honors Institute each year. Kathryn's thesis research was supervised by Mark Bollman and supported by a FURSCA grant during the summer of 2009. Nadiya Fink and Darren Mason also served on her thesis committee.

May 5, 2010 - Albion Triumphs In Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition

The results of the 34th Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition, held at Grand Valley State University on April 10, have arrived, and Albion College is the new champion. Albion's team #1, consisting of Chen Chen, Mingjia Yang, and Sining Gu, scored 90 points on the 100-point exam to take first place by 19 over Kalamazoo College's top team. Team #2, comprised of Qian Wang and Yang Chen, scored 40 points to place 14th. 33 teams from thirteen Michigan colleges competed in the 2010 LMMC. Here are the top ten teams in order:

  1. Albion (90 pts.)
  2. Kalamazoo (71)
  3. Calvin (66)
  4. Calvin (64)
  5. Kalamazoo (62)
  6. Grand Valley State (60)
  7. Grand Valley State (55)
  8. Grand Rapids CC (54)
  9. (tie) Alma and Hope (50)

Albion previously won the LMMC in 2004 and 2007. The Klein Kup, emblematic of success in the LMMC, will be officially presented at a trophy ceremony in the fall. Congratulations to all of the LMMC participants!

May 7, 2010 - Mark Bollman Re-elected Secretary/Treasurer of MAA's Michigan Section

At the annual meeting of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at Eastern Michigan University, Mark Bollman was re-elected to a second three-year term as secretary/treasurer. The MAA is the largest professional organization focused on mathematics accessible to undergraduate students. Mark has been a member of the MAA and the Michigan Section since 1989.

May 11, 2010 - Mark Bollman's Research Published

Mark Bollman's paper, "Numerical approximation to pi using parabolic segments", was published in the Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics. This paper represents joint work with George Grossman of Central Michigan University and is an extension of the work of Archimedes (c. 287 BCE- c. 212 BCE), who used inscribed and circumscribed polygons to approximate pi. The official citation is J. Conc. Appl. Math., 10 (2), p. 236--245, 2010.

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