February 15, 2009 - Darren Mason's Research Presented at 138th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Darren E. Mason collaborated on the poster presentation Deformation Mode Characterization and FEM Simulation of alpha-Titanium Deformed in Bending. which was presented at the 138th Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society at the Moscone's West Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. Darren's collaborators included T. R. Bieler, M. A. Crimp, Y. Yang, and L. Wang of Michigan State University (USA) and P. Eisenlohr of the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung (Germany).

March 6, 2009 - Kappa Mu Epsilon Announces Three New Members

The Albion Chapter (Michigan Alpha) of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is pleased to announce its new members for 2008. New members are Yang Chen, Rachel Kamischke, and Kathryn Wagner. KME members must complete at least three semesters of college and rank in the top 35% of their class; complete three college math courses, including at least one semester of calculus; and attain an average grade of 3.0 or better in all mathematics classes. Albion's chapter of KME was founded in 1937. Mark Bollman serves as corresponding secretary and advisor to the Albion chapter. Further information about the national organization is available at kappamuepsilon.org. Congratulations to the new KME members!

March 19, 2009 - Department Offers New Course in Partial Differential Equations

The deparment has added a new course, Math 370 Partial Differential Equations, with the following course description: "A study of the theory and applications of partial differential equations. Linear and nonlinear PDEs, including quasilinear first order equations, conservation laws, discontinuous solutions, classification of PDEs, wave propagation in multiple space dimensions, Fourier analysis and separation of variables, Sturm-Liouville theory, fundamental solutions for equations of parabolic adn elliptic type, as well as consideration of the nonlinear Riemann Problem. Applications in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

April 4, 2009 - Department Hosts 33rd Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition

On Saturday, April 4, Albion College hosted students and faculty from 11 Michigan colleges in the 33rd Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition. Teams of 2 or 3 students faced off in a 10-question, 3-hour exam covering a variety of undergraduate mathematics topics. Calvin College is the defending LMMC champion; Albion teams won the contest in 2004 and 2007. The 2009 LMMC was written by Andy Niedermayer of the University of California-San Diego. Representing Albion in the LMMC were Chen Chen, Yang Chen, Rachel Kamischke, Whitney Patton, Kathryn Wagner, and Qian Wang. In addition to coordinating the 2009 LMMC, Mark Bollman advised the two Albion entries. Results of the competition are expected by the end of the academic year. The 2010 LMMC will be hosted by Grand Valley State University.

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