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Daniel Brake Wins 1st Place at the 7th Annual Research Symposium

May 20, 2015

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ACMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel Brake participated in the 7th Annual Research Symposium. Dr. Brake was awarded first place in the Science category.

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3D Printing Mathematical Surfaces

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Visualization of mathematical concepts is paramount to public understanding, to problem solving in general, and to communicating abstractresults to other mathematicians. The new technology of 3D printing offers novel opportunities for visualization, and with the right hardware, software, and materials, one can print arbitrarily complex geometric shapes corresponding to mathematical concepts. In particular, by utilizing state of the art software for decomposing mathematical surfaces, one can directly `print a system of polynomials'. In a process not dissimilar to how we see, the program called Bertini_real computes a set of points describing the boundaries and interiors of surfaces defined by polynomials in any number of variables. The result is the barest skeleton of the surface, and can be refined arbitrarily to produce a smooth representation. The underlying computational method is called `Homotopy Continuation', and has found application in all areas of science and engineering. When combined with 3D printing, one obtains a new design tool for mathematically optimal tools, scientific apparatus, and abstract surfaces. The most immediate application of printing mathematical surfaces is in the classroom, as a visual aid for geometry and calculus classes, where good visual intuition is critical to comprehension and success. Whereas a paper or projected diagram, even if animated, can only partially describe a 3D figure, the student who can touch and hold the surface over which they are integrating, or whose gradient they are trying to compute, will truly have their imagination sparked.

Madeline Bender Awarded Outstanding Applied and Computational Mathematics Major Award

May 20, 2015

The top graduating seniors in the College of Science were honored at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15 in the Jordan Hall of Science. Gregory Crawford, William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science, presented the Dean’s Award and Dean’s Research Award and the chairs of each department recognized the top students in each of their majors. In addition, Anthony Hyder, professor of physics, was awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award.…

College of Science seniors honored at annual luncheon

May 19, 2015

2015 Dean's Awards Luncheon

The top graduating seniors in the College of Science were honored at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15 in the Jordan Hall of Science. Gregory Crawford, William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science, presented the Dean’s Award and Dean’s Research Award and the chairs of each department recognized the top students in each of their majors.  In addition, Anthony Hyder, professor of physics, was awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award.

Claire Bowen earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 17, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the awardees of the 2015 Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP). This year, eight College of Science students and two alumni received awards. In addition, several students and alumni received honorable mentions. There were over 16,000 applications for this year's GRFP with 2,000 awardees nationwide.…