Mathematics Program
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Mathematics Department
Shippensburg University
MCT 250
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: (717) 477-1431
Email: math@ship.edu

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Fall 2010

  • Professor Tom Evitts received the 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Mathematics Education Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Camp Hill, PA.
  • The annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Camp Hill, PA was attended by Professors Lance Bryant, Doug Ensley, Tom Evitts, Ben Galluzo, Debbie Gochenaur, Dave Kennedy, Mike Long, and Luis Melara as well as a large number of SU students. The SU faculty members were heavily involve in the organization of the meeting, with the following roles:
    • Dr. Ensley and Dr. Evitts on the Program Committee
    • Dr. Gochenaur as Registration Co-chair and Co-chair of the Early Career Teachers' Day program
    • Dr. Kennedy as Program Committee Chair
    • Dr. Long as General Program Co-chair and Co-chair of Pre-Service Teachers' Day program
  •  As part of the PCTM meeting program... 
    • Dr. Bryant presented the session, "Jobs, Family, Budgets and Taxes!"
    • Dr. Ensley gave the presentation, "FAQ's for Future Teachers" for the Pre-Service Teachers' Day.
    • Professor Galluzzo presented the session, "Model This!"
    • Dr. Gochenaur presented the session, "Changing the World One Student Teacher at a Time"
    • Dr. Long presented the session, "The Probability of The Price is Right"
    • Dr. Melara was a featured Spotlight Speaker with the presentation, "Mathematics, Calculators and Computing"
    • SU students Ryan Long and Dan White presented the session, "Two Rich Problems: A Whole Lot of Math"
  • Professors Lance Bryant and Doug Ensley attended the annual fall meeting of the Eastern PA / Delaware Section of the Mathematical Association of America at LaSalle University.
  • Professors Tom Evitts, Dave Kennedy, and Mike Long attended the NCTM Regional Meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 7 and 8. At this conference, Dr. Evitts presented the workshop, "Probability Experiments on a Calculator? No Dice!", Dr. Kennedy presented the session, "Four Ways to Make a Sierpinski Gasket Appear," and Dr. Long presented the session "Pop-Culture Probability" and the workshop "The Thrill of the Calculus of Roller Coasters." 
  • Professors Tom Evitts and Dave Kennedy attended the NCTM Regional Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on October 14 and 15. At this conference, Dr. Evitts presented the workshop, "Probability Experiments on a Calculator? No Dice!" and Dr. Kennedy presented the session, "Four Ways to Make a Sierpinski Gasket Appear." 
  • Professor Ben Galluzzo was the event director for the second annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge held at Shippensburg University on September 25 and 26, 2010.   Ten teams of three students each from seven colleges worked for 24 hours using their math skills to solve real-world problems. At the conclusion of the contest, all teams successfully submitted solutions in written and oral forms, turning in a one-page summary of their findings and giving a ten-minute presentation explaining their results. The student participants chose "Going Up?" the Kutztown team's presentation on efficient elevator design for tall buildings as the contest winning solution.  The team from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was awarded "outstanding participant" designation for their paper describing a long-term plan to return the U.S. Postal Service to profitability.  Professors Paul Taylor, Lance Bryant, Doug Ensley, Tom Crochunis, and Shannon Mortimore assisted in running the event. 

Summer 2010

  • Professors Doug Ensley,  Ben Galluzzo, Marc Renault and Paul Taylor, as well as SU student Josh Ide, attended the Mathematical Association of America's annual summer meeting in Pittsburgh. At this meeting Professor Galluzzo presented the paper, "Bridges from Math to English," Dr. Taylor presented the paper, "Examples of Data Collection Using Clickers," Dr. Renault presented the paper, "GeoGebra and the Fermat-Torricelli Point," and Josh Ide presented the paper, "Examining General Fibonacci Sequences Modulo a Prime," based on an undergraduate research project he has been working on with Dr. Renault.
  • Professor Luis Melara and SU student Josh Ide attended the annual summer meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Pittsburgh.
  • Professor Marc Renault presented the paper, "Using GeoGebra's Randomization and JavaScript to Create Interactive Randomized Student Exercises," at the GeoGebra NA2010 Conference in Ithaca, New York.
  • Professor Lance Bryant published the paper, "Goto Numbers of a Numerical Semigroup Ring and the Gorensteiness of Associated Graded Rings," in the refereed journal, Communications in Algebra (Volume 38, Issue 6 June 2010).
  • Professor James Hamblin's textbook "Math for Liberal Studies" was published during the summer of 2010.  The book features three major units describing many real-world applications of mathematics, and includes interactive online exercises and PowerPoint lectures.
  • Professor Doug Ensley chaired a grant review panel for the National Science Foundation program Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Spring 2010

  • Professor Luis Melara gave the talk, "A finite element implementation of TV-minimization problems for image denoising," for the Finite Element Circus at Brown University.
  • Professor Lance Bryant gave a presentation entitled, "Numerical Semigroups and One-Dimensional Rings," for the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
  • Professor Doug Ensley gave a keynote address entitled, "A recurring theme in the mathematics of sports," for the annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at the University of Pittsburgh -- Johnstown. At that same meeting, Dr. Ensley led the professional development workshop, "Discrete Mathematics: Puzzles, Patterns and Proof," for a group of new college faculty members.
  • Professor Lance Bryant gave a presentation entitled, "Sums of Squares and Unique Factorization: An Automathographical Tale," for the Mathematics Department Colloquium at Gettysburg College.
  • Professor Ben Galluzzo gave a presentation entitled, "Water, water, everywhere, but is it safe to drink?" on Friday, March 26, 2010 at Villanova University through their Department of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Professor Luis Melara served as local organizer for the SIAM/MAA Regional Student Applied Mathematics Conference held on the SU campus on March 20.
  • Professors Tom Evitts and Dave Kennedy and student Mike Conner traveled to the annual meeting of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics on Saturday, March 20. At this meeting, Dr. Evitts gave the presentation, "Landmarks and Vistas: A Guide to Mathematical Sightseeing," Dr. Kennedy gave the presentation, "Four Ways to Make a Sierpinski Gasket Appear," and Mike Conner presented (with Dr. Kennedy), "The Hunter in the Tree: The Math of Bow Hunting."
  • Professor Lenny Jones gave a talk entitled, "Coverings: Open Questions and Applications," for the Mathematics Department Colloquium at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.
  • Professors Lance Bryant, Ji Young Choi, Doug Ensley, James Hamblin, Mike Long, and Marc Renault,  performed as the band, The Remainders, for the APSCUF/SU-sponsored, Ship Shines for Haiti. Click here to see the video of the performance.
  • Professors Tom Evitts and Dave Kennedy attended the annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Irvine, CA. At this conference, Dr. Evitts attended training to become an NCATE-NCTM reviewer, and Dr. Kennedy co-presented (with the University of Michigan's Judith Jacobs, Deborah Ball, Hy Bass, and others) the session, "Creating Materials for Use by Other Mathematics Teacher Educators."
  • Mathematics major Kelly Toppin is featured on the front page of www.ship.edu.
  • Professors Ji Young Choi, Winston Crawley, Doug Ensley, Ben Galluzzo, Deborah Gochenaur, James Hamblin, Lenny Jones, Kate McGivney, Luis Melara, Kim Presser, and Marc Renault, and undergraduate student Kelly Toppin, attended the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco. This meeting is a national conference for several mathematics organizations, including the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
    • Dr. Choi presented at talk entitled, "Multi-restrained Stirling numbers," as part of the AMS Session on Discrete Mathematics.
    • Dr. Crawley presented a talk entitled, "Assessment: If It Ain't Useful, Don't Do It," as part of the MAA Session on How Assessment Results Changed Our Program. In addition, he and Dr. Presser co-organized the MAA Session on Developmental Mathematics Education: Helping Under-Prepared Students Transition to College-Level Mathematics.
    • Dr. Ensley presented a talk entitled, "Applets for Discovery and Assessment in Math for Liberal Studies," as part of the MAA Session on Mathlets for Teaching and Learning Mathematics. In addition, Dr. Ensley was a co-presenter (with Joe Gallian of U. of Minn. - Duluth) for the talk entitled, "Mathematics Awareness Month 2010: Mathematics and Sports," as part of the MAA Session on Mathematics and Sports.
    • Dr. Galluzzo presented a talk entitled, "Click and Tell," as part of the MAA General Contributed Paper Session.
    • Dr. Gochenaur presented a talk entitled, "Reaching the Unreachable: Pulling Students Kicking and Screaming into a Mathematical Vortex Where They Transform to Develop Mathematical Eyes through Innovative Approaches and Activities," as part of the MAA Session on Mathematics Courses for the Liberal Arts Students.
    • Dr. Hamblin presented a talk entitled, "Designing a 'Math for Liberal Studies' Course," as part of the MAA Session on Mathematics Courses for the Liberal Arts Students.
    • Dr. Jones presented a talk entitled, "Generalizing a Theorem of Sierpiński Using Lucas Sequences," as part of the AMS Session on Number Theory. In addition, Dr. Jones was co-author with SU alumnus Josh Harrington on the paper, "Special Sierpiński Numbers," which was presented by SU alumna Dr. Carrie Finch of Washington and Lee University. 
    • Dr. McGivney presented a talk entitled, "Making Sense of Sampling Distributions: Activities for an Introductory Statistics Course," as part of the MAA General Contributed Paper Session
    • Dr. Melara presented a talk entitled, "An Estimate of The Radius of an Attraction Ball for TV-Minimization Problems in Image Denoising," as part of the AMS Session on Optimization and Control
    • Dr. Presser presented a talk entitled, "Developmental Mathematics and Assessment: Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?" as part of the MAA Session on Developmental Mathematics Education: Helping Under-Prepared Students Transition to College-Level Mathematics
    • Dr. Renault assisted Mike May of St. Louis University with the four-hour MAA minicourse, "Using GeoGebra to create activities and applets for visualization and exploration.
    • Kelly Toppin presented the paper, "On Some Conjectures Concerning Groups With Perfect Order Subsets," co-authored with Dr. Jones, in the AMS Session on Group Theory.
  • Also spotted at the San Francisco meeting was SU alumna Judith Canner, who will be finishing her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University this year. At the meetings soon-to-be-Doctor Canner presented the paper, "The consequences of ant behavior for the spatial population dynamics of a southern wildflower," as part of the AMS Session on Biomathematics.
  • Dr. Lenny Jones was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Sydney from January 1 to January 13. This fellowship was funded completely by the University of Western Sydney.
  • Dr. Doug Ensley had the paper, "A Hands-On Approach to Proof and Abstraction," appear in the December 2009 edition of inroads, the quarterly bulletin of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education.