Fall 2011

  • Professors Debbie Gochenaur, Tom Evitts, Dave Kennedy, Mike Long, and Ben Galluzzo; students Benjamin Robinson, Johnathan Hocker, Ryan Kelley, and Grant Innerst;and alum Mike Laddickattended the 60th Annual Conference of the PA Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) in State College, PA on November 9-11. At this conference...
    • Dr. Gochenaurpresented, "High Impact Techniques - Making Connections," with Kelly Kozain of Northern York High School. She also attended board meetings forPA Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM), PA Council of Leaders of Mathematics (PCLM), and PA Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (PAMTE). In addition, she is a representative for PCLM and the secretary for PAMTE.
    • Dr. Evittspresented "Sharing your Ideas in Print," with Lynn Breyfogle of Bucknell andDave Kennedy;and alsopresented, "Mathematics Homework for the 21st Century." He attended board meetings for PCTM as the yearbook co-editor and PCLM as a member-at-large.
    • Dr. Longpresented "Math + Adrenaline = The Roller Coaster," with studentNathan Barr.Healso presented, "Great Problems with Many Spokes," with studentBenjamin Robinsonand, "Great Patterns in Great Structure," with studentJohnathan Hocker.He chaired both the Pre-Service Teacher Program and the Commercial Exhibit Hall, attended the PCTM board meeting as president-elect, and, last but not least, he was presented with the PCTM Distinguished Service Award.
    • Dr. Galluzzopresented, "Math Modeling Across the Curriculum," to the PA Council of Leaders of Mathematics; presented, "PA divided by 18," with studentJohnathan Hocker; and presented a mini course, "Math Modeling Across the Curriculum."
    • Johnathan Hockerpresented the poster, "PA divided by 18," at the student poster showcase (mentorDr. Galluzzo).He also presented,"Great Patterns in Great Structure," withDr. Longand,"PA divided by 18," withDr. Galluzzo.
    • Ryan Kelleypresented the poster, "Gerrymander This," at the student poster showcase (mentorDr. Galluzzo).
    • Grant Innerstpresented the poster, "Roller Coaster Efficiency," at the student poster showcase (mentorDr. Long).
    • Nathan Barrpresented,"Math + Adrenaline = The Roller Coaster," withDr. Long.
    • Benjamin Robinsonpresented, "Great Patterns in Great Structure," withDr. Long.
    • Mike Laddickpresented, "Alternative Education: Helping Inner City Students with Real World Projects."
  • Professor Kate McGivneyis the principal investigator for thePA STEM University Partnership for the Advancement of Acamdemic Women (PA STEMUP) program.The National Science Foundation has awarded Shippensburg University, in cooperation with Elizabethtown College, Harrisbug University of Science and Technology (HU), and the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), a $749,506 grant to promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women academics in STEM disciplines. Other SU faculty involved in the project areDr. Alice Armstrong, assistant professor of computer science and Dr. Robin McCann, associate professor of chemistry.
  • Professor James Hamblinpresented a workshopentitled, "Mathematics Program Assessment," at theMAA Allegheny Section NExT meetingin Pittsburgh, PA on September 17, 2011.
  • Professors Mike Long, Ben Galluzzo, and students Nathan Barr and Johnathan Hockerattended the NCTM Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ. At this conference...
    • Dr.Longserved on the Program Committee (one of six nationwide) for the NCTM Meeting in Atlantic City NJ and also did a presentation on teaching mathematics entitled "Math + Adrenaline = The Roller Coaster"with studentNathan Barrfrom Exercise Science on October 21, 2011.
    • Dr. Galluzzopresented Math Modeling Across the Curriculum with studentJohnathan Hockerat the NCTM Meeting in Atlantic City NJ on October 21, 2011.
  • Professor Luis Melarahas joined the Editorial Board of SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, which publishes outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. His three-year term will begin on January 1, 2012.

Summer 2011

  • ProfessorsDoug Ensley, Ben Galluzzo, and Marc Renaultattended MathFest in Lexington, Ky. At this conference...
    • Dr.Ensleyorganized aPanel Session on Issues for Early-Career Mathematicians in Academiaand led anUndergraduate Student Activity on Unshuffling for the Imperfect Mathemagician.
    • Dr. Galluzzopresented the paper, "Ladders Don't Slide," as part of theContributed Paper Session on Quantitative Reasoning and Literacy: Pedagogical Strategies.
    • Dr.Renaultpresented the paper, "Describing all Fibonacci Sequences, Modulo m," as part oftheContributed Paper Session on Recreational Mathematics: New Problems and New Solutions.
  • Professors Lance Bryant, James Hamblin, and Lenny Joneshave had thepaper, "A Variation on the Money-Changing Problem," accepted for publication in the journal,American Mathematical Monthly.
  • Professor Luis Melarapresented the paper, "Optimal Control of Cone Survival Using RdCVF Therapy," at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2011 Meeting on July 19th.
  • Professor Luis Melarawill be a faculty participant in the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) at Arizona State University (ASU) from June 13-August 3, 2011. He will be working with undergraduate & graduate students, and faculty on mathematical problems with applications to the biological sciences. He will also be presenting a lecture on the current research he is collaborating with faculty at ASU and The University of Texas - Pan American at the institute on June 24, 2011.
  • Professor Ben Galluzzohas been selected to be a panelist to review grant proposal for the National Science Foundation's Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM program.
  • Professor Lance Bryanthas been selected to participate in the 2011 Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI). This outreach program of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study brings together research mathematicians, undergraduate and graduate students, undergraduate college faculty and high school teachers for a three-week summer school at Park City, Utah. This year'sPCMItopic is "Moduli Spaces of Riemann Surfaces" and the Undergraduate Faculty Program lecturer is Erica Flapan (Pomona College) who will run a seminar on "Elementary Topology in the Undergraduate Curriculum."

Spring 2011

  • Professor Luis Melarawas awarded a grant for $20,808 from the National Security Agency to run the annual SIAM/MAA Mid-Atlantic Student Conference on Applied Mathematics to be held at Shippensburg University in 2012 and 2013. Shippensburg University hosted the Second Annual Meeting this past spring 2011. This conference will be co-organized with Student Chapters of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) from George Mason University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh.
  • Mathematics Students Samantha Feaster, John Hocker, Joshua Ide, Joshua Jenkins, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Long, Rebecca Rotz and Daniel Whiteparticipated in the 2011 SU Celebration of Student Research with the following projects:
    • Sami Feaster, John Hocker, and Ryan Longpresented the poster, "PA/18 = ?" (Advised by ProfessorDoug Ensley)
    • Josh Idepresented the poster, "An Extension of the Google PageRank Algorithm to College Football Rankings" (Advised by ProfessorBen Galluzzo)
    • Josh Jenkins and Ryan Kellypresented the poster, "Gerrymander This!" (Advised by ProfessorBen Galluzzo)
    • Ryan Longpresented the poster, "Decomposition of Platonic Solids" (Advised by ProfessorMike Long)
    • Rebecca Rotz(Mathematics/Economics double major) received honorable mention in the 2011 Library Award for her project, “Retirement: When Will I Be Ready?” (Advised by Economics ProfessorFreddy Siahaan)
    • Dan Whitecontributed the presentation, "Appending Digits to Generate an Infinite Sequence of Composite Numbers" (Advised by Professor Lenny Jones) as well as the poster, "Primitive Pythagorean Triples and the Polygonal Numbers" (Advised by ProfessorMike Long)
  • Professor Luis Melaraserved as principle organizer for theSecond Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference on Applied Mathematicsat Shippensburg University. The conference included 49 participants from 10 colleges and universities (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Pittsburgh, University of Delaware, Penn State University, Susquehanna University, Kutztown University, George Mason University, Penn State University Mont Alto, La Roche College, and Shippensburg University) as well as IBM and the National Security Agency. In addition to student paper presentations and a plenary lecture, there were two panel sessions, one focused on finding an academic job and the second on the COMAP Math Modeling Contest.
  • Professor Marc Renaultserved as principle organizer for the 14th annual SU Student Mathematics Conference, which featured keynote speakerRichard Forrester(Dickinson College) and eight student talks, including ones by SU studentsJohn Hocker, Josh Ide, Ryan Long, AJ Smith, Dan White, and Stephanie Yingling.
  • Professors Debbie Gochenaur and Mike Longtraveled to Indianapolis for the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. At this conference,Dr. Longpresented the session, "Extra Credit in Mathematics: Privilege or Expectation," (with SU Teacher Education professorChristine Royce), andDr. Gochenaurpresented the session, "High Impact Techniques for Helping Students Overcome Math Learning Deficits."
  • Professor Doug Ensleygave plenary lectures at three separate regional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America, including the Ohio Section meeting at Youngstown State University, the Southeast Section meeting at the University of Alabama, and the North Central Section meeting at Carleton College.
  • Professor James Hamblinhas had thepaper, "Solvable groups satisfying the two-prime hypothesis II" (coauthored with Mark L. Lewis) accepted for publication in the journal,Algebras and Representation Theory.
  • Professors Tom Evitts and Dave Kennedyattended the annual meeting of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, March 2011 in Flatwoods, WV. At this conference,Dr. Evittsmade a presentation entitled, "Seven Formative Assessment Strategies that Facilitate Student Learning," andDr. Kennedypresented, "Lotteries and Birthdays Using a Graphing Calculator."
  • Professor James Hamblinrecently sat on the proposal review panel for the Mathematical Association of America's Dolciani Math Enrichment Grants.
  • Professor Luis Melarawas awarded a Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference grant from the National Science Foundation and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to run the annual SIAM/MAA Mid-Atlantic Student Conference on Applied Mathematics to be held at Shippensburg University on Saturday, April 16th. The conference is co-organized with Student Chapters of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) from George Mason University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and University of Pittsburgh.
  • Professors Lance Bryant, Ji Young Choi, Doug Ensley, Ben Galluzzo, James Hamblin, Lenny Jones, Mike Long,Kate McGivney,Luis Melara, Kim Presser, and mathematics students James Hickman and Dan Whiteattended the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in New Orleans, LA. At this conference...
    • Dr. Bryantpresented the paper, "Unique Maximal-Length Factorizations in Numerical Semigroups," as part of theAMS Session on Commutative Rings and Fields.
    • Dr. Choipresented the paper, "MinimalPk-total weight graphs," as part of theAMS Session on Combinatorics and Graph Theory.
    • Dr. Galluzzopresented the paper, "Disaster Modeling - Beyond the Numbers," as part of theMAA Sessionon Innovations in Service-Learning at All Levels.
    • Dr. Hamblinpresented the paper, "Doing It Yourself: Writing Your Own Textbook," as part oftheMAA General Contributed Paper Session.
    • James Hickmanpresented the paper, "Finite Difference Methods for Solving the Coupled Non-Linear Euler-Bernoulli Beam Equations, with applications to modeling the wing of a Micro Air Vehicle," as part of theAMS Session on Partial Differential Equations.
    • Dr. Jonespresented the paper, "Appending Digits to Generate an Infinite Sequence of Composite Numbers, I" as part of the AMS Session on Number Theory.
    • Dr. Longpresented the paper, "Platonic Solid Patterns and Numbers," as part of theMAA General Contributed Paper Session, as well as the paper, "A Hands-On Approach to Calculus," as part of theMAA Session on Cool Calculus.
    • Dr. McGivneypresented the paper, "A History of Math Seminar Course for Future Teachers," as part of theMAA General Contributed Paper Session.
    • Dr. Melarapresented the paper, "An Optimal Control Mathematical Model for Photoreceptor Interactions," as part of theAMS Session on Mathematical Biology and Ecology.
    • Dr. Presserco-organized (with SU ProfessorWinston Crawley) theMAA Session on Developmental Mathematics Education: Helping Under-Prepared Students Transition to College-Level Mathematics, and she presented the paper, "Tracking and Ability Grouping: Alternative strategies for serving a growing population of students needing developmental mathematics education" in this same session.
    • Dan Whitepresented the paper, "Appending Digits to Generate an Infinite Sequence of Composite Numbers, II" as part of the AMS Session on Number Theory.
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