Fall 2012

  • Professors Lance Bryant and James Hamblinhad the paper, "The Maximal Denumerant of a Numerical Semigroup," accepted for publication in the Semigroup Forum.
  • Professors Lance Bryant, James Hamblin, and Lenny Joneshad the paper, "Maximal Denumerant of Numerical Semigroups with Embedding Dimension Less Than Four," accepted for publication in the Journal of Commutative Algebra.
  • The fourth annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge was held at Shippensburg University on September 29 and 30, 2012. Sixteen teams (of up to three students each) from eleven 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 an executive summary of their findings and giving a 10 minute presentations explaining their results. The student participants chose “Manifest Density” the Montgomery College (MD) team’s presentation addressing how to confront the issue of (inevitable) urban growth and the need to maintain a plentiful food supply as the contest winning talk. Students also presented solutions modeling the financial effect of Pennsylvania adopting a proportionality method for allocating Electoral College votes. Three teams of Shippensburg University students successfully completed the contest. Student participants were:Grant Innerst, Allen Koederitz, Ryan Long, Ashley Micik, Moumouni Noma, Derek Robertson, and Anna Troup.Dr. Ben Galluzzoof the Mathematics Department was the event director.Linzy Hull, Maria McHale, Kayleigh Schreyer, members of the Shippensburg University Math Club, volunteered their time to help run the event. Shippensburg faculty,Drs. Lance Bryant, Tom Crochunis, Doug Ensley, Mike Long and Shannon Mortimore-Smithhelped judge student papers and provided feedback on their presentations.
  • Professors Tom Evitts, Dave Kennedy, and Mike Longalong withstudent Ricardo Pinzonattended the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics Regional Meeting in Hartford, CT, on October 25-26, 2012. At this conference . . .
    • Dr. Evittspresented, "Mathematics Homework for the 21st century."
    • Dr. Kennedypresented, "Save Money: Simulate the Lottery."
    • Dr. Longpresented, "Math Models with Many Spokes."
    • Ricardo Pinzonserved as a conference volunteer and attended sessions.
  • Professor Ben Galluzzo and student Grant Innerstparticipated in the 4th annual corn-eating contest during this year's Corn Festival. Grant took first place while Dr. Galluzzo took fourth.
  • Professor Mike Longhas beguna two-year term as President of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Professor Lance Bryantpresented, "Filtrations in One-Dimensional Analytically Irreducible Noetherian Local Domains," at the Iberian Meeting on Numerical Semigroups in Vila Real, Portugal on July 19, 2012

Spring 2012

  • Professors Dave Kennedy, Debbie Gochenaur, and Tom Evittsalong withstudent Megan Rowsonattended the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of mathematics (WVCTM) in Flatwoods, WV on March 16-17, 2012. At this conference...
    • Dr. Kennedypresented, "Probability with Native American Game Sticks, " in thegrades 6-8 session.
    • Dr. GochenaurandMegan Rowsonpresented, "Charting a Course Through the Murky Waters of Math Learning Deficits," in thegrades 6-12 session.
    • Dr. Evittspresented, "Mathematics Homework for the 21st Century," in thegrades 6-12 session.
  • Professor Dave Kennedyisthe team coach of a five-member group of Shippensburg University students that won the Pennsylvania Collegiate Chess Championship in Carlisle, PA on March 3 and 4, 2012. The students wereMike Vendetti, Pepe Chavez, Clay Henninger, Toan Do, and team caption Nick Pedersen.
  • Professor Marc Renaultand studentJosh Idehad the paper “Power Fibonacci Sequences” accepted for publication inThe Fibonacci Quarterly.

    Professors Kim Presser, Winston Crawley, Kate McGivney, Lance Bryant, Ben Galluzzo, Paul Taylor, James Hamblin, Doug Ensley, Ji Young Choi, Mike Long, and Lenny Jones and Students Josh Ide and Johnathan Hockerattended the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in Boston, MA. At this conference...

    • Dr McGivneypresented, "Moving from Theory to Practice: A Lesson Plan Activity for a History of Mathematics Course," in the MAA Paper SessionTeaching Mathematics Beyond the Calculus Sequence.
    • Dr. Galluzzoco-organized the MAA sessionsModeling Across the Mathematics Curriculum, IandModeling Across the Mathematics Curriculum, II.He also presented, "Candy Bar Election," in the MAA session onProjects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students, I.
    • Dr. Taylorpresented, "Using MS Excel to Imporve Understanding of Financial Mathematics," in the MAA session onQuantitative Literacy and Decision Making.
    • Dr. Hamblinorganized the MAA Professional Development Committee panel discussionGetting Your Textbook Published.
    • Dr. Ensleywas a panelist for theMAA Professional Development Committee panel discussionGetting Your Textbook Published.
    • Dr. Presserco-organized the MAA session onDevelopmental Mathematics Education: Helping Under-Prepared Students Transition to College-Level MathematicswithDr. Crawley.She also presented, "A Statistical Odyssey: Modernizing the Discussion Board to Enhance Student Engagement," in the MAA session onInnovations in Teaching Statistics in the New Decade, II.
    • Dr. Crawleyco-organized the MAA session onDevelopmental Mathematics Education: Helping Under-Prepared Students Transition to College-Level MathematicswithDr. Presser.
    • Dr. Jonespresented, "Polynomial Cunningham Chains," in the AMS Session onNumber Theory, Field Theory, and Polynomials, II.
    • Dr. Choipresented, "Generating Differential Equations for Multi-Restricted Stirling Numbers," in the AMS session onCombinatorics and Graph Theory, III.
    • Dr. Longpresented, "Building Mathematics Understanding with Toys," in the MAA session onTouch It, Feel It, Learn It: Tactile Learning Activities in the Undergraduate Mathematics Classroom, III.
    • Josh Idepresented, "Enumerating Invariant Subspaces of R^n," in the AMS session onLinear Algebra and Multilinear Algebra: Matrix Theory (mentorDr. Jones).

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