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Departmental News

Kenneth Cooke Summer Research Fellowship

March 13, 2015Kenneth Cooke Summer Research Fellowship

The Kenneth Cooke Summer Research Fellowship has recently been announced by the Prof. Ami Radunskaya. Any Pomona College student is eligible to apply for ten weeks of summer research in applied mathematics or statistics. The Fellowship was enabled by The Kenneth Cooke Memorial Endowment Fund which was established in Prof. Cooke's honor by former students, colleagues, family, friends and members of the larger mathematics community. To apply, submit your application to the Chair of the Mathematics Department, Prof. Jo Hardin. Your application should include:

  • A description of the proposed research project.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Pomona mathematics faculty member serving as mentor on the project.
  • A letter of support from persons directly supervising the research.
The application deadline is February 20 of the year in which it is granted. More information can be obtained from the Chair of the Pomona College Mathematics Department at 909-621-8409.

Learning Communities in Mathematics (LiCMATH)

March 13, 2015

The Pomona College Mathematics Department has established Learning Communities in Mathematics (LiCMATH, pronounced 'Like Math') to provide an honors-level experience to well-prepared students in Calculus I and II. Every year we invite a diverse group of incoming students to apply to the program.

Mathematics Celebrates Pi-Ku's

March 5, 2015Mathematics Celebrates Pi-Ku's

Hint: count the letters

Shahriari given National Teaching Award

January 14, 2015Shahriari given National Teaching Award

Prof. Shahriar Shahriari, of if it's Wednesday, it's quiz day fame, received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Mathematics Association of America at the Joint Math Meetings in San Antonio, TX, January 11, 2015. 

As part of the award Shahriar spoke on "Access to Mathematics. Does it matter? What can we do about it?"

High fives to Prof. Shahriari!!

Hannah Wayment-Steele receives Churchill Scholarship

January 12, 2015Hannah Wayment-Steele receives Churchill Scholarship

Graduating Senior, Hannah Wayment-Steele, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge.  Hannah, a double-major (with Chemistry) is doing her Math thesis on "A Stochastic Differential Equations Model for Microtubule Dynamics in early C. elegans Mitosis." Hannah is the third Math Major to receive the Churchill, following Will Fletcher '12 and Gabi Heller '14.  Next time you see Hannah, give her a high-five.  CONGRATS Hannah!

What is Noah Simon up to?

January 6, 2015

Noah Simon '08, assistant professor of Biostatistics at the University of Washington, has been named to Forbes 30 under 30: Science list.  Noah finds patterns in genetic mutations and gene expressions to help understand  the cause of diseases such as, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and various cancers.  Congrats Noah!

The Empowerment Project

December 3, 2014The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project is coming: January 29, 2015. Follow the incredible journey of five female filmmakers as they drive across America to encourage, empower and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.

Winners of the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition

November 7, 2014Winners of the Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition

What do Emily Proulx '16, Timothy Kaye '15, Daniel Metz '16 and David Khatami '16 have in common?  Together they wrote the winning paper in a statistics research competition (Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition) titled, "Quantifying and comparing centrality measures for network individuals as applied to the Enron corpus", on network analysis of the Enron email corpus.  Their work was published in the SIAM undergraduate research journal.  The work was completed as part of the spring 2014 Research Circle advised by Profs. Jo Hardin and Ghassan Sarkis.  For a more complete story see the Pomona College News

What is the Greatest Job in the World?

October 5, 2014What is the Greatest Job in the World?

According to Will Leer, math major from 2007 and Pro-Miler, the greatest job in the world is running.  If you've ever wondered what the life of an elite runner is like, check out Will's interview in the October 2014 issue of Track and Field News.    As always, we follow hiss career from afar with the Pomona College News keeping us up-to-date.   

A New Millikan for a New Era in Science and Math

June 10, 2014A New Millikan for a New Era in Science and Math

Hanging above the entrance to the Robert A. Millikan Laboratory is a sculpture of a simplified atom, its electrons circling the perfectly round nucleus in neatly defined orbits. Even in 1958, when the building was first opened as part of the Seaver science complex, scientists at Pomona had a far more nuanced view of subatomic structure, but in the more than five decades since then, a universe of new knowledge has opened up.

Dr. Rad receives NSF grant

May 12, 2014Dr. Rad receives NSF grant

Dr. Rad, Co-Director of EDGE, announces that Morehouse & Pomona Colleges have received an $880,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation.  The three-year grant will support the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program.  For more information, please see the article in Pomona News.

Mikey Dickerson '01 on the cover of Time Magazine

March 16, 2014Mikey Dickerson '01 on the cover of Time Magazine

Mikey Dickerson '01 is profiled in the March 16, 2014 issue of Time Magazine. Believe it or not, 8 years ago Mikey was the system administrator for Computer Science and today he graces the cover of Time for his work repairing Read all about his journey.

Professor Shahriari receives MAA Teaching Award

March 10, 2014Professor Shahriari receives MAA Teaching Award

Professor Shahriar Shahriari has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Southern California-Nevada Section of the Mathematics Association of America Teaching Award. He will now be nominated for the national award, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. You may recall that he also won the Wig Award last May, his fourth such award. You just can't keep a good teacher down!

Gabriella Heller '14 awarded a Churchill Scholarship

February 18, 2014Gabriella Heller '14 awarded a Churchill Scholarship

The Mathematics Department congratulates Gabriella Heller '14, for receiving a Churchill Scholarship for graduate study at Cambridge. Gabi, a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry, is one of only fourteen students in the U.S. to win the award this year. While at Cambridge, she plans to study protein dynamics. Go Gabi!!

Professor Hardin receives Hogg Award at JMM

January 16, 2014Professor Hardin receives Hogg Award at JMM

Professor Johanna Hardin was awarded the Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics by the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (SIGMAA) on Statistics Education. The award recognizes an individual who has been teaching introductory statistics between three and fifteen years and has shown both excellence and growth in teaching during that time. It is named in honor of Robert V. Hogg who won numerous teaching accolades and was a passionate advocate for statistics education. Professor Hardin received the award at the Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore, MD, January 16, 2014.

EDGE in the News

August 1, 2013

Professor Ami Radunskaya, all the way from a year-long sabbatical in New Zealand, tells us that the news is all about EDGE.

Last Math class in Millikan

May 12, 2013Last Math class in Millikan

Professor Vin de Silva's Math 145, Topics in Geometry and Topology, is the last math class taught in Millikan.

Millikan, built in 1956, was believed to be unsurpassed for undergraduate scientific instruction. As the century passed, Millikan began to show it's age and plans for it's rebirth were adopted.

Be sure to stay tuned as we bring you the first math class to be taught in Millikan, Fall 2016 (expected).