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Beloit presence felt at recent Joint Mathematics Meetings

January 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm


A number of Beloit College students and faculty were on the program at the recent 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest annual mathematics meeting in the world. The meeting took place Jan. 6 through Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Beloit faculty presentations included a talk by Bruce Atwood entitled “Denoising Capillary Electrophoresis Signals with Wavelets.” Darrah Chavey also spoke about “Glide Reflections as a Cultural and Artistic Value,” and Ben Newton presented a paper on “The Number Maximal Subgroups of a Finite Solvable Group” (based on work done with Nathaniel Brown’09 as part of the Sanger Summer Scholars program).

In addition, Amy Shell-Gellasch co-organized a session entitled “Treasures from the Past: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom,” and also chaired a meeting of officers of the Special Interest Groups of the Mathematical Association of America.

Finally, December graduates Catherine Kealey’10 and Amanda Wilkens’10 presented posters at the Mathematical Association of America Poster Session on Research by Undergraduate Students. Kealey’s poster was on “Elastohydrodynamic Instabilities in Gravity-Driver Flow,” and described work conducted this past summer at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota. The work presented in Wilkens’ poster, entitled “Reduced Cozero Divisor Graphs of Commutative Rings,” took place at the 2010 Wabash Summer Institute in Mathematics, held at Wabash College.

Kealey’s poster was one of approximately 35 (out of more than 260 total) to be selected as a 2011 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session Prize Winner.