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ΦΒΚ 2017

Several mathematics and computer science students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) in 2017.

This year's senior inductees include math major August Bruno '17, math minor Katherine Campbell '17, computer science major Erin Condon '17, and computer science major Brian Tosado-Prater '17.

In addition, Duncan Lilley '17, a double major in math and computer science, was elected last year as a Junior. And math minor Emma Gordon '18 was elected as a Junior this year.

ΦΒΚ is a national honor society with chapters at many colleges and universities. Students are elected by current members of the chapter, who were themselves elected to ΦΒΚ during their own undergraduate careers.

Posted 30 May 2017

Finalists for The Pitch 2017

Two computer science majors, Maxim Zibitsker H'19 and Dominique DeRubeis WS'18 were finalists in the 2017 Pitch competition. The Pitch is an annual contest where students develop and promote ideas for products or services. The final contest was held on Wednesday, March 2. The four finalists competed for a $10,000 prize by presenting their projects to a panel of judges made up of four HWS alumni who have been successful in the business world.

Maxim's proposal, "Aqua Salutem Technologies," was to develop a hardware and software system that could be deployed at beaches and pools to detect swimmers who are in danger of drowning and send alerts to lifeguards.

Dominique's proposal, "Rabit Microfinance Initiative," envisioned an organization that would provide microloans to refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp with the option of financing according to Islamic banking standards. (Dominique worked with another student, Angel Salas-Espana.)

The Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch was established to promote entrepreneurial leadership and is organized by the Centennial Center for Leadership of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Posted 3 May 2017

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus John Klein

It is with sadness that the Department notes the passing on July 28 of John Klein, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Professor Klein was a member of the HWS faculty from 1964 to 1988. He was instrumental in establishing the Colleges' computer science major, which was first offered in 1984.

Klein was born in Ossining, N.Y.  His grandfather was Isaac Sharpless, president of Haverford College from 1887 to 1917, who received an honorary degree from Hobart in 1903. Klein received a B.S. in physics from Haverford College and went on to serve as a physicist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later earned a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from University of Michigan, both in mathematics.

A scholar, mentor and dedicated member of the faculty, Klein was the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for more than a decade and also served as an Honors adviser. In 1965, he directed a National Science Foundation-funded project to bring to campus an IBM 1130 computer that served both academic and administrative purposes. He was a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Upon his retirement, the John S. Klein Prize was established in his honor. The prize is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in computer science.

Klein leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Nancy Klein, who also taught at HWS during the early 1980s, specializing in romance studies and linguistics. He is survived by their children, Jeff and Carolyn.

(Adapted from an announcement by Mark Gearan, President of the Colleges.)

Posted 15 September 2016

New Faculty Members

The department welcomes two new faculty members, starting Fall 2016: Jocelyn Bell and Jennifer Biermann.

Professor Bell received her Ph.D. in Mathematics, in the field of Topology, from SUNY Buffalo. She held a visiting position at West Point before coming to Hobart and William Smith.

Professor Biermann received her Ph.D. in Mathematics, in the field of Commutative Algebra and Combinatorics, from Cornell University. Before joining HWS, she held a visiting position at Mt. Holyoke College.

Posted 29 August 2016

Math Intern for 2016

Christopher Wilson has joined the department as the Math Intern for the 2016–2017 academic year. In this position, Chris will offer help to students in Calculus and Precalculus courses.

Chris is a 2016 graduate of Hobart College, where he was a double major in Mathematics and Physics. He plans to attend graduate school after his year as Math Intern.

Posted 29 August 2016

Distinguished Faculty Award: Ann Oaks

Ann Oaks, Professor Emerita of Mathematics, will receive a Distinguished Faculty Award on June 3, during HWS Reunion 2016. Professor Oaks is a 1974 graduate of William Smith College who went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and who returned to HWS as a Professor Mathematics and Computer Science from 1979 to 2003. She is also a parent of three HWS alumni: Jeffrey A. Oaks '84, Kimberly O. Holmes '85 and Kathleen Menn-Oaks '89.

The award was presented by Elaine Bruno WS '91. You can read a PDF of Elaine's presentation speech here.

The Distinguished Faculty Award was established in 1990 by the Hobart Alumni Association and the William Smith Alumnae Association. It recognizes the teaching and scholarly achievements of professors who are retired or have moved on from Hobart and William Smith.

Other former Professors of Mathematics who have received the Distinguished Faculty Award include Irving Bentsen, Abigail Mosey, William Pitt Durfee, and Walter Hetherington Durfee.

Posted 20 May 2016

Honors Project

Graduating math major Aaron Ackbarali H'16 has completed an Honors project titled "The Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem and Fractal Geometry." The Aiyah-Singer index theorem is a famous theorem that reveals a fundamental relationship between two fields of mathematics, analysis and algebraic topology. Aaron's goal is to extend the theorem to the geometric objects known as fractals. Although the honors project is a start towards this goal, Aaron plans to continue his work while pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Stony Brook University. Aaron's advisor for the project was Professor Jon Forde.

Posted 11 May 2016

Student Prizes, 2016

Every Spring, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards several student prizes for academic excellence in mathematics or computer science. The prizes for 2016 were as follows:
  • The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Aaron Ackbarali H'16.
  • The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Matthew McPartlon H'16.
  • The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, awarded to a William Smith Senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Susan Tuvell WS'16.
  • The Glenn M. Lee Prize, awarded to the Hobart Senior who has been most proficient in mathematics and athletics, to Christopher Wilson H'16.
  • The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Alyssa Newman WS'16.
  • The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Katherine Campbell WS'18 and Lauren Kogelmann WS'18.
  • The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Andrew Scammell H'18 and Jiahao Wei H'18.

For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.

Posted 8 May 2016

Math/CS Students Elected to ΦΒΚ

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges chapter of ΦΒΚ, the national honor society, has announced its student inductees for 2016. Students are elected by current members of the chapter, who were themselves elected to ΦΒΚ during their own undergraduate careers.

Departmental majors selected for membership this year include Duncan Lilley H'17 (Math and Computer Science), John Remmert H'16 (Mathematics), and Chris Wilson H'16 (Mathematics). Also elected was Math minor Sean Bright H'17.

In addition, Math and Computer Science major Matt McPartlon H'16 was elected last year as a Junior.

Posted 26 April 2016

Joseph Rusinko Joins Department

Joseph Rusinko joined the department as an associate professor in the Fall semester of 2016. Professor Rusinko received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2007, and has previously taught at Winthrop University in South Carolina. His research interests are in the area of applied algebraic geometry, and in particular its applications to phylogenetics.

Posted 2 March 2016