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Mathematics and Baseball

William Smith alum and math major Kimberly Oaks Holmes is Senior Vice President of Strategic Analytics, XL Group (Insurance and Reinsurance). She recently published an article entitled Winning in a Competitive Environment: Who knew Baseball and Insurance had so much in common? The article provides an overview of how analytics are being used in both baseball (Billy Beane of Moneyball fame) and the insurance business.

Posted 4 April 2015

iPhone Game by Shaun Viguerie '12

Hobart Alum and Computer Science Major Shaun Viguerie '12 reports that he has started writing mobile phone apps, working together with Marc Bertucci H'12. Their first entry in the iPhone store is a game called "Rocky River," in which the player tries to guide a salmon upstream through a river full of rocks. Shaun says, "Be forewarned -- the game IS difficult -- there is a rhythm to it -- once its figured out the game becomes quite fun and addicting." A version for Android should be coming soon.

For his regular job, Shaun works at Markit Financial Information Services, along with fellow HWS alumni Kathryn Middleton '14 and Joseph Howe '14.

Posted 24 November 2014

Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)

Joe has an upcoming solo show at TFNF Gallery in Brooklyn. The show, entitled Permission, consists of a new series of figurative wall sculptures made with ceramic tile.

All are welcome to the opening reception this Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM at
TFNF Gallery
89 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The show will be on view until November 28th. Open gallery hours are on Saturdays, 12 - 4 PM. See more at Relationships.

Posted 2 November 2014

Derrick Moore, H' 2005

Derrick reports: "I left my job at White & Case LLP (where I had been since I started practicing in November 2009) back in May, and in August started up at the New York office of an economic consulting firm called Analysis Group. Among other things, Analysis Group supports economic experts in litigation cases. They thought my background in mathematics and physics, and my law background would be perfect complements. So far it has been great, and I'm sure it will be even better once my technical skills get fully dusted off in my head."

Derrick is also a member of the Hobart Alumni Council.

Posted 7 October 2014

In Memoriam: Professor Larry Smolowitz

Dear Members of the HWS Community,

It is with great sadness that I write with the news that Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Larry Smolowitz passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Professor Smolowitz retired from teaching in 2004 after nearly 40 years of distinguished service to the Colleges. A valued member of our community, Larry chaired the Department of Mathematics on a number of occasions and served important roles in faculty governance. He will perhaps be best remembered for his dedication to the intellectual development of his students and for the many kindnesses he showed them. I can recall many evenings when, during my walk home from Coxe Hall, Larry would be in his office meeting with students to help them better understand calculus, abstract algebra, and probability.

A gifted mathematician, Larry received his bachelor's degree from RPI and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Beth-El, Geneva Scholarship Associates at HWS, the Parkinson Research Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.

Sincerely,
Mark D. Gearan
President


Posted 24 December 2013

Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)

I'm excited to say this June I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with my MFA! The thesis exhibit has come down, however there was a review that included my work out of the 200 grads shown: Really Big Show.

This piece is entitled "William and Patty Hearst."

Also, if you are in New York this July, my class of painting grads have a group show at Projekt 722. in Brooklyn. The opening is July 13th while the show runs from July 6 - 28.

You should know I'm still using what I learned in math/CS: my thesis drew on some vector field ideas and I typeset it in LaTeX!


Posted 1 July 2013

Alums in New York City

Three graduates of Hobart and William Smith Colleges met up for a night out in New York City recently. Yaoxin Liu was a Mathematics major. Marcela Melara and Shaun Viguerie majored in Computer Science. All three of them completed Honors projects during their senior year in the Department. Yaoxin and Shaun are working in New York City, while Marcela is attending graduate school at Princeton University.

Posted 22 September 2012

News from Max Beckett

Max Beckett '11 writes as he nears the halfway point in a Master's degree program in computer science at Northeastern University. Max, who was a double major in mathematics and computer science, is working with a research group known as the ReConfigurable Lab (RCL). He has been spending his time there working on GPGPU (General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units), an attempt to harness the immense computing power of modern graphics cards for other purposes than graphics. Max first started work on this field for an independent study at HWS. This summer, Max will have a internship with Mathworks, the company that makes MatLab, doing more work with GPUs for their Parallel Computing Toolbox.

Posted 22 March 2012

Lex Kridler: After Hobart

Lex Kridler '10 sends some news about what he has been doing since graduating from HWS:

"I started work as a front-end developer (css, html, javascript) at Resource Interactive (www.resource.com) a month after graduating from Hobart. Since starting at RI, I have helped develop websites for clients such as Victoria's Secret Pink, Bush's Beans, Kohl's, Hewlett Packard, Dentyne, Bose, Wendy's, Sherwin-Williams, and others. Currently, I am the only front-end web developer on the Purina Cat Chow site redesign, a new responsibility for me.

"This past January, Resource Interactive was named the fourth best digital agency in the country by AdAge magazine, a leading magazine in the digital agency industry. The day after we found out about our award from AdAge we were greeted at work with waffles and champagne in one of the three kitchens in the Columbus office. I either learn or experience something new every day at RI.

"This past spring I helped coach the Junior Varsity lacrosse team at the high school from which I graduated. It was a nice change of pace to go from work to lacrosse practice...

"Also outside of work, about four months ago I created Fluid Ideation LLC through which I do freelance web development. I have worked with two clients through Fluid Ideation, and I have meetings this week with two new clients. Let me know if you need a website!"


Posted 17 August 2011

Back to School

Keenan Simons (Hobart '09) will be starting graduate school at the University of Central Florida in the Fall. He will pursue a Masters Degree there, with a focus on computer vision and computer graphics.

Keenan was a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science at Hobart, and he received the department's John Klein Prize for excellence in Computer Science in 2009.


Posted 28 July 2011