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### Professor David Eck Retires

**David Eck**retired at the end of 2022 from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The Department honored him in our annual spring banquet. Seven alums were able to join us for the celebration and are pictured with Professor Eck below.

David Eck received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Brandeis University in 1980. His thesis, Gauge-natural Bundles and Generalized Gauge Theories, was in the area of Differential Geometry. After teaching for a few years at Dartmouth College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Eck joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1986.

Eck is the author of the widely used online textbook, *Introduction to Programming Using Java* and the online textbook, *Introduction to Computer Graphics*. He is the co-author of the CPSC 229 textbook, *Foundations of Computation*. In 2019 he was recognized by the entire HWS faculty with the Faculty Teaching Prize.

Although Eck is no longer a member of the teaching faculty, he continues as a member of the HWS community as Professor Emeritus. The remaining members of the Department honor him for his service and wish him well as he moves into the next phase of his life.

Posted 15 August 2023

### Faculty Reviews and Promotions

**Jocelyn Bell**and

**Jennifer Biermann**, passed Review II this year. Review II, also known as tenure review, generally occurs in a professor's sixth year at the Colleges. By passing this review, Professors Bell and Biermann became permanent members of the faculty and were promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. Tenure review is one of the most important events in a faculty member's career.

Another faculty member, **Jonathan Forde**, passed Review III this year and was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor (or "full professor"), which is the highest faculty rank.

And **Christopher Fietkiewicz** passed Review I. A faculty
member generally undergoes Review I in their third year at the
Colleges. As part of Review I, Professor Fietkiewicz's contract
is renewed for an additional three years, and he will be eligible for
tenure review.

Congratulations to Jocelyn, Jennifer, Jon, and Chris!

Posted 27 May 2022

### Math Intern and Teaching Fellows

The Math Intern for the academic year 2021–22 is **Connor Parrow**. The Math Intern offers help to students in introductory and intermediate level math courses.
Connor is a 2021 graduate of William Smith College who majored in mathematics. She also had a second major in biology. Connor was awarded the Robert L. Beinert Prize, which is given to a Hobart and William Smith Colleges senior for excellence in Mathematics.

Help is also available from Teaching Fellows — current students who can provide assistance in introductory courses.

The Mathematics Teaching Fellows for the Fall 2021 semester include math majors Aarushi Agarwal, Colleen Boucher, Meryem Boumalak, Jonathan Garcia, and David Corrales Marco. Allie Low, who graduated last year but is continuing at HWS in the Masters program in Education, is also working as a Teaching Fellow.

And for Computer Science, the Teaching Fellows for the Fall are computer science majors Kidus Ayele, Lindsey Crowell, Taylor Muenzberg, Nick Plants, Reagan Wolf, and Alex Zaykowski.

Posted 26 September 2021

### Summer REU Students Win Awards

For the third time, the Department hosted a Natural Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics in the summer of 2021. Ten students came from colleges and universities around the country to live and work on our campus for nine weeks. The students experienced researching closely with a faculty member and a team of peers, practiced and honed their mathematical writing and presenting skills, participated in a colloquium series of invited speakers, and traveled to graduate schools (Cornell and the Rochester Institute of Technology) to learn about specific programs and the graduate experience in mathematics more generally. This summer the students worked with Prof. Jennifer Biermann in algebraic combinatorics, Prof. Jonathan Forde in mathematical virology, Prof. Yan Hao in neuron networks, and Prof. Erika L.C. King in graph theory.

At the end of the nine weeks, the students remained on campus to attend the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conference MathFest, which was held virtually. Each of the four research groups gave a virtual talk. Their talks were among nearly one hundred undergraduate talks at the conference. Both Prof. Hao and Prof. Biermann’s groups won MAA Outstanding Student Paper Session Presentation Awards, and Prof. Forde’s group won The Andersen Prize, awarded in memory of Janet Andersen by the Special Interest Group of the MAA for Mathematical and Computational Biology, and recognizing an outstanding presentation and work in areas related to mathematical biology.

Pictured here are Professors Biermann, Forde, King, and Hao, in the front row, with their students at their end-of-the-program celebration at Seneca Lake.

Posted 31 August 2021

### 2020-21

It is just over a year since the pandemic forced the Colleges to switch to fully remote learning in the middle of the Spring 2020 semester. It has been a long and in many ways difficult year. A lot has happened, but no news about the 2020–21 academic year has made it onto this web site.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, like the rest of the Colleges, has been offering a mix of in-person, remote, and hybrid courses this year. With no Winter Break or Spring Break, the semesters have seemed long, and many of us — students and faculty alike — are feeling at least a little burnt out. However, we are encouraged by the rollout of Covid vaccines, and we hope that things will be mostly back to normal next Fall.

The department was joined this year by a new Visiting Professor of Computer Science, Hanqing Hu. Professors Alden Gassert and William Simmons continued as visiting professors (Professor Simmons for the Fall semester only). Professors Gassert and Hu will return as visiting professors next year. The Math Intern for the year was Hadley DeBrine WS'20.

The REU that was canceled last summer will go forward this year. Unfortunately, both the Department's Fall picnic and its Spring dinner were canceled this year, but we look forward to resuming both events next year.

Posted 4 April 2021

### Department Student Prizes, 2020

- The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to
**Hugh (Nick) Mckenny**and**Kaitlyn Geraghty**. - The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to
**Max Brodheim**. - The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, awarded to a William Smith Senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to
**Kaitlyn Geraghty**. - The Glenn M. Lee Prize, awarded to the Hobart Senior who has been most proficient
in mathematics and athletics, to
**Andrew Koonz**and**Peter Thibodeau**. - 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
**Hugh (Nick) Mckenny**, and**Cody Roberts**. - 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
**Julia Bellamy**, and**Colleen Boucher**. - 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
**Dimosthenis Chrysochoou**.

In addition to the departmental prizes, several graduating mathematics students were elected to the national
honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, by the local chapter of that organization: Math major **Jesse Maltese** and
math minors **Kelsey Pierce** and **Angus Pratt**. **Nick Mckenny** was elected last year as a Junior.

Posted 9 May 2020

### Math REU, Summer 2020

**Update**: Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 REU has been canceled. However, an REU is planned for summer 20201.

The Department will host a Natural Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics in Summer 2020. The National Science Foundation funds REUs at colleges and universities around the country. This will be the third year that the program has been offered at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Ten students will take part in the REU. Most of the students come
from other colleges, but for each of the past two summers, one
HWS student has participated: **Nick Mckenny H'20** in
Summer 2018 and **Connor Parrow WS'21** in Summer 2019.

Topics this summer will include algebra with Professor Biermann, graph theory with Professor King, Neural Networks with Professor Hao, and mathematical virology with Professor Forde.

Applications are due by February 14. Visit http://math.hws.edu/REU/index.html for more information.

Posted 2 February 2020

### Math Intern for 2019–20: Sam LeGro

**Sam LeGro**is serving as the Department's Math Intern for the academic year 2019–20. Sam is a 2019 graduate of Hobart College, with a major in mathematics. As Math Intern, he is available afternoons and evenings, Sunday through Thursday, to offer help to students in introductory Math courses, including Elementary Functions and Calculus I and II.

Posted 30 September 2019

### Professor David Eck Earns Faculty Teaching Prize

Posted 2 July 2019

### Professors Bring REU Program to HWS

Posted 2 July 2019