Department News
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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

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

Tasha Williams, Math Intern for 2015-16

Tasha Williams joined the Department in Fall 2016 to serve as the math intern for the academic year 2015–16. Williams received an M.S. in Operations Research in 1995 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has taught mathematics for over ten years at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Posted 2 March 2016

Spring 2015 Staffing

Two new faculty joined the department as Visiting Assistant Professors in Fall '14, and they will continue with us for Spring '15. They are Andrew Gainer-Dewar, shown on the left below, and Jacquelyn Rische, shown in the center.

Also continuing in the Spring will be our math intern, Josh Danis, shown on the right below. Josh graduated from Hobart last year with a major in Mathematics.

Professors Kevin Mitchell and David Eck are on leave for the Spring semester. Professor Carol Crithlow, who was on leave for the past year, returns to teaching in the Spring.

Posted 17 December 2014

Finalist for "The Pitch"

John Darby H'14 was one of the four finalists this year for The Pitch, an annual contest where students develop and promote ideas for products or services. The final contest was held on Wednesday, March 12. The 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. (The day of the pitch turned out to have some of the worst winter weather that Geneva has seen in years, but it went ahead as scheduled.)

John Darby is a double major in computer science and architecture and is a member of the HWS Sailing team. His idea for the pitch arose partly from an independent study that he did in web site programming. John will attend graduate school next year in the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Posted 18 April 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.

Mark D. Gearan

Posted 24 December 2013

Jon Forde Receives Tenure

Professor Jonathan Forde has been granted tenure at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With tenure, Forde becomes a permanent member of the faculty of the Colleges and of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Tenure also carries a promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

Tenure marks one of the most important milestones in the career of a professor. It is granted by the Board of Trustees after a careful review and recommendation by the Department, the faculty Committee on Tenure and Promotion, the Provost, and the President of the Colleges. The review generally takes place in the sixth year of teaching.

Posted 20 March 2013

New Faculty Join Department

The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has three new members this Fall.

Professor Yan Hao joins the department in a tenure-track position in applied mathematics. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary and spent a year in a post-doctoral position at Arizona State University before coming to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her interests include Computational Biology and Numerical Analysis.

Professor Eric Nelson and Professor Mark Radosevich join the department as Visiting Assistant Professors of Mathematics for the 2012--13 academic year. Eric Nelson completed his Ph.D. at Colorado State University and is interested in group theory, finite geometry, and mathematics education. Mark Radosevich's Ph.D. is from Brandeis University; his interests include low-dimensional topology and mathematics education.


Posted 22 September 2012