Zsu Kadas, professor of mathematics, gave a presentation entitled “A Short Course in Population Dynamics” at the Spring Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Mathematical Association of America held June 3-4, 2016, at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. Greta Pangborn, professor of computer science, also attended the meeting along with four Saint Michael’s undergraduates, Anna Cook, Jessica Greene, Brenna Smith, and David Perry, who are engaged in summer research on Graph Theory and Self-Assembly of DNA. Zsu also gave a talk entitled “Population Models and the Logistic Equation: the Importance of Being Discrete” in the Applied Mathematics session at the XXIII Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference held on April 2, 2016 at Saint Michael’s College.
(posted June 2016)
Greta Pangborn, associate professor of computer science, and Jo Ellis-Monaghan, professor of mathematics, on July 21, 2015, hosted the conference “Summer Combo in Vermont” on the Saint Michael’s College campus. The (more or less) annual small and informal conference brings together regional cominatorics scholars “for a day of collaboration, congeniality and an opportunity to learn about one another’s investigations,” including talks, speakers and poster presentations. Other organizers with Jo and Greta were Melanie Brown of Champlain College and Christino Tamon of Clarkson University. Combinatorics is the branch of mathematics dealing with combinations of objects belonging to a finite set in accordance with certain constraints, such as those of graph theory.
(posted September 2015)