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Plattsburgh Students at the Fall 2017 MAA Seaway Section Meeting


Students at the conference
Pictured, left to right, are Windy Hoag, Ha Nguyen, Chau Nguyen, Christopher Camardella, Narges Iraji, Riley Bolton, Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba, and Professor Rich Spindler.

Twice a year, the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) gathers for conversation and talks about mathematics, teaching and academic activities. The fall 2017 event on October 21 and 22 was held at SUNY-Broome, and seven undergraduate students from SUNY Plattsburgh attended. They enjoyed each other’s company, talked about math (and other things!), and watched their fellow student Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba present his work on the path of a drone.

2017 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Group photo of Gess Iraji, Franquiz Alba, Uday Singh, and Professor Gregory QuenellThree Plattsburgh students and one faculty member made the trip to Westfield State College in Massachusetts for the 24th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Gess Iraji, Franquiz Alba, Uday Singh, and Professor Gregory Quenell attended the conference, which featured about a hundred short talks on a wide variety of mathematical topics, along with a plenary address on mathematics and music by Harvard mathematician (and musician) Noam Elkies.

Plattsburgh’s Uday Singh gave a short talk on the Feigenbaum constant and Dr. Quenell gave a short talk on the mathematics of sliding-tile puzzles.

Plattsburgh’s Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter Has Six New Members in 2017


New members hold up the Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon banner
2017 Pi Mu Epsilon inductees, left to right: Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba, Gess Iraji, current PME chapter president Selena Malfa, Caitlin Underwood, Megan Eldred, Janson Hoeher, and Vihan Wickramasinghe

The New York Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, held its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 18 in the Cardinal Lounge. Six Plattsburgh students, chosen by the mathematics faculty for their outstanding work in their mathematics courses, accepted membership in Pi Mu Epsilon. The featured speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Peter Hull, a mathematical economist from MIT and Microsoft.

Plattsburgh Math Day 2017


Image of the jeopardy board

The SUNY Plattsburgh mathematics department hosted its third annual Math Day on February 7, 2017. About 80 high school mathematics students and their teachers came to campus for the event, which included the American Mathematics Competition (AMC12), talks by Professors Keever and Quenell, lunch at the Sundowner with members of the SUNY Plattsburgh Math Club, and a lively round of mathematical jeopardy!, hosted by Professor Spindler. The visitors came from Plattsburgh High School, Seton Academy, Peru, Northern Adirondack Central School, Chazy and Saranac.

Plattsburgh Math Day 2016


Photo of students raising their hands hoping to be called on during a round of math jeopardy
Visiting high-school students "ring in" for mathematical Jeopardy!

On February 2, the SUNY Plattsburgh Mathematics Department hosted about 70 students from area high schools at our second annual Math Day. The students and their teachers came to campus from Plattsburgh High School, Beekmantown, NACS, Chazy, Peru and Lake Placid to take part in the American Mathematics Competition, work on some math puzzles, attend some math talks and play two rounds of mathematical Jeopardy!, presented by our Plattsburgh Math Club.

2016 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Photo of Professor Reams, Professor Quenell, Nick Harding, Uday Singh, and Namini De Silva at the conference
Professor Reams, Professor Quenell, Nick Harding, Uday Singh, and Namini De Silva at the Hudson River Conference

On Saturday, April 2, three Plattsburgh students and three faculty members traveled to Saint Michael’s College in Vermont for the 23rd annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Professors Robert Reams, Sam Northshield and Gregory Quenell all gave talks at the conference, as did students Namini De Silva and Nicholas Harding.

Plattsburgh’s Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon Welcomes Six New Members


Photo of Namini De Silva, Samantha Rogers, Bezawit Woldegebriel, and Nicholas Harding holding their certificates while standing underneath the chapter banner
2016 Pi Mu Epsilon inductees, left to right, are new inductees Namini De Silva, Samantha Rogers, Bezawit Woldegebriel, and Nicholas Harding, along with chapter president Giovanna Senese. The other new members are Kelly Siry and Selena Malfa.

In an induction ceremony on April 20, six new members joined the Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. Giovanna Senese, the current chapter president, conducted the ceremony, and the guest speaker was Art Trombley, chair of the mathematics department at Chateaugay Central School and one of the inaugural class of North Country Master Teachers.

Pi Mu Epsilon 2015 Inductees


2015 inductees left to right are Gregory Shaw, Danielle Cave, Bendik Hansen, Hannah Gzemski, and Jessica Manning
2015 Pi Mu Epsilon inductees, left to right, are Gregory Shaw, Danielle Cave, Bendik Hansen, Hannah Gzemski, and Jessica Manning. The sixth new member is Nelson Vetter.

The Plattsburgh Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed six new members in an induction ceremony on April 20, 2015.

2015 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


2015 HRUMC attendees, left to right are Bendik Hansen, Trang Nguyen, Hannah Gzemski, Bradley Johnson, and Kevin Boyette
Pictured, left to right, Bendik Hansen, Trang Nguyen, Hannah Gzemski, Bradley Johnson, and Kevin Boyette.

Five Plattsburgh students and three faculty members in the mathematics department attended the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Union College on April 11, 2015.

Professors Margaret Morrow, Sam Northshield and Gregory Quenell also attended the conference.

SUNY Plattsburgh was well represented on the conference program with four contributed talks. The Plattsburgh speakers were Kevin Boyette, Bradley Johnson, and Professors Northshield and Quenell.

Plattsburgh Math Day 2015


Tim Mulligan, a mathematics teacher at Plattsburgh High School, discusses a contest problem with some of his students. Photo by Jessica Karszen
Tim Mulligan, a mathematics teacher at Plattsburgh High School, discusses a contest problem with some of his students. Photo by Jessica Karszen.

Bradley Johnson, a senior at Plattsburgh State, explains the Gaussian integers during his Math Day talk
Bradley Johnson, a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh, explains the Gaussian integers during his Math Day talk.

On February 25, the Plattsburgh Mathematics Department welcomed about 60 high school students and their teachers to campus for Plattsburgh Math Day 2015. The visiting students, from Plattsburgh, Peru, NACS and Chazy, started the day working through some math puzzles and then taking part in AMC12, a national mathematics competition for high-school students run by the Mathematical Association of America. After the competition, the visiting students put together a poster session, attended a pair of mathematics talks and competed in a round of mathematical Jeopardy! run by members of the SUNY Plattsburgh Math Club.

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members in 2014


Photo of the new inductees holding up the PME bannerThe Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted nine new members this spring. The new members who attended the induction ceremony on May 7 (pictured left to right) were Bradley Johnson, Jose Lizano, Giovanna Senese, Alexis Facteau, and John Henel.

The other new members are Audrey Fossi Makugne, Trang Quynh Nguyen, Chan Oh, and Evan Howley.

2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Students pose outside at the HRUMC conference
Pictured, left to right, are John Henel, Kevin Boyette, Ivan Kelber, Courtney Cacchioli, Jenny Roslak, Mahim Naveed, Professor Gregory Quenell, and Jason Gumaer, a 2008 Plattsburgh graduate who is currently on the faculty at Dutchess Community College.

Six students from the Plattsburgh mathematics department traveled to Poughkeepsie to attend the 2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Marist College on Saturday, April 26.

John Henel and Greg Quenell gave short talks at the conference.

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2013


New members hold both the Pi Mu Epsilon banner and their induction certificates
Left to right: Ivan Kelber, Ryan Hannigan, and Jordan Slattery.

The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted six new members on April 23, 2013. The other new members of Pi Mu Epsilon are Thomas Cronin, Michelle O’Reilly, and Lily Stalter.

Twentieth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Group photo of students who attended the conference
Pictured, left to right, are Seth Bieler-Snow, Veronica Miller, Ken DeVoe (a SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus currently in the math Ph.D. program at Albany), Greg Quenell, Ivan Kelber, Tom Cronin, and Ryan Poirier. SUNY Plattsburgh student John Henel also attended the conference.

Plattsburgh mathematicians put in a strong showing at the 20th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held at Williams College on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Plattsburgh students Tom Cronin and Ryan Poirier gave talks at the conference, as did Professor Gregory Quenell.

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2012


Photo of new Pi Mu Epsilon members
Pictured at the ceremony are Ismael Cerezo, Adam Falk, Francis Ganiszewski, and Ryan Poirier. The other four new members of our Pi Mu Epsilon chapter are Carly Gagne, Kaitlyn Huestis, Samantha Lavigne, and Samantha Fasciano.

The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed eight new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Chapter president Annmarie McGonagle officiated at the event, which featured a talk by Dr. Blair Madore of SUNY Potsdam.

Eighteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh students and faculty who attended the 18th Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference

Three Plattsburgh students and three faculty members attended the 18th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Skidmore College on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Math majors Melissa Johnson, Jackie Poff, and Marguerite Lowe, along with professors Gregory Quenell, Robert Reams, and Sam Northshield, spent the day listening to mathematics talks and visiting with other mathematicians from all over New York State and western New England. Dr. Northshield gave a talk on “Marden’s Marvelous Theorem.” The plenary speaker at this year’s conference was Dr. Carl Pomerance, an acclaimed researcher in number theory and cryptography at Dartmouth College.

Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members


Photo of 2011 Pi Mu Epsilon inductees
The new initiates are: (front row) Patricia Emanuel, Heather Neddo, Molly Frantz, Annmarie McGonagle; (back row) Seth Spoor, Alex Read, Sam Wagner, Elliot Elias; (not pictured) Steve Young, and Tom Leibering.

The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed 10 new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Chapter President Jessica Brown officiated at the event, which featured a presentation on “Chaotic Curiosities,” given by Dr. Daniel Look of St. Lawrence University.

Mathematics Alumna Receives National Teaching Recognition


Photo of Kathleen Fowler

They were two simple words, but for Dr. Kathleen Fowler ’96 those words — “don’t quit” — are still making a difference. Written by her undergraduate adviser at SUNY Plattsburgh, the index card seemed silly at the time, but it is still with her, serving as a reminder not to give up, even when things became difficult.

SUNY Plattsburgh Mathematics Hosted the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America October 15–16, 2010


Guest speakers included Andrew Granville, University of Montreal (banquet speaker), Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago (Polya lecture), Kate Fowler, Clarkson University (Randolph Lecturer), Frank Swenton, Middlebury College (morning speaker).

The meeting featured a panel discussion titled, “The new Core Curriculum and how it affects NY schools.” Moderators are Jane Cushman, Stephen West, Chris Monahan, and James Matthews. There were also paper sessions and student talks and poster sessions.

“The Shape of Space”


Photo of the St. Mike’s trip

On April 12, 2010, 14 mathematics students and four faculty members from SUNY Plattsburgh crossed Lake Champlain to hear a talk by MacArthur Fellow Jeffrey Weeks at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

Dr. Weeks is the author of “The Shape of Space,” a popular introductory book on topology, and the creator of a number of computer programs that introduce concepts in geometry and topology through the use of familiar games and artwork. In his talk, also titled “The Shape of Space,” Dr. Weeks demonstrated his computer programs and made some informed speculations on the shape of the universe.

Pi Mu Epsilon Comes to Plattsburgh


Photo of the Pi Mu Epsilon installation ceremony
Photo of the new Pi Mu Epsilon members with their certificates. Seated: Gregory Quenell (chapter advisor), Joseph Bodenrader, Erika Cota, Alison Lutz (chapter president), Jessica Brown, Jordan Ellithorpe, Nick Bechard. Standing: David Kenoyer (chair of the mathematics department), Kevin Stacey, Margaret Morrow, Aaron Luttman (featured speaker), Eve Torrence (national president-elect of PME). Missing: Deanna Marcotte.

March 1, 2010 saw the installation of a new chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Eve Torrence, president-elect of the national society, came to Plattsburgh to deliver the charter for the New York Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, and to officiate at the induction of the chapter’s charter members. Dr. Aaron Luttman, of Clarkson University, was the featured speaker at the installation and induction ceremony. Kathleen Lavoie, Pat Higgins, William Laundry, David Mowry, and David Kenoyer attended as distinguished guests.

Second Annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium


Photo of students and faculty at the second annual St.Lawrence Valley mathematics symposium at Clarkson University
Photo of the Plattsburgh contingent at SLVMS10. Back row: Professor Gregory Quenell, Kevin Brostek, Ken DeVoe, Professor Sam Northshield, Lucas Tooker. Front row: Professor Margaret Morrow, Sam Wagner.

Four Plattsburgh students and three faculty members from the mathematics department attended the second annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium at Clarkson University on February 20, 2010.

They spent the day listening to talks given by undergraduate and graduate students from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, St. John Fisher College and other area schools. The talks covered subjects from convergence questions in pure mathematics to computational problems in airfoil design to heat-flow applications in farm structures.

Sixteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


Photo of students in the parking lot at the conference
Students attending the conference. Left to right: Yeyao Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Krystal Tremblay, Liz Dukette, Alison Lutz, and Nick Warner

Photo of students at dinner after the conference
Dinner at Carl R’s. L to R: Krystal Tremblay, Alison Lutz, Yeyao Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Nick Warner, and Liz Dukette

Six Plattsburgh math students attended the 16th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Union College on April 18, 2009.

They spent the day attending mathematics talks, mostly given by undergraduates, and then gathered in the parking lot for a group photo. On the way home, they stopped for dinner at Carl R’s (Exit 18), where they met up with a group of math students from St. Michael’s College on their way home to Colchester.

Math Graduate Named Presidential Award-Winner


Photo of Jim Brown

Jim Brown, class of ’92, was one of fewer than a 100 kindergarten through sixth grade teachers nationwide to receive the Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this year. Brown will receive his award in a White House ceremony this fall. According to Brown, his experience with math education at SUNY Plattsburgh changed the way he understood and now teaches the subject.

Seaway Section, Mathematical Association of America


Xiao explains a mathematical equation on the board
Plattsburgh student Yeyao Xiao gave a talk on an application of the Cavalieri principle.

Group photo of students who attended the event
Left to right: Krystal Tremblay, Dr. Greg Quenell, Yeyao Xiao, Lucas Tooker, Shawn Gilbert, Nick Warner, and Liz Dukette.

Photo of the event
Dr. Quenell squares off with Dr. Aaron Luttman of Clarkson University for a pie-throwing duel.

Six Plattsburgh math students traveled to Siena College on October 17 and 18, 2008 for the fall meeting of the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference


 

Group photo of students and professors that attended the event
Left to right: Greg Quenell, Kevin Sherwood, Marie Wass, Don Kaupelis, Zach Warner, and Jon Mortelette. The seventh traveler, Victoria Lu, took the picture.

Seven Plattsburghers traveled to Westfield State College in Massachusetts for the 13th Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on April 8, 2006.

 

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