# News

Mathematics Program News

## Plattsburgh Math Major Presents at a National Meeting

Each year, the Mathematical Association of America holds a summer Mathfest, a national meeting where faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates meet to talk about their passion for mathematics.

Plattsburgh mathematics major Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba and faculty member Gregory Quenell travelled to Denver, Colorado for the 2018 Mathfest at the beginning of August. Franquiz gave a talk on relativity and hyperbolic geometry in the Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Session, and Professor Quenell gave a talk on mathematics and string art in an Invited Paper Session on “Geometric Ideas and Where to Find Them.” Both Plattsburgh mathematicians attended numerous other talks, and visited with friends old and new during the four days of the conference.

## Plattsburgh Students at the Fall 2017 MAA Seaway Section Meeting

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

Three 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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