First AMS student chapter at an undergraduate institution


The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is one of the largest associations of mathematicians in the world, fostering scholarship and research. They have supported student chapters at various graduate level institutions. This fall, however, the newly formed AMS Williams Student Chapter became officially recognized as the first student chapter at an undergraduate institution. As part of

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Williams Defends Green Chicken 2015


The Williams team led by Granger Carty ’18, Zhiqi Li ’19, Gregory Kehne ’16 and Sam Donow ’16 defended the 2015 Green Chicken, defeating Middlebury 179-134 on their home turf. For those interested then here is the exam and solutions. Early on the Saturday morning of Halloween, 14 Williams students gathered in Bronfman before heading on

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Mountain Day 2015

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At 5:55 am this morning Williams College President Adam Falk canceled all classes and called us into the mountains, led by Scott Lewis, Mia Smith, and our beloved choral groups.                                                  

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WIMIN Conference at Smith


Post by Sarah Fleming ’17 and Nina Pande ’17 Last Saturday, we attended WIMIN15, a conference sponsored by the Center for Women in Mathematics at Smith College. We heard two invited speakers, Linda Chen of Swarthmore College and Mariel Vazquez of University of California at Davis. Chen gave the Alice Dickinson Lecture in Mathematics, “Enumerative

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The Inferiorities of Mac Mail

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When I got my new MacBook Air, I had to switch from my old email client, Eudora, to MacMail, which seemed like the best alternative. I often work offline, especially when traveling, because the internet can be expensive and often unavailable, so I need some such client. MacMail has the following inferiorities: Continue reading at the Huffington

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Math Puzzles and Contests


The  purpose of this post is to talk about the weekly math puzzle night dinners run by myself and my sidekick, Professor Miller, and to invite you to join us for this and other related activities. Here’s a quick summary of problem solving activities; for more information or to be added to the email list, contact me

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Matthew Quinn and Stephanie Stacy Win First Place in National Statistics Competition


Matthew Quinn and Stephanie Stacy, Juniors at Williams College, won the First Place in this year’s USPROC (Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition) sponsored by CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education). USPROC is an annual national competition among undergraduate students in United States. The project submitted by Matthew and Stephanie was based on a

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Devadoss Wins National Teaching Award


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., August 12, 2015—Satyan Devadoss, professor of mathematics at Williams College, has been awarded the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, presented annually by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He will receive the award at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle in January 2016. Full story Devadoss will

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Centennial MathFest


The centennial summer meeting (“MathFest“) of the Mathematical Association of America, August 5-8, 2015, in Washington DC, featured Hedrick Lectures on “Algebra Over Finite Fields” by Karen Smith, Centennial Lectures by Erik Demaine, Jennifer Chayes, Ingrid Daubechies, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Karen Parshall, and Manjul Bhargava, and other invited lectures by Jeffrey Lagarias, David Bressoud, Erica Walker, Joseph

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Lego Brickumentary at Images: Aug 8 and 9


AFTER IMAGES — A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY: Steven J. Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics and instructor of The Mathematics of LEGO Bricks, will join Images Cinema Executive Director Doug Jones in a post-screening discussion about the creative possibilities of LEGOs following screenings of the family-friendly A LEGO Brickumentary on Saturday, August 8 at 2pm and Sunday,

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