# Blog

## Williams College defends the Green Chicken!

The 39th Annual Green Chicken math contest was held at Williams College on Saturday November 12, with Williams and Middlebury students taking on challenging math conundrums to compete for the beloved Green Chicken trophy. Williams successfully defended the Green Chicken, with Elijah Fromm ’17, Ian Banta ’19, and Abe Leite ’20 valiantly leading Williams’ team! Congratulations

## Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences

September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Latin@s and Hispanics in the United States while celebrating the culture and heritage. Every day during this month the website www.lathisms.org – standing for Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences – will showcase a Latin@ or Hispanic mathematician

## The Mathematics of Coral Reef Health

Assistant Professor Julie Blackwood, together with her summer research students and collaborators from Bennington College use mathematics to investigate the deterioration of coral reefs in the Cayman Islands and possible solutions to this problem, including the reintroduction of sea urchins. More information about their work can be found in the following feature story recently published

## “Dancing the Bronfman” Video

In honor of Professor Frank Morgan’s retirement, this summer, a group of Williams students at SMALL decided to remake one of Prof. Morgan’s own popular home videos: “Dancing the Parkway.” This video, called “Dancing the Bronfman,” is a spin on the classic with incorporations of new dancers—Professors Colin Adams, Diana Davis, Leo Goldmakher, Eyvi Palsson,

## Blended Upper Level Math Classes

In September 2016, a team of mathematics faculty, technologists and instructional designers from six leading liberal arts colleges (LACOL member schools Amherst, Haverford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Vassar and Williams) are launching a new collaboration to explore blended course sharing for select topics in advanced mathematics. The goal of the project is to experiment with models for

## SARS at Williams – let’s hope not.

by Prof. Lauren Childs Imagine a SARS outbreak in quaint Williamstown – that’s exactly what Varun Bhadkamkar ’17, Anthony Brooks ’16, Jack Ferguson ’17, Connor Mulhall ’17, and Annie Sher ’17 did in their Math 307 final project. The SARS group built a network model of the Williams College undergraduate population, grouping individuals by dorms

## Frank Morgan Celebration at Doddceum

The last Doddceum of the Academic Year, held on May 5, 2016 was dedicated to Professor Frank Morgan, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in recognition of his indispensable service to Dodd Neighborhood. Frank Morgan worked to create more opportunities to bring faculty, staff, and students together; in doing so, he was instrumental

## Prizes at Majors’ Banquet

At a record crowd of 150 majors and faculty at the Faculty House, Prof. Morgan and others announced the following awards: Kozelka Prize in statistics: Bryan Jones and Kelly Kung (awarded by Prof. De Veaux, Associate Chair for Statistics) Morgan Prize in applied mathematics: Alex Meyer (awarded by Prof. Blackwood) Wyskiel Prize

## I am Math/Stat

As officers of the AWM, we started the “I am Math/Stat” project as a visual representation of the diversity of experience of students in Math/Stat. We’ve put up posters in Bronfman, both at the top of the stairs and in the Math/Stat Bronfman Library. We hope to expand the project and add more quotes, so

## Fleming Essay on Harris Wins Award

Sarah Fleming ’17 has won Honorable Mention in the Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest, writing about our new Assistant Professor Pamela Harris: An Unconventional Path by Sarah Fleming ’17 For most of her life, Pam Harris had no plans to become a mathematician. Brought to the United States from Mexico at the age of eight, she

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