Articles by StewJo

Bethany McLean ’92 to visit campus

Bethany McLean ’92 will be on campus for convocation and to deliver the kick-off Math/Stats colloquium: “Why It’s Smart to be a Math Major Even if You’re Not Good at Math.” McLean, who famously exposed Enron and is now at Vanity Fair and a TV personality, is back to receive a Bicentennial Medal at Convocation

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SMALL 2011 Documentary Video

Producer Adam Wang; Director Peter De Riemer; 2011 SMALL Director Susan Loepp; Department Chair and 2012 SMALL director Cesar Silva. The SMALL Undergraduate Mathematics Research Project, Williams College, a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.

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Prof. Loepp to receive Haimo Award for Distiguished Teaching

Susan Loepp has been selected to receive the 2012 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.  See more information on the MAA website.

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Jump

As I watched Mihai’s legs disappear over the edge of the open door at 13,500 ft, my instructor turned to me and asked “Are you ready?” My mind was racing, going over the waiver I signed and trying to remember the bit that said I could back out at any time. My mouth said “Yes

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Crocodilia, Sex Ratios, and Fisher’s Theorem

Crocodilia, the biological order that includes alligators and crocodiles, have the interesting property that the gender of offspring is not determined by random genetics but by the environment of the nesting site. Prime nesting sights, in wet marshes near water sources, produce nearly 80% female hatchlings. The ratio of females decreases to as low as

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Guesstimation and Benford’s Law

Nice senior colloquium presentation today (9/22/08) by Richard McDowell ’09 on Benford’s Law. This law explains why, when looking at numbers that come to us from newspapers, stock quotes, and various data sources, the digit 1 appears most often as the leading digit. Benford’s Law derives from the principle that these worldly numbers tend to

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