# Blog

## Interview with Mia Smith ’16

by Nam Nguyen ’19 Smith tells Nguyen about her experience as a math major in Williams College When did you discover your passion for mathematics? At 3 or 4 years old, I was captivated by the Traffic Jam Puzzle my parents bought for me. I sat down for hours playing the game.However, it wasn’t

## Interview with Julie Blackwood

by John Herrera ’17 How did you get interested in applying mathematics to ecology? When I was applying for college, I had to apply to a major before I went to college. I was looking through the majors, and I saw applied math, and I thought, “Not bad. Check.” Later my professor said, “Well, why don’t

## Nebraska Conference for Women

by Sarah Fleming Over Dead Week, Nina Pande and I attended the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We had a wonderful experience, and we are grateful to the Clare Boothe Luce Program and the Math Department for providing us with the opportunity to go. Over the course of

## Interview of Leo Goldmakher on Grad Student Blog

Stephen Ai ’18 interview of Professor Goldmakher on AMS Graduate Student Blog: Goldmakher tells Ai about the importance of creativity and ownership in mathematics. How did you get interested in mathematics? When I was in 7th grade, in Boston, I enrolled in an experimental program called The Math Circle, where students discover math on their own.

## Interview with Janice Lee ’17

by John Herrera Lee, a junior math major at Williams College, engages in problem solving activities. How did you get interested in mathematics? I took a lot of math courses growing up. There was a positive feedback loop in the classes that I have taken. Taking math courses that I enjoyed made me love math

## Lightning Talks by Thesis Students

The AMS Williams Student Chapter and SMASAB joined forces yesterday in organizing a special event called Lightning Talks by Thesis Students. This event, which was exclusively for students, gave attendees an opportunity to listen to brief thesis presentations and learn about some cool new math problems. Listen to Greg Kehne on YouTube.

## Interview with Bernhard Klingenberg

By Nam Nguyen ’19 Klingenberg (right) tells Nguyen about his recently published textbook, “Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data.” When did you discover your passion for mathematics? I was really bad at math in middle school. In 11th grade, all of a sudden, I understood what the textbook said. The best moment

## Interview with Alejandro Sarria

by David Ariyibi ’19 Sarria explains to Ariyibi his goal of finding a mathematical link to the physical properties of pressure in fluids. What’s your favorite part of math? I work in nonlinear partial differential equations, and the main reason I like partial differential equations is that they’re wild. There isn’t much theory for how to

## Joint Mathematics Meetings 2016

The 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest mathematics meeting in the world, took place on January 6-9, 2016 in Seattle, WA. Prof. Satyan Devadoss received the Haimo national teaching award. Sarah Tammen of our 2014 SMALL undergraduate research Geometry Group was named Schafer Prize runner-up. Outstanding poster recognition went to Nina Pande, Sarah Fleming, Lena Ji, and

## MathBlast draws 166 High School Students

This morning, 166 high school students from Mt. Greylock Regional High School, BArT, and Deerfield Academy experienced the joy of learning math at Williams College. Started by Professor of Mathematics Olga R. Beaver, MathBlast is meant to expose high school students to exciting topics in math that are not seen in a typical high school

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