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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

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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

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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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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

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

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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