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Math & Computer Science

Notables

Spring 2013

  • Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, and Alison Marr, assistant professor of mathematics, gave presentations at CombinaTexas 2013: Combinatorics in the South-Central U.S. held at University of Houston-Downtown April 20. Marr’s talk was titled “Some notes on prime labeling” and Anthony’s talk was titled “Complete r-partite graphs determined by their domination polynomial.”

  • Senior computer science major Erick Bauman gave a presentation based on his honors thesis at the North Texas Area Student Conference held at Midwestern State University April 13. The presentation was titled “Wolfscript: A Programming Language for Android.” His faculty sponsor at the conference was Suzanne Buchele, associate professor of computer science.

  • Math professors Rick DenmanFumiko Futamura and Kendall Richards published a paper titled “On sharp frame diagonalization” in the March issue of the journal Linear Algebra and its Applications.

  • Yvette Niyomugaba, Van Pham and David Scott Ryan are presenting papers this week at the annual meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting is being held April 11-13 at Texas Tech University.

  • Suzanne BucheleAlison Marr and Therese Shelton have been awarded a $4,000 Blended Learning Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) for their proposal titled “Improved Calculus Preparation Through Assessment and Customized Blended Learning.” All three are associate professors in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

  • Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, presented “Building and Feeling Confidence Intervals” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego.

  • Senior mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba won an Outstanding Presentation Award for the poster she presented at the Undergraduate Poster Session of the Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego. Her poster presentation, titled “Recycling toward a Better Earth through Math,” resulted from her ongoing honors project in mathematics, which she is doing under the direction of Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics. The work began in summer 2012 as a faculty-student collaborative research project. 

  • Fumiko Futamura, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a minicourse titled “Visualizing Projective Geometry Through Photographs and Perspective Drawings” at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego along with Annalisa Crannell from Franklin & Marshall College and Marc Frantz from Indiana University. Thirty-six mathematics professors, high school teachers and artists attended the minicourse, which covered material the three have developed for an upcoming textbook.

  • Senior mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba is presenting a poster titled “Recycling toward a Better Earth through Math” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings being held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego.

Fall 2012

  • Emeritus faculty member Barbara Boucher Owens has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Association for Computing Machinery, a 100,000-member professional computing organization. The award recognizes ACM members who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the field of computing, computer science, and/or information technology.

  • Senior mathematics majors from Southwestern presented nine of the 25 student talks at the 8th Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which was held at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Oct. 26-27. The students also performed well in the fun math problem session at the conference. Several students solved 8 or 9 of the 10 problems, and Andy Clarage and David Ryan Scott solved all 10. Read more here.

  • Computer science majors Erick Bauman (senior), Rob Campbell (junior) and Jefferson Ellinger (senior) teamed up with junior mathematics majors Alain Chau and David Vaden to compete in the 2012 South Central USA Regional Programming Contest in held in Waco Oct. 19- 20. The team su-root placed 17th overall out of 59 teams and 4th among undergraduate-only institutions. In the separate scripting contest, su-root placed 19th overall and 6th among undergraduate-only institutions. The students were coached by Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, and Rick Denman, professor of mathematics and computer science.