Alpha Delta Theta Math Club
The Math Club is dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of mathematics on campus.
Math Club recently traveled to two events, a seminar on cryptology at
Shippensburg University, and the Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics
and Statistics Conference at James Madison University. Check out the
Wilson Math Club Travels to Shippensburg and James Madison Universities for Seminar, Conference
By Natalya Yashina
President, Wilson Math Club
Oct. 22 and 23, Alpha Delta Theta (the Math Club) of Wilson College
participated in two events – one at Shippensburg University and other at
James Madison University in Virginia.
On Friday, Oct. 22, seven
Alpha Delta Theta members and their adviser, Dr. Karen Adams, visited SU
for a seminar on cryptology presented by Tim McDevitt, a professor from
Elizabethtown College. ADT member Shonnamarie Partlow, with help from
other club members, participated in a cryptology simulation.
the seminar, ADT members and Dr. Adams headed to JMU in Harrisonburg,
Va., to participate in yet another event, this one called the SUMS
(Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) conference. This
trip was made possible by a travel grant provided by JMU. The president
of Alpha Delta Theta, Natalya Yashina, applied for the travel grant in
July 2010. In September, she received a notification from Dr. Brown of
JMU that the math club was awarded the travel grant, which included two
nights at a hotel for eight members and the adviser.
SUMS conference started on Oct. 23 with an opening speaker, Dr. Ravi
Ramakrishna from Cornell University. Dr. Ramakrishna spoke about the
importance of the elliptic curves and “what it means to look at a donut
arithmetically.” Over the course of the conference, ADT members selected
from a variety of student presentations and faculty panels. The
sessions were divided into finance-related talks, pure mathematics talks
and science-related talks. Alpha Delta Theta members attended the
sessions of their interest. Adria Spikes, club public relations manager,
and Yashina attended finance-related talks, such as The S&P 500, Reality vs. Black Scholes Model,
presented by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from University of Michigan. Brinita
Ricks, ADT’s treasurer and Molly Folsom, both of whom are math majors
at Wilson, found pure math talks more interesting and attended talks
such as Numerical Power Series Solutions to Initial Value Ordinary Differential Equations,
among others. Ovsanna Movsesyan, ADT’s publications manager and a
pre-med major, attended talks related to biochemistry, such as Model Development for Lignocellulosic Biofuels, presented by Amir Ahmadi (Morehead University) and Helen Vo (UC Berkley).
this trip, one of the ADT members was assigned a roommate from the
University of California San Diego, Arlene Rodriguez. Rodriguez attended
SUMS as a poster presenter and won a prize for her poster. University
of California San Diego is one of the six schools in the United States
that offers a Women with Children program. Rodriguez is a senior at UCSD
and is enrolled in Women with Children program.
The closing ceremony speaker, Cliff Stoll of Berkeley, was quite entertaining. The topic of his presentation, Low-Dimensional Topology for Fun and Profit (or how to extract money from the 4th dimension),
was very unusual. At the end of his presentation, Stoll was awarding a
few items that he used during his presentation. Anush Petrosyan, Alpha
Delta Theta member and a freshman from Armenia, won a Klein bottle.
Delta Theta would like to thank JMU for the travel grant and Dean
Hendrickson (Wilson College) and the math department at Wilson College
for providing transportation and meals. Alpha Delta Theta members are
hoping to participate in SUMS next year as speakers.