History of the Department


Clay Shonkwiler, a mathematics major, was salutatorian of the class of 2003 and is now enrolled in the graduate school of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. Clay joined members of our department this past spring in reviving an old tradition of holding an informal seminar on a topic of common interest. We took turns lecturing on chapters from Sheldon M. Ross's new textbook, "Probability Models for Computer Science."

Last April, a number of former mathematics and computer science students returned to Sewanee to honor Clay Ross on the occasion of his retirement from active teaching. The banquet that followed their talks was attended by some fifty persons. Since then, Clay has been invited by Springer-Verlag to prepare a new edition of his textbook on differential equations.

On October 10th the annual homecoming lecture was given by Ed Gerber, class of '00, who is continuing his work in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton. Ed explained how we might better understand the variability of our wintertime weather by paying attention to the "North Atlantic Oscillation" and coupling together into a single model the winter climates in North America and Europe. The title of Ed's talk was "Lions and Lambs."

(Submitted by William Priestley, 2003)