History of the Department


Cong Lu, majoring in both mathematics and economics, was salutatorian of the Class of 2009. He is now in graduate school in economics at Cornell. The Hooke Prize in calculus was awarded to Prashanta Kharel of the Class of 2012.

Stephen Carl is coaching Reed Tomlinson '10, Bentley Cook '11, and Tori Salekin '12, who will compete as a team in the 2009 ACM Programming Contest regionals at Tennessee Tech University. Anna Tracy '11 presented a talk to the Sewanee-Rhodes-Hendrix Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium held last spring at Hendrix College.

Two members of the Class of '03 have recently earned doctorates—Clay Shonkwiler, writing on a topic in differential geometry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Sinclair, on a topic in probability at the University of Tennessee. The April, 2009, issue of the American Mathematical Monthly contains work that began as undergraduate research in probability by Grace Kennedy '06. Doug Drinen and Mac Priestley are co-authors of the Monthly paper with Grace, who is now starting a thesis in mathematics at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jennifer Sinclair gave the Annual Homecoming Lecture this year. The Ebey Lecture will be given February 1, 2010, by Rebecca Goldin of George Mason University, who will speak about the use and misuse of statistics.

Thanks to the work of Chris Parrish and others, a modified Moore-method course designed by James T. Cross is now available on the Web at this link: CParrish.

These notes, entitled "A Do-It-Yourself Introduction to Number Theory," consist of a tight sequence of exercises whose solutions are to be presented in class by the students themselves. Jim Cross retired some years ago, but his notes have continued to be used as the primary text in our course in number theory. His deftly arranged exercises have proved successful in having students work out and justify newer and deeper results by building upon previous work by classmates.

(Submitted by William Priestley, 2009)