News and Events
- NEWSThe supportive liberal arts community Ben Kolligs BA ’18 found at L&C provided him opportunities to discover his passion in robotics and to advance his career, even before he graduated. Next up, graduate studies in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University!
Linus Brogan ’22 Takes Second in Secure Coding TournamentOn June 19, 2021, the Portland chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), along with chapters from Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC, hosted the AppSec Pacific Northwest Conference. The conference focused on how to build secure software, defend against attacks, and practice finding potential flaws. Linus Brogan BA ’22 competed in the associated secure coding tournament, finishing in second place. The tournament involved identifying insecure code, analyzing the types of vulnerabilities, and finding the best way to fix the flaws. Brogan is majoring in Computer Science & Mathematics and minoring in Physics.Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics John Krussel has retired after 34 years at Lewis & Clark.Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 is this year’s winner of the Rena J. Ratte Award, Lewis & Clark’s highest academic honor. This fall, Gonzalez will begin a five-year PhD program in chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles.Student-faculty collaborative research
Two recent Lewis & Clark alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Three other L&C alumni have been given honorable mentions.
Through strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, data science engages individuals in computing, statistics, interpretation, and communication. The new minor will reflect the strength of a liberal arts curriculum above all else, thanks to the diligence and passion of faculty members across the college.
Starting in the fall of 2021, Lewis & Clark’s Department of Mathematical Sciences will begin offering a new concentration within the computer science program: cybersecurity. The new concentration in cybersecurity provides students an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together technology, people, information, and processes through the creation, operation, analysis, and testing of secure computer systems.Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 advanced to the final round of interviews for the Rhodes Scholarship, widely regarded as the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The scholarship allows exceptional, leadership-driven students from around the world to pursue higher degrees at the University of Oxford. Gonzalez is the fourth Lewis & Clark student to be named a Rhodes finalist in the last five years.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/9016798003?pwd=eitGa20yeHpRQ0MwZDZwLzVMTElsQT09
Speaker: Kevin Sweet
Title: Modeling the Effect of Quorum-Sensing Regulated T6SS-Mediated Killing on Biofilms
Abstract: Bacterial interactions heavily impact how a biofilm forms, and how bacteria communicate impacts how they interact. One way that bacteria can communicate is through the production and sensing of quorum sensing molecules which regulate certain genetic expressions. It was our focus to model and analyze the relationship between quorum sensing regulated Type VI Secretion System (T6SS) mediated killing in two strains of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and biofilm structure. We constructed a deterministic two dimensional model that held the rate of quorum sensing molecule production constant in order to illustrate basic interactions between two bacterial strains and the effect that such interactions have on the biofilm’s development. By adding another dimension to our model we can more realistically show the effects that quorum sensing regulated T6SS mediated killing has on the biofilm’s structure based on the current state of the biofilm. This work illustrates how quorum sensing T6SS mediated killing contributes to overall biofilm structure.
Speaker: Abby Brauer
Title: Numerical Analysis of the 1-Dimensional Parabolic Optimal Transport Problem
Abstract: Numerical methods for the optimal transport problem is an active area of research. Recent work of Kitagawa and Abedin shows that the solution of a time-dependent equation converges exponentially fast, as time goes to infinity, to the solution of the optimal transport problem. This suggests a fast numerical algorithm for computing optimal maps; we investigate such an algorithm here in the 1-dimensional case. Specifically, we use a finite-difference scheme to solve the time-dependent optimal transport problem and carry out an error analysis of the scheme. A collection of numerical examples is also presented and discussed.
24 Hours of Triviality Questions!
Since we can’t get together for a senior dinner, the Math Department staff thought a trivia game would be fun! Some of the questions are trivia, some are just plain trivial.
We hope you join in! Questions and links will also be emailed out to seniors!
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Past EventsApril 8, 2021How to register: sign up here
What: Join alumni and friends of the Mathematical Sciences Department for a special event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Come meet current math and computer science students and get updates from faculty on what’s been happening over the past year. Special guests include emeriti faculty Roger Nelsen and John Krussel.February 18, 2021In celebration of our new cybersecurity concentration, please come listen to a talk with alumna Lindsay Von Tish.
More information to come!December 12, 2020Are you a sophomore who is forward thinking and interested in in learning more about Prudential?December 3, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/9016798003?pwd=eitGa20yeHpRQ0MwZDZwLzVMTElsQT09July 21, 2020Summer science summer student researchNovember 29, 2018Statistics Alumni Professor SpeakerNovember 15, 2018Math Presentation