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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!
The 80th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, administered by the Mathematical Association of America was held on December 7, 2019. 4,229 students participants from 570 institutions participated in the competition. Eight of our students participated in this highly competitive mathematics contest and they all scored points.
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a 6-hour exam which is voluntarily attempted by only the top math students in the United States and Canada, is considered the world’s toughest math test. The median score is often zero.
Linus D’Angeli Brogan
Congratulations to all of the above! We are very proud of all these students! Great Job!!Annie Fassler BA ’11 and Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 met at Lewis & Clark and began working together with the emerging medium of podcasting right after graduation. In 2017 they founded Puddle Creative LLC, and this past fall they hired Sam Peers Nitzberg BA ’19.
After building a 3D printer for a class during his senior year, John Kray BA ’17 enlisted the help of Zach Rose BA ’18 to build and sell innovative desktop 3D printers. Their most recent model is so easy to use that Lewis & Clark purchased one for the physics lab.
Meet Your Math Major!October 15, 2019
Come by the Mathematical Department to meet your professors!
There will be Ice Cream!
Game Night on September 28th!Students had good food and played lots of games at Professor Peter Drake’s House!!!
Mathematical Sciences Department PicnicSaturday, September 14th was a beautiful day at Gleneden Beach!
Students and Professors had a great day, enjoying the sun, playing games and eating lots of good food.
Annual Day Hike at the Oregon Coast
Saturday, September 14th 2019
All students in a math or computer science class are invited.
This is all-day event is free: The Department provides the post-hike dinner and games at a covered picnic site.
Please bring your own sack lunch for hikes.
We will be at Gleneden Beach Gazebo Area. Several lengths of hikes will be available for all levels.
Meet at 8:30 am in the Fir Acres Parking Lot. (near Olin Science Bldg.) to carpool to the coast.
What to Bring:
Sack Lunch, Water Bottle, Layered Clothing, Jacket and Hat, Sturdy shoes, Sunblock, Day Pack, Optional beach toysIt’s a persistent question: How do you prepare large populations for an emergency? Funded by a grant of more than half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation, an interdisciplinary team of Lewis & Clark faculty and students is creating a video game to educate and enlist young people in that critical process.