Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major Named Rhodes Finalist

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.

Math Colloquium on December 3, 2020

Math Colloquium

Thursday, December 3, 2020

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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

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!

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

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.

Miron Banjac
Abby Brauer
Linus D’Angeli Brogan
Minho Choi
Eric Daniel
Chris Karagiannis
Sean Richardson
Manu Skora

Congratulations to all of the above! We are very proud of all these students! Great Job!!

Alumni-Founded Podcast Production Company Adds Another L&C Alumnus

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.

Physics Alumni Cofound a 3D Printing Startup

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.

Ice Cream

Meet Your Math Major!

October 15, 2019
5:00 pm 
Come by the Mathematical Department to meet your professors!
There will be Ice Cream!
Games! Games!

Game Night on September 28th!

Students had good food and played lots of games at Professor Peter Drake’s House!!!
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Mathematical Sciences Department Picnic

Saturday, 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 toys

Interdisciplinary Team Lands $500K for Earthquake Preparedness Research

It’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.

Math Scholarship Recipient

Erin Rast ’21, from Boulder, Colorado was recently awarded the Christine Fredricks Smith Memorial Scholarship, the College’s most prestigious award exclusively for mathematics majors. 
Computer Class

Math Colloquium

April 11, 2019
Speaker: Adina Shanholtz

Job Title: Software Developer

Company: Microsoft

Team: Edge, Media and Transient Experiences

Math Meets Science

Math Colloquium

April 4, 2019

Speaker: Grace Lawley

Topic: Math Meets Data

Transitioning from math proofs to natural language research.

Figuring out how to put theory into practice is not always straightforward. Real world data, especially natural language data, can put up quite a fight. In this talk, I will share my experience learning how to apply the lessons I learned in undergraduate math courses to medical research on the language of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Topics I will touch on include: natural language processing, data science, modeling, and dimensionality reduction.


Math Colloquium

March 21, 2019

Brian Dombeck- Assistant Professor, Economics, Lewis & Clark College

Topic: Learning vs News Shocks: What Drives Business Cycles?

Pi Day!

Pi DAY!!!!!

Thursday, March 14th 
Olin Lounge Lounge 3:30-4:30
More Details Coming Soon!
Yung-Pin Chen

Math Colloquium February 28, 2019

Speaker: Yung-Pin Chen
Jr Howard 259 
Tuning up their instruments!

Math Time, Fun Time

Singing songs about math!

Anne Bentley: How Chemists Use Group Theory

Math Colloquium- JR Howard 259 

Bringing a High-Performance “BLT” to Life

Lewis & Clark’s high-performance computing (HPC) system has been propelled by a collaborative initiative driven by professors, staff members, and students. Although many are unaware of this HPC system—named BLT for its worker nodes “bacon, lettuce, and tomato”—it is paving the way for current and future research opportunities.

Students Return from Collaborative Project to Combat Gerrymandering

After spending the summer working with students and professors from around the country, three Lewis & Clark students return to campus with new skills and perspectives on how to use mathematics to create a solution to partisan gerrymandering. The six-week program is a collaboration of Tufts University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Math Sciences Hike 2018

Students and Faculty hiked at Ecola State Park

Rogers Science Program Gives Student-Faculty Research a Strong Foundation

At Lewis & Clark, where students learn science by doing science, collaborative research with professors is an academic hallmark. The John S. Rogers Science Program supports several such projects each summer, and this year included multidisciplinary research with an especially timely goal: create a computer game that will teach users how to act in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Math Scholarship Recipient

Illia Hayes ’19, from Phoenix, Arizona, was recently awarded the Christine Fredricks Smith Memorial Scholarship

Students Present Research at Notre Dame Peace Conference

Megan Glavin BA ’19 and Sema Hasan BA ’18 were selected to present their original research at the 2018 Notre Dame Peace Conference, an event for students from around the world to share their work and discuss issues related to peace studies, social justice, and global activism.