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Welcome to the Bates College Mathematics Department Newsletter!The Sampson Lecture: Jennifer Quinn Professor Jennifer Quinn, of The Association for Women in Mathematics, packed the house  on a Friday night no less!  for this year's Sampson Lecture on November 10. The topic was "Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers" and local radio station WCNM, AM 1240 advertised the talk with this interview. Jennifer also gave an afternoon talk titled "Synchronicity: Alternating Sums, Determinants, Continued Fractions & More". Mathematical InductionAt the stroke of noon on October 3, a set of math students and a group of instructors converged on Hathorn 104 for the College's first ever Mathematical Induction Ceremony. Though some might claim that such an event is derivative of similar gatherings held by fraternities and sororities, we hope that it will prove to be an integral part of the math major experience here at Bates. Attendance was limited to math majors and those planning to declare themselves majors, and spirits were unbounded as we sampled a complex array of lunch treats. The success of the base case of this event leads us to conjecture that we can do it again and again, ad infinitum. After the ceremony, all declared math majors received a gift in the form of a keychain with a domino and the words "Bates Math Induction" inscribed on it. This made many wonder about the significance of this present. Which of the following describes why the gift was chosen?
a) Math opens the keys to many doors. Answer at bottom of Newsletter. Thesis, Posters, PizzaThis semester saw four great posters (photos above) by fall onesemester thesis students. At the end of the poster session, we celebrated with pizza for all. Yearlong thesis students gave presentations, and we look forward to more from them next semester! Their talk titles follow.
This year the Math Department has returned to its usual seminar series, after a year of specially focused Seminars on Computing in the Bates Math Curriculum. The Fall 2006 semester included talks by many of the newest members of the math faculty as well as enjoyable visitors.
Math Council Math Council again sponsored an Ice Cream Social to get math students together early this semester! On October 11, they treated us to many flavors of ice cream, along with toppings of both the candy and gooey varieties. From the email introducing Math Council the newest bunch of Batesies: "The studentrun Math Council has, over the years, sponsored many events ranging from info meetings about thesis (always followed by pizza and soft drinks), movies and spaghetti dinners at Frye Street Union, to lectures for students by outside speakers. Last year one especially fun event was an end of the year dinner at Margaritas! We want to continue this tradition of fun social events involving both faculty and students, *BUT* we NEED your input and participation."
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