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Math at the Mount David Summit 

Our New A.I. Says Hello 

Senior Thesis 

Students Attending Conferences 

Math Majors Make Plans 

Math Council Activities This Year 

Math Seminars This Semester 

Publication By An Alumnus 
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Welcome to the second edition of the Bates College Mathematics Department Newsletter!
Math at the Mount David Summit
photos courtesy of Chip Ross
This year's Mount David Summit was held March 30. Click on any photo below to see a larger version.


The atrium at Pettengill: presenters explain their posters 


Jake White presents his poster; Judith Isaacson and advisor Bonnie Shulman visit 


Mark Prelli and advisor Chip Ross by Mark's presentation, both poster and laptop 


Sarah Cremer at her poster; Jill Reich visits 


Jason Touhey presents his poster and holds a math book 
Our New A.I. Says Hello
contributed by Eric Towne
I'm pleased to be starting in the newlycreated position of Assistant in
Instruction in Mathematics. The job is a fluid one that will develop over
time, but some of the things I'll be doing include working with students
taking calculus and linear algebra and with seniors writing theses, and
providing support and instruction in the mathematical software and
technology that are available in the Department. I'm looking forward to
meeting those of you I don't yet know and to seeing past students again.
Senior Thesis
contributed by several people!
Several seniors completed, or will complete, thesis projects this year. These include:
 Sarah Cremer, twosemester thesis: "Intersection Dichotomy: Q and P Curve Interaction in
the Bifurcation Diagram"
 Steve Feiss, onesemester thesis: "Tessellations on the Hyperboloid"
 Peter Kozak, twosemester honors thesis, joint with Economics: "Valuation of Risky FixedRate Debt and Credit Default Swaps"
 Mark Prelli, onesemester thesis: "Algorithms for the Computer Representation of Julia Sets"
 Jake White, onesemester thesis: "Period Doubling Bifurcations of a Periodically Forced Biological Oscillator"
Students Attending Conferences
descriptions and photos courtesy of Bonnie Shulman
Several Bates students went to conferences this year:
 Mike Lopez and Jake White presented papers at the Fall 2002 Northeast
Section of Mathematical Association of America (NEMAA) meeting, November 2223,
at Framingham State College in Framingham, MA. Mike's paper, "The Babylonians Had It First" focussed on floating
point arithmetic in the Babylonian number system (based on a project in Numerical Analysis) and Jake's paper was based on
his thesis work: "Period Doubling Bifurcations of a Periodically Forced Biological Oscillator."
 Erica Dodd and Chi Nguyen attended the Fifth Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, February 79, 2003.
 Luciska Tiererova and Chrissy Anderson will present papers at the 10^{th} Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference (HRUMC).
on April 12 at Union College. Luciska will talk about cooperative strategies in stickleback fish, based on work she
did in Mathematics and War, the first year seminar taught by Bonnie, and Chrissy will talk about codebreaking in WWII, also
from a project she did in that class.
The following photos come from the NEMAA conference in Framingham. Click on any photo to see a larger image.
Math Majors Make Plans
contributed by the following math majors:
Going to Budapest!  

 Greg Jukins: I will be in Budapest next
fall semester with Oliver (Gjoneski). As far as courses, we have a chance to attend each
class for the first few weeks so that we can figure out which exact ones we
want to take. If I had to choose now, I am leaning towards combinatorics and
graph theory since these topics are new to me and are offered not so often at
Bates. Other than that, Oliver and I are just really looking forward to living
in Budapest.
 Chi Nguyen: I am applying to go to Salamanca in Spain next Fall semester. I am
minoring in Spanish so probably the courses I am going to take are Spanish
history and literature. So it's likely that I am going to miss math for a
semester :)
I am applying for a couple of internships in the business field. But I am
also interested in building math models in economics.
 Mark Prelli: On summer jobs: No takers yet . . . maybe a summer camp with
computers though.
On life after Bates: I will probably be going on to teach math to high school students, as
well as computer science and hopefully philosophy. I've applied to a
program at UCONN where you get your teaching certificate and your masters'
in a year and a half. I also have put in applications at Lincoln labs and
Fidelity for programming jobs.
Advice to upandcoming math majors: Do a thesis if you can  they don't have to be harder than seminars,
and they can become one of the most interesting classes you have here. It
is a 1 on 1 class directed by you  and you won't find an opportunity like
that very often in life.
 Nick Violi: For fall semester I've accepted an internship at Arcosanti in
Mayer, Arizona, which is an architectural/ecological commune where they
are building a city as a prototype to demonstrate the type of
selfcontained and selfsufficient architecture advocated by their
founder, Paolo Soleri. I will be doing work on their computers, i.e.
web servers, email servers, internet connectivity, local area
networking. Should be a good time. I should be back second semester.
Math Council Activities This Year
contributed by Bonnie Shulman
Fall Semester: We shared a spaghetti dinner and watched
A Beautiful Mind.
Winter Semester: A group went to see the play Proof at
The Public Theater in Lewiston.
Math Seminars This Semester
contributed by the presenters
Two mathematicians give a total of three talks about their research this semester:
January 29: 
Jeff Hildebrand of
Bates College speaks on "Finding central elements
in prime characteristic downup algebras" at 4:00 p.m. in Hathorn 209 
April 2: 
Mohammad Tajdari speaks on
"Perturbation Methods and Matched Asymptotic Expansions" at 4:00 p.m. in Hathorn 209 
April 10: 
Jeff Hildebrand of
Bates College speaks on "Finite dimensional module structures for prime
characteristic downup algebras" at Colby College for the CBB Seminar 
Publication By An Alumnus
contributed by Peter Wong
Grynkiewicz, David J.
On four colored sets with nondecreasing diameter and the
ErdösGinzburgZiv theorem.
J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 100 (2002), no. 1, 4460
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