Student Symposium Today

Today at 3:30 in ILB 370 Dr. Silver will give a talk on knot colorings. This should be a very accessible talk for undergrads at basically any level. There will be snacks at 3:00 in ILB 335 (the small conference room/library at the end of the hall of offices).

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Meeting Wednesday

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30 in ILB 345. We will talk about t-shirt designs, and there will be a guest speaker. Kristal Webb earned her bachelor’s degree in math and psychology, and her master’s degree in math here at South. She is now in the basic sciences PhD program here, where she does sciency stuff with brains. She will talk about her academic journey, specifically focusing on non-math careers for math majors.

More Sudoku math

“Two researchers have developed a mathematical algorithm that solves Sudoku puzzles very quickly, without any guessing or backtracking.

Complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Maria Ercsey-Ravasz, from the University of Notre Dame also say they can also explain why some puzzles are harder than others.

The only drawback is that you need a PhD in mathematics to understand just what they’re proposing.”

Mathematician among new MacArthur Fellows

Maria Chudnovsky, a mathematician at Columbia University specializing in graph theory, has received a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. This is an extremely prestigious award consisting of “five-year, unrestricted fellowships to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work.” She is most famous for being one of the authors of a proof of the strong perfect graph theorem.