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The annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Exam will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Everyone is welcome to participate in the exam, or to attend one of the problem solving practice sessions (Math 211) that will meet 7:10-8:30 p.m. on 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 and 11/29. If you are interested, contact Prof. Karen Collins (kcollins@wesleyan.edu). Here is a question to intrigue you: Forty-one rooks are placed on a 10 x 10 chessboard. Prove that you can choose five of them that do not attack each other. (Two rooks attack each other if they are in the same row or column.)

If you are interested in teaching, join the Upward Student Teaching Forum! The first meeting is Wednesday, September 5th at noon in the Woodhead Lounge. All are welcome! Please feel free to contact Leah Temes at ltemes@wesleyan.edu with any questions!

September 22, Smith College


This is an annual conference focussing on and celebrating the participation of women in mathematics.
All the mathematics is at the undergraduate level.

We especially invite:
• Undergraduates – This is an opportunity to see mathematics outside the normal curriculum.
• Undergraduates – and talk to grad students and faculty about graduate school.
• REU participants – This is a great opportunity to talk about your work this summer.
• Grad students – Practice your job talk—give a short description of your work but at the undergraduate level.
• Grad students – and meet faculty at other schools.
• Faculty – See old friends, bring your students, meet grad students looking for jobs.
Check out the website and register (http://www.math.smith.edu/~jhenle/wimin12/)
Heather McQueen (hmcqueen@smith.edu) can answer questions about registration and logistics. Other questions should go to Jim Henle (jhenle@smith.edu).

The Upward Teaching student forum offers Wesleyan students the chance to try their hand at teaching local high school students.The goal of this forum is to create an academic link between the Wesleyan student body and the students of Middletown. By partnering with Upward Bound Math & Science, students will develop a curriculum and teach monthly Saturday sessions to Upward Bound students. Additionally, Wesleyan students will run after school academic sessions twice a week for Middletown and Prospect High students. Wesleyan students will create lesson plans and tutoring material based on curriculum from high school math teachers, and will meet weekly to debrief, prepare lesson plans, and receive teaching training from teachers and upward bound staff.
All Wesleyan students are welcome to join; the math background need not be more extensive than high school algebra, geometry, and calculus. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at LTemes@wesleyan.edu.

As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2012-2013, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) will offer a two-day undergraduate workshop on topics of current interest in statistics and applied mathematics. In addition to an overview of current and planned SAMSI Research Programs, the program topic

will be covered in some depth. This workshop will be held on October 26-27, 2012 at SAMSI. The program will begin at 9:30 AM on Friday, October 26, and will be completed by 12 noon on Saturday, October 27.

Participants are urged to arrive on Thursday evening and will be able to begin their return home by 12 noon on Saturday. Applications received by Friday, September 28, 2012, will receive full consideration.

SAMSI will reimburse appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging. Send questions to ugworkshop@samsi.info

There will be free pizza in the Woodhead Lounge at noon on Tuesday 4/17/12 as The Primes present the animated movie “Flatland”. It’s free and all you need to do to join the club is show up!

HRUMC XIX is a one-day math conference for undergraduates and faculty. This is an opportunity to learn or even speak about interesting mathematics. The keynote speaker will be Ravi Vakil of Stanford University, speaking on “The Mathematics of Doodling.”

The conference will be held on April 21, 2012 in Springfield, MA. For more information, or to submit an abstract for a talk, visit: http://www.skidmore.edu/HRUMC.


Congratulations to Eli Halperin and Sangsan Warakkagun, who represented Wesleyan at the Connecticut College Mathematics Competition last weekend. As a team, Eli and Tee finished in 3rd place. Great job!

Seniors may be interested in the MATCH Teacher Residency. This is a one-year teacher residency program. From their recruitment manager, Sara Parr:

Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

For more information, visit their web site: http://www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/teacher.htm

Arthur Burkart CS’14 is a coauthor on the paper “A database of annotated promoters of genes associated with common respiratory and related diseases,” published in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. During his summer research internship in 2011, Arthur worked at the Biomedical Informatics Research Center in Wisconsin, where he used the R statistical package to aanalyze genomic sequence data and obtain insights into the transcriptional regulation of disease-related genes. He also learned how to perform advanced cluster analysis on the data he derived from his experiments. Congratulations on the publication, Arthur!

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