Monday, April 14, 2014

Retirement Reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, May 2

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host a retirement reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, professor of mathematics. Colleagues and students are welcome to come and wish him well. The reception will be in Patterson Room 211 on Friday, May 2 from 11-2.  

During his 30 years at Ashland University, Dence has taught a variety of mathematics and computer science courses.  He was awarded the Ashland University "Mentor Award" in 2001 and 2009 and was the inaugural recipient of the university's Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2011.  In 2003, the Mathematical Association of America presented Dence with the Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. In addition, Dence has published more than 60 articles in refereed journals and has authored or co-authored five textbooks on mathematics. His final semester of teaching was Fall 2013. 

Read more about Tom's storied career in the Fall 2013 Department of Mathematics and Computer Science newsletter. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dr. Chris Swanson Receives Mathematics Teaching Award

During the spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Dr. Christopher Swanson was awarded the 2014 Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The ceremony took place at the University of Toledo on Friday, April 5.

Swanson has been with Ashland University since 1999. In addition to teaching mathematics, he is also the director of the university Honors Program.   In 2006, the MAA also honored Dr. Swanson with a Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. 

Read more at the AU News Center 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Robotics & Machine Learning Class available for Fall Semester 2014

Looking for a unique Core Natural Sciences course?

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will be offering CS 245 "Robotics and Machine Learning" this fall.  It will meet on MWF from 10:00 -10:50 a.m. in Kettering Science Center. 

There are no prerequisites and the course assumes no computer science background. Classroom instruction will include lecture and discussion as well as hands-on lab work with programming and building.

Topics covered include:

* history of robotics and machine learning

* philosophical perspectives and impact of artificial intelligence systems on society

* robot construction techniques

* robot navigation and manipulation techniques

* machine learning algorithms and their applications

* software robots

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Department Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception will be April 8, 2014

The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science will have their 2014 Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of the John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This annual event will recognize students who have displayed excellent academic and/or leadership skills.  Recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Student Awards will be announced.  We will also recognize all department majors or minors with a math and computer science GPA of 3.5 of higher.  Others to be honored include graduating seniors, student organization officers, contest participants, scholarship recipients, and more.

Honorees and their families should be receiving personal invitations to attend this reception soon.  RSVP is requested by April 1 to or 419-289-5790.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Two Students Inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honorary

Seniors Morgan Mirtes and Chris Yocum were recently inducted into the Ashland University chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society. Mirtes is a senior from Norwalk, Ohio double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Yocum is a senior from Ashland majoring in computer science. The induction ceremony was conducted on March 13, 2014, by current UPE members Marissa Uhrig, Kenny Bogner, and Kees Edwards.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), is an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines, first organized at Texas A&M University in 1967. Today, this international organization consists of chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America and overseas. The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the computing and information disciplines.

Ashland University’s UPE Chapter was formed in January 2002. Sophomore, junior and senior computer science majors who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to join this prestigious honorary. Eligibility is based on progress in computer science coursework, grades earned from computer science courses, and a student’s cumulative grade point average. The chapter’s faculty advisor is Dr. Paul Cao.

Pictured (left to right) are Morgan Mirtes, Kees Edwards, Marissa Uhrig, Kenny Bogner, and Chris Yocum.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Math & Computer Science Students to Participate in This Year's URCA Symposium

Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium that will feature the works of approximately 46 students from 12 departments in the College.

According to Dr. Diane Bonfiglio, assistant professor of psychology, the April 1 symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center. The symposium will feature oral presentations, performances, poster presentations and art exhibitions.
Read full article.

The following Math and Computer Science students are participating this year.

Kees Edwards and Kenny Bogner – The Art of Strategy
Poster/Exhibition Session 1-2 p.m. in the Alumni Room
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mark Nadler, Economics/Finance

Stacee King – Sub-rectangles and Super-rectangles: Creation and Properties
Oral Session 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Faculty Room
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Chris Swanson, Math

Visit the URCA blogsite for updates.

Download a full schedule of URCA presentations. 

Students and faculty members are encouraged to attend the day's activities.  To foster participation, Dean Weber suspends daytime CAS classes so our faculty and students can attend the various events.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

International Pi Day is this Friday (March 14)

This Friday, 3-14, the world celebrates the 26th Annual Pi Day.  Pi Day was created in 1988 by Larry Shaw, staff physicist for the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. The Museum again has all day activities planned to celebrate including a pi parade. Check out these resources from their website and elsewhere for your Pi Day pleasure.

A Brief History of Pi 

Suggested Activities for Pi Day

Article about the creation of Pi Day and its Culinary Implications