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Apr
19
Presentation on first-year students

Dr. Irina Seceleanu of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Dr. Steven Haefner of the Department of Chemistry, delivered a presentation on what first-year students know about mathematics when they enter Bridgewater, what/when/how they are taught, and what they are expected to know. Additionally, Dr. Seceleanu presented "Dichotomous Behavior for the Hypercyclicity of Weighted Shifts" at the Wabash Extramural Modernn Analysis Miniconference at Indiana University.

Aug
19
In celebration of Arizona

Professor Philip I. Scalisi of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and graduate coordinator of mathematics, was invited to participate in the centennial celebration of Arizona's statehood. He organized and presented material pertaining to mineralogy and crystallography - subjects that have played an important role in the history of Arizona. He also gave a presentation on the history of mathematics to students at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and spoke on the non-Western history of mathematics to students and faculty at Bristol Community College.

Apr
19
Professors publish paper

Four professors from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science published the paper, "A Code Snippet Library for CS1," in the journal for the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education. Co-authors were: Professor Torben Lorenzen, Professor Abdul Sattar, Dr. Lee Mondshein and Dr. Seikyung Jung.

Apr
19
Faculty attend joint math meeting

More than 7,000 mathematicians from around the world attended the Joint Meetings held in Boston of The Mathematical Association of America, The American Mathematical Society, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Bridgewater State University faculty attending the meetings were Dr. Annela Kelly, who presented "Probability Density Functions from Real-World Applications;" Dr. Laura Gross, "Linear Instability in a Combustion Problem;" Dr. Rebecca Metcalf, "CONNECT Math: A Partnership in Higher Education;" Dr. Shannon Lockard, an organizer of the MMA invited paper session on the Beauty and Power of Number Theory, presented "Multiple Choice Versus Open Response Assessment in Calculus," which was co-authored by Dr. Irina Seceleanu; Dr. Kevin Rion, "The Aluthge Sequence of a Shift Operator;" Dr. Seceleanu, "Cyclicity of vectors inducing an orbit with a non-zero limit point; student Thomas Howard with his poster, "A Mathematical Model for the Effects of Plague Aggregation on the Neuronal Network, which was featured at the MMA undergraduate poster session. Dr Seceleanu was his mentor on the project, which built a mathematical model to study the effects of plaque deposits on the neuronal pathways of the human brain.

Apr
19
Burgiel contributes to publication

Dr. Heidi Burgiel, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, contributed to the latest edition of the OpenCourseWare on linear algebra courssse materials as published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Apr
19
Gimbel attends MassBay gala

Dr. Phyllis Gimbel, associate professor of secondary education and professional programs as well as educational leadership, was invited by Dr. John O'Donnell, present of MassBay Community College, to attend the institution's 50th anniversary celebration. Dr. Gimbel attended in her role as chairwoman of the Board of Directors of World of Wellesley, an organization dedicated to making the community a welcoming and diverse place to live.

Apr
19
Counselor educators attend conference

Dr. Louise Graham, professor of counselor education and program director for mental health counseling, and her colleague Dr. Michael Kocet, professor of counselor education, presented at the American Counseling Association conference in San Francisco. Dr. Graham led a pre-conference workshop on foundations of disaster mental health. She is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and this is a course that the organization requires all mental health workers to take before they are eligible for deployment to a national disaster. Her co-presenter was Mark LePore of Penn State University, and together they certified 39 licensed professionals. Dr. Kocet manned the information booth for spirituality in counseling, a division of ACA. BSU graduate student Coleen O'Hanley also attended the conference, her first. 

Apr
19
Presentation at Global Summit for Children

Dr. Ahmed Abdelal, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, presented at the Global Summit for Children held in Washington, DC. The topic of his presentation was "Neurobiology & Neurophysiology of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination.

Apr
19
Presentation at Global Summit for Children

Dr. Ahmed Abdelal, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders, presented at the Global Summit for Children held in Washington, DC. The topic of his presentation was "Neurobiology & Neurophysiology of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination.

Apr
19
Students hold fundraiser

A group of students in a class led by Dr. Lisa Battaglino, professor and chairperson of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, raised $1,700 for Dreams for Emily. The organization supports families that are involved with Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome, a genetic disorder believed to affect a child's physical features, cause developmental problems and lead to medical problems such as seizures, ADHD and anxiety disorders. The fund drive was part of a second-year seminar entitled Lead and Serve. Students involved were Lisa DeSousa, Brandon Manning, Julie Aponte and Mike Niccoll.

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