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enProf. David Bayer discusses "The Art, Science and Math of A Beautiful Mind”
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<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-89" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">film</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>The film <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> was shown during this year's Tribeca Film Festival, in celebration of the 2001 Best Picture Oscar winner's tenth anniversary. Following the screening, Prof. David Bayer, who served as a mathematics consultant during the making of the film, participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Art, Science and Math of <i>A Beautiful Mind</i>.” Read about the discussion <a href="http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/140616-tribeca-film-festival-2011-a-beautiful-mind-tribeca-talks/">here</a>, or watch below.</p>
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<p><a href="http://barnard.edu/profiles/david-bayer">Prof. Bayer</a> is the coauthor of Macaulay, a computer algebra system for computations in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and holds a U.S. Patent (with N. Karmarkar and J. Lagarias) for a method and apparatus for optimizing system operational parameters. His research interests include combinatorial commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, and computer algebra. </p>
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</div></div></div>Fri, 06 May 2011 16:46:28 +0000avine5115 at http://barnard.eduMath Professor Dusa McDuff named honorary fellow at Cambridge University's King's College
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<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">faculty</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img alt="" class="media-image" height="225" style="float:left;margin:0 1em 1em 0;" width="300" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/styles/wysiwyg_medium/public/mcduff_dusa_075-1.jpg?itok=v4kk6gO2" />Dusa McDuff, the Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics, has been named an honorary fellow at <a href="http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/" target="_blank">King's College of the University of Cambridge</a>. The King's College Honorary Fellowships recognize those of high distinction in their chosen fields, with no more than 25 honorary fellows at any one time. By becoming an honorary fellow, McDuff joins a list of esteemed experts from a range of subjects, including law, politics, linguistics, physics, biology, and economics.</p>
<p>A member of Barnard's faculty since 2007, <a href="http://barnard.edu/news/formula-expanding-numbers">Prof. McDuff</a> is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the field of symplectic geometry and topology. She has received numerous awards and honors and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of York, and the University of Strasbourg. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and an honorary fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.</p>
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</div></div></div>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:33:34 +0000abeshkin61511 at http://barnard.eduCreating a New Generation of Scientists
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<p>This past summer, more than 120 Barnard students participated in the College's first annual Summer Research Institute (SRI). Building on Barnard's long-standing tradition of faculty-student research collaborations and summer research opportunities, this dynamic new program was shaped by faculty members from across scientific disciplines. SRI students received compensation and housing support from a variety of sources: Barnard endowment funds for student research; institutional support from the Provost’s Office; faculty grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and NASA; and institutional grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Con Edison, Amgen, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.</p>
<p>Thanks to all of these donors, SRI created a cohort of students from astronomy, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and psychology. Rather than students only doing research in their labs in an isolated way, they became part of a community of researchers. SRI enabled them to connect with one another through regular events such as lectures, panels, trainings, and a culminating poster session. “Really it allows students to see the connections among the various branches of science,” says Prof. Christian Rojas, a co-chair of the SRI committee. “I want them to understand that science is an extremely collaborative activity, not only within one’s own field but also across disciplines.”</p>
<p>This above video showcases the experiences of the student scientists and highlights their research. View their stories or watch presentations from the <a href="http://barnard.edu/news/barnard-hosts-inaugural-summer-research-institute-poster-session" target="_blank">SRI culminating poster session</a> below.</p>
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</div></div></div>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:54:12 +0000rdouglas40136 at http://barnard.eduA Formula for Expanding the Numbers
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<p>(From <em>Barnard Magazine</em>, Fall 2013)</p>
<p>She likes being on the top of mountains. It’s the vista that inspires her, the feeling of being able to see the world laid out before her, stretching toward the horizon. The sense of clarity is refreshing, perhaps because for so many years Dusa McDuff had a hard time seeing the way forward. Now McDuff is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the field of symplectic geometry and topology.</p>
<p>As she describes it, symplectic geometry is, like other kinds of geometry, the study of space. Yet, unlike the Euclidian geometry taught in high school, symplectic geometry is very abstract. Rather than measuring a single quantity, such as the length of an object, symplectic geometry studies the interactions of pairs of quantities via the measurement of two-dimensional areas. McDuff, with mathematician Dietmar Salamon, is the co-author of two textbooks that are classic references in the field: <em>Introduction to Symplectic Topology </em>(1998, 2nd edition) and <em>J-Holomorphic </em><em>Curves and Symplectic Topology </em>(2012, 2nd edition). McDuff has also received numerous awards and honors.</p>
<p>McDuff fell in love with numbers growing up in post-World War II Edinburgh. “I loved doing sums,” she says. Turning her interest into a satisfying career path wasn’t as easy. “I come from a sort of intellectual family and was always brought up to have a career. The only career I ever imagined doing was something academic.” Though she had an idea of where she wanted to go, getting there was hardly simple—in part because McDuff knew few other female mathematicians. “I knew there were some women mathematicians. And my father, a professor of genetics at the University of Edinburgh, had had female scientists in his lab, so I knew it was possible to be a scientist and a woman,” she recalls. “But I had no immediate role models, and no immediate friends.” She adds, “I had great ambitions, but I thought of myself as different. …It took a lot of effort to become a mathematician.”</p>
<p>Another challenge: She was named Dusa, after her maternal grandmother, who left big shoes to fill. Amber “Dusa” Reeves was a feminist writer who scandalized society by having an affair with H.G. Wells. “It was a daring thing to do, and it wasn’t what was expected of her,” McDuff says. “Following her, I felt I couldn’t just be ordinary.”</p>
<p>However, McDuff’s academic direction, and the ultimate accomplishments it led to, hardly turned out to be ordinary. She pursued her doctorate and post-doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where she solved a well-known problem, becoming the first person to prove the existence of infinitely many type II sub one factors, a problem related to the mathematical structures called von Neumann algebras. Her doctoral thesis on the subject appeared in the prestigious <em>Annals </em><em>of Mathematics</em>. “That gave me the confidence that I could do mathematics on an international level,” McDuff says.</p>
<p>Yet McDuff felt adrift with her work. Two significant experiences abroad, one in Russia and one in the U.S., changed her course. In the fall of 1969, during the last year of her PhD work, she accompanied her husband to Russia, where she met the charismatic and influential mathematician Israel Gelfand. “He was the first person who captured my imagination as a mathematician,” she says. With his help, she immersed herself in the abstract, conceptual side of mathematics and realized that the discipline could be both creative and beautiful. “Gelfand used to read me poetry and call that teaching me mathematics,” she says. “He thought it was all part of the same experience.”</p>
<p>Returning to the U.K., McDuff completed her PhD in 1971 and began teaching at The University of York, all the while pursuing her new study of topology, a form of geometry concerned with the properties of space. “Most people do their thesis and build from there: The research grows in some sort of organic way,” she says. “But I switched directions completely when I went to Moscow.”</p>
<p>Though she was making a name for herself professionally, the personal road wasn’t easy. She found herself in her mid-20s, supporting her husband (a translator of poetry) and a young child, while working full time. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were very few provisions made for female students, and virtually no support for married women with young children. The best-paying fellowships were reserved for men.</p>
<p>Her new academic trajectory eventually led her to take a year off from her position at York and assume a visiting position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, a position specifically reserved for a woman.</p>
<p>Over time, McDuff’s horizons widened, and she realized it was crucial to be more proactive about promoting her career. She also moved more toward the study of symplectic geometry.</p>
<p>In recognition of her work, she received the first ever Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize (Ruth Lyttle ’44) from the American Mathematical Society in 1991. Three years later, she was named a Fellow of the Royal Society.</p>
<p>After teaching at The University of York, The University of Warwick, MIT, and Stony Brook University, McDuff joined the Barnard faculty in 2007 as Helen Lyttle Kimmel Chair (Helen Lyttle ’42) and professor of mathematics. Now, McDuff teaches classes ranging from basic calculus to advanced courses in topology and geometry. Though her own research tends toward the abstract, McDuff urges students to study both the theoretical and the concrete. “I had a student who nearly dropped the mathematics major before discovering that she loved statistics,” McDuff says. “Mathematics as a way of thought is very broad, and it can be useful in many different circumstances. There are a lot of people who have strong math talent who don’t like traditional, proof-based, abstract mathematics.”</p>
<p>Supporting their passion is a practical matter. McDuff is working to diversify Barnard’s mathematics offerings to encourage students to explore topics such as statistics and computer science. This semester, the department launched a new computer-science workshop, giving students a strong foundation for future programming classes. Equally important is inspiring students to interact with one another, she says. In October, McDuff and the math department organized an evening party, in the computer-science help room, a space where Barnard students interested in the field can meet each other, in addition to getting help with their questions. The event honored mathematician Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and a countess, who was born in 1815. A pioneer in computer science, Lovelace is sometimes described as the first computer programmer.</p>
<p>While still few, the number of female mathematicians has grown significantly during McDuff’s career; she can imagine even more—given the right support and camaraderie. “If you’re a young woman who’s very talented in math, you end up being isolated,” McDuff says. “There still aren’t enough senior faculty members or graduate students to serve as mentors.” That’s why McDuff divides her time between working as a faculty advisor to math-minded students at Barnard and helping run an annual summer program for women in mathematics through the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.</p>
<p>“In mathematics, you have to work incredibly hard, and most of the time you feel as though you don’t understand,” she says. “You just keep working, though, and gradually things become clearer. Most of the time, you’re in a fog. But sometimes, it’s instant, and you just see.”</p>
<p><i>—R. Monroe</i></p>
<p><i>—Photography by Mike McGregor </i></p>
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</div></div></div>Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:05:57 +0000abeshkin30801 at http://barnard.eduProf. Dusa McDuff honored by the American Philosophical Society and American Mathematical Society
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<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">faculty</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics/stem" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">STEM</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Prof. Dusa McDuff, Barnard’s Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics, has received recognition from two prestigious academic societies.</p>
<p> On November 15 at the <a href="http://www.amphilsoc.org/">American Philosophical Society</a>’s annual autumn meeting, Prof. McDuff was officially inducted as a member of the society, which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” She was among the 34 preeminent scholars elected earlier this year to join this organization that brings together distinguished scholars from across academic disciplines to engage in civic and cultural matters. The Society also supports research through grants and fellowships, and is home to a renowned research library of manuscripts and historical documents. <a href="https://www.amphilsoc.org/members/electedApril2013">View the full list of new members.</a></p>
<p> Additionally, Prof. McDuff will deliver a series of lectures in January as part of the 2014 <a href="http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm">Joint Mathematical Meetings</a>, an annual conference hosted jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting is the largest gathering of mathematicians in the United States. In her lectures at this year’s meeting, Prof. McDuff will focus on symplectic geometry. <a href="http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2014/jmm2014-mcduff.mp3">Listen to an interview with Prof. McDuff about her upcoming lectures.</a><a href="https://math.barnard.edu/profiles/dusa-mcduff"></a></p>
<p> Prof. McDuff joined Barnard’s faculty in 2007. She has worked in symplectic topology since the early 1980s, writing over 90 papers as well as co-authoring three books. Prof. McDuff has been awarded various honors and distinctions including the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1994, a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.</p>
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</div></div></div>Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:59:06 +0000sbrowne30276 at http://barnard.eduMathematics & Beauty
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<div class="field field-name-field-subtitle field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A lecture by Mina Teicher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventdatedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, November 14, 2013</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventtimedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">6:30 PM</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventlocation field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ella Weed Room, 2nd Floor Milbank Hall</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomyevents field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/event-type-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lecture</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics/bcrw" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">BCRW</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Does beauty have a mathematical foundation? If so, can machines learn to identify it? Mina Teicher, professor of mathematics and neural computation at Bar-Ilan University, traces the mathematics behind beauty from the Golden Age in Spain to the 21st century, from the essence of visual experience to machine “vision,” in order to explore what beauty means to mathematicians today. With 140 scientific papers in mathematics, complex systems, neuroscience, bio-medicine, computer vision, and cryptography, Professor Teicher has research interests spanning computational neuroscience, algebraic geometry, and applications to computer vision, braid group and its applications to cryptography, and mathematics education. She is the former vice president for research and development of Bar-Ilan University, and currently sits on national and international boards, and consults on technology transfer and innovation policies to governments.</p>
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</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-11-14T18:30:00-05:00">Nov 14 2013 - 6:30pm</span></div></div></div>Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:00:00 +0000lstuffle26941 at http://barnard.eduPerspectives in Math
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<div class="field field-name-field-subtitle field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A lecture by Mina Teicher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventdatedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 2, 2013</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventtimedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">6:10 PM</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventlocation field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">202 Milbank Hall</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomyevents field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/event-type-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lecture</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-60" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">neurology</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Join Mina Teicher, professor of mathematics and neural computation at Bar-Ilan University, for a guest lecture exploring mathematics and brain research. </p>
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<div class="field field-name-field-subtitle field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A lecture by Erica N. Walker</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventdatedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, February 5, 2013</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventtimedisplay field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">7:15 PM</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-eventlocation field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ella Weed Room, 2nd Floor Milbank Hall</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomyevents field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/event-type-3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lecture</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-36" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">education</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Given that the U.S. ranks so poorly among industrialized nations in math and science, it behooves us to consider seriously the social and cultural factors that promote mathematics excellence for students, especially students in urban schools. Drawing on research about the mathematical experiences of high school students and mathematicians, Erica N. Walker shares how teachers, students, parents, community members, and others can collaborate to build strong mathematics communities to support student learning and engagement. Erica Walker, associate professor of mathematics education at Teachers College, is the author of two books, <em>Building Mathematics Communities in Urban High Schools</em> and <em>Black Mathematicians and the Paths to Excellence</em>.</p>
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212.854.7072<br /><a href="http://barnard.edu/education">barnard.edu/education</a><br />
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http://barnard.edu/headlines/barnard-cstep-students-shine-statewide-competition
<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-13" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">science</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-16" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">technology</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img alt="" class="image-inline_large" src="http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/styles/inline_large/public/images/inline/dsc01135.jpg" title="" /></p>
<p>In the spring of 2012, Barnard students attended the 20th Annual Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (<a href="http://barnard.edu/asep/c-step">CSTEP</a>) Statewide Student Conference in Lake George, New York. The event attracted more than 600 students from across the state.</p>
<p>Faizunnahar Dewan '13, a biochemistry major, placed first in the Physical Sciences Category for her oral presentation on "Electrochemical Characterization of Diselenide Reduction" from her research and mentoring with Barnard <a href="http://barnard.edu/profiles/marisa-buzzeo">Prof. Marisa Buzzeo '01</a>.</p>
<p>Madina Toure '12 a French and political science major, received an honorable mention in the Human Services/Social Sciences category for her oral presentation titled, "Mayote: French or Cormorian."</p>
<p>Past winners at the annual event include: Emily Kyrillou '08, second place, Natural Science category; Meena Azizi '09, first place, Natural Science category; Camille Avestruz '09, honorable mention, Physical Science Category and Nathalie Lissain '12, honorable mention, Human Services/Social Sciences category.</p>
<p>As part of the Office of Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP), CSTEP is an educational enrichment program designed to help historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students from New York prepare for graduate programs and careers in mathematics, science, technology, and the licensed professions.</p>
<p>To find out more about CSTEP visit the <a href="http://barnard.edu/asep">ASEP web page</a>.</p>
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</div></div></div>Tue, 29 May 2012 00:59:20 +0000mszarek12310 at http://barnard.eduProf. Joan S. Birman ’48 elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
http://barnard.edu/headlines/prof-joan-s-birman-48-elected-american-academy-arts-and-sciences
<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><a href="http://www.math.columbia.edu/~jb/">Joan Sylvia Lyttle Birman '48</a>, professor emeritus in Barnard's department of mathematics, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A highly accomplished mathematician, Prof. Birman's research focuses on knots, braids, 3-manifolds, and mapping class groups of surfaces as well as related topics in geometric group theory, algorithms, contact geometry, and dynamical systems. She will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with other newly-elected members who include of leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts.</p>
<p>Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Barnard President Debora Spar is also a member.</p>
<p>View the full list of 2012 Class New Members on the <a href="http://www.amacad.org/news/alphalist2012.pdf">AAAS website</a>.</p>
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</div></div></div>Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:35:05 +0000avine11704 at http://barnard.eduSyllabus: Helping Hands
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<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-13" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">science</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-130" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">biology</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img alt="Illustration by Richard Lillash" class="image-inline_large" src="http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/styles/inline_large/public/images/inline/20111102.syllabusillo.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 1em 1em 0pt;" title="Illustration by Richard Lillash" />When Teresa Pelletier ’13 took a seat in an introductory biology survey course during her first days as a Barnard student, she was anxious. “I remember being really nervous the first day of classes, being away from home, and in the first big biology lecture,” she recalls.</p>
<p>Then a student got up at the front of the room and described a program called Supplemental Instruction, which offers semester-long assistance with introductory biology classes provided by fellow students. “I listened to some smiling Barnard upperclass members who introduced SI,” Pelletier says. “I attended my first session and found that it eased my tensions toward the class specifically and about the new college experience in general. I attended SI regularly, and it helped me so much.”</p>
<p>Pelletier, now an anthropology major, did well in the biology class and is helping other students in the same course by serving as an SI leader. The biology program is one of several extra-help programs offered at Barnard in conjunction with rigorous introductory science, economics, and math courses. These sessions are designed to make sure students get the assistance they need.</p>
<p>Created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, SI has been adopted by hundreds of colleges nationwide and internationally. Staff members from participating schools attend training sessions in Kansas City and implement SI on their campuses. At Barnard, 12 SI sessions are offered per week for the classes it covers, “Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology,” “Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology,” and “Molecular and Mendelian Genetics.” An average of 25 students attend each of the sessions, which are free. During its first two years, the program was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Since 2009, it has been funded by the Altman Foundation. The techniques used in the biology department’s SI program (to date the only subject to receive institutional funding) “help students learn how to find answers to their questions on their own,” says Paul E. Hertz, acting provost and dean of the faculty and one of the biology professors who helped introduce SI to the department four years ago. “We found students were struggling with the material and not knowing how to approach their studies,” he explains.</p>
<p>SI uses creative approaches to help students grasp complex materials. “Students in these courses can feel overwhelmed, so we try to facilitate exploring the material in a hands-on way. Sometimes we’re even a little silly,” says Tali Azenkot ’13, who is one of seven SI biology leaders this semester.</p>
<p>Azenkot shows students a twisted scarf to demonstrate the appearance of coiled DNA. She asks students to make diagrams of the processes of the cell cycle called mitosis and meiosis, photocopies the diagrams, and staples them together to make flip books, so students can see how the cell processes work. “The students are teaching each other how they mastered complex material,” Hertz says.</p>
<p>Students who attend SI get better grades, according to statistics from Maria Giunta, the administrator for the biology department who coordinates SI. Last year the grades received by program participants were 14 percent higher on average than those of students who never attended SI. “These classes are very challenging, and the sessions really help,” Giunta says. Attendance is kept confidential, so students don’t feel there is a stigma to seeking extra help. Students find out about SI from e-mails sent during the first week of school and from visits to their classes by SI leaders.</p>
<p>The program “encourages students to work in groups and learn from each other, rather than struggle on their own,” says Natalie Howlett, a member of the Class of 2010 and SI leader who works as a laboratory specialist in the biology department. It also helps them see “that science classes don’t have to be stressful—they can be rewarding and even fun.” Not to mention the possibility of encouraging future majors in science.</p>
<p>For help with several introductory and intermediate courses in chemistry and physics, the Office of the Dean of Studies Academic Assistance Program offers workshop rooms that provide assistance from upperclass students several nights a week. Up to 450 students per year use the rooms. “It’s a constant source of support available for students if they have questions,” says Adjua Starks, assistant dean of studies and dean for academic assistance.</p>
<p>Tutoring in small groups for courses in biology, economics, and math also is available for a fee through the Dean of Studies’ office. Students pay on a sliding scale; some pay nothing. The math department also offers help rooms staffed by professors, graduate students, and undergraduate teaching assistants that are open several hours a day, says Walter Neumann, the chair of mathematics.</p>
<p>For Azenkot, attending SI sessions when she was a first-year “really made a difference. I had never taken an advanced placement science course, and a lot of the material in introductory biology can be overwhelming,” she says. “SI really changed the experience—it made the information seem a lot more accessible and exciting.” The material proved so intriguing for Azenkot that, though she came to Barnard intending to major in economics, she is now a biology major. “SI definitely influenced my decision,” she affirms.</p>
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</div></div></div>Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:34:27 +0000dstaab8847 at http://barnard.eduMath and science students honored by Goldwater Foundation
http://barnard.edu/node/4885
<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-13" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">science</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-130" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">biology</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-131" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">environmental science</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Three Barnard students have recently been named winners or have received honorable mention in the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition. The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent award for undergraduate science students in the United States. Its purpose “…is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals” to the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded nationwide each year to exceptionally promising sophomores and juniors who plan to go on for the Ph.D. Each award covers up to $7,500 in tuition and other expenses for up to two years of college. (I.e., sophomore awardees receive two years of funding; juniors, one year.) “The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency…” and the Goldwater Scholarship Program, honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, “… was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.”</p>
<p>For further information, see <a href="http://www.act.org/goldwater">www.act.org/goldwater</a></p>
<p>Winners:</p>
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<p><strong>Caroline Gleason '12</strong><br />
Major: Biological Sciences<br />
Hometown: Syracuse, NY<br />
Career Goal: Ph.D. in molecular biology; research in the biomedical sciences.</p>
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<p><img alt="" src="http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/images/inline/tremblay.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 1em 1em 0pt; width: 150px; height: 167px;" /></p>
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<p><strong>Marissa Tremblay '12</strong><br />
Major: Environmental Science<br />
Hometown: Chester, New Hampshire<br />
Career Goal: Ph.D in geochemistry; application of geochemistry to problems in structural geology and paleoclimatology.<br />
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<p>Honorable Mention:</p>
<p><img alt="" src="http://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/images/inline/alexander_.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 1em 1em 0pt; width: 150px; height: 159px;" /></p>
<p><strong>Sarah Alexander '12</strong><br />
Major: Mathematics<br />
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware<br />
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics; research in geometry and math with visual aspects, applied mathematics</p>
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</div></div></div>Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:50:02 +0000sgreene4885 at http://barnard.eduBanking on Success: Rachel Lewis
http://barnard.edu/headlines/banking-success-rachel-lewis
<div class="field field-name-field-taxonomytopics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/topics-99" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">economics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/category/topics-94" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img alt="Rachel Lewis Student" class="image-inline_small" src="http://barnard.edu/../../sites/default/files/styles/inline_small/public/images/inline/rachel_lewis_student.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0pt 0pt 1em 1em;" title="" />Rachel Lewis chose to attend Barnard in part because of its commitment to developing female leaders. She wasted no time in becoming one, and now the junior and native of Duxbury, Mass., has been rewarded for her efforts with a Morgan Stanley Women's College Fellowship.</p>
<p>The highly selective fellowship is based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities. It will grant Lewis a scholarship for two semesters and an internship that will plant her on a trading floor at the global finance company for 10 weeks next summer, where she'll gain hands-on experience in the institutional equities division. Having spent last spring and summer interning at a hedge fund consulting firm, Lewis says she's looking forward to the challenge. "I enjoy working, and hearing about the markets every day," she says.</p>
<p>"A math and economics major, Lewis suspects her application to Morgan Stanley stood out because of her participation in the New York-based Athena Collaborative Group, a nonprofit organization that prepares undergraduate women to thrive in traditionally male-dominated math and science fields like investment banking. "That training taught me so much," she says. "I really learned how to go through the interview process and be prepared."</p>
<p>After taking a class on women in leadership with Professor Liz Abzug her sophomore year, Lewis joined Barnard's Athena Scholars program, which integrates coursework, internships, workshops, and a social action project to hone leadership skills.</p>
<p>"I chose Barnard because I loved that it was a women's college, and had the benefits of being a small college within a large university setting," she says. "I've been lucky to take advantage of so many of the opportunities here."</p>
<p>Her interest in finance also spills into her extracurricular life, where, in addition to playing violin in the Columbia University Orchestra and serving as an RA, she works with Columbia University Net Impact, a sustainable business nonprofit venture that focuses on providing microloans in developing countries. "It's a way I've found to apply my business skills to something that can help people, in terms of global poverty," she says. "That's really interesting to me."</p>
<p>After graduation Lewis hopes to continue working in sales and trading at an investment bank "The people I've met at Morgan Stanley seem so interesting and dynamic," she says. "And I've always wanted to work in an intense and competitive environment."</p>
<p align="right">—<em>J. Collins</em></p>
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