Getting to Know: Adam Childers

August 30, 2019

Mathematics major and Honors student Olivia Long wondered about the profession of mathematics professor at a small college like Roanoke. She asked us several questions about the present and the future of our job. Here are the edited results, so that you can get to know us and our job. Adam Childers can often be […]

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Those Were the Days

April 22, 2019

  There are some advantages to being over 60 years old. I can play golf from the senior tees, and get the senior discount at the cafeteria. I saw Jimi Hendrix in concert. That might be it. Roanoke College math lecturer Claire Staniunas was hired by Ron Walpole. In RC history, Walpole has the star […]

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Play It Again, CSAM

April 18, 2019

It was a weekend of comebacks in sports: Tiger Woods winning the Masters, the Clippers erasing a 31-point deficit against the Warriors, and CSAM returning to Furman. The last item made few headlines, but the Carolina Sports Analytics Meeting at Furman University is a highlight of the year for myself and several students. Roanoke College […]

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Star City

March 21, 2019

In Agnes Handal’s hometown, Christmas season is a happy time with numerous parades and festivities. Musical groups called scouts come from miles around to march and play their drums and bagpipes, celebrating with local townfolk and tourists of various religious backgrounds. Agnes, who is a junior actuarial science major at Roanoke College, showed pictures and […]

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Another Year, Another Pi Day

March 15, 2019

Whew! What a week! Not only was it the week right after Spring Break (which is always a tough week), but it also happened to be a very busy mathematical week! Thursday, March 14 was Pi Day! Pi, a mathematical constant, was originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, i.e. […]

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Breaking News

March 15, 2019

The students, faculty, and programs in the MCSP Department are constantly growing. Here are some recent developments, starting with two students who are at the top! Gabe Umland ’19 has been named a Fulbright scholar. Of the 11,000 yearly applicants, fewer than 1,000 students and professionals nationwide earn this prestigious teaching/research award each year. With […]

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Fuzzy Memories

March 14, 2019

Some of the reminisces that follow are true, but some are only partially true. That statement may seem obvious given the unreliability of human memory. However, in terms of mathematical logic (and, after all, I am writing about a mathematician) the phrase “partially true” may seem nonsensical. My intention, as I hope you will see, […]

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February 27, 2019

David Moreau will graduate in May as Stat Crew’s GOAT. If you’re not familiar with sports lingo, that means Greatest Of All Time. David’s four years at RC coincide with Stat Crew’s four years of existence, and he has played a major role in the success and development of this experiment in academic-athletic collaboration. At […]

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The First

February 21, 2019

Emma Blair will become Roanoke College’s first graduate in actuarial science on May 4, 2019. From which it logically follows that Emma is our first triple major in actuarial science, economics, and Spanish. With a math minor. And two years on the lacrosse team. And ballet. With a grade average that rounds to 4.0. Being […]

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Making an Outstanding Choice

January 30, 2019

Karin Saoub’s textbook A Tour Through Graph Theory was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine for 2018. Choice is the trade magazine for academic libraries, and Outstanding Academic Titles are “must haves” for academic libraries. Congratulations to Karin! Karin’s book now joins a select list, representing about ten percent of the 6000 […]

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