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Wittgenstein Imitated Badly: A contest for Aquinas students, faculty and staff. 
The winner of our Wittgenstein Imitated Badly contest, by vote of the CA310 students, is Casey Thomas.
Casey received a copy of the graphic novel Logicomix as his prize. Congratulations, Casey!
His winning entry:
"I want to play a game; that is to say that there is a game I want to play. However it is a different sort of game, which is to say that it is not the same as a normal sort of game. It will not be played to win but to be more and more successful; this means you’re going to lose but you’ll be able to tell your friends that they suck compared to you so you win anyways. The game therefore is a contradiction so it does not exist. Therefore, Tetris does not and yet does exist. Game over?" 

Student Publications 
We have five published researchers from the Aquinas College Department of Mathematics! 
 Megan Ternes's article, Tangent circles in the hyperbolic disk, appeared in the RoseHulman Undergraduate Math Journal, Fall 2012. >Read Megan's article
 Noah Davis's article,
Squaring the circle in the hyperbolic disk, has been submitted to Mathematics Magazine.
 Jane Kraemer’s article, Fibonacci numbers and chord diagrams, appeared in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, Spring 2011 (Volume 13, Number 4.) >Read Jane's article (pdf)
 Jillian Duffey (Russo)’s article, Hyperbolic polygonal spirals, is in the RoseHulman Undergraduate Math Journal, Fall 2010 volume.
>Read Jillian's article (pdf)
 Nate Poirier is the most recent researcher. His article, Alhazen’s hyperbolic billiard problem, has been accepted at Berkeley’s Involve Journal. >Read Nate's article (pdf)
 Professor Laura Shuman is also published in Involve.

These are top, refereed journals and the math department is proud to see the benefits of the MohlerThompson summer research grants paying off so quickly. View the cover of Involve to learn more about Nate and Laura's articles. Involve (pdf) 



Undergraduate Research/Conference 
The Summer 2011 MohlerThompson researchers, Ian Hart and Megan Ternes, presented this year in the Math Club at the Aquinas MohlerThompson Poster Session. Megan also showed off her work at the Van Andel’s annual undergraduate conference in 2011. 

Actuarial Association 
Our past Math Club president Andrew Borgman became our latest student to pass the P Actuarial exam and the first to receive his reimbursement from the Sr. Mary Catherine Brechting OP Fund. This highly competitive exam costs just under $200. The Aquinas College Department of Mathematics supports students interested in Actuarial Science with its Aquinas Actuarial Association which keeps track of old exams and sets up professor/student study groups. 

Internet Security Minor 
The Math Department has created a CIS/Math minor in internet security. The unusual math components are a Math and Technology seminar where students learn to program in Maple and other technological packages, Number Theory and Modern Cryptography which builds on Number Theory to study the current internet security standard, RSA and its rivals for the next standard. We also study the ways to hack RSA and its rivals. 

Outstanding Senior Awards 20113 

Graduating senior Megan Ternes was honored as the Mathematics Department's Outstanding Senior for the 20122013 academic year.
Congratulations Megan! 
