Math Department News

Math Faculty
The string of consecutive years with a full-time Dominican Sister teaching the Department of Mathematics at Aquinas College has been interrupted. Since Aquinas College has offered a bachelor's in math. we've been blessed with at least one sister/professor until Sr. Ann Mason, O.P. changed to part-time for Fall 2013.

Taking her place as a full-time professor is Dr. Joseph Fox. He earned his doctorate at WMU and has been a full-time professor at Salem State for seven years before he came to Aquinas. He has taken several of Sr. Ann's upper-level courses, like Abstract Algebra and Linear Algebra. He also has Sr. Ann's office in AB50C and Sr. Ann has moved next door to AB54. Dr. Fox has already secured a summer research grant for 2014.
Our string of summer researchers continues, with Noah Armstrong, Jackie Gipe and Marissa Saladin finding summer research projects for 2013. Noah worked on strategies and algorithms for Mancala-like games and Jackie found some new results in the vector space of chord diagrams modulo 1-T and 4-T relations. Marissa's summer work was in chemistry. All three have presented their work on campus. Jackie and Marissa also presented at the Van Andel undergraduate research session in November 2013.

We hope you're sitting down when you read this: we gave the math suite a face-lift. The old texts have been recycled and the room has been painted light green. We thought if we designed the space for easier access, it would make Friday's Game Day even more fun than last year. We also turned a storage room into a study which anyone can use. Here are photos of the space as it looks August 31:

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