Thursday, December 9, 2010
Senior Project & Independent Research Poster Session
ReemKayden Center 12:00 pm READ MORE >>
Students presenting: Conor Beath Alexandra Bettina Matthew Boisvert Nicole Camasso Abigail Fuchsman Mary Cameron Ogg Samantha Root Laura Schubert Gabriella Spitz Sara Yilmaz Advisers: Brooke Jude, Felicia Keesing, Catherine O’Reilly, Michael Tibbetts Sponsored by: Biology Program Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Science on the EdgeSynthetic Biology: Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 7:00 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by John Ferguson Biology Program In July J. Craig Venter and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute announced the creation of a "synthetic cell" whose 1.08–mega–base pair genome was created from digitized genome sequence data. This was the first report of a viable cell created with a completely chemicallysynthesized genome, although previous investigators had constructed functional viral particles from a chemicallysynthesized genome. We will see how Venter's latest achievement fits in with his previous work and his future ambitions for "synthetic biology.” Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mathematics Program Open House
Albee 3rd floor 4:30 pm READ MORE >>
Are you wondering which math course to take next semester? Are you considering a math major? Do you like to eat cookies and hang out with math students and professors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, pelase stop by theMathematics Program Open House Sponsored by: Mathematics Program Contact:
Lauren Rose 8457587362 rose@bard.edu

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Science on the EdgeThe 2010 Nobel Prizes
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm READ MORE >>
Chemistry Making the Connections – The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Palladium Catalyzed CarbonCarbon Coupling The formation of carboncarbon bonds has been a challenge that, for many years, only nature has been able to accomplish effectively. With the ability to assemble carboncontaining molecules into more complex structures, a multitude of new materials and biologically active compounds can be prepared. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Richard F. Heck, Eiichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for their development of and contributions toward the field of transitionmetal promoted reactions to create new carboncarbon bonds.Lecture by Emily McLaughlin Chemistry Program Physics “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the twodimensional material graphene” Awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for “producing, identifying and characterizing graphene”, a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in hexagons. Since Geim and Novoselov revealed their absurdly simple method for making graphene in 2004, thousands of papers about this material have been published. Graphene’s twodimensionality gives rise to unusual properties of fundamental and practical interest, including its electrical conductivity, strength and flexibility. In this talk, we’ll take a look at how graphene was made and characterized and some of its significant properties.Lecture by Simeen Sattar Physics Program Sponsored by: Biology Program; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Fair Duels
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by Sinan Gunturk Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York UniversityA fair duel is a mathematical abstraction that seeks infinite binary sequences which are highly balanced in a certain universal sense. This talk will present the origin of this problem, how some classical sequences fare as attempts to solve it, and the current best solution that is inspired by a signal processing algorithm. Sponsored by: Mathematics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Mathematics Senior Project Prospectus Talks
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
Ben Selfridge 4:45 Lexi Carver 5:00 Nathan Smith 5:15 Zhexiu Tu 5:30 Diana Khaburzaniya 5:45 Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mathematics Senior Project Prospectus Talks
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
Lionel Barrow 4:45 Alexandros Fragkopoulus 5:00 Jules Moreau 5:15 Greg Backus 5:30 Madeleine Schatzberg 5:45 Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Mirror Symmetry Through Polytopes
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by Ursula Whitcher Harvey Mudd College The mathematical field of mirror symmetry was inspired by an observation made by string theorists: different candidates for the shape of the extra dimensions of the universe yield the same observable physics. We will describe pairs of "mirror" universes using geometric figures such as polygons, polyhedra, and their higherdimensional analogues, polytopes. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Science on the Edge  Paradigm Lost: Is Relatedness Really Essential to Animal Cooperation?
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:30 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by Philip Johns Biology ProgramOne of the most elegant ideas in evolution is the notion that organisms cooperate with relatives because relatives share genes. Mutations that lead to relatives cooperating can spread through populations even if the altruistic individuals do not themselves leave offspring. This process is called kin selection. It is difficult to overstate how influential this idea has been over the last half century. But in the last 15 years modern genetics revealed that some of the most impressive examples of animal cooperation  eusocial insects with sterile working castes  involve animals that are not necessarily closely related. In fact, in some groups, cooperating animals may be unrelated. In August, Martin Nowak, Corina Tarnita, and Edward Wilson published a model explaining how relatedness, per se, is not necessary for the evolution of eusociality. This paper is enormously controversial. Fifty prominent scientists have reportedly signed a letter protesting its publication in Nature. In this talk, we discuss the elements of the model and why it is so controversial. Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mathematics Senior Project Prospectus Talks
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
Julia Bennett 4:45 Jackie Stone 5:00 Travis McGrath 5:15 Adam Chodoff 5:30 Anastassia Etropolski 5:45 Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Specialization Theorems in Number Theory
RKC 111 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by John Cullinan Mathematics Program Given a polynomial in two variables F(x,t), if we substitute a constant for t then we are left with a onevariable polynomial. This is called a specialization of F(x,t). What algebraic or numbertheoretic information about F(x,t) can be deduced from its specializations? Using simple examples as motivation, we'll discuss irreducibility and Galois properties of polynomials. These examples will allow us to state some of the deepest conjectures in number theory. Some exposure to abstract algebra will be helpful, but is not necessary. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Catalan Numbers Everywhere
RKC 111 4:45 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by Sam Hsiao Mathematics Program The Catalan numbers, a famous sequence beginning with 1, 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, . . . (can you guess the pattern?), appear as the solution to a dizzying array of counting problems. I will discuss a few of the many different interpretations and uses of the Catalan numbers, including their connections to ballot counts and the drunkard's walk. While this talk will be elementary, familiarity with Taylor series will be helpful. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monitoring T Cell Responses to Bacterial Pathogens
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 12:00 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by David Gondek Harvard Medical School Sponsored by: Biology Program Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Bard Summer Research Institute Poster Session
RKC lobby 7:00 pm READ MORE >>
Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Mark Halsey 8457522336 halsey@bard.edu

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Typesetting Mathematical Texts: Introduction to Latex
RKC 100 4:40 pm READ MORE >>
A seminar by Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program TEX (pronounced “tek”), of which LATEX is the most widely used dialect, is the stateoftheart system for typesetting mathematical texts, widely used by mathematicians, scientists and computer scientists, as well as professional journals and book publishers. TEX is not a whatyouseeiswhatyouget word processor, but is rather a computer programming language, originally developed by the noted computer scientist Donald Knuth. Though TEX is a bit harder to use than a regular word processor, it is easily mastered, and offers a number of advantages for typesetting mathematical texts, including the ability to type very complicated mathematical formulas, automatic theorem numbering, and real portability between platforms. TEX is particularly well suited for senior projects in mathematics, computer science and the physical sciences. This talk will present some of the basic ideas of using LATEX. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587265 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Science, Mathematics & Computing Division Ice Cream Social
RKC lobby 4:30 pm READ MORE >>
Come to the Science, Mathematics & Computing Division ICE CREAM SOCIAL Stop by to ask questions about courses being offered or find out more about majoring in the programs. Faculty members from each program will be there to answer questions. Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Lauren Rose 8457587362 rose@bard.edu

Monday, May 17, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, May 16, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Senior Project Poster Session
ReemKayden Center 6:00 pm READ MORE >>
Students presenting:Erik Badger Oni Banks Jacqueline Bow Alex Carlin Aleksandar Chakarov Cedric Cogell Joseph Corey Ivelina Darvenyashka Jyoti Dev Tessa Dowling Jacob Ezerski Sarah Farell Jonathan Fivelsdal Wui Ming Gan Jun Harada Xian He Sam Israel Nina Jankovic Liz JimenezMartinez Huaizhou Jin Emanuel Krantz Leah Ladner ShunYang Lee Hannah Liddy Jason Mastbaum Robert McNevin Alison Mutter David Polett Hannah Quayde la Vallee Adrita Rahman Viriya Ratansangpunth Che RuisiBesares Dale Simmons Fang Song Petar Stojanov Corinna Troll Alexandru Vladoi Nicholas Wilton Yu Wu William Wylie Xinyuan Xu Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Craig Anderson 8457522356 canderso@bard.edu

Monday, May 10, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, May 9, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, May 3, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, May 2, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, April 26, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, April 25, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
YesNo Voting Systems
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture by Bradley Forrest Stockton College We will explore YesNo voting systems, systems where voters are choosing between only two options, for example when a bill or amendment is pitted against the status quo. Four specific real world YesNo voting systems will be discussed: the UN Security Council, the European Economic Community (now the EU), the legislative branch of the U.S. Federal Government, and the procedure to amend the Canadian constitution. These voting systems highlight several interesting properties of YesNo voting systems that we will investigate in detail. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Monday, April 19, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, April 18, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, April 12, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, April 11, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, April 5, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, April 4, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Bicycle Mathematics
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture byTimothy Goldberg Cornell University Some pretty interesting mathematics, especially geometry, arises naturally from thinking about bicycles and how they work. Why exactly does a bicycle with round wheels roll smoothly on flat ground, and how can we use the answer to this question to design a track on which a bicycle with square wheels can ride smoothly? If you come across bicycle tracks on the ground, how can you tell which direction it was going? And what's the best way to find the area between the front and rear wheel tracks of a bicycle? We will discuss the answers to these questions, and give lots of illustrations. We will assume a little familiarity with planar geometry, including tangent vectors to curves. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, March 29, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, March 28, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – Monday, March 29, 2010
Bard Summer Research Institute Summer 2010Applications now being accepted
ReemKayden Center READ MORE >>
The Bard Summer Research Institute supports campus based summer research by undergraduate students in empirical/quantitative fields  anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, psychology, and sociology. Faculty propose research projects related to their own research that are appropriate for undergraduates participation and faculty act as mentors for the students. Each student selected to participate in BSRI receives a $2,500 stipend for the eightweek program. JUNE 7JULY 30 APPLICATION DEADLINEMonday, March 29th Students applications should be submitted via email to Megan Karcher, karcher@bard.edu, using the attached form. Sponsored by: Bard Summer Research Institute Contact:
Megan Karcher 8457522340 karcher@bard.edu

Monday, March 22, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, March 15, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, March 14, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, March 11, 2010
On the Square Peg Problem
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture byJohn McCleary Vassar College In 1911, Otto Toeplitz conjectured that a simple closed curve in the plane always has four points on it that form a square. This conjecture has been attacked in many ways over the last almost 100 years. I will present some of the approaches and reasons to believe it true. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, March 8, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, March 7, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, March 4, 2010
When Do You Hear an Airplane?
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture byMatthew Deady Physics Program You hear an airplane passing overhead, you look for it and realize the sound is coming from a different place than where you see the plane. This is due to the fact that the speed of sound is much less than the speed of light. So, one could ask, when do you first hear a plane? Answering this question using simple calculus gives insights into wave propagation and reception, and a different way to understand the phenomenon of sonic booms. The physics and mathematics of sonic booms and related phenomena will be presented, including applications to the detection of particles in particle physics experiments. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Y Chromosome Evolution: Why?
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm READ MORE >>
A Science on the Edge lecture byPhilip Johns Biology program The Y chromosome is the chromosome that determines the development of males in humans and most other mammals. It is a small chromosome with very few genes. Evolutionary biologists have hypothesized the causes of its "degenerate" evolution. One prediction of how Y chromosomes degenerate is that the genes on Y chromosomes should evolve slowly. In a recent study titled, "Chimpanzee and human Y chromosomes are remarkably divergent in structure and gene content", Jennifer Hughes and her colleagues at MIT found that, contrary to expectations, genes on the Y chromosome have evolved incredibly quickly since humans and chimps diverged. We will discuss recent human evolution, how scientists have used the Y chromosome to make startling discoveries about humans in the past, and what the implications are that the Y chromosome is evolving as quickly as it is. Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Monday, March 1, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Role of the Large Hadron Collider in the Quest to Understand Matter
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture byJim Pivarski Texas A&M University The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a 17mile circumference circular accelerator, in which two beams of protons (which are “hadrons”) collide with each other at the highest energies ever achieved in a laboratory. It has received more media attention than most physics projects  why is this experiment important, and what is it for? That question could be answered many different ways, but I will present it in the context of the central story of the quest to understand what matter is: from electromagnetism to quantum field theory, the Standard Model, the search for the Higgs boson, and supersymmetry (time permitting). Equal weight will be given to theoretical motivations and experimental techniques. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program; Physics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, February 22, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, February 21, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
SESAME: An International Collaborative Science Project in the Middle East
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 7:00 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture byDr. Mukhles Sowwan Al Quds University In this talk I will speak about the international collaborative science project SESAME Synchrotronlight for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. SESAME is being developed under the umbrella of UNESCO and is modeled closely on CERN. The first beam line will be operational in 2012. Several hundred scientists from the region and other parts of the world are expected to use this facility, which will cover disciplines ranging from archaeology to the medical sciences and nanotechnology. The members of SESAME are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Pakistan, and Turkey. This makes SESAME a unique multidisciplinary center in this part of the world. In addition, I will talk about the Nanotechnology Research at AlQuds University, and my views on science and politics, and international collaboration, in a volatile environment like the Middle East. Sponsored by: Physics Program Contact:
Christian Bracher 8457587302 bracher@bard.edu

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, February 15, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Introduction to Mathematica
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A presentation byKelvin Mischo Wolfram Research Mathematica is a powerful mathematical programming language and software package designed for technical computing. Mathematica features integrated symbolic manipulation, numerical computation with arbitrarily high precision, and numerous tools for creating graphics and visualizing data. In this talk—which will be given entirely in Mathematica—we will discuss several useful applications of Mathematica for teaching and research in mathematics, the physical sciences, and economics. In particular, we will show how to design universal examples in Mathematica that can be used by faculty or students with no prior Mathematica experience. We will also discuss the basics of the Mathematica language and system, as well as some of the new functionality available in Version 7. No previous knowledge of Mathematica or mathematical programming will be assumed. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
CANCELED  The Women in our Lives: Lucy, Ardi and Human Evolution
ReemKayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm READ MORE >>
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. A reschedule date will be announced A Science on the Edge lecture byWilliam Maple Biology program Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and hundreds of biologists, paleontologists and anthropologists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries confronted the question of human origins without adequate fossil evidence. The similarity of apes and humans was clear but the links were missing. Even as more fossil, anatomical and biochemical evidence illuminated apehuman relationships, the mystery remained of accounting for the evolution of typical hominid bipedal locomotion from the knucklewalking and arboreal locomotion of the African apes. The last 100 years of hominid fossil discoveries gradually pushed the age of our ancestry back to as much as 3+ million years (Australopithecus), but all were terrestrial bipeds. The discovery in the Ethiopian Afar Rift region of fragments (including a partial female skeleton) of a hominid now known as Ardipithecus ramidus clearly (at least to some) suggests a species that moved with both apelike climbing and humanlike bipedality. Recovery of other fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants in the same site clarified the ecological habitat as patchy forest. The elucidation of the place of Ardipithecus in hominid evolution was named breakthrough of the year by Science Magazine. Sponsored by: Biology Program Contact:
Felicia Keesing 8457522331 keesing@bard.edu

Monday, February 8, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, February 7, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Algebra, Combinatorics, and Card Shuffling
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture bySam Hsiao Mathematics Program How many shuffles does it take to randomize a deck of cards? The famous paper by Bayer and Diaconis published in 1992 provides a definitive analysis of this problem. I will discuss the beautiful interplay between algebra and combinatorics that shows up in their work, and will survey subsequent developments that relate to my current research in algebraic combinatorics. This talk will assume a basic familiarity with abstract algebra. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
James Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, February 1, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Matings of Polynomials
RKC 111 4:15 pm READ MORE >>
A lecture bySarah Koch Harvard University Julia sets are a certain family of fractals that arise from the iteration of polynomial maps on the complex plane. In 1983, Duaday and Hubbard discovered that two polynomial maps can sometimes be combined into a single dynamical system by "gluing together" the Julia sets, an operation known as mating. In this talk, we begin with a brief introduction to complex polynomials, Julia sets, and the parameter space for quadratic polynomials (the Mandelbrot set). We then discuss the notion of mating two polynomials, focusing on the quadratic case. Finally, we will explore some examples where the mating does exist, and examples where it does not. Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Mathematics Program Contact:
Jim Belk 8457587162 belk@bard.edu

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu

Monday, January 25, 2010
Math Study Room
RKC 111 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm READ MORE >>
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutorEvery SundayWednesday Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program Contact:
Maria Belk 8457587162 mbelk@bard.edu
