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Spring 2014: Math faculty accepts visiting research appointment at Max Planck

Dr. Anna Haensch has been invited to be a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (MPIM) in Bonn, Germany from January through May, 2014. She is working on problems in number theory that involve resolving local-to-global problems for quadratic polynomials in three variables, and, the exploration Hecke operators in coding theory. The institute has many top number theorists on its permanent faculty with whom Anna will collaborate.

Bonn is very special because it is also home to the Hausdorff Institute, The Institute for Numerical Simulation, the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics, the University of Bonn, and the CAESAR Center for Advanced European Studies and Research -- all of whom host weekly mathematics seminars to which the members of MPIM are invited.


Spring 2014: Mathematics faculty receives teaching award

Mr. Sean Tierney has been chosen as a recipient of two 2014 Apple Polishing teaching excellence awards. Every spring, Greek organizations each vote for a Duquesne faculty to receive their recognition of teaching excellence. This spring, the sisters of Alpha Phi and brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma separately awarded Sean with this recognition. Congratulations, Sean!



Fall 2013: CPMA graduate student recognized

Duquesne CPMA graduate student Belinda Hasanaj received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Scholarship for her work presented at Duquesne's inaugural Graduate Student Research Symposium on October 25. Belinda was one of 58 graduate students presenting research. The award is based on her oral presentation, "Authorship Attribution Methods in Albanian," with Dr. Patrick Juola as her advisor. Congratulations, Belinda!

Fall 2013: New math faculty member joins the department

Dr. Anna HaenschDr. Anna Haensch has joined the department as an assistant professor of Mathematics in Fall 2013. Dr. Haensch completed her Ph.D. in number theory from Wesleyan University in May 2013. Her dissertation research includes both the theoretical and computational study of number theory, with a focus on representation problems for Diophantine equations. As a contributing programmer for the Sage open-source computer algebra system, Dr. Haensch has enhanced the quadratic forms module of this system based on her dissertation results. Dr. Haensch is fluent in German, and is an avid biker and runner.


Summer 2013: Undergraduate math student wins award at national conference

This summer, at Mathfest 2013 in Hartford, CT, Duquesne mathematics major Jonathan Cohen won one Jonathan Cohenof 22 Outstanding Presentation Awards for his talk "Pointwise Smoothing of Images in Besov Spaces." His talk was prepared under the advisement of Dr. Stacey Levine. The Mathfest conference is a national math conference held each year by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) which focuses on math education and undergraduate research. Every year at Mathfest, there is a series of undergraduate talks presenting qualified undergraduate research in math. These talks are broken up into several (20+) sessions, with each session having 5-7 presentations. The presentations are judged, and the students judged best in each session are given the Outstanding Presentation Award. Congratulations Jon!

Summer 2013: Faculty outs J.K. Rowling

Dr. Patrick Juola has used his stylometry and computational linguistics expertise to provide strong evidence that a mystery novel published under a fake man's name was actually the work of J.K. Rowling. Patrick and his authorship attribution prowess are currently being recognized in several media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The Pittsburgh Business Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Follow any of these links for more details about Patrick's impressive analysis.

Summer 2013: CPMA graduate obtains start-up funding

Steve Cotter, a 2012 graduate of the Computational Mathematics (CPMA) master's program, was awarded a $25,000 investment for his start-up company, Collected (http://alphalab.org/companies/collected). The award comes from AlphaLab, a subsidiary of Innovation Works, and also provides South Side office space, weekly business training seminars, and access to mentors with start-up company experience. The award culminates in a demo day event where investors and media are invited to a presentation of the new products and services. Steve will work together with another CPMA graduate, Amanda Kroft '13, to address the problem of finding and easily accessing content across the many web services that individuals and workgroups use to store files (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).

Summer 2013: New faculty accepted as Mass Media Fellow

Dr. Anna Hanesch has been accepted as the 2013 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow to National Public Radio. Anna will spend 10 summer weeks at the NPR offices writing and consulting on math and science stories. Upon completion, Anna will travel to the Bluff to begin her first semester as a Duquesne faculty. More information on the Mass Media Fellow program can be foundby clicking here.

Summer 2013: Faculty member receives NSF grant

Dr. Stacey LevineDr. Stacey Levine has received a $185,240 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, "RUI: New Applications of Curvature in Image Processing." This is her third NSF award, and is funded through June, 2016. She plans to hire undergraduate students to assist her in this research.

Spring 2013: Graduating senior receives departmental excellence award in mathematics

Graduating senior mathematics major Glenn Sidle received the 2013 Departmental Excellence award in mathematics, the highest honor for graduating mathematics majors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He is shown here accepting the award from department chair Dr. John Kern. Glenn minored in both computer science and physics, and was active in conducting and presenting undergraduate research in digital image processing under the advisement of Dr. Stacey Levine. Glenn has accepted a Ph.D. fellowship to study applied mathematics at North Carolina State University.

Spring 2013: Faculty member recognized for teaching excellence

Mr. Sean Tierney has been named a recipient of the 2012 - 2013 Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Award. Each year, Duquesne's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, sponsors the Teacher of the Year award. During the month of March, all Duquesne students have the opportunity to vote for the faculty whom they believe to be most deserving of this award. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is happy to see Sean's teaching excellence and dedication to his students receive such prominent recognition!

Spring 2012: Faculty member will examine possible Lincoln writings

 Dr. Patrick Juola, as part of a project funded by a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, will apply authorship-attribution software that he and his team have developed to writings that might have been authored anonymously by Mr. Lincoln when he served in the Illinois legislature, long before becoming President. Further details can be found at this Duquesne University news release.

Spring 2012: Graduating senior receives multiple awards

Picture of Senior Katie Heaps accepting an Award from Professor JacksonGraduating senior mathematics and computer science major Katie Heaps received the 2012 General Excellence award, the highest honor for graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts.  The department also chose Katie to receive the excellence awards for both mathematics and computer science (she is shown here accepting the awards from department chair Dr. Jeff Jackson). This is the first time a student has won both departmental awards. Katie has accepted a Ph.D. fellowship to study applied mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Spring 2012: Faculty member recognized for mentoring excellence

Dr. Stacey Levine was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award by the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America.  According to the Section, "Awardees have made significant contributions to the development of undergraduate students in mathematics as scholars. This includes, but is not limited to, encouraging student participation in MAA activities and advising students who make presentations at the Section meetings."  This has certainly been true of Dr. Levine, who has mentored approximately a dozen Duquesne undergraduates in research during her time at Duquesne, with many of her students presenting their work not only at Sectional but also at national math meetings.