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Summer 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola and four Computer Science majors present three papers at PSU

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Dr. Patrick Juola and four Computer Science majors collectively presented three papers at the Keystone DH Conference (http://keystonedh.network/2018/) hosted by Penn State University. The conference showcases scholarly research in the digital humanities. Pictured below from left to right: Nick Costello (undergraduate student), Dr. Patrick Juola (CS Professor), Derek Prijatelj (class of '18), Nicholas Marshman (class of '18) and Mathew Kaufman (class of '18). In addition, Dr. Juola, Nick Costello, Derek Prijatelj and Nicholas Marshman are members of the Duquesne University Evaluating Variations in Language Laboratory (EVL Lab).

Summer 2018: David Berdik - Places 3rd at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

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David Berdik, Computer Science major, competed at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD.  This is David's 4th year competing at the national level.  This year David placed 3rd in the Cyber Security event.  In 2015 and 2017 David placed 1st in his events.  Congratulations David!

 

Spring 2018: Madeline Galbraith - Receives a three year NSF Graduate Fellowship

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Madeline Galbraith, dual Computer Science and Physics major, wins prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship.  This fellowship provides Madeline with three years of funding to do research in biophysics while she works toward her Ph.D. at Rice University.  Congratulations and good luck!

 

Spring 2018: Chuck Loch memorial award to top graduating majors

Dr. Kern presents Brianna Camp and Jessica Schreiber with the 2018 Charles Loch Excellence in Mathematics Award2018 marked the fifth year that the Departmental Excellence Award winners in mathematics and computer science received an award from the Charles Loch Memorial Fund. Established in 2014 through a generous gift from the Loch family, the Charles A. Loch memorial fund recognizes the top mathematics and computer science graduates with a monetary award in honor of the late Chuck Loch (pictured on right).

Dr. Kern presents Madeline Galbraith the Charles Loch award for Excellence in Computer Science


Brianna Camp and Jessica Schreiber (top left) were the 2018 recipients of Departmental Excellence Award in Mathematics and Madeline Galbraith (bottom left) received the Departmental Excellence in Computer Science. Congratulations!

 

Spring 2018: Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS)

Four of our majors presented posters at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium on April 11th. Derek Prijatelj and Nicholas Marshman (advised by Patrick Juola), Andrea Sajewski (advised by Stacey Levine), and Joshua Baktay (advised by Rachael Neilan) displayed their research in mathematics and computer science. Joshua Baktay received an honorable mention ($100 prize) for the BSNES Excellence in Research award.

Spring 2018: Josef Di Pietrantonio - 2017-2018 Nominee Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Josef Di Pietrantonio, Graduate CPMA student, receives nomination for 2017-2018 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in TeachingJosef was the recipient of the Certificate of University Teaching and the Advanced Certificate of University Teaching.  Congratulations Josef and best of luck with your Ph.D.!

 

Spring 2018: Joshua Baktay - Presents Undergraduate Research in Harrisburg, PA

Joshua Baktay at Harrisburg

Joshua Baktay, Mathematics Major, meets PA State Rep. Jim Marshall during his Undergraduate Research presentation at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA.

 


Spring 2018: David Berdik - First Place in Cyber Security Competition in Harrisburg, PA

David Berdik, Computer Science Major, placed first in Cyber Security competition at the 2018 Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Harrisburg, PA. David will advance to the national level in Baltimore, MD on June 23, 2018.  Congratulations David and good luck at nationals!

 

Spring 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola - Computer Science Expert interviewed by KDKA

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Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, sits down with KDKA for a live interview regarding Facebook.  Watch the interview on KDKA for Dr. Juola's tips on protecting your personal information.

 

Spring 2018: Duquesne's Computer Science Club Event

The Duquesne chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery held their first on-campus competition to promote computer science and computer literacy for everyone.  Board members of the Computer Science Club felt that this competition would be a great way to get students excited about the amazing possibilities in software engineering.  Prize catagories included Cryptography (Code-Breaking) and Website Design.  The program was supported by the computer science club, computer science faculty, and recent computer science alumni.  Special thank you to Dr. Patrick Juola, Timothy Ireland and Brady Sheehan for their efforts!

 

Spring 2018: Josef DiPietrantonio receives two awards for outstanding research

Josef DiPietrantonio, (CPMA graduate student) received the McAnulty College Outstanding Presentation Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Research Award at the Graduate Student Research Symposium. Josef presented his research titled ‘A Computational Model of Team-based Dynamics in the Workplace.' This research uses mathematical and computational models to investigate the impact of worker motivation and ability on the productivity of teams. Advisors: Dr. Rachael Neilan and Dr. James Schreiber

Spring 2018: Benjamin Graham (Quaker Valley) and Robert Lipnichan (St. Joseph H.S.) - Receive the 2018 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) award
PJAS 2018

Dr. John C. Kern presents Benjamin Graham and Robert Lipnichan their 2018 PJAS Awards, Duquesne University hosted hundreds of middle and high school science students from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The event brings 800 7th-12th graders to the University where they present work they've conducted since the beginning of hte school year.  Great Job, Benjamin and Robert!


Fall 2017: Joshua Baktay - Presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference at NIMBioS in Knoxville, TN

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Joshua Baktay, (math major) presented his research with Dr. Neilan at the Undergraduate Research Conference at NIMBioS in Knoxville, TN on November 11-12. Joshua presented a poster describing his computational model of the central nucleus of the amygdala and how it reacts to pain. He also gave a talk about his model and the importance of interdisciplinary research. Great job, Joshua!

 

Fall 2017: Madeline Galbraith - 2017-2018 Goldwater Scholar Recipient

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Madeline Galbraith, dual Computer Science and Physics major, wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.  Read the full article in the Duquesne University Times.   After graduation, Madeline will attend Rice University for her Ph.D. in Physics with a concentration in biophysics.  Congratulations and good luck!

 


Fall 2017: Dr. Anna Haensch - Awarded two travel grants

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Dr. Anna Haensch received the 2017 AWM Mentoring Travel Grant.  She will be using this grant to visit a collaborator (Dr. Andrew Earnest) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the month of October to work on a project "An enumeration of spinor regular quadratic lattices."

The second award she received is the 2017 AMS-Simons Travel Grant.  These funds will be used for travel to Chile in January to attend the annual meeting in her research area, arithmetic theory of quadratic forms.

Fall 2017: Dr. Anna Haensch - Organizes Sage workshop

SageDays 90: Women in Sage at Harvey Mudd College Oct 22-25. The goal of the workshop is to teach women the skills necessary to contribute to open source software development for the computer algebra system SAGE. Funded jointly by Microsoft Research and the Beatrice Yormark Foundation.

Fall 2017: Dr. Patrick Juola - Lead 'Python for Humanists' workshop at the University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Juola, a leading expert in the field of forensic linguistics and authorship attribution instructs Python for Humanists, an introductory programming workshop for researchers in the humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.


Summer 2017: Andrea Sajewski - Interned at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN

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Andrea Sajewski, double major in biomedical engineering and mathematics, participated in the Pediatric Onocology Education Program at St. Jude Children's Hospital this summer.  Andrea interned in the Diagnositic Imaging Department.  Click here to see Andrea featured on Duquesne's Facebook page. Congratulations, Andrea!

Summer 2017: David Berdik - Winner of National Computer Programming Contest

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David Berdik, computer science major, placed first in the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference competition in Anaheim, California.  Read the full article here.  Congratulations, David!


Summer 2017: Joshua Baktay - Awarded Research Fellowship

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Joshua Baktay was awarded the 2017 Duquesne University Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The $4k award is a highly competitive fellowship awarded to one undergraduate student so that he or she may conduct summer research. Joshua's research project is titled "A Computational Model of the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala during Bladder Pain" and will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Rachael Neilan. Congratulations, Joshua!

Spring 2017: Pauline Fediaczko - Recipient of College Staff Award

Congratulations to administrative assistant Pauline Fediaczko for receiving the 2016-2017 McAnulty College and Graduate School Staff Award. Pauline was recognized for her exemplary service to our students, our faculty, and fellow adminstrators.  Congratulations, Pauline!  


Spring 2017: Sean Tierney - National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award

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The Duquesne chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success has named our own Sean Tierney as the 2016-2017 recipient of their Excellence in Teaching Award. Currently the director of the RATIO Learning Community, Sean can add this award to his several others: 2015-2016: Office of Residence Life Faculty Friend Award 2013-2014: Apple Polishing Award (Sigma Tau Gamma) 2013-2014: Apple Polishing Award (Alpha Phi) 2012-2013: Teacher of the Year Award Recipient Congratulations, Sean, for this well-deserved recognition!

Spring 2017: Dr. Rachael Neilan - Junior Faculty Award Recipient

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Congratulations to Dr. Rachael Neilan recipient of the 2016-2017 Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.  News of this achievement was received just days after Dr. Neilan's promotion and tenure.  Congratulations Rachael!

 


Spring 2017: Dr. Rachael Neilan promoted to associate professor

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Congratulations to Dr. Rachael Neilan for earning tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. Dr. Neilan's research encompasses multiple disciplines, including theoretical mathematics, computation, ecology, epidemiology, and oceanography. Additionally, Dr. Neilan is an outstanding teacher and mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Congratulations Rachael!

 

Spring 2017: Dr. Anna Haensch successfully completes third year review

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Congratulations to Dr. Anna Haensch for her successful completion of third year review.  Dr. Haensch's research is in number theory and deals with modern approaches to classical representation problems for sums of squares. She is also involved in mathematical media outreach and edits the American Mathematical Society's Blog on Math Blogs.  Congratulations Anna!

 

Summer 2016: Dr. Anna Haensch, Mathematician, Podcaster and Blogger

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Dr. Anna Haensch's recent math blog was featured in the Notices of the AMS, June/July edition. Click here to view full article.  In addition, NPR profiled Dr. Haensch, Podcaster and Mathematician, which can be viewed here.

 


Spring 2016: Duquesne Professor Part Of Team Creating Breakthrough Online Security Database

Dr. Anna Haensch is one of the mathematical contributors to the vast L-functions and Modular Forms Database (LMFDB) that launched on May 10, 2016.  Dr. Haensch's informative news article can be found here, or you can listen to her live interview courtesy of Essential Pittsburgh on NPR here.  

 

Spring 2016: Newly hired Assistant Professor in Statistics, Dr. Junshu Bao will join our team in the Fall 2016

 

Dr. Junshu Bao received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of South Carolina this May.  In addition, Dr. Bao brings with her the following academic credentials: M.A. Mathematical Statistics (2007), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; M.S. Financial Engineering (2003), Columbia University, NY, NY; and B.A. Finance (2000), Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China.  We are very excited to add her to our team.

 

Spring 2016: Sean Tierney receives The Office of Residence Life Faculty Friend for 2015-2016

Sean has set a new record with a total of 10 residence hall programs.  His willingness to interact with the students outside of the classroom is exceptional.  The award was presented to Sean on May 4, 2016 at the Resident Assistant End of The Year Breakfast.  Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for our students!


Spring 2016: Chuck Loch memorial award to top graduating majors

2016 marked the third year that the Departmental Excellence Award winners in mathematics and computer science received an award from the Charles Loch Memorial Fund. Established in 2014 through a generous gift from the Loch family, the Charles A. Loch memorial fund recognizes the top mathematics and computer science graduates with a monetary award in honor of the late Chuck Loch (pictured), who was a tenured Duquesne university mathematics professor of 42 years and former departmental chairman of the mathematics and computer science department.  C. Thomas Dean, Lauren Harter and James Matuk were the 2016 recipients of Departmental Excellence Award in Mathematics and Kinardi Isnata received both the Departmental Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Congratulations!

 

Fall 2015: Undergraduate math major presents research at national conference

Tim - Feral CatsMath major Timothy Ireland presented the results of his computational model for feral cat population and nuisance control at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Sciences undergraduate research conference in Knoxville, TN on November 20-21. You can read about Tim’s research here.  

 

 

 Summer 2015: Dr. George Bradley receives national service award

Dr. George Bradley, associate professor, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  The award, which is given only once every five years, is determined by the members of the honoree's geographic section.  Bradley has been a longtime participant in the Allegheny mountain Section of the association.  Congratulations, George!  

 

 

Summer 2015: Dr. Rachael Neilan receives FDF award

Dr. Rachael Miller Neilan has received a Faculty Development Fund award of $10K. The funds are to be used for a project titled, "A mathematical model for feral cat colonies in Pittsburgh and analysis of optimal cost-effective TNR policies." The period of the award extends from May 1, 2015 through August 1, 2017, and will fund undergraduate researchers. Congratulations, Rachael!

 

 

Summer 2015: Dr. Anna Haensch receives FDF award

Dr. Anna Haensch has received a Faculty Development Fund award of $3K. The funds are to be used for a project entitled "A study of sums of triangular numbers." The period of the award extends from May 1, 2015 through August 1, 2017, and will fund undergraduate researchers. Congratulations, Anna!

Spring 2015: Chuck Loch memorial award to top graduating majors

2015 marked the second year that the Departmental Excellence Award winners in mathematics and computer science received an award from the Charles Loch Memorial Fund. Established in 2014 through a generous gift from the Loch family, the Charles A. Loch memorial fund recognizes the top mathematics and computer science graduates with a monetary award in honor of the late Chuck Loch (pictured), who was a tenured Duquesne university mathematics professor of 42 years and former departmental chairman of the mathematics and computer science department.

Daniel Kotson is the 2015 recipient of Departmental Excellence Award in computer science. Drew Finton and Claire Saunders received jointly the 2015 Departmental Excellence Award in Mathematics, and are shown receiving their awards from department chair Dr. John Kern. Claire Saunders also is the recipient of the 2015 McAnulty College General Excellence Award. Congratulations!


 

Spring 2015: Undergraduate Research Symposium Awards

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was well-represented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on April 9 in the Power Center Ballroom. Five students delivered poster presentations of their research: Justin Goodwill, James Matuk (Dr. Stacey Levine, advisor), as well as Chuan Phongphothichitkun and Jennifer Estevez-Velez, and AJ Vogt (Dr. Rachael Neilan, Advisor). The presentations by Chuan Phongphothichitkun and Jennifer Estevez-Velez, and Justin Goodwill were recognized for their outstanding quality; this recognition is accompanied by a cash prize.

 

Spring 2015: Dr. Stacey Levine promoted to full professor

Congratulations to Dr. Stacey Levine for earning promotion from the rank of associate professor to the rank of full professor. This is a reflection not only of Stacey's widely recognized expertise in the field of digital image processing, but also of her outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of undergraduate research. Congratulations, Stacey!

 

 

Spring 2015: Dr. Karl Wimmer earns tenure and promotion

Congratulations to Dr. Karl Wimmer for earning tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. Professor Wimmer's research intersects the fields of discrete and combinatorial mathematics, machine learning, and theoretical computer  science, and has been recognized for its quality by peers from the global community. Dr. Wimmer is also a versatile teacher, regularly offering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Congratulations, Karl!

 

 

Fall 2014: Lisa Over awarded Outstanding Poster Presentation

The 2014 Graduate Research Symposium was held on November 7 in the Power Center Ballroom. Second-year Computational Mathematics Master's student Lisa Over was voted the McAnulty College Outstanding Poster award winner (with cash prize) for her project "Losing Schools to the Economic Chasm". In this research Lisa identifies a quantifiable positive association between the typical family income of a school district and the standardized test score performance of that school district. Advisors Dr. John Kern and Dr. Jim Schrieber.


 

Summer 2014: Anna Haensch named a Project NExT Fellow.

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a program sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to aid in the professional development of mathematicians, statisticians, and mathematics educators after they earn the doctoral degrees. The year-long fellowship involves workshops and lectures that address career-honing teaching skills, research and scholarship, and the many opportunities available to become active in the mathematics community. It also gives participants an ongoing network of peers and mentors as they assume teaching and scholarship responsibilities.

 

 Spring 2014: Inaugural Chuck Loch memorial award to top graduating majors


2014 marked the first year that the Departmental Excellence Award winners in mathematics and computer science received an award from the Charles Loch Memorial Fund. Established in 2014 through a generous gift from the Loch family, the Charles A. Loch memorial fund recognizes the top mathematics and computer science graduates with a monetary award in honor of the late Chuck Loch (pictured), who was a tenured Duquesne university mathematics professor of 42 years and former departmental chairman of the mathematics and computer science department.

Jonathan Cohen is the 2014 recipient of Departmental Excellenceaward Award in mathematics, and is shown receiving the award from department chair Dr. John Kern. Kelly Anlas and Michael Caterino received jointly the 2014 Departmental Excellence
Award in Computer Science.

 

Spring 2014: Dr. Juola now full professor

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Juola for earning promotion from the rank of associate professor to the rank of full professor. This is a reflection of Patrick having achieved broad recognition for his scholarly accomplishments, most notably in the area of computational linguistics, as well as for his demonstrated educational influence well beyond the classroom. Congratulations, Patrick!

 

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.


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!