Mathematics Program News
Pictured, left to right, are Windy Hoag, Ha Nguyen, Chau Nguyen, Christopher Camardella, Narges Iraji, Riley Bolton, Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba, and Professor Rich Spindler.
Plattsburgh Students at the Fall 2017 MAA Seaway Section Meeting
Twice a year, the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) gathers for conversation and talks about mathematics, teaching, and academic activities. The Fall 2017 event on October 21 and 22 was held at SUNY-Broome, and seven undergraduate students from SUNY Plattsburgh attended. They enjoyed each other’s company, talked about math (and other things!), and watched their fellow student Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba present his work on the path of a drone.
2017 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Three Plattsburgh students and one faculty member made the trip to Westfield State College in Massachusetts for the 24th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Gess Iraji, Franquiz Alba, Uday Singh, and Professor Gregory Quenell attended the conference, which featured about a hundred short talks on a wide variety of mathematical topics, along with a plenary address on mathematics and music by Harvard mathematician (and musician) Noam Elkies.
Plattsburgh’s Uday Singh gave a short talk on the Feigenbaum constant, and Dr. Quenell gave a short talk on the mathematics of sliding-tile puzzles.
2017 Pi Mu Epsilon inductees, left to right: Franquiz Arturo Caraballo Alba, Gess Iraji, current PME chapter president Selena Malfa, Caitlin Underwood, Megan Eldred, Janson Hoeher, and Vihan Wickramasinghe
Plattsburgh’s Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter Has Six New Members in 2017
The New York Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, held its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 18 in the Cardinal Lounge. Six Plattsburgh students, chosen by the mathematics faculty for their outstanding work in their mathematics courses, accepted membership in Pi Mu Epsilon. The featured speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Peter Hull, a mathematical economist from MIT and Microsoft.
Plattsburgh Math Day 2017
The Plattsburgh State mathematics department hosted its third annual Math Day on February 7, 2017. About eighty high-school mathematics students and their teachers came to campus for the event, which included the American Mathematics Competition (AMC12), talks by Professors Keever and Quenell, lunch at the Sundowner with members of the SUNY Plattsburgh Math Club, and a lively round of Mathematical Jeopardy!, hosted by Professor Spindler. The visitors came from Plattsburgh High School, Seton Academy, Peru, Northern Adirondack Central School, Chazy, and Saranac.
Plattsburgh Math Day 2016
Visiting high-school students "ring in" for mathematical Jeopardy!
On February 2, the Plattsburgh State Mathematics Department hosted about seventy students from area high schools at our second annual Math Day. The students and their teachers came to campus from Plattsburgh High School, Beekmantown, NACS, Chazy, Peru, and Lake Placid to take part in the American Mathematics Competition, work on some math puzzles, attend some math talks, and play two rounds of mathematical Jeopardy!, presented by our Plattsburgh Math Club.
2016 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Professor Reams, Professor Quenell, Nick Harding, Uday Singh, and Namini De Silva at the Hudson River Conference
On Saturday, April 2, three Plattsburgh students and three faculty members traveled to Saint Michael’s College in Vermont for the twenty-third annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference. Professors Robert Reams, Sam Northshield, and Gregory Quenell all gave talks at the conference, as did students Namini De Silva and Nicholas Harding.
Plattsburgh’s Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon Welcomes Six New Members
In an induction ceremony on April 20, six new members joined the Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. Giovanna Senese, the current chapter president, conducted the ceremony, and the guest speaker was Art Trombley, chair of the mathematics department at Chateaugay Central School and one of the inaugural class of North Country Master Teachers.
Pictured, left to right, are new inductees Namini De Silva, Samantha Rogers, Bezawit Woldegebriel, and Nicholas Harding, along with chapter president Giovanna Senese. The other new members are Kelly Siry and Selena Malfa.
Pi Mu Epsilon 2015 Inductees
The Plattsburgh Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed six new members in an induction ceremony on April 20, 2015. Pictured, left to right, are Gregory Shaw, Danielle Cave, Bendik Hansen, Hannah Gzemski, and Jessica Manning. The sixth new member is Nelson Vetter.
2015 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Five Plattsburgh students and three faculty members in the mathematics department attended the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Union College on April 11, 2015.
Pictured, left to right, are the five students: Bendik Hansen, Trang Nguyen, Hannah Gzemski, Bradley Johnson, and Kevin Boyette.
Professors Margaret Morrow, Sam Northshield, and Gregory Quenell also attended the conference.
Plattsburgh State was well represented on the conference program, with four contributed talks. The Plattsburgh speakers were Kevin Boyette, Bradley Johnson, and Professors Northshield and Quenell.
Plattsburgh Math Day 2015
Tim Mulligan, a mathematics teacher at Plattsburgh High School, discusses a contest problem with some of his students. Photo by Jessica Karszen.
Bradley Johnson, a senior at Plattsburgh State, explains the Gaussian integers during his Math Day talk.
On February 25, the Plattsburgh Mathematics Department welcomed about sixty high-school students and their teachers to campus for Plattsburgh Math Day 2015. The visiting students, from Plattsburgh, Peru, NACS, and Chazy, started the day working through some math puzzles and then taking part in AMC12, a national mathematics competition for high-school students run by the Mathematical Association of America. After the competition, the visiting students put together a poster session, attended a pair of mathematics talks, and competed in a round of mathematical Jeopardy! run by members of the SUNY Plattsburgh Math Club.
Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members in 2014
The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted nine new members this spring. The new members who attended the induction ceremony on May 7 (pictured left to right) were Bradley Johnson, Jose Lizano, Giovanna Senese, Alexis Facteau, and John Henel.
The other new members are Audrey Fossi Makugne, Trang Quynh Nguyen, Chan Oh, and Evan Howley.
2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Six students from the Plattsburgh mathematics department traveled to Poughkeepsie to attend the 2014 Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Marist College on Saturday, April 26.
Pictured, left to right, are John Henel, Kevin Boyette, Ivan Kelber, Courtney Cacchioli, Jenny Roslak, Mahim Naveed, Professor Gregory Quenell, and Jason Gumaer, a 2008 Plattsburgh graduate who is currently on the faculty at Dutchess Community College.
John Henel and Greg Quenell gave short talks at the conference.
Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2013
The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, inducted six new members on April 23, 2013. In the photo are Ivan Kelber, Ryan Hannigan, and Jordan Slattery. The other new members of Pi Mu Epsilon are Thomas Cronin, Michelle O'Reilly, and Lily Stalter.
Twentieth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Plattsburgh mathematicians put in a strong showing at the twentieth annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held at Williams College on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Plattsburgh students Tom Cronin and Ryan Poirier gave talks at the conference, as did Professor Gregory Quenell.
Pictured, left to right, are Seth Bieler-Snow, Veronica Miller, Ken DeVoe (a SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus currently in the math Ph.D. program at Albany), Greg Quenell, Ivan Kelber, Tom Cronin, and Ryan Poirier. SUNY Plattsburgh student John Henel also attended the conference.
Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members for 2012
The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed eight new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Chapter President Annmarie McGonagle officiated at the event, which featured a talk by Dr. Blair Madore of SUNY Potsdam.
Pictured at the ceremony are Ismael Cerezo, Adam Falk, Francis Ganiszewski, and Ryan Poirier. The other four new members of our Pi Mu Epsilon chapter are Carly Gagne, Kaitlyn Huestis, Samantha Lavigne, and Samantha Fasciano.
Eighteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Three Plattsburgh students and three faculty members attended the eighteenth annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Skidmore College on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
Math majors Melissa Johnson, Jackie Poff, and Marguerite Lowe, along with professors Gregory Quenell, Robert Reams, and Sam Northshield, spent the day listening to mathematics talks and visiting with other mathematicians from all over New York State and western New England. Dr. Northshield gave a talk on “Marden’s Marvelous Theorem.” The plenary speaker at this year's conference was Dr. Carl Pomerance, an acclaimed researcher in number theory and cryptography at Dartmouth College.
Pi Mu Epsilon Inducts New Members
The Plattsburgh chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, welcomed ten new members in an induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Chapter President Jessica Brown officiated at the event, which featured a presentation on “Chaotic Curiosities,” given by Dr. Daniel Look of St. Lawrence University.
The new initiates are: (front row) Patricia Emanuel, Heather Neddo, Molly Frantz, Annmarie McGonagle; (back row) Seth Spoor, Alex Read, Sam Wagner, Elliot Elias; (not pictured) Steve Young, and Tom Leibering.
They were two simple words, but for Dr. Kathleen Fowler ’96 those words – “don’t quit” – are still making a difference. Written by her undergraduate adviser at SUNY Plattsburgh, the index card seemed silly at the time, but it is still with her, serving as a reminder not to give up, even when things became difficult. Read more.
SUNY Plattsburgh Mathematics Hosted the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America October 15 and 16, 2010
Guest speakers included Andrew Granville, University of Montreal (banquet speaker), Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago (Polya lecture), Kate Fowler, Clarkson University (Randolph Lecturer), Frank Swenton, Middlebury College (morning speaker).
The meeting featured a panel discussion titled “The new Core Curriculum and how it affects NY schools.” Moderators are Jane Cushman, Stephen West, Chris Monahan, and James Matthews. There were also paper sessions and student talks and poster sessions. Visit the Seaway Section Meeting Website to learn more.
“The Shape of Space”
On April 12, 2010, fourteen mathematics students and four faculty members from SUNY Plattsburgh crossed Lake Champlain to hear a talk by MacArthur Fellow Jeffrey Weeks at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.
Dr. Weeks is the author of “The Shape of Space,” a popular introductory book on topology, and the creator of a number of computer programs that introduce concepts in geometry and topology through the use of familiar games and artwork. In his talk, also titled “The Shape of Space,” Dr. Weeks demonstrated his computer programs and made some informed speculations on the shape of the universe.
Pi Mu Epsilon Comes to Plattsburgh
March 1, 2010 saw the installation of a new chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Eve Torrence, president-elect of the national society, came to Plattsburgh to deliver the charter for the New York Alpha Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, and to officiate at the induction of the chapter’s charter members. Dr. Aaron Luttman, of Clarkson University, was the featured speaker at the installation and induction ceremony. Kathleen Lavoie, Pat Higgins, William Laundry, David Mowry, and David Kenoyer attended as distinguished guests.
Photo of the new Pi Mu Epsilon members with their certificates.
Seated: Gregory Quenell (chapter advisor), Joseph Bodenrader, Erika Cota, Alison Lutz (chapter president), Jessica Brown, Jordan Ellithorpe, Nick Bechard.
Standing: David Kenoyer (chair of the mathematics department), Kevin Stacey, Margaret Morrow, Aaron Luttman (featured speaker), Eve Torrence (national president-elect of PME).
Missing: Deanna Marcotte.
Second Annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Syposium
Four Plattsburgh students and three faculty members from the mathematics department attended the Second Annual St. Lawrence Valley Mathematics Symposium at Clarkson University on February 20, 2010.
They spent the day listening to talks given by undergraduate and graduate students from Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam, St. John Fisher College, and other area schools. The talks covered subjects from convergence questions in pure mathematics to computational problems in airfoil design to heat-flow applications in farm structures.
Photo of the Plattsburgh contingent at SLVMS10.
Back row: Professor Gregory Quenell, Kevin Brostek, Ken DeVoe, Professor Sam Northshield, Lucas Tooker.
Front row: Professor Margaret Morrow, Sam Wagner.
Sixteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
Students attending the conference. L to R: Yeyao
Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Krystal Tremblay, Liz
Dukette, Alison Lutz, and Nick Warner
Six Plattsburgh math students attended the Sixteenth Annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Union College on April 18, 2009.
They spent the day attending mathematics talks, mostly given by undergraduates, and then gathered in the parking lot for a group photo. On the way home, they stopped for dinner at Carl R's (Exit 18), where they met up with a group of math students from St. Michael's College on their way home to Colchester.
Dinner at Carl R's. L to R: Krystal Tremblay,
Alison Lutz, Yeyao Xiao, Travis Mitchell, Nick
Warner, and Liz Dukette
Math Graduate Named Presidential Award-Winner
Jim Brown, class of '92, was one of fewer than a 100 kindergarten- through sixth-grade teachers nationwide to receive the Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this year. Brown will receive his award in a White House ceremony this fall. According to Brown, his experience with math education at SUNY Plattsburgh changed the way he understood and now teaches the subject. Read more.
Seaway Section, Mathmatical Association of America
Plattsburgh student Yeyao Xiao
gave a talk on an application of
the Cavalieri principle.
Six Plattsburgh math students travelled to Siena College on October 17 and 18, 2008 for the fall meeting of the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
Left to right: Krystal Tremblay, Dr. Greg Quenell, Yeyao Xiao, Lucas Tooker, Shawn Gilbert, Nick Warner, and Liz Dukette.
Seven Plattsburghers travelled to Westfield State College in Massachusetts for the Thirteenth Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on April 8, 2006.
Left to right: Greg Quenell, Kevin Sherwood, Marie Wass, Don Kaupelis, Zach Warner, and Jon Mortelette. The seventh traveller, Victoria Lu, took the picture.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
If you would like more information about the mathematics program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Robert Keever, Chairperson
Office: Hawkins Hall 244
Phone: (518) 564-4133
Fax: (518) 564-4124
Email: [email protected]