Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pi Day and Other Math Holidays

In honor of Pi Day being last week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at days of mathematical note. First, did you know that Pi Day (3/14) is also the birthday of renowned physicist Albert Einstein? … Continue reading

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Update: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons

Ever since October, I’ve lived in fear of government agents repelling through my office window in search of grey-market textbooks. While I can joke, former USC mathematics graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng lived the past few years fearing he owed $600,000 … Continue reading

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2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Education Challenge

The National Science Foundation is having a challenge regarding innovating graduate education. Prizes range from $1000 – $3000 for contest winners. Check out the contest at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/gradchallenge/. Be sure to include the following elements in your submission: The title of your … Continue reading

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Spring Break Mathematics

Our spring break at Channel Islands begins March 17.  During my break, I will explore the topic of quadratic number rings and Euclidean Domains.  I have already begun assembling and reading literature. Essentially, a Euclidean ring is a domain with … Continue reading

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Flash mob video from 2013 Joint Meetings

The flash mob was a great success, with some small groups making and unknotting human knots, and then all the groups coming together to make a big connected sum. The big connected sum ended up being a single knot, rather … Continue reading

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