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About Stephanie Blanda

Stephanie is a math Ph.D. student, with a minor in Computational Science, at Penn State University. She obtained a B.S. from Lebanon Valley College, where she double majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. Currently, Stephanie is studying the interface of two viscous fluids under a shear flow, specifically with applications to wind generated ocean waves.

The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

What do Leonard Nimoy, Stana Katic, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? They all have a Bacon number of 2. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a game created early in 1994 by three Albright College students, is a … Continue reading

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Splitting Apartment Rent – A Case of Fair Division

Paying rent – it’s an annoyance that many of us have to deal with on a regular basis. But, it’s also a source of interesting mathematics. Splitting rent in an equitable way is a classic problem in fair division, one … Continue reading

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