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May
16
Forensic Team competes

The Forensic Team took third place at the Northeast Regional Championships at Suffolk University, with member Taylor Pettiford qualifying for Nationals in Prose Interpretation and Informative Speaking. Team members are Andrew Zbyszewski, Alexandria LaRose, Emma Hao, Matt Bates, Shannon Lynch, Hillary Howarth, Justin Perry and Mr. Pettiford. Professor Susan Miskelly is the team's adviser.

May
16
Video showcase features student work

The Spring 2012 Video Showcase and Awards Ceremony honored the work of more than a dozen students in five categories. Coordinated by Instructor Gregg Seibert, the event provided an opportunity to recognize media students for their hard work while showcasing their productions to the campus community. Awards were given to: Community Service Award for Best PSA/Commercial, "Calculator" by Mike Shanahan; Chair's Award for Best Documentary, "Canobie Lake Park" by Rob Morton; Dean's Award for Best Dramatic Short/Trailer, "First World's Problem Man" by Brett Getchell, Alex Smith, Joe Steinkrauss and Derrik Darmondy; Special Recognition Award to Christina Gromada and Michael Vaz; and the President's Award for Best Overall Program, "One Moment" by Mac Capen, Mike Shanahan, Kristen Berghane, Jonathan Sikora and Alex Yarmosky.

May
16
Event planning students work in Quincy

Students in COMM-470, Event Planning, worked with Quincy-based Interfaith Social Services to organize the 38th annual South Shore Walk and Family Fun Celebration. The event, held at the Kennedy Center in Quincy, raised $30,000 that will help feed families and individuals in need. Rick Doane, director of Interfaith, credited the BSU student volunteers with making this year's event so successful. The amount raised nearly doubled past events, according to Interfaith.

May
16
Memo of cooperation

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, professor of communication studies and director of the Center for Middle East Studies, announced that Bridgewater has signed a memorandum of cooperation with two Iraqi universities - University of Kufa and Kirkuk University. Fred Clark, executive vice president and vice president for external affairs, signed the agreements in Washington, D.C. with the presidents of the institutions. The memoranda promote faculty and student exchanges, joint research activities, collaboration in research and publication, organizing professional conferences, sabbatical, curriculum assessment, and cooperation in the promotion of the cultures and economics of Iraq, Massachusetts, the Middle East and the United States.

Apr
19
CARS summer grant awarded

Dr. Polina Sabinin of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was awarded a CARS summer grant to work on a publication resulting from her dissertation. She has also accepted an invitation to serve on the Mathematics Subcommittee for the statewide High Expertise Teaching (HET) project, which is part of the Knowledge and Skills of Professional Teaching Project sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Eduation, and the Working Group for Educator Excellence.

Apr
19
Discussion on inquiry-based learning

Dr. Shannon Lockard of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science gave a joint presentation with Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, on Inquiry-Based Learning entitled "Why Inquiry?" They discussed experiences and thoughts on using IBL in the clasroom. The presentation was sponsored by STREAMS (Student Retention Enhancement Across Mathematics and Science).

Apr
19
Kelly published in math journal

Dr. Annela Kelly of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, has published "Analysis of One-pile Misere Nim for Two Alliances" in the Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.

Apr
19
Sabbatical spent on elliptic curves

Dr. Ward Heilman, professor of mathematics and computer science, spent his sabbatical investigating elliptic curves and how they are used in elliptic curve cryptography (ECC). The study of elliptic curves themselves forms "a fascinating and important branch of mathematics which played a central part in Wile's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem," he said, adding that there is growing evidence that the use of elliptic curves over finite fields provides a faster and more efficient delivery of keys for both public and private key encryption schemes.

Apr
19
Paper published in math journal

Dr. Heidi Burgeil and Dr. Matthew Salomone, both of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, published a paper on Logarithmic Spirals and Projective Geometry in M.C. Escher's "Path of Life III" in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

Apr
19
Presentation on first-year students

Dr. Irina Seceleanu of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Dr. Steven Haefner of the Department of Chemistry, delivered a presentation on what first-year students know about mathematics when they enter Bridgewater, what/when/how they are taught, and what they are expected to know. Additionally, Dr. Seceleanu presented "Dichotomous Behavior for the Hypercyclicity of Weighted Shifts" at the Wabash Extramural Modernn Analysis Miniconference at Indiana University.

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