Math & Computer Science
Notables
Fall 2016

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony published an article on “How Well Do Doodle Polls Do?” in the Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo16). It was coauthored with Danya Alrawi and Christine Chung of Connecticut College.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony published an article titled “Serve or skip: the power of rejection in online bottleneck matching” in the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. The paper was coauthored with Christine Chung of Connecticut College.

Several teams of Southwestern students participated in the ACM South Central USA Regional Programming Competition at Baylor University in Waco. Team piRates, consisting of Lauren Gillespie and Will Price, both Class of 2019, and Alex Rollins, Class of 2018, solved two programing problems beating 22 other teams. Other teams from Southwestern each solved one problem. The students on these teams were Clay Stehling and Bobby Garza, both Class of 2019, Ryan Beeman, Valentin Cantu, Yash Gandhi, Jacob White, Kolton Noreen and Angus Strickland, all class of 2018, and Reid Cumbest, Class of 2017. View the complete scoreboard.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross gave an invited talk at Baylor University on Oct. 27, 2016. The talk, “Stability Analysis and Curvature Estimates for Hypersurfaces in Euclidean and Gaussian Space,” was part of Baylor’s Mathematics Colloquium.

Lauren Gillespie, class of 2019, was selected as a Computing Research Association for Women Scholar. She was one of only 60 chosen out of 600 applications. This scholarship allowed her to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, TX on Oct. 1921. She was also selected to be a “Hopper,” volunteering during the conference. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest celebration of women in technology in the world and gives women in computing an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and work on increasing the diversity of computing fields.

Math major Morgan Engle, Class of 2018, was selected to be among 80 applicants from across the country to attend Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. from Oct. 14–16, 2016. GROW is a conference for womenidentified students interested in graduate school in the mathematical sciences. Sponsors include the National Science Foundation.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony presented a paper titled “A First Year Seminar’s Impact on Interest in Computer Science” at the 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges in Denver, Colorado, held October 1415, 2016. It will be published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Five seniors presented at the Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (TUMC) on Oct. 8, 2016 in Beaumont, Texas. Southwestern had the largest number of students giving talks other than the host college, Lamar University.

Benjamin Stiver, Class of 2017, presented “Methods to the Madness: Modeling College Basketball’s Championship Tournament.”

Beulah AgyemangBarimah, Class of 2017, presented “Girls Rule: Social Status, Economics, and Math Literacy.”

Emma Kathryn Groves, Class of 2017, presented “War: A Statistical Analysis of a Popular Card Game.”

Katie Smithson, Class of 2017, presented “Wages Over the Ages.”

Susan Moore, Class of 2018, presented “Old Math Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.”
Each presentation was based on preliminary capstone work undertaken during Fall 2016, and supervised by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton. Shelton also moderated two sessions at the conference. Other students in attendance were Morgan Engle, Class of 2018, Daniela Beckelhymer and Elyssa Sliheet, both Class of 2019, and Bryce Sinclair and D’Andre Adames, both Class of 2020. Funding was provided by the following at Southwestern: Fleming Student Travel Fund, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the NSF SSTEM grant.


Lauren Gillespie, Class of 2018, Huong Le, Class of 2017, Lorena Roque, Class of 2017, and Valerie Vacek, Class of 2017, attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Sept. 14–17 in Austin. All four were provided with free registration through scholarships and volunteer commitments.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science John Ross and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Therese Shelton participated in an ACS workshop, “Mathematics and Social Justice,” May 2122, 2016 at Rollins College. They also created course modules that will be implemented this academic year.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Therese Shelton published an article “Injecting Inquiry‐Oriented Modules into Calculus” in the journal PRIMUS. The article is based on HHMIsupported work.

Stephen Foster, Ph.D. ’09 is the CEO and cofounder of a computer science education startup business known as ThoughtSTEM, located in San Diego, Calif. The Southwestern alumnus announced Aug. 4 that his startup has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant. The award will be used to accelerate the development of ThoughtSTEM’s Minecraft Modding and Computer Science software, LearnToMod. More info.

Five Southwestern faculty and two students participated in MathFest, a national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, Aug. 3–6, 2016.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura copresented a MiniCourse, “Visualizing Projective Geometry through Photographs and Perspective Drawings”, with Dr. Annalisa Crannell, Franklin & Marshall College and Dr. Marc Frantz, Indiana University.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science John Ross served as a judge for a Student Paper Session.

Associate Professors of Mathematics Therese Shelton copresented a MiniCourse, “Teaching Modeling First Differential EquationsBuilding Community in SIMIODE” with Brian Winkel, United States Military Academy; Patrice Tiffany, Manhattan College; and Rosemary Farley, Manhattan College. Shelton attended the Invited Paper Session in Mathematical Biology with support from the Southwestern Keck Foundation Grant.

Morgan Engle and Penny Phan, both Class of 2018, presented “Green Math: Models of Greenhouse Gasses” under the SU HHMI SCOPE program, supervised by Shelton.
 Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Gary Richter, Associate Professors of Mathematics Alison Marr, and Victoria Gore, Class of 2018, also attended MathFest.


Four Southwestern faculty attended mathematical conferences during the first week of August 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
 Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science John Ross coorganized multiple sessions for Project NExT.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Gary Richter and Associate Professors of Mathematics Alison Marr and Therese Shelton were invited to participate in “Active Learning in Mathematics Instruction Symposium: Use and Assessment” from Aug. 2–3 through the Educational Advancement Foundation, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation.
 On August 4, Marr also coorganized “Expanding IBL Throughout Higher Ed”, an extension of the Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference on InquiryBased Learning. Richter presented a poster titled “Numbers and Algebra: Axioms and theorems for the Novice Mathematician” and Ross presented a poster titled “Experiences Using Group ProofWriting and LaTeX in an IBL Topology Class” at the conference.
Spring 2016

Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr published an article titled “Coprime and prime labelings of graphs” in The Journal of Integer Sequences. This article was the result of work that started at the summer 2012 workshop, Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science John Ross presented an exhibit titled “Geometric Bubble Surfaces” at the Thinkery’s Strength in Numbers event. The presentation encouraged the audience to engage with mathematics through soap films. Southwestern alumni Christi Ho ’16, Robert Lehr ’15, and Julia Sykora ’16 also presented. Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura was a consultant for the event.

Thirteen Computer Science majors attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) South Central Conference at St. Edward’s University on April 8. The students presented posters detailing their capstone projects or independent research. Posters included:

Upward Bound Electronic Classroom: Building a Web App in Ruby on Rails by Tyler Cantwell ’16, Geoffrey Morris ’16, Daniel Say ’16, Christine Harbour ’16, Ellie Enis ’16, Bucky Maler ’16 and Austin Barber, Class of 2017. The poster was supervised by Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Rick Denman. This poster won 4th place at the conference.

Girlstats: Understanding Data Through Software as a Service Using Behavior Driven Design by Kathryn Reagan ’16, Nozuko Sutherland ’16, Tanner Kell ’16, John Daniels ’16, Chancellor Clark ’16 and Gabby Gonzalez ’16. This poster was also supervised by Dr. Denman.

An Empirical Evaluation of Approximation Algorithms for Online Bottleneck Matching by Christine Harbour ’16, supervised by Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony. Harbour’s poster won first place in the competition.


Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton had a paper titled “Injecting InquiryOriented Modules into Calculus” accepted for publication for a special issue in the journal PRIMUSProblems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.

The Sigma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Computer Science Honor Society, inducted four new student members on April 6, 2016. They are computer science majors Emma Kathryn Groves, Class of 2016, and Alex Rollins, Class of 2018, along with computational math majors Ryan Beeman, Class of 2016, and Connor Murphy, Class of 2016.

Associate Professor in Mathematics Gary Richter presented “Numbers and Algebra: Axioms and Theorems for the Novice Mathematician” at the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at Stephen F. Austin State University on April 1, 2016. Associate Professor in Mathematics Therese Shelton copresented “SIMIODE: A Modeling Approach to Differential Equations” with John Sieben and Reza Abbasian of Texas Lutheran University. Shelton is the current Chair of the Texas Section.

Mathematics major Charles Payne, Class of 2016, won a Best Student Presentation Award at the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America on April 1, 2016 for “Ay, Batter Batter!” Computational mathematics and art dual major Christi Ho, Class of 2016, presented “Adventures in Art: A Mathematical Analysis of Generative Line Drawings.” Each presentation was based on their Fall 2015 capstone work supervised by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton. Payne has continued his work this semester in an Independent Study.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum’s article “Solving Multiple Isolated, Interleaved, and Blended Tasks through Modular Neuroevolution” has been accepted to the Evolutionary Computation Journal. Additionally, his poster, “Automatic Evolution of Multimodal Behavior with MultiBrain HyperNEAT,” was accepted into the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, which will take place in July 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Also, his previously accepted article, “Discovering Multimodal Behavior in Ms. PacMan through Evolution of Modular Neural Networks,” has finally appeared in print in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura was invited to lead a learning session on math and art at the Operation Math Girls Conference for high school girls interested in math at Sam Houston State University on February 20.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony was named a Senior Member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). A list of such members is at this link. The Senior Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum has had his article “Constructing Game Agents Through Simulated Evolution” published in the Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, which is a living encyclopedia that can be maintained and updated to avoid becoming obsolete. The article is accessible at this link.

Four faculty from Southwestern’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle, WA, Jan 69, 2016: Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr, Associate Professor Mathematics Fumiko Futamura, Associate Professor Mathematics Therese Shelton and Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science John Ross.
Marr presented a talk coauthored with Futamura, “Math and Study Abroad: Two Examples from a London Semester Program.”
Futamura presented a talk coauthored with alumnus Robert Lehr, “Finding the Viewpoint at a Museum: A HowTo Guide” on their collaborative research. Futamura was also a coauthor with Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz on the presentation “The perspective image(s) of a square.”
Ross presented “Incorporating emails and discussions into weekly assessments” and participated in Project NExT sessions.
Shelton presented “Active DE with Inquiry and More,” participated in the Officer’s’ Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, helped lead the SIMIODE reception, and took a Minicourse on “R and R Studio.”
Fall 2015

Former professor of Computer Science, Dr. Barbara Owens, has earned the award for Lifetime service to the Computer Science Education Community from the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Although Dr. Owens is retired from SU, she remains connected to the university and department through the CS Club and other activities. She is also connected to the larger CS education community through SIGCSE and ACM.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony had an article published in the November 2015 issue of the journal Graphs and Combinatorics. The publication, “Complete rpartite Graphs Determined by their Domination Polynomial”, was joint work with Michael Picollelli from California State University San Marcos.

Five SU students presented at the TUMC at The University on Texas at Tyler Oct 910, 2015 – over Fall Break! The students shared preliminary results of the first seven weeks of work on their math capstone projects.♦ Jade Garza “Models of Marfan Syndrome”. Math major, CS minor.♦ Michael Gebhardt “A Calling for Success”. Math major, minors in Business and Exercise and Sports Studies.♦ Julia Sykora “Old Math Model Had a Farm: The Math Behind Chicken Farms”. Math major, Theatre minor.♦ Christi Ho “Adventures in Art: A Mathematical Analysis of Generative Line Drawings”. Majors in Computational Math and in Art.♦ Eric Oden “The Mathematics of Chaos: An Exploration of the Double Pendulum”. Majors in Computational Math and in Physics.Dr. Therese Shelton, Associate Professor, supervised these capstone projects and served as the faculty mentor at the conference.Dr. John Ross, Visiting Assistant Professor, moderated a session.There were 21 other student presentations scheduled from fifteen other institutions, and over 100 student attendees. Southwestern had the largest number of students who presented from a single institution. Funding for the SU group was provided by Southwestern’s Fleming Student Travel Fund and SU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Recent CS graduate Natalia Rodriguez ’15 is now part of TECHNOLOchicas, an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. Their slogan is, “I’m Latina, and I love technology.” Rodriguez is prominently featured on the organization’s website, http://technolochicas.org/, which has a video in which she discusses her identity as a Latina, and the importance of technology in her life and career. TECHNOLOchicas is a collaborative project of the National Center for Women & IT and the Televisa Foundation.

Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, and Rick Denman, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science, had an article published in the August 2015 “Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing” titled “Conditions for the Bicolorability of Primitive Hypergraphs.”

Southwestern students Emma Kathryn Groves and Yinlin Dai cocreated “Cholera as a Global Issue: Measuring the Effects of National Economic and Health Indicators” in the SCOPE 2015 summer research program at SU. Groves presented the joint work, which won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award, at the national summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), MathFest, Aug 58, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Groves is a sophomore with majors in computer science and mathematics, and Dai is a senior with majors in mathematics and economics. For this Centennial celebration of the MAA, more than 2,500 faculty and students registered for the largest MathFest in history. There were 141 student presentations by more than 200 speakers representing more than 100 institutions. The work by Dai and Groves was supervised by Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton and funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Groves’ attendance at MathFest was supported by an MAA Student Travel Grant, an SU Fleming Student Travel Grant, and Shelton’s SCOPE FacultyStudent Project fund.

Associate Professors of Mathematics Therese Shelton, Fumiko Futamura and Alison Marr, and Visiting Assistant Professor John Ross attended MathFest, the August 2015 meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. Marr participated in a minicourse on “Creating Flipped Learning Experiences in the College Mathematics Classroom.” Shelton participated in a minicourse on “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” and was invited to serve on the panel for the Project NExT Workshop (New Experiences in Teaching) on Aug 3, 2015, prior to MathFest. Ross is a NExT Fellow.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton participated in two workshops within the Professional Enhancement Program (PREP), which is partially funded by the National Science Foundation. “Advanced Techniques in the Implementation and Creation of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Activities” was held in Tampa, Fla. in July. “Building Community in SIMIODE  Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations” was held in Helena, Mont. in July. Shelton created inquiryoriented modules for her classes based on these workshops and the HHMI Inquiry Initiative. She also participated in a workshop on InquiryOriented Differential Equations (IODE) in August in Washington, D.C.; the workshop was supported by the National Science Foundation.
Spring 2015

Ten Southwestern mathematics/computational mathematics majors also attended the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in San Antonio in April, with nine competing in the Calculus Bowl and five giving presentations at the conference.
 Bonnie Daniel’s “This is a Man’s World: The Standing of Women ⇔ The Security of the State” won Best Student Talk Award.
 Eric Oden presented “A Physical Application of the Gaussian Hypergeometric Function.”
 Katie Lelinski presented “Chasing Cultural Identities: A statistical analysis of The Chase from the United Kingdom and the United States.”
 Jade Garza, Julia Sykora, William Soller and Lorena Roque presented “Permutations as Music.”
 Danielle King and Charles Payne presented “Measles: from data to simulation.”

President Ed Burger was an invited principal speaker at the 18th Annual R.L. Moore InquiryBased Learning Conference, “Empowering with InquiryBased Learning,” cosponsored by the Educational Advancement Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America on June 2527, 2015 at The University of Texas at Austin. His talks was titled “The Southwestern Experience: An Institutional Commitment to Engaged Student Learning.” Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr was part of the conference’s program committee.
Associate Professor Gary Richter presented two talks: “R.L. Moore’s Geometry–Summer 1968” and “When IBL is not Enough.” Associate Professor Therese Shelton presented a poster on “Injections of IBL.” Shelton’s and Burger’s talks highlighted IBL across the Natural Sciences and beyond under the Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded Inquiry Initiative at Southwestern.

Five faculty from Southwestern’s Mathematics Department attended the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in San Antonio, April 1718, 2015: Associate Professor Alison Marr, Associate Professor Gary Richter, Associate Professor Therese Shelton, Professor Kendall Richards, and President Ed Burger.
Richter presented “Limits and Composition of Functions in Calculus.” Shelton was presented with The Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award; President Burger regaled attendees with his introduction of the award. Shelton participated in the Executive Committee Meeting of the Texas Section of the MAA, moving from ChairElect to Chair, and participated in the Meeting of the Texas Association of Academic Administrators in the Mathematical Sciences.

While attending the 2015 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Madrid, Spain, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum won an award for best paper within the Digital Entertainment and Arts track. Nominations for best paper awards are chosen by conference track organizers based on peer reviews, and award winners are voted on by conference attendees after all competing papers are presented, of which there were two competitors. The paper, titled “Solving Interleaved and Blended Sequential DecisionMaking Problems through Modular Neuroevolution,” can be found here.

Ten computer science/computational mathematics majors attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges South Central Contest in Austin, April 1718.
Rebecca Wilson presented a paper titled “CS Club: A Student Built Culture of Computing.” Christine Harbour and Jordan King presented a paper titled “An Empirical Evaluation of a kCenter 2Approximation Algorithm.” James Byam, Jordan King and Anna Zolten presented a poster on “Integrating OfftheShelf and Original Code in Software Development.” Ross Warkentin and Rebecca Wilson presented a poster on “Hunting with Pirates: Building a Webapp in Ruby on Rails.” Jake Balderama, Michael Morris and Brittany Pugh presented a poster on “Storing the Gold: Databases for a Scavenger Hunt App.”
Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony, supervisor for the papers and posters, along with Alex Le, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Barbara Boucher Owens, who founded the conference in 1990, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum attended the conference.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum’s dissertation research on the discovery of multimodal behavior in complex computer simulations using neuroevolution will be published in two upcoming articles that deal with automatic discovery of intelligent behavior in the classic video game of Ms. PacMan. The first, titled “Discovering Multimodal Behavior in Ms. PacMan through Evolution of Modular Neural Networks,” is slated to appear in the IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Games later this year. The second, titled “Solving Interleaved and Blended Sequential DecisionMaking Problems through Modular Neuroevolution,” will appear in the Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference after being presented at the conference this July in Madrid, Spain.

Senior computer science major Natalia Rodriguez presented a poster titled “Mapping Body Image with Instagram Data” at the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Boston, Mass. in February 2015. Her work was done with the guidance of Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony and John Sigmier. Four other computer science majors also attended the conference: seniors Jordan King and Brittany Pugh, junior Christine Harbour, and sophomore Valerie Vacek.

In January, 2015, the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings were held in San Antonio. At the conference, Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony gave a talk titled “Complete rpartite graphs determined by their domination polynomial” in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Graph Theory.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura gave a talk titled “Harmonic ratios: music and art in an inquirybased Geometry course” in the MAA Session on Mathematics and the Arts.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr gave a talk titled “Some recent results on magictype labelings of directed graphs” in the Pure and Applied Talks by Women Math Warriors presented by EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) session. Professor of Mathematics Kendall Richards gave a talk titled “On the Modulus of the Grotzsch Ring” in the AMS Special Session on Inequalities and Quantitative Approximation.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton gave a talk titled “POGIL Flu for Calculus: Influenza Data to Help Students Investigate Antiderivatives, Accumulations, and FTC” in the MAA Session on InquiryBased Learning in FirstYear and SecondYear Courses. Marr and Shelton also gave a talk titled “Working to Improve Student Success in Calculus I Through Precalculus Support” in the MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Teaching or Learning Calculus.
Southwestern student, Matthew Miller, presented a poster titled “Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease” in the undergraduate poster session. Southwestern student Robert Lehr and President Edward Burger also attended the meeting.

Therese Shelton, associate professor of math, will be presented with The Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award by the Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at their April 2015 Meeting. The award represents both a teacher’s commitment to students and the respect from the teacher’s peers. For more than 20 years, Shelton has been preparing students to give math presentations, including seven recent national presentations, one of which won a national award.

On January 26, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum presented his research at an event held in conjunction with the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His interactive demo, “BotPrize 2012 Champion: A Humanlike Bot for Unreal Tournament,” allowed participants to play the game Unreal Tournament 2004 while trying to determine which opponent was humancontrolled, and which was Schrum’s software bot that had previously won an international competition by fooling human judges into thinking it was human.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony is one of 53 CS faculty and instructors from colleges and universities in 24 U.S. states that will implement classroombased programs and solutions to help answer the question of how to keep students engaged in the pursuit of Computer Science after their initial experience in a CS class. This process will be aided by a grant of $5,000 from the Google CS Engagement Small Awards program. Specifically, the grant will be used to identify and implement solutions for increasing student engagement and reaching retention goals, especially in introductory computer science courses.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr was recently invited to deliver two talks in India. The first, delivered on Dec. 2 at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli, India, was part of the 10th Annual Professor S. Arumugam Endowment Seminar on Graph Theory, and was titled “Three of my favorite graph theory questions.” The second was given on Dec. 4 at Kalasalingam University as part of the 8th International Workshop on Graph Labeling. It was titled “Sparse semimagic squares and labelings of directed graphs.”
Fall 2014

Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, published a paper on “The Power of Rejection in Online Bottleneck Matching,” coauthored with Christine Chung (Connecticut College), in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The paper was presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2014).

Associate Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura celebrated Albrecht Dürer’s mathematical and artistic prowess for the 500th anniversary of his etching, St. Jerome in his Study, in the November issue of “Math Horizons.” Her article, titled “Dürer: Disguise, Distance, Disagreements, and Diagonals!” was cowritten with Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz and mathematically analyzes Dürer’s perspective drawing.

Five SU students presented at the 10th annual TUMC , Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held this year at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Oct 1718, 2014. Heather Gronewald presented “Computing Cophylogenetic Invariants.” Matthew Miller presented “Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.” Robert Lehr presented “Noisy Clustering Analysis of Landfill Distribution.” Matthew Chaltain presented “Earnings Surprise Effect on Stocks.” Megan Myers presented “A Place For All People: Planning for Growth in Summer Camp Enrollment.” The conference program is available here, and includes abstracts for all of the talks. Dr. Therese Shelton served as faculty mentor at the conference, and supervised several of the projects.

Barbara Anthony, associate professor of computer science, and Natalia Rodriguez, senior computer science major, attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix, Arizona. Both were awarded funding to attend (an Anita Borg Institute Faculty scholarship, and a GHC Scholarship grant). At the conference, Anthony was a judge in the Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition.

Senior computer science major Natalia Rodriguez was recently selected to be the new student board member on the Board of Trustees for the Anita Borg Institute, a global organization dedicated to women in technology. Natalia served in various roles in the conference including taking over their Instagram for a day to highlight some of the many activities and events.

The team of students Heather Gronewald, Robert Lehr and Paris Nelson placed in the top 10 percent of the more than 6,750 teams from 19 countries that competed in the 2014 Comap Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Read more here.
Spring 2014

Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, has been named chairelect of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Students and faculty members in Computer Science attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, South Central Region (CCSC:SC) conference in Austin April 1112.
 Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper on “Offering an Undergraduate Colloquium,’” which is published in the April 2014 Journal for Computing Sciences in Colleges.
 Sophomore computer science major Amir Ardjomand Hessabi presented a poster and demonstrated the abilities of a robot named “Bones” that he built for a King Creativity project with Walt Potter, professor of mathematics and computer science. Hessabi’s poster was awarded second place in the poster competition.
 Four students in the computer science capstone − seniors Garhett Bonneaux, Rob Campbell, Alex Hicks and Paris Nelson − presented a poster about their software engineering project, CodeQuest, which was supervised by Rick Denman, professor of mathematics and computer science. Nelson also presented a poster titled “There and Back Again: A Genetic Algorithms Approach to the TSP,” which was based on his independent study work with Barbara Anthony. Nelson’s poster was awarded fifth place in the poster competition.
 Junior computer science major Rebecca Wilson presented a poster titled “An Open Source Voting Machine” that resulted from her King Creativity project with political science major Elizabeth Bell and physics major Eric Oden. The project was supervised by Steve Alexander, professor of physics.
Barbara Boucher Owens, an emeritus faculty member who founded the conference in 1990, also attended the 25th conference.

Students from Southwestern wrote three of the 21 undergraduate papers that were presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America held in Laredo April 35. Brian Cohen and David Vaden presented “Magic Graphs,” which they did under the supervision of Alison Marr, associate professor of mathematics, and Kendall Richards, professor of mathematics. Robert Lehr presented “An Irrational Decomposition of Generalized Fibonacci Number,” which he did under the supervision of Edward Burger, president and professor of mathematics. Andrew Banister presented “Can You Make Change by Increasing Minimum Wage?” which he did under the supervision of Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics.

Barbara Owens, professor emeritus of computer science, has been invited to speak at the ACM Women’s Day program that is being held as part of the ACM India conference Feb. 1315. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society for the computer science/IT community. ACM India was started in 2010 to increase the focus on the country.

Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, had a paper on “Online bottleneck matching” published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization. The paper was coauthored with Christine Chung from Connecticut College.

Four representatives from Southwestern attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore Jan. 1318, which is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world. President Edward Burger, who also is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented a paper titled “A 21st century curriculum that raises education to a global maximum” in the MAA Invited Paper Session on Mathematics and Effective Thinking. Fumiko Futamura, associate professor of mathematics, and two collaborators − Annalisa Crannell from Franklin & Marshall College and Marc Frantz from Indiana UniversityBloomington − gave a fourhour minicourse on “Visualizing projective geometry through photographs and perspective drawings.” Senior Heather Gronewald presented her mathematics capstone project, “Transfer Attrition: Hazards and Perseverance,” in the Undergraduate Poster Session. Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, was the supervisor for Gronewald’s project, served as a judge in the poster session, and took a minicourse on “Using randomization methods to build conceptual understanding of statistical inference.”

Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Communications Conference in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 12. The paper, titled “Data Plan Throttling: A Simple Consumer Choice Mechanism,” was coauthored with Christine Chung, assistant professor of computer science at Connecticut College, and published in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore.
Fall 2013

Computer science major Paris Nelson won the Natural Science Division Shearn Writing Award for his paper titled “On Random Number Generation”, a research paper he wrote for Dr. Suzanne Buchele’s Computer Systems course. The award included a $1000 cash prize.
Spring 2013

Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, and Alison Marr, assistant professor of mathematics, gave presentations at CombinaTexas 2013: Combinatorics in the SouthCentral U.S. held at University of HoustonDowntown April 20. Marr’s talk was titled “Some notes on prime labeling” and Anthony’s talk was titled “Complete rpartite graphs determined by their domination polynomial.”

Senior computer science major Erick Bauman gave a presentation based on his honors thesis at the North Texas Area Student Conference held at Midwestern State University April 13. The presentation was titled “Wolfscript: A Programming Language for Android.” His faculty sponsor at the conference was Suzanne Buchele, associate professor of computer science.

Math professors Rick Denman, Fumiko Futamura and Kendall Richards published a paper titled “On sharp frame diagonalization” in the March issue of the journal Linear Algebra and its Applications.

Yvette Niyomugaba, Van Pham and David Scott Ryan are presenting papers this week at the annual meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting is being held April 1113 at Texas Tech University.

Suzanne Buchele, Alison Marr and Therese Shelton have been awarded a $4,000 Blended Learning Grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) for their proposal titled “Improved Calculus Preparation Through Assessment and Customized Blended Learning.” All three are associate professors in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, presented “Building and Feeling Confidence Intervals” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 912 in San Diego.

Senior mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba won an Outstanding Presentation Award for the poster she presented at the Undergraduate Poster Session of the Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 912 in San Diego. Her poster presentation, titled “Recycling toward a Better Earth through Math,” resulted from her ongoing honors project in mathematics, which she is doing under the direction of Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics. The work began in summer 2012 as a facultystudent collaborative research project.

Fumiko Futamura, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a minicourse titled “Visualizing Projective Geometry Through Photographs and Perspective Drawings” at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings held Jan. 912 in San Diego along with Annalisa Crannell from Franklin & Marshall College and Marc Frantz from Indiana University. Thirtysix mathematics professors, high school teachers and artists attended the minicourse, which covered material the three have developed for an upcoming textbook.

Senior mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba is presenting a poster titled “Recycling toward a Better Earth through Math” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings being held Jan. 912 in San Diego.
Fall 2012

Emeritus faculty member Barbara Boucher Owens has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Association for Computing Machinery, a 100,000member professional computing organization. The award recognizes ACM members who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the field of computing, computer science, and/or information technology.

Senior mathematics majors from Southwestern presented nine of the 25 student talks at the 8th Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which was held at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Oct. 2627. The students also performed well in the fun math problem session at the conference. Several students solved 8 or 9 of the 10 problems, and Andy Clarage and David Ryan Scott solved all 10. Read more here.

Computer science majors Erick Bauman (senior), Rob Campbell (junior) and Jefferson Ellinger (senior) teamed up with junior mathematics majors Alain Chau and David Vaden to compete in the 2012 South Central USA Regional Programming Contest in held in Waco Oct. 19 20. The team suroot placed 17th overall out of 59 teams and 4th among undergraduateonly institutions. In the separate scripting contest, suroot placed 19th overall and 6th among undergraduateonly institutions. The students were coached by Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, and Rick Denman, professor of mathematics and computer science.