Robot Challenges

posted May 5, 2011, 2:53 AM by Katherine St. John

For students who still need workshops, or would just like to work with the Lego Robots, there will be a series of workshops structured as a series of challenges.  For each challenge, there is a short introductory lecture (see calendar for times), followed by open lab times to design the robot and related programs.  Each completed challenge counts as a workshop.  All challenges must be completed by 5pm on Thursday, 19 May (Reading Day).  We will provide the Legos for the challenges, but you will need to bring your laptop for the programming component.  

Research Talk:

posted May 3, 2011, 3:01 PM by Katherine St. John

Prof. Rob Schneiderman will be giving a research talk on Thursday, 12 May at 3pm.  The talk is titled, "Visualizing Surface in 4 Dimensions," and will be held in Gillet 219.  

Prof. Schneiderman is an assistant professor of mathematics, and starting in the fall, will be the co-director of the CSM Program (along with Prof. Nancy Griffeth).

Research Day:

posted May 3, 2011, 2:50 PM by Katherine St. John

The Third Annual Lehman Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Day will be held on Thursday, 5 May in the East Dining Room of the Music Building.  The event celebrates the scholarly work of undergraduate students at Lehman College.  There will be student poster presentations, as well as panels on graduate school and research.

The following talks and events will each count as a workshop:

9:30 – 10:30    Panel: Getting into Graduate School

     Pre-Graduate Advisors Profs. Suzanne Yates & Anne Reid

     will discuss how students can create a competitive

     application for admission to graduate programs

11:30 – 12:30    Keynote: What Everyone Should Know About …

     Lehman professors will discuss exciting new research

     that everyone should know about

1:00 – 2:00    Student Poster Session – 2

    Physics; Computer Science; Environmental, Geographic &

     Geological Sciences; Psychology; Center for Human

     Rights & Peace Studies

3:45 – 4:45    Panel: Value of Research/Scholarship

     Lehman professors will discuss the value to both

     students and faculty of engaging in collaborative

     research and scholarship

Office Closed for Spring Break:

posted Apr 13, 2011, 3:44 AM by Katherine St. John

Spring Break starts Sunday, April 17 and runs through Tuesday, April 26.  The office will be closed for break, and Silicia's normal hours (on Mondays and Tuesdays) will resume on Monday, 2 May.

Research Talk:

posted Apr 11, 2011, 7:38 AM by Katherine St. John

On Thursday, 14 April, Prof. Gigliola Staffilani from MIT will give a research talk.  The talk is titled, "From disorder to order: how a mathematician sees life and work", and will be in Gillet 217.

Abstract: I will start by recounting how my life took me from a small farm in Italy to MIT. I will then introduce in general terms the subject of my research: waves. I will explain how different kinds of waves in nature can be represented by the same mathematical object and I will give an idea of the kids of theorems I prove. I will end by describing how I think about math and how this thinking is not so much different than other activities I do in real life.

Counting Knots:

posted Apr 10, 2011, 4:20 AM by Katherine St. John   [ updated Apr 10, 2011, 4:31 AM ]

Prof. Andrew Rechnitzer from the University of British Columbia will give a research talk on knots in mathematics.  The talk will be in Gillet 219 on Monday, 11 April at 3:30pm

Title: Counting in Thompson's group F - enumeration and experimentation

Abstract: In mathematics, a knot is the embedding of a simple closed loop into R^3 and a fundamental problem is to determine when one such embedding is equivalent to another under continuous deformations. This naturally partitions the space of curves into knot-types. One quickly
realises that there are a lot of knot-types - and a fundamental question is "How many are there?"

The simple answer is "lots". So if there are so many, which ones are typical? And are some more typical than others? What do we even mean by typical?

In order to answer this we must decide what we mean by a random closed loop in R^3. I will work with a particular family of curves called self-avoiding polygons. There are many combinatorial tools for studying these objects and in order decide what is a typical knot we will end up counting polygons. I hope to make this talk very self-contained and will assume very little knowledge of knot theory (I am not a knot theorist) or combinatorics.

Summer Plans Workshop:

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by Katherine St. John   [ updated Feb 7, 2011, 7:47 AM ]

On Thursday, 10 Februay, 3pm, Prof. St. John will lead a workshop on summer research and internship programs.  Topics include paid research programs (REUs), internships programs, and preparing applications for these programs.  For a list of REUs, see

The workshop will be held in Gillet 223. 

Research Workshop:

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:47 PM by Katherine St. John   [ updated Jan 21, 2011, 6:43 AM ]

On Thursday, 3 March, Prof. Moon Duchin from the University of Michigan will be giving a research workshop.  Her talk will begin at 3:30pm and be in the Gillet 223.  All are welcome to attend.

Research Workshop:

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:46 PM by Katherine St. John   [ updated Jan 21, 2011, 6:48 AM ]

On Wednesday, 6 April, Dr. Jim Christensen of the Social Computing Group at IBM Watson Research Center will be giving a research workshop.  The talk will be at 3:30pm in Gillet 223.  All are welcome to attend.

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