Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
February 2, 2018  Vol. 16, No. 9 
http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
Colloquium: Optimal Tuning of TwoDimensional Keyboards 
Title: Pythagoras to Secor: Optimal Tuning of TwoDimensional Keyboards  
Speaker: Anil Venkatesh,
Ferris State University 

Time: Thursday, February 8 at
4:00 pm 

Place: VanderWerf 102 
Upcoming Colloquia 

The following colloquia are on
the
schedule
for this semester. Additional ones will likely be added later.

Hungry
for Hungary? Study Mathematics in Budapest 

Applications
for the Budapest Semesters
in Mathematics Education (BSME) are currently being accepted for Fall
2018 (deadline April 1)
and Spring 2019 (deadline November 1)
semesters. The applications are reviewed
on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply
early, using the website bsmeducation.com. They also have a new program, Summer@BSME, a sixweek summer program. They are capping the inaugural Summer 2018 session at 16 participants, and the space has started to fill up. So students are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for the summer application is March 1. BSME is a study abroad program in Budapest, Hungary, designed for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics. Participants will study the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching, in which a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. BSME is specifically intended for students who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics. For more information you may email (bsme@bsmeducation.com) or phone (5077863821). 
Summer workshop on big data available to undergraduates 

The University
of Michigan Biostatistics, Statistics and Electrical Engineering &
Computer Science departments are running a sixweek workshop this June
and July in Ann
Arbor on
big data, targeted specifically at undergraduates. There is no cost to
attend, and accepted applicants will receive a stipend to cover living
expenses.
Lectures will be led by a diverse group of stellar biostatistics, statistics, electrical engineering, and computer science faculty at the University of Michigan. Working in teams, students will participate in mentored big data research projects. Application closes March 1, 2018 (though an email said offers will start to go out on Feb 15, so don't delay). For more information about the workshop and an application visit https://sph.umich.edu/bdsi/ 
Statistics
Showcase Roundup 
The
16th annual Statistics Showcase, held on Friday, January 19, recognized
eight outstanding student statistics projects of the fall 2017
semester.
From
roughly 240 students who take Introduction to Statistics every fall,
top final projects are selected. The following projects were presented.


Nebraska
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics 
Prof.
Stephanie Edwards took a group of students to the Nebraska
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics recently. She
said that the trip and event went well, and that this was a very good
experience for Hope College student Zheng Qu, along with a student from
Calvin College, four students from GVSU and one other faculty member
from GVSU. 

Math
in the News: TED Radio Hour 
The
TED Radio Hour podcast is described as, "a journey through fascinating
ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new
ways to think and create." A show that centered around mathematics can
be found here.
In this show you can find out why we solve for x (and not y or b), the
mathematics of jazz, why algroithms can be scary, and how math can help
you fall in love. 

Problem
Solvers of the Fortnight 
Problem
of the Fortnight 
"Valentine's
Day is coming up soon," thought Mrs. Hartsema. "I should get a
little something for my grandchildren." She decided to give each
of her 31 grandchildren a number of candy hearts along with their
Valentines. After counting her candy hearts and finding 470 of
them, Mrs. Hartsema figured that each girl would get 7 more candy
hearts than each boy. She gave 74 candy hearts to the children of
her eldest son Art. How many girls did Art have? Write your solution (not just the answer!) on the back of a Valentine, and drop it in the Problem of the Fortnight slot outside Professor Pearson's office (VWF 212) by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9. As always, be sure to include your name and the name(s) of your math professor(s)e.g. Val N. Tyne, Professor Hallmarkon your solution. 
Off
on a Tangent 