In Memoriam: Eugene Spiegel

February 8, 2019

We are saddened to report that our former colleague Eugene Spiegel passed away earlier this week.

Gene obtained his PhD from MIT in 1965. After a post-doc at Caltech he joined UConn in September 1967 as an Assistant Professor. Gene supervised six doctoral dissertations at UConn and, along with some other colleagues, built up the Mathematics Scholars Program. He served the department and the university for nearly four decades, including as Department Head from 1981 to 1986. He retired in July 2007.

Gene will be missed by family, friends, and all who came to know him.

UConn Hosting MathCounts Competition

February 6, 2019

On Saturday, February 9, the Department of Mathematics will host the Eastern Chapter of the MathCounts competition. For many years this competition took place at the Coast Guard Academy, but the recent government shutdown made it impossible. UConn came to rescue and hope to host up to 230 mathletes this week. One of the teams is from the Mansfield Middle School whose MathCounts club has been helped by Professors Gan, Gordina and Sidney for numerous years. The event will be organized with participation of three student chapters (AMS, AWM and SIAM).

Test LaTeX

January 3, 2019

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Congratulations to Winners of Fall 2018 Integration Bee

October 28, 2018

winners of second integration bee

On October 25th, 2018 the UConn graduate student chapter of the AMS held their Second Annual Integration Bee, where undergraduates of varying levels of mathematical background came together to test their knowledge of integrals. Students took turns in groups of six, going to the blackboard to compute various integrals on the spot. In each round a student had four minutes to compute an integral, and if time ran out or the answer was incorrect a student received a strike. After two strikes a student was out of the competition.

After an hour and half there were two finalists and five other students competing for third place. The rivalry was pretty intense among students for third place. They all stayed in the competition for round round after round until they were asked to integrate cos(ln(1/x)). Only Nick Juricic evaluated it correctly and he got third place.

The two finalists were Samuel Degnan-Morgenstern and Zhongwei Wang. The final battle between them was very dramatic and exhausting for both. After about another hour Samuel was the winner for successfully integrating 1/(e^2-x^2). Contestants who scored in the top three won prizes that were generously donated from our sponsors: Cengage, Lizzie’s Curbside Catering, and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Although there were only three winners who officially won prizes, all students attending the Integration Bee received a nice meal compliments of the AMS and the joy of solving math problems.

Pictured from left to right: Samuel Degnan-Morgenstern (1st place), Zhongwei Wang (2nd place), and Nick Juricic (3rd place).