The United States’ electoral system sets up congressional contests in frequently redrawn districts. While the shapes of districts are expected to be reasonable, this is very hard to formulate in a way that is mathematically robust, aligns with our ideals about representative democracy, and can persuade legislators, judges and the public they are fair.
A conference and software development workshop will be held July 17-21, 2017 at the University of California, Berkeley. The first two days of the meeting will be a conference on free resolutions and commutative algebra and the rest of the time will be spent hosting a Macaulay2 workshop.
Clifford John Earle Jr., Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, passed away on June 12, 2017 at the age 81 at Hospicare in Ithaca. His wife Elizabeth was by his side. Cliff was a calm and thoughtful presence in the Department for over five decades.
Undergraduate senior, Vivian Kuperberg, has been recognized as a Merrill scholar by Cornell University. Approximately one percent of each year’s undergraduate senior class are selected by their college deans for their intellectual drive, leadership abilities, and potential to contribute to society. The seniors, in turn, each nominate a high school teacher and a Cornell faculty member who have been most influential in their development as students and scholars.
For more than 25 years, the Department of Mathematics has been engaged in outreach and building solid partnerships with local teachers and schools, such as the annual T-shirt design contest held at Ithaca High School in honor of April's Math Awareness Month.
Contrary to popular assumptions...research in mathematics doesn’t take talent or genius so much as hard work and obsession. “You get obsessed with certain problems, and you’re not able to stop thinking about them,” she says. “It’s curiosity-driven. Mathematicians study mathematics because they have to know.”