« Belmont home

Events & News



  • Mathematical Musings and Munchings (MM&M's) are generally held each month (during the fall and spring semesters) in Hitch Science Building from 10:00-10:50 AM. Different topics related to mathematics and computer science are presented. Convocation credit is given and refreshments served.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Contest: A fun and serious way to learn programming through an intense contest. Practice sessions beginning soon.
  • Mathematical Modeling Contest: A contest for those interested in mathematical modeling. Practice sessions are available for those interested.


Mathematics/AET major Speaks at Acoustical Society of America meeting

ben shawGraduating senior Benjamin Shaw (Mathematics/AET double major) spoke at the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America meeting on December 9, which met in the historic Nashville recording studio -- Columbia Studio A.  Ben gave a one-hour presentation on his senior research work on acoustical measurements and simulations of the control room for Belmont's Columbia Studio A.  Ben’s research was supervised by Mr. Sal Greco, of Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios, and Dr. Scott Hawley, Associate Professor of Physics. Ben's task was evaluating the frequency response of the room and to make recommendations for improvements.  To do this, he made use of a sophisticated open-source acoustical simulation program, run on Dr. Hawley's 24-processor research workstation.  

The talk was attended by members of the Acoustical Society of America, a national professional organization for physics research in acoustics, and members of the Belmont community.  Those present remarked on how professional Ben's presentation was, and how it was among the finest research presentations they have ever seen given by an undergraduate student.

Belmont University and the Curb Family Foundation announced in May the completed renovation of Columbia Studio A at 34 Music Square East as a classroom and hands-on learning lab for students in Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. 


SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (SURS)
DECEMBER 1, 2014
WEDGEWOOD ACADEMIC CENTER
SURSThe eleventh annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) was hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics. SURS is the culmination of many hours of undergraduate research work done during the summer and fall with faculty advisors and peers and offers these research students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the interesting research that is being done.

For the first time, this event was held in the same building where the research take place. Research posters were set up in the atrium area of Belmont's new Wedgewood Academic Center. The Mathematics & Computer Science department had 16 Mathematics students from the Predictive Analytics course taught by Daniel Biles and Barbara Ward give oral presentations and 12 Computer Science students presented research posters. Additional posters and oral presentations in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychological Science were also presented.  The keynote address “Why Talking to Your Car Can Drive You to Distraction” was delivered by Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognition & Neural Science at the University of Utah.  

surs

In the photo (L to R) are: Kevin Huber, Christopher Winfree, Jake Devries, Jess Vestal, Ashley Badgett, Jack Streeter, Geoffrey Gross.



Shown below is a listing of the research projects from the Predictive Analytics course:

Gaussian Quadrature for Stochastic Integrals
Annie Brunelle
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Biles

Market Value of Major League Baseball Players
Jessica Mae Vestal
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Success of NFL Quarterbacks Drafted in the First Round
Francesca Brogden
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Music Festival Media and Attendance
Geoff Gross and Kevin Huber
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Median Age at First Marriage for Women
Mallory White
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Using Technical Indicators to Predict Future Stock Prices
Jacob DeVries
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

A Predictive Model for the Citibike Bike Sharing Program
Michael Reid
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Predicting Infant Mortality
Ashly Badgett and Tina Sharma
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Predicting a Minor League Player’s Success in MLB
Christopher Winfree
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

NHL Scoring
James Baker-Coe
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Prediction and Categorization of Team Final Standings of the Premier League
Kurtis Gibson and John Sharpe
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

The Sandler Syndrome: Predicting Box Office Revenue
Savannah Halliday and Jackson Streeter
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Here is a listing of the Computer Science research posters:

Computer Vision
Stephen Bain, Geoffrey Gross, Marlee Stevenson
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Performance of Game Search Strategies Using Mancala
Andre Cejka, Anthony Scott
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

An Intelligent Board Game: Othello
Phil Knock, James Baker-Coe, Ryan Ericksen
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Dots and Boxes
Cruze Goodin, Jackson Streeter
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Unsolvable Peg Solitaire Games on Various Board Sizes
Jack Malpasuto, Bennett Littlejohn
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.


Student and Faculty present at Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference

hooper
Belmont Computer Science student Christopher Hooper presented a talk at the ACM Mid-Southeast Chapter Fall Conference in Gatlinburg on November 14, 2014. The title of his talk was Learning Programming Online: Where You Could Start and Where You Will Go. Hooper discussed the resources available online to learn computer programming and also addressed where a beginner with no experience might start, and how others might use the most popular programming education sites. Christopher Hooper is an adult student taking computer science courses part-time.  He works full-time as a research assistant in neonatology for the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Joyce Crowell and Dr. William Hooper, Computer Science, had a paper accepted in the professional division of the conference entitled Hidden Curricula in Computer Science.  An outgrowth of several years of collaboration, including a joint presentation at the 2012 Lilly Conference on College Teaching, their talk highlights the subtle but important teaching outcomes that aren’t explicitly stated in course materials or captured in assessment data.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.  The ACM Mid-Southeast Chapter Fall Conference provides a forum for discussion of current applications and experimental, theoretical and educational developments in all areas of computing. The Mid-Southeast Chapter is dedicated to the furthering of Computer Science in the geographical region encompassing Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Mathematical Musings & Munchings

November 14      2:00 PM      McWhorter 110    
Dr. Ryan Fox, Mathematics, will present: How I Won on Jeopardy Using Math"


Annual Technology Career Fair
September 30, 2014
Massey Business Center - 4th Floor Boardroom
3:30 - 5:00 PM

All Computer Science, Mathematics, Applied Discrete Mathematics, and Web Programming & Development majors are invited!  This is a great opportunity to find full-time employment, internships, or just learn more about careers in technology.  There is a high demand in Nashville for individuals in the technology field and some of our top employers will be available at the career fair.


Students and Faculty present at MAA conference

mcs groupNine students and six faculty members attended the 2014 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southeastern section meeting at Tennesse Tech in Cookeville, TN. The Southeastern section of the MAA advances the mathematical sciences within the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  

Angela Gaetano gave a presentation on "The Impact of Censoring on Estimator of Slope Parameter in a Simple Regression Model" and Annie Brunelle gave a presentation on "Brownian Motion and Probability Simulations."  Both students are mathematics majors.

Mathematics faculty were also involved in the conference.  Dr. Andy Miller completed his three-year term as Tennessee state director and gave a presentation on "Real World Projects, Real World Writing." Dr. Robin Lovgren gave a presentation on "Herding Cats -- Using Attendance App to Learn Names and Keep Up with Your Students."  Dr. Mike Pinter spoke on "Ideas for Ending a Course Effectively." Mrs. Kay Geving presented her work titled "College Algebra Course Redesign." Dr. Sarah Ann Fleming gave a presentation in the Graduate Student Workshop on "Job Application Materials."  

jeopardy

Mathematics majors Max Shenfield, Jackson Streeter, Annie Brunelle, and So "Sara" Chung competed in the the Math Jeopardy tournament. 





Mathematical Association of America President Visits Belmont

suDr. Francis Su, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, spoke during the University's Chapel Service on April 7th. The title of his talk was "Grace in Learning and Teaching." Dr. Su's Math Fun Facts website receives over a million hits each year. While Su was at Belmont, he also met with Mathematics and Computer Science faculty and student members of the Belmont MAA/ACM student chapter.  

Established in 1915, the Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.  Members include university, college, and high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and many others in academia, government, business, and industry.


Origami Expert Shows Students Math/Art Connection

origami1

Belmont students had the opportunity to learn about the art of paper folding when origami expert Malachi Brown spoke to students about the connections between art, mathematics, and engineering.
 

origami2





The "Mathematical Musings and Munchings" event, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, allowed students to see how modern origami design techniques use math to facilitate art and explore forms of plane geometry with their own hands. Brown also spoke about the practical applications of origami.  Brown frequently teaches origami to students of all ages and finds joy in passing on the creative spark and passion for shaping paper into objects of wonder and beauty.












connect