Volume 12 Spring 2013

The Mackinac Gazette is published annually for alumni and friends of the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University.

2013 Editors:

David Austin
    austind at gvsu.edu
Matt Boelkins
    boelkinm at gvsu.edu
Pam Wells
    wellsp at gvsu.edu



Department of Mathematics
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Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan 49401

Welcome to the 2013 Mackinac Gazette. We hope that you enjoy these stories about our students, alumni, and faculty. Please note that past newsletters are available through the links at the left. If you have a suggestion for a story for a future newsletter, we would love to hear from you; please feel free to contact any of the editors.

In this issue

Meet Kate Coveney, this year's Outstanding Graduate

Growing up on an Indiana lake, Kate Coveney grew to love the outdoors at an early age. That love led her to Grand Valley, where she has studied mathematics and its applications to climate science. Read more

Two math students spend a semester in Budapest

Grand Valley math majors Hannah Anderson and Alexis Johnson spent last fall studying mathematics in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program. Read more

Capstone class visits New York's Museum of Math

Char Beckmann and five MTH 496 students rode a tricycle with square wheels and sat in a hyperboloid chair at the newly opened Museum of Math. Read more

Ed Aboufadel moving on to new challenges after six years as unit head

After two terms as unit head, Ed Aboufadel reflects on the changes that he has overseen while looking ahead to new challenges. Read more

Students honored for their outstanding achievements

The mathematics department gathered on April 12 to celebrate the many accomplishments of its students. Read more

Math department welcomes two new faculty members

Hope Gerson and Jon Hasenbank arrived in the math department this fall bringing years of experience and a passion for teaching. Read more

Several new textbooks written by math faculty

Grand Valley mathematics faculty have a long history of writing textbooks. In the past five years, there have been several notable additions. Read more

Largest known prime number recently discovered

After an intensive computation, mathematicians have declared that 257885161 - 1 is the largest known prime number. Read more