Welcome to the 2004 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.
David Austin (austind at gvsu dot edu)
Matt Boelkins (boelkinm at gvsu dot edu)
Paul Fishback (fishbacp at gvsu dot edu)
Greetings from Department Chair Steven Schlicker
Meet our new faculty members
A solution to the Poincare Conjecture may be near
Through the Clay Mathematics offering of $1 million to solve one of the problems posted in a portfolio online, Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman may have a solution for one of these problems, the Poincare Conjecture. Read more about what it is here.
Grand Valley Mathematics Department hosts three major conferences
Grand Valley hosted three major conferences in the 2003-2004 school year: The Michigan Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Math in Action, and Conversations Among Colleagues. For more information about these conferences, read more about these conferences.
John Skukalek is this year's outstanding graduate
Besides earning the honor of being named Outstanding Graduate, senior John Skukalek also received the highest honor bestowed upon undergraduates university-wide: The Glenn A. Niemeyer Award. Read more about John here.
Outstanding Students Honored
Get to know faculty members Amy Stone and Ed Aboufadel
Longtime department member Phil Pratt retires
Along with Alverna Champion and Ernie Palmer, Phil Pratt elected to retire this year. Phil has completed over 32 years of service to Grand Valley, including 8 years as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Read more about Phil.