School of Mathematical Sciences – News

  • April 8, 2020

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    Disease Detectives

    Do you love math? Are you a natural detective, always looking for clues? Discover how a mathematical epidemiologist tracks the growth and movement of diseases during real-life situations.

  • March 9, 2020

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    RIT professor explores the art and science of statistical machine learning

    Statistical machine learning is at the core of modern-day advances in artificial intelligence, but RIT professor Ernest Fokoué argues that applying it correctly requires equal parts science and art. Fokoué emphasized the human element of statistical machine learning in his primer on the field that graced the cover of a recent edition of Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

  • February 4, 2020

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    Student to Student: Internship experience

    Getting internships wasn't always easy, but Reid Kamhi never gave up. He knew the importance of adding project experience to his resume. In this spotlight, he shares his story and offers tips to other RIT students looking for internship opportunities.

  • December 12, 2019

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    RIT and IAR observe pulsars for the first time from South America

    A team from RIT and the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) upgraded two radio telescopes in Argentina that lay dormant for 15 years in order to study pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars with intense magnetic fields that emit notably in radio wavelengths. The project is outlined in a new paper published in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

  • November 8, 2019

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    New study suggests ‘Pac-Man-like’ mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

    Scientists have reported detecting gravitational waves from 10 black hole mergers to date, but they are still trying to explain the origins of those mergers. The largest merger detected so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible. A group of researchers, including RIT Assistant Professor Richard O’Shaughnessy, has created simulations that could explain how the merger happened.

  • October 3, 2019

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    Podcast: Sports Analytics  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 24: Sports analytics is transforming the landscape of college sports. Matthew Hoffman, associate professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, and Ryan Stimson, author of the book Tape to Space: Redefining Modern Hockey Tactics, talk about the RIT Sports Analytics Conference that they founded and how analytics is shaping the larger sports world.

  • September 9, 2019

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    Mary Lynn Reed appointed head of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences

    Reed joins RIT following a 19-year career at the National Security Agency, where she most recently served as the chief of the Mathematics Research Group from 2016 to 2019. An accomplished mathematician, Reed has been recognized with the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional and the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.

  • August 8, 2019

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    Health effects of micro plastics  

    PBS station WCNY features Christy Tyler, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, and Matthew Hoffman, associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, discussing microplastics in the Great Lakes. The segment begins at the 9:40 minute-mark in the video.