Department of Mathematics and Computer Science News
Professor receives new grant.Dr. Stacey Levine
has received a grant of $187,875 from the National Science Foundation
for her project RUI: New Variational Models for Denoising,
Decomposition, and Deblurring. Dr. Levine is continuing her
research project funded by a previous NSF grant of $139,900.
Professor pilots new high school program.Dr. Lili Shashaani
recently piloted a new program aimed at introducing underrepresented male
high school students to computer science concepts. This work
complements her ongoing similar program for female high school
students. Both programs are funded by a grant from Alcoa.
Recent grads present papers.
In the summer following their graduation, former
math and computer science majors John Noecker and Michael Ryan
presented at Digital Humanities 2009, an international conference held
this year at the University of Maryland. John presented both a paper and
a poster while Michael presented a poster. Work co-authored by four
other current and former departmental students
was also presented at the conference.
All students co-authored
their work with
Dr. Patrick Juola
and, on one paper, Dr. Stacey Levine.
Student chosen for summer and fall research
programs. Math (and physics) major Kaitlyn Yoha was chosen to
participate in two research programs:
a summer NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program
at the University of California at Davis and a fall program at NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center with a focus on the design of an
Student selected for international "summer school".
Computer science major Sara Ali was selected to participate in the
Johns Hopkins University Summer School on Human Language Technology.
This "school" is a two-week opportunity for students to learn from
researchers in language technology through lectures and labs.
Sara is working in
Dr. Patrick Juola's
Student is General Excellence Award winner.
John Noecker, graduating senior majoring in mathematics and computer
science, was the College of Liberal Arts General Excellence Award winner
for 2009. As such, he was the student speaker representing his class at
commencement exercises. John was chosen based on his sterling academic
record, exceptionally strong research record under the direction of
Dr. Patrick Juola,
and extracurricular involvement.
Professor's teaching recognized by professional
society.The Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association
of America selected
Dr. George Bradley
as the recipient of its 2009 Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Bradley
was honored at the spring meeting of the Section.
Carnegie Mellon graduate joins faculty.
Dr. Karl Wimmer, who recently received his Ph.D. in Algorithms,
Combinatorics, and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon, joins the
math faculty beginning Fall 2009. He is off to a strong start in
research, having already presented his work at international
conferences in Poland, Finland, and Canada.
Dr. Wimmer has also been
selected to participate in Project NExT, a series of workshops
for new mathematics teachers sponsored by the Mathematical
Association of America.
Professor receives prestigious appointment.Dr. Patrick Juola
has been appointed Adjunct Scientist to the Human
Center of Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
This newly founded
research center explores and develops highly innovative technologies
in extracting information
from massive sources of text and speech. Dr. Juola's appointment
provides an excellent
opportunity to enhance the department's
offerings in artificial intelligence and text analysis.
present papers at conference.
Two undergraduate students, both
double majors in mathematics and
computer science, presented in
early November at the 2008
Chicago Colloquium on Digital
Humanities and Computer Science
poster versions of papers they
co-authored with Dr.
Patrick Juola. John Noecker
was first author on the paper
An Empirical Study of Linear
Separability on Authorship
Attribution Feature Spaces,
and Michael Ryan co-authored the
paper Authorship Attribution,
Similarity, and Noncommutative
awarded third grant.Dr.
Patrick Juola has been
awarded three significant federal
grants within the period of a
year. The third grant, in the
amount of $58,202 from the
National Science Foundation, is
titled "CRI: CRD: Collaborative
Research: Community Resources for
Authorship Attribution Research"
and is projected to run through
January 31, 2010.
seniors take significant next
steps. Two class of 2008
graduates have been offered
acceptance to and fellowships in
top-10 PhD programs. Dylan Hower
is entering the computer science
program at the University of
Wisconsin at Madison, and Chase
Smith is entering the mathematics
program at Michigan State
University. In addition,
mathematics major Jason Lamella
is taking a position with
students accepted to prestigious
summer research programs.
Students John Noecker, Amanda
Sgroi, and Kaitlyn Yoha have been
accepted to summer Research
Experience for Undergraduates
(REU) programs funded by the
National Science Foundation. John
will be at Johns Hopkins, Amanda
at MIT, and Kaitlyn at the
University of Florida.
professor awarded grant.Dr.
Carl Toews, in his first year
at Duquesne, was awarded a
Duquesne Faculty Development Fund
two-year grant for his project,
Medical Imaging Through
Voltage Measurements: A Bridge to
awarded second major grant,
publishes second book.Dr.
Patrick Juola has been
awarded a two-year, $131,465
grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. With the
assistance of Duquesne students,
Dr. Juola will seek to develop
software that will help to
produce topical indices for
books, potentially saving authors
innumerable hours of tedious
work. This grant complements Dr.
Juola's recent award from the
National Science Foundation to
study authorship attribution.
In addition, Dr.
Juola has published the book Authorship