Turbulence mitigation algorithms have gained a lot of attention in the last decade and several algorithms are now available. Unfortunately, since this problem is generally involved in Defense applications, there is no common dataset to assess such algorithms. The purpose of Gilles’ grant is to create a free open dataset of observations acquired through atmospheric turbulence. A camera with different lenses will be purchased to run several scenarios of interest for the Defense community. The project involves an undergraduate student and we expect to use the proximity of the desert to make several observation by the end of the Summer. It is expected that this dataset will be released online by the end of 2016. Pictured: Nicholas Ferrante (SDSU), and Dr. Gilles.

For the next three years, the department will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This will bring brilliant undergraduate students together with graduate students and faculty, to solve meaningful problems and learn about research careers, in eight summer weeks. The 2016 projects are in atmospheric imaging (run by Dr. Gilles) and in Markov chain Monte Carlo analysis (run by Dr. Roman). The students for these projects have been selected; they represent the whole country, from SDSU, to Georgetown, to the University of Massachusetts, to UCLA. For more information, see the program website http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/math-reu/index.html The grant PI is Vadim Ponomarenko.

]]>The project is based on a partnership between SDSU, three museums in Balboa Park: Mingei International Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, as well as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Southeast San Diego.

Current work and programs conducted by InforMath include:

1. A new exhibition at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center entitled “Taking Shape” is open to the public. The exhibition brings together art and mathematics, the latter focused on topology concepts. The structure made out of packing tape is large enough for visitors to walk inside to explore its layout. It includes three areas inspired by the following surfaces of: 1) Torus, 2) Schwarz P, and 3) Pair-of-Pants. Working areas associated with these topologies are being setup.

2. A program on basket weaving and curvature has been conducted at the Mingei International Museum and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Southeast San Diego. Children from Chulavista who have volunteered to enroll worked three sessions at the Mingei and three at their after school facilities. They explored the current exhibition “Made in America,” created woven forms, and sewed fabric bowls.

3. A new exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts is in preparation. Its theme is 3D photography and the mathematics of depth perception.

4. A new program on Music and Mathematics is going to start in April. Children from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Southeast San Diego will be transported weekly to the Reuben H, Fleet Science Center. They will use a new exhibit called “Dance Math” to develop mathematical ways of representing dance and rhythm. The program will end with a public performance combining drumming, dance, and chanting.

]]>A significant contribution of the work will be connecting the research on mathematics learning generally with research on mathematics learning of English language learners. In addition to advancing theoretical understandings, the research will also contribute practical resources and guidance for mathematics teachers who teach English language learners.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-wide activity that offers awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Zahner’s abstract is available on the NSF website below.

http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1553708&HistoricalAwards=false

**Antoni Luque**, Ph.D. (Universitat de Barcelona, 2011). Dr. Luque is a physicist specialized in mathematical biology. His research spans the areas of theoretical and computational biophysics and has focused on the study of viruses and chromatin fibers. He has investigated these systems by combining condensed matter physics, applied mathematics, and computational biology in collaboration with experimentalists. Dr. Luque’s research has been previously conducted in the Universitat de Barcelona, University of California, Los Angeles, and New York University. At SDSU, he is part of the Area of Excellence in viromics. As a member of the Viral Information Institute, the Luque Lab aspires to develop multiscale mathematical models that investigate how changes in the structural properties of viruses impact viral ecology.

All Math and Stats students,

**Have you ever thought about study abroad? **

Spain? Sweden? Japan? Australia?

SDSU has wonderful study abroad programs, from **short 3 week winter and summer **courses to semester and year-long experiences too. This summer, two of your colleagues are studying abroad… one in Finland and one in Germany, both of which have programs in **ENGLISH **for students coming from all corners of the globe. (Corners?) THIS COULD BE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Check out Aztec Abroad website:http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/ISC/educationabroad/ You can search by your major, or by country, or by length of program, or by language of instruction. Create a profile if you’re at ALL interested! And let me know. I’d be happy to sit down with you and discuss programs, scholarships, and every question you can think of. Check out student stories and photos on the College of Sciences International FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SDSU.COS.International?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

And if your family asks you what’s on your holiday wish list, tell them **STUDY ABROAD and TRAVEL!! **(Really, you probably don’t need another iPhone.) I invite you to contact me to talk about all things international!

Best,

Maureen Crawford

International Coordinator and Internship Coordinator

San Diego State University

College of Sciences, GMCS 604

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1010

tel: 619 594-1813

fax 619 594-6381

Rong is a multidisciplinary statistician with a medical background and interest in biostatistics and bioinformatics. She is currently in her third year of the SDSU and CGU Joint Doctoral Program in Computational Science with a concentration in Statistics. She is working with SDSU Professor of Statistics Richard Levine and UCSD Professor of Psychiatry Wesley Thompson. Her research focuses on the development and application of Markov chain Monte Carlo method and Bayesian statistical inferences in Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and other health related studies.

]]>**Principal Investigator:** David Bressoud. **Co-PIs:** Linda Braddy, Jessica Ellis, Sean Larsen, and **Chris Rasmussen**. Funded by the National Science Foundation, 2015-2019, $2,250,000.

This project will build on the insights from *Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus* to explore the factors influencing student success over the progression of introductory mathematics courses that begins with Precalculus and continues through the full year of single variable calculus. This sequence, required of most STEM majors, will be referred to as *Precalculus to Calculus* II (P2C2). Two research questions will be investigated using a national census survey of universities offering advanced degrees in Mathematics, case study visits to selected universities, and the gathering of longitudinal data.

**What are the programs and structures of the P2C2 sequence as currently implemented? **How common are the various programs and structures? How varied are they in practice? What kinds of changes have recently been undertaken or are currently underway?

**What are the effects of structural, curricular, and pedagogical decisions on student success in P2C2? **Success will be assessed on a variety of measures including longitudinal measures of persistence and retention, performance in subsequent courses, knowledge of both precalculus and calculus topics, and student attitudes.

The answers to these questions will be leveraged to develop a theoretical model that can be used to guide departments in deciding how to allocate resources so as to most effectively improve student success in Calculus. While much is now known about why students leave STEM fields, there is little connection between this theoretical knowledge and the actual structures and programs of the P2C2 sequence. This project will provide that link, helping departments to more rationally decide how to invest their limited resources. Under the auspices of the Mathematical Association of America, a national census survey of institutions offering graduate programs in mathematics will produce a comprehensive picture of the ways that P2C2 sequences are structured and implemented across the country. Detailed case studies will investigate connections between aspects of P2C2 structures and student success. Success will be assessed using a variety of measures that will characterize it along multiple dimensions, including retention and student learning. The CSPCC project identified seven characteristics of more successful Calculus I programs at PhD granting institutions. The PtC project case studies will build on insights from CSPCC by exploring connections between these characteristics (as applied to P2C2) and student success. This design is well suited to provide practical insights into the changes to P2C2 programs that have the potential to produce various types of success outcomes.

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