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QUAC: Events

Upcoming Events

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, October 11

12-1 p.m. in MCLA's Faculty Center (Bowman 121)

Ranked-Choice Voting Workshop: Wednesday, October 17

7-8:30 p.m. in MCLA's Bowman Hall, Room 119.

Speakers: Meghan Molinari (Voter Choice Massachusetts), Drs. Erin Kiley, Samantha Pettey, and Kebra Ward.

In the wake of this season's primary elections, many of which involved "spoiler candidates", several major newspapers have written editorials in support of Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV), including the Boston Globe and the New York Times. Students, faculty, and the public are invited to a special evening workshop, where attendees will learn about--and get hands-on experience using--several RCV methods.

Snacks and drinks provided. See the attached flyer: Flyer.

Professional Development Workshop: Friday, October 19

6-9 p.m. in MCLA's Faculty Center (Bowman 121).

Topic: "Effective and ethical presentation of quantitative information"

Speakers: Drs. John Bandler (Electrical Engineering, McMaster University), Erin Kiley, Shawn McIntosh, and Christopher Thomas.

This workshop is for faculty who are interested in learning (1) how to tell lies with data, (2) why they should not tell lies with data, and (3) how to tell the truth with data. Stipend provided for full-time faculty (attendance to be capped), and supper provided for all.

Registration is required! Please e-mail Erin Kiley ( emkiley@mcla.edu ) if you would like to attend. Please see the following flyer: Flyer.

QUAC Beer & Bowling: Friday, November 02, 2017

4 p.m. at Greylock Bowl in North Adams.

All educators who value quantitative literacy and math education are welcome to have a beer and go bowling with us! Cost is $8 per person (food and drinks are separate). RSVP to Erin Kiley: emkiley@mcla.edu, 413-662-5144. Please also consider posting the following flyer so that your colleagues can also attend: Flyer.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, November 8

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center (Bowman 121)

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, December 13

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center (Bowman 121)

Past Events

Grand Opening of Math Drop-In Center

Please join us for the opening of the new math drop-in help center on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 3-6 p.m. in CSI 101. You can find there tutors who are able and willing to help enrolled MCLA students with any kind of math problems, from calculating the amount of fabric needed for a theatre costume, to working out the details of a number theory proof, to studying for the MTEL.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, September 14, 2017

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

WIMIN Conference at Smith College: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Smith College will be hosting its annual Women In Mathematics In the Northeast (WIMIN) conference on Saturday, September 16. The conference is open to all, and will feature short talks, two invited lectures, and free lunch. Transportation will be arranged from MCLA. To attend, please contact Liz Hartung at E.Hartung@mcla.edu.

Math Talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Thursday, September 28, 2017

There will be a talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute entitled "Extreme Equally: How to Create a More Prosperous and Inclusive Society Using Math". The talk will be given by John Mighton, a playwright turned mathematician and author whom you might have, incidentally, seen in the 1997 movie 'Good Will Hunting', where he played Matt Damon's math tutor. Please see the talk's flyer on the MCLA QUACblog.

The talk is in Worcester at 5 p.m., and Erin Kiley will leave by car from MCLA's campus around 2 p.m.; please let her know (emkiley@mcla.eduon or before Monday, September 25 if you are interested in attending, and transportation will be arranged.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, October 12, 2017

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

Towards the 4-D Honeycomb: Thursday, November 02, 2017

6 p.m. in Bowman 205. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Abstract: The honeycomb is an incredible natural structure that exhibits many intriguing mathematical properties. For instance, if you took a slice of the honeycomb you would see hexagonal cells, which for a given amount of area is the most cost-effective shape that slots together to fill space. In other words, hexagons tile the plane and do so with the least perimeter; that is why bees love them! Now the question arises, what does a 3-D chunk of a 4-D honeycomb look like? What shape tiles space with the least amount of surface area? We make progress in answering this question by proving the first non-trivial case for a 3-D solid and show the best tetrahedron (pyramid with a triangular base) that tiles space.

About the lecturer: Arjun Kakkar is a senior math major at Williams College and an international student from New Delhi, India. Driven by his passion for the application of math in a wide variety of fields he has worked as a consultant, a quantitative analyst and a researcher in mathematics. His research interests include geometry, mathematical modeling and computational techniques for problem-solving. For his senior thesis in mathematics, he is working on modeling of vegetation patterns in semi-arid regions under the  guidance of Professor Chad Topaz, Williams College.

Download the flyer

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, November 09, 2017

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Beer & Bowling: Friday, November 17, 2017

4 p.m. at Ken's Bowl on Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield (driving directions)

All educators who value quantitative literacy and math education are welcome to have a beer and go bowling with us! Cost is $9 per person (food and drinks are separate). RSVP to Erin Kiley: emkiley@mcla.edu, 413-662-5144. Please feel free to disseminate our flyer among your contacts who might be interested.

Flying Cloud Institute STEM Educators' Conference, December 1, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

S*M*ART Innovators Community: Learning and Leading Rigorous Science Curriculum

Cost: $20 (without lunch), $32.50 (lunch included). Workshops on several topics, including "Teaching Waves" by Adrienne Wootters, and "Teaching Mathematics and Overcoming Math Anxiety" by Erin Kiley.

Registration and more information

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, December 14, 2017

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, February 08, 2018

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

Beer & Bowling: Friday, March 23, 2018

4 p.m. at Greylock Bowl, off Rte. 2 in North Adams (driving directions)

All educators who value quantitative literacy and math education are welcome to have a beer and go bowling with us! Cost is $8 per person (food and drinks are separate). RSVP to Erin Kiley: emkiley@mcla.edu, 413-662-5144. Please feel free to disseminate our flyer among your contacts who might be interested.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, April 12, 2018

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

Computer Model of a Simple Microwave Heat Exchanger: Thursday, April 26, 2018

12-1 p.m. in Bowman 122. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Abstract: A microwave heat exchanger (MHE) is a device which converts microwave (MW) energy into usable form of heat energy. The working principle of the MHE is based on a collective effect of electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation, heat transfer and fluid flow, so the development of an efficient device requires complicated experimentation with processes of different physical nature. A peculiar phenomenon making the design of MHE even more challenging is thermal runaway, an uncontainable phenomenon in which a small increase in the input power gives rise to a large increase in temperature. Such high temperature may result in material damage through excessive thermal expansion, cracking, or melting.

In this talk, we present a computational model which may help clarify complicated interaction between multiple physical processes that might be difficult to comprehend and control experimentally. We consider a triple layered (fluid-solid-fluid) model mimicking coupled nonlinear behavior of the EM, thermal, and fluid flow phenomena involved in the operation of the MHE. The model is capable of capturing power response curves characterizing average steady-state temperature solutions as functions of incident power. The output of numerical computation is validated against the results of a related one-dimensional mathematical problem.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 2018

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center (Bowman 121)

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, September 13, 2018

12-1 p.m. in MCLA's Faculty Center (Bowman 121)