With the outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. last fall, epidemiologists have had their work cut out for them. Whether they investigate the triggers of an infection for a public health agency or collect blood samples at an outpatient care center, epidemiologists examine the causes of diseases to prevent them from transmitting and recurring. These medical scientists might work in hospitals, laboratories or universities, or for pharmaceutical companies or health insurers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. Job prospects look promising, especially for medical scientists looking to work for state or local governments and general medical or surgical hospitals.

# Math Alumnus Awarded Sontag Prize in Urban Education

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# New Faculty: Prof. Hung Phan

This spring, we have welcomed **Dr.Hung Phan**to the UML Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Phan is an applied mathematician who was most recently at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. No doubt he has been right at home in the past few weeks as we’ve had two major snow storms!

Hung’s general research areas are Optimization, Numerical Methods, and Variational Analysis. His Ph. D. was earned at Wayne State University, with a thesis titled *New Variational Principles with Applications in Optimization Theory and Algorithms* (Advisor: Boris Mordukhovich).

Here are three of his recent publications:

**Linear and strong convergence of algorithms involving averagednon expansiveoperators**,(with H.H. Bauschke, D. Noll)*Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications*421 (2015), 1-20**The rate of linear convergence of the Douglas-Rachford algorithm for subspaces**,(with H.H. Bauschke, J.Y. Bello Cruz, T.T.A. Nghia, X. Wang)*Journal of Approximation Theory*185 (2014), 63-79**Restricted normal cones and sparsity optimization with affine constraints**,(with H.H. Bauschke, D.R. Luke, X. Wang),*Foundations of Computational Mathematics*14 (2014), 63-83

His web page ishttp://faculty.uml.edu/hung_phan/

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# The 2014 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition

What a way to spend your Saturday! Get yourself to campus for 10 AM and work on six math problems for three hours. Then after a two hour break, spend another three hours of six more problems. That’s what thousands of undergraduate students throughout the US and Canada, including 14 UML students, did on December 6 to take part in the2014 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition.

**The Problems**

Prove that every nonzero coefficient of the Taylor series of \[(1-x+x^{2})e^{x}\] about \(x=0\) is a rational number whose numerator (in lowest terms) is either 1 or a prime number.

**The UML Team**

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# New Faculty: Prof. Jong Soo Lee

*Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications*(Advisor: Dennis Cox).

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# 3D printing of visual mathematics

Mathematicians have used visual representations of abstract mathematics for many years. With the recent availability of inexpensive 3D printers, it’s now easier to build these objects. Prof. Rida Mirie has started to develop an expertise in this area. Using a DaVinci printer, he is working on printing objects that match the surfaces that students encounter in courses such as Calculus III.

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# Ken’s Khronicles – October 2014

This is the first Khronicles since last December, and we’ve been busy with several personnel changes since then.

**New Hires**

**Retirements**

**More Hiring**

**More News**

# Market Basket spending/non-spending, and more

I guess the biggest news centered around Lowell this summer has been the Market Basket fiasco. A couple of weeks into the boycott, I thought I’d create a visual to contrast our spending at different markets in the past year. Naturally, I used *Mathematica*. Here is a version of the plot I posted on a Facebook group site related to Lowell:

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# Math Majors stand out at the Uteach Conference in Austin

The 2014 UTeach conference at the University of Texas Ausin brought together faculty, students and staff from 40 universities with UTeach programs and five universities aspiring to build a UTeach program. The UMass Lowell UTeach team included two UML math majors, Erinn McLaughlin and John Romano.

ErinnMcLaughlin, togetherwithMichelle Scribner-MacLean(Graduate College of Education) and William Morton (Lowell NationalHistoricalPark), described how she and her classmates teamed with the National Park to create science and math projects for high school students. The work was part of the requiredUTeachcourse, Project Based Instruction.

At a poster session that included dozens of student submissions, John Romano won the *best student poster for a research project* for the work he did as an intern with M2D2 and Lowell High School. Erinn also displayed a poster on the mathematics of water wheels.

# Curriculum Guides in Mathematics: JMM2014 update

I attended a panel discussion on curriculum guides at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings last week. Here are a few comments on them.

- The
**CUPM Curriculum Guide**is produced by the MAACommittee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematicsto guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for their undergraduate students.The 2004 version was the last to come out. The new version will be out in 2015. We were told that a draft will appear atmaa.org/cupm in the near future. - In 2012, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences issued the latest recommendations for teacher preparation in mathematics:
**The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET2)**. A few highlights of the new recommendations:

- Elementary teachers should take four mathematics courses on elementary school mathematics. This doesn’t mean that the mathematics they are taught are elementary. The objective is to give teachers a deeper understanding of the mathematics that is taught in elementary grades. For example, while an elementary school teacher may teach division, coursework might include continued fractions or a study of the periodic nature of decimal fractions.
- Recommendations for middle school teachers include at least 24 credits of mathematics, including at least 15 credits designed specifically for future middle grades teachers that address essential ideas in the middle school curriculum.
- It is still recommended that prospective High school teachers complete coursework equivalent to that of a mathematics major. One change is that at least nine credits involve advanced study of secondary mathematics.
- TheAmerican Statistical Association (ASA) will be releasing
**The Statistical Education of Teachers (SET)**in 2014. It is expected to put a greater emphasis on data analysis.

**UTeach UMass Lowell**helps us at the middle and high school levels. Functions and Modeling (92.210), which is required for mathematics certification, revisits many high school topics from an advanced point of view. Research Method (UTL.302), which is required of all UTeach students, is a data analysis course that matches both MET2 and SET recommendations. Finally, the inquiry-based approach that many UTeach courses emphasize is consistent with that of all three curriculum guides.