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Mathematics & Computer Science

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We offer courses in computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Our students major in mathematics or computer science, and our mathematics education program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Our faculty scholars are engaged in excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising within a student-oriented department.


Featured News

Majors win awards at MAA sectional meeting
Congratulations to Joe Gills and Alexandra Jolly for their awards at the 2015 Spring Sectional meeting of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Joe won first place in the undergraduate poster competition, and Alex won third place in the undergraduate presentation competition. Joe's research, "A Structured Approach to Finding Surfaces of Mean Curvature Zero," was advised by Dr. Tom Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.  Alex's research, "Geometry and Billiards," was advised by Dr. Dvaid Shoenthal, Associate Professor of Mathematics, for whom this was his last sectional meeting as Section Chair.  Also in attendance were student Sabrina Walker and faculty Drs. Jackie Hall, Phillip Poplin, and Wendy Smith.

Computer Science faculty are published in conference proceedings
Dr. Robert Marmorstein, Associate Professor of Computer Science, had his paper "Teaching Semaphores Using ... Semaphores" published in the January 2015 Issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.  Dr. Don Blaheta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, had his paper ""Unci: a C++-based Unit-testing Framework for Intro Students" published in the Proceedings of the 46th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education in March 2015.

Mathematics faculty and student present at Joint Mathematics Meetings
This January, the Joint Mathematics Meetings were held in San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Leigh Lunsford, Professor of Mathematics, presented Helping Statistical Concepts "Click" with Students and co-taught the MAA mini-course Teaching Introductory Statistics (for instructors new to teaching statistics).  Dr. Wendy Smith, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, presented Turbo-charging freshman engagement in introductory courses through a 2-lecture motivational seminar on how and why to succeed at college mathematics.  Dr. Thomas Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented Lorentzian Ricci Solitons On Nilpotent Lie Groups.  Joseph Gills, a double major in mathematics and computer science, presented his poster A Structured Approach to Finding Surfaces of Mean Curvature Zero -- Nil3 and Sol3 Joe's poster is a summation of his work with Dr. Wears as part of the LU-PRISM program.  Dr. Jackie Hall and Dr. Bob Webber also attended the meetings.




Colloquium Series

All colloquia are from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356.  Be sure to join us for a social before the colloquium starting at 3:30 in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department lounge (Ruffner 300A).

9 April: Mathematics in Board Games: Making Better Decisions

Dr. David Taylor
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Roanoke College


Problem of the Month

April 2015

April Problem (pdf)

Problem Status: DUE APR 21.

Previous problems


Recent Events

Colloquium April 2, 2015

Dr. Paul Hemler (Hampden-Sydney College) discussed ERG and ERL at HSC as the seventh colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.

Colloquium March 19, 2015

Ms. Elizabeth Creath '09 (University of North Carolina Wilmington) discussed Highest-Weight Representations of Quantum sl2 as the sixth colloquium of the 2014-15 academic year.


Fractal Art Display


The department is displaying several pieces of artwork by Longwood alumna Judith Moffitt (1977). These digital pigment prints are part of the Virginia Artists Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and were a gift of the artist in memory of Benoit Mandelbrot. The photos on this site are by Taylor Dabney.