Greetings from the GW Mathematics Department!
The 2019-2020 academic year was a busy one for the Department of Mathematics. We kicked off the fall semester with a department picnic at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md. Through the SIAM Visiting Lecture Program, the department hosted “Mathematics: The Foundation of Impactful and Exciting Careers” by Lois Curfman McInnes, senior computational scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. In late October, GW alumni James Shelton, MBA '02, and Amy Nagahashi, BS '01, were the featured speakers at Careers in Math at the NSA, organized by the GW Math Club. The department conducted three successful searches this past year, which you can read more about in this newsletter.
Just as the department was looking forward to catching its breath over Spring Break 2020, the COVID-19 virus changed everything. An initial plan to temporarily resort to online instruction, turned into a permanent change for the remainder of the spring semester. Online instruction will continue through summer 2020. The decision to switch to all online instruction allowed us about a week to prepare. In a remarkable demonstration of teamwork and good will, GW faculty, students and staff worked together to complete the semester with minimal disruption. Other activities, such as the Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony, thesis defenses, and the department’s first virtual graduation celebration on Saturday May 16, were also conducted online. As soon as social distancing policies allow, the GW Math Department will host an on-campus picnic in 2020–21 and hope alumni in the D.C. area can join us. Details will be available later this year.
We would love to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected] and tell us what you have been doing! Once we are back on campus, visit us on the 7th floor of Phillips Hall any time and see old friends, attend a seminar or colloquium or join us at our Friday afternoon coffee hour.
Be safe and keep in touch,