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Professional Notes for Sept. 15, 2015

This week's notes feature faculty, an alumna and a student from the departments of chemistry, history, mathematics, modern and classical languages, and sociology and criminal justice, and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
Sousada Chidthachack

For the Love of Math

Sousada Chidthachack’s ’06 family escaped Communist Laos and a refugee camp in Thailand. Now she’s ready to open doors for young women and minorities in mathematics.

From Gamer to Researcher

Mathematics professor Eric Rawdon had a childhood passion for computers that led to meaningful scientific discoveries and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
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Mathematics Through the Lens of Biology

Until recently, many biologists also viewed themselves as pure experimentalists with no need for mathematics in their field, but advances in experimental techniques have generated huge amounts of data, and without mathematical modeling and analysis it would be impossible for biology to make sense of all these data.

Do the Math

Here we peek into the lives of three alumni who majored in math. They each share the pluses of their work, whether as an actuary, teacher or researcher. To them, it all adds up.