2007 Grant VignettesDaniel BirmajerMy project, Arithmetic in the Ring of Formal Power Series, was started during the summer of 2006 with partial funding by a Nazareth College Summer Grant. I worked on the arithmetic in the Ring of Formal Power Series, which started as a research topic that I proposed in my Abstract Algebra course during the Spring 2006. These reflections led to conversations with my colleague Juan Gil, from Penn State. The purpose of the present project was to establish the necessary and sufficient conditions for a quadratic polynomial tobe irreducible in the ring of integral formal power series.To accomplish this, immersed in intensive research that produced the manuscript “Arithmetic in the ring of formal power series with integer coefficients” that was accepted for publication in THEAMERICANMATHEMATICALMONTHLY, the leading publication of theMathematical Association of America (MAA). This summer, we repeated the process with the incorporation of Mike Weiner from Penn State, in a collaboration that was intellectually and emotionally rewarding.Thus far I am pleased to report that the paper: “Factorization of quadratic Polynomials in the ring of formal power series over Z”, has been accepted in the prestigious Journal of Algebra and its Applications, a journal specialized in innovative links between areas of Algebra and fields of application. This is a collaborative work with Professor Juan Gil and Mike Weiner from Penn State. This paper continues and expands the ideas contained in my previous work with Juan Gil that is scheduled to appear in THEAMERICANMATHEMATICALMONTHLYWith the following interesting results…I presented my newest paper in the following meetings:Annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), in San Jose, CA, August 2007.Fall Meeting of the Seaway Section of the MAA, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, October 19-20, 2007.Doot BokelmanThe purpose of my project, Research and Artwork for an Interactive Learning Center, “Annie at Home at the Hamm House,”was to engage my students in scholarly research and writing that would benefit the larger Rochester community by providing the foundation research for “Annie’s House.” Annie Douglass was the daughter of Frederick and Anna Douglass whose home was a known safe house visited by freedom-seekers under the supervision of Harriet Tubman and others. The living history center, sponsored by the Rochester-Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission in collaboration with area colleges, would be a culturally rich environment that provided curricula for teachers and parents, focusing on the life of Annie in the Rochester region between 1850-1860. Faculty from Center for Teaching ExcellencePage 12007 Grant VignettesNazareth College
Nazareth College, including Deb Dooley, Marie Watkins, Tim Kneeland and others, are working with the sponsors and community leaders to make this cultural literacy center a reality.
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