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Mathematical Sciences Department Newsletter
MathClarion 1.3 Million Dollar Grant
Disease Spread Grant
By: Mika Munakata
By: Eric Forgoston & Lora Billings
Faculty members from the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) and the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) have recently been awarded a $1.3 million grant from WIPRO, an IT corporation based in India. The project, the WIPRO Science Education Fellowship (SEF) Program, is a five-year project that will involve over 60 northern New Jersey K12 science teachers from high-needs schools. CSAM’s Mika Munakata, Jackie Willis, and Colette Killian, and CEHS’s Emily Klein and Monica Taylor will work with partners at the University of Massachusetts Boston to run parallel programs in northern NJ and Boston. The five school districts include Kearny, Orange, Paramus, Montclair, and Clifton. The UMass Boston team will concurrently be working with five Boston-area school districts. The WIPRO SEF program will work to make sustainable changes in the districts by supporting emerging teacher leadership. The participating teachers will be engaged in a two-year professional development program that emphasizes reflective practice, inquiry-based pedagog-
Global eradication of an infectious disease has rarely been achieved, but it continues to be a public health goal for polio and many other diseases, including childhood diseases. More commonly, one can observe local disease extinction, or fade out, followed by a reintroduction of the disease from other regions through a migratory effect. It is important to know how parameters affect the occurrence of local disease extinction and reintroduction of disease. These parametric studies enable the prediction of the dynamics of outbreaks and the development of control strategies, including optimal vaccine programs. To conduct this research, the National Science Foundation awarded Eric Forgoston (PI) and Lora Billings (co-PI) a grant of $278,966 for their project "Understanding the Dynamics of Stochastic Disease Spread in Metapopulations." Their goal is to attain an understanding of infectious disease outbreak, spread, and extinction in metapopulation models, where migratory effects and stochasticity are in-
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Inside this issue: SIG News
Student News & Awards
New grants awarded to (from top): Mika Munakata, Eric Forgoston, & Lora Billings
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Thomas Devlin Retires By: Helen Roberts After 41.5 years Tom Devlin retired in January. He joined the Mathematics Department in 1971. Tom’s special interests are in statistical science. His research interests include modeling, computationally-intensive methods, data mining, data graphics, biopharmaceutical, business, and financial applications of statistics, and statistical education. Dr. Devlin earned a B.A. from LaSalle University and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from Catholic Universi-
ty of America, all in Mathematics. Dr. Devlin was very influential in the creation of the voice, data and video communications in Higher Education in the state of New Jersey. From 1983 to 2002 he was actively involved in the New Jersey Intercampus Network (NJIN) serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and from 1995 to 2002 as Treasurer. NJIN was a statewide, non-profit organization, whose membership included over (Continued on page 11)
A very happy Thomas Devlin following his retirement
SIG Notes Mathematics By: Aihua Li Faculty Workshop Sponsored by NSA grant (Co-13GSUMC-0113-montclair-2-Li) and Montclair State University, the Regional Faculty Workshop on REU Issues in Mathematics was recently held at the Holiday Inn, Wayne, New Jersey. 44 faculty members from seven states participated in the workshop. Dr. Joseph A. Gallian of the University of Minnesota-Duluth gave a plenary speech on ―Involving Undergraduate Students in Research.‖ Dr. Michael John Dorff of Brigham Young University gave a plenary speech on ―Undergraduate Research Internships: Setting Up Internships For Students as an Undergraduate Research Experience in Business, Industry, and Government.‖ Both talks were very
well received. Other than the keynote speeches, the workshop held two panel discussions and a session on getting funding for undergraduate research. The panel discussions covered issues regarding undergraduate research: challenges, benefits, impact/conflict with tenure, experience sharing, REU opportunities for faculty, etc. Our own faculty member, Dr. Diana Thomas, was one of the key panelists: Zhixiong Chen (New Jersey City University), Joyati Debnath (Winona State University), Kellen Myers (Rutgers University), Sarita Nemani (Georgian Court University), David Torain (Hampton University), Madeleine Rosar (William Patterson University). The workshop was a great success.
Professor Emeritus Max Sobel telling stories of his love of teaching mathematics to future teachers at MSU (top), faculty from the department enjoying a laugh with Max over breakfast (left)
MSU REU Summer 2013 Sponsored jointly by NSA (H98230-13-1-0270) and NSF (DMS1156582) through the MAA NREUP program (National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, a summer REU program will be held in our department during the summer 2013, directed by Dr. Aihua Li. The program, ―Interdisciplinary Research in Graph Theory and its Applications in Sciences,‖ will be held on MSU’s campus from June 10 to August 22, 2013. The four selected students are: William P. Burke, Rob Rexler Amolo Baello, Pamela Tatiana Guerron from Montclair State University and Zeyad Boodoo from Rutgers University – Newark.
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Mathematics Education By: Erin Krupa The mathematics department is saying goodbye to three mathematics education faculty members at the end of the spring semester. Assistant Professors Evan Fuller, Soo Jin Lee, and Corey Webel are all making career moves to better meet their families’ needs. Evan Fuller is relocating to Howard County, Maryland to take a position with the Department of Defense solving large-scale problems. Soo Jin Lee will be returning to Korea to join her husband as a faculty member at the Korea National University of Education. Corey Webel will be moving back to his hometown of Columbia, Missouri and has accepted a tenure track faculty position at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Each of these colleagues has enhanced the mathematics education program during their time at Montclair State University. All three were actively en-
gaged in laying a solid foundation for our new elementary mathematics content courses that future elemen-
All three have been actively engaged in research in various aspects of mathematics education. Dr. Fuller researches
Faculty members from left, Corey Webel, Soo Jin Lee, and Evan Fuller at their goodbye party tary school teachers take as part of their degree program. Drs. Fuller and Webel have both served as chair of the mathematics education special interest group.
the teaching and learning of advanced mathematic, specializing in proof. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF funded grant, Proving Styles in University Mathematics. Dr. Lee researches elementary and middle
grade students’ and teachers’ knowledge, specializing in partitive and quotative fraction division. Her work has been published in numerous national and international journals and she recently have a presentation at the International Congress on Mathematics Education in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Webel is interested in researching the teaching and learning of mathematics, with particular interest in collaborative learning and mathematical authority in the classroom. He was an integral part of researching the effectiveness of the newly designed Red Hawk Mathematics Learning Center and in strengthening our partnership with the Newark Public School system, which lead to the design and dissemination of a high-quality professional development for 5th and 6th grade teachers around the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. We will miss each of you and your contributions to the mathematics education faculty!
Max Sobel: Breakfast With a Legend By: Eileen Fernandez This spring semester, the Mathematics Education Special Interest Group (SIG) was treated to a piece of Montclair State’s history when Professor Emeritus Max Sobel paid a visit. At the urging of the SIG’s younger faculty, Chairperson Helen Roberts arranged for a breakfast between Professor Emeritus Sobel and the SIG on May 8. Professor Emeritus Sobel told stories of teaching the Methods course ―back in the day.‖ He described how his enjoyment of teaching Methods stemmed from the flexibility to design the course to fit his prospective teachers’ needs. After receiving instruction from him in the university classroom, his prospective teachers were then encouraged to try what they learned at College High School—a high school located directly on the Montclair State campus! This model of conjoining professor and practitioner, university and school, and theory and practice is one that was encouraged by philosopher John Dewey and that current mathematics educators are seeking to reintroduce today. Professor Emeritus Sobel served as president of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) from 1980 to 1982. He is the author of more than 60 books and his work is an integral part in the development of current standards and philosophies for teaching mathematics. To the SIG and to all who worked with him, his most profound legacy is the personal imprint he leaves on all those he meets. It is his genuine interest in people that sustains his legacy and ensures its place in the history of mathematics education. Page 3
Additions Mathematical Sciences Faculty: Steven Greenstein By: Erin Krupa Dr. Steven Greenstein, Associate Professor, joins the mathematics education faculty at Montclair State University after spending two years at the University of the Virgin Islands. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Greenstein earned his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics before earning his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Greenstein’s main research interest is in children’s mathematical thinking and in contextually relevant, culturally resoDr. Greenstein nant pedagogy. He has designed a dynamic geometry environment, called Configure, where children explore topology and develop authentic forms of geometric reasoning. If you would like to explore this environment, visit playwithshapes.com. He is deeply committed to issues of education and social justice. At the University of the Virgin Islands he was part of an NSF funded Noyce grant, where he investigated the sociocultural context and cultural knowledge of the US Virgin Islands to design a STEM teacher prepara-
tion program honoring and respecting the diversity of knowledge students bring to school. He recently used his experiences on that Noyce grant to customize a Noyce grant for Montclair. Dr. Greenstein recently submitted a Noyce proposal designed to increase the number of elementary teachers with extraordinary preparation for teaching mathematics. If funded, this grant would create an enhanced degree program leading to a bachelor of arts in mathematics with a concentration in K-5 teaching. Dr. Greenstein loved teaching the graduate level MATH 577, Mathematics in Elementary Schools, during the past academic year. He found great joy in his students’ growth and success. Reflecting back over the past year, one of the things he enjoyed most was his students’ presentation of their most significant moment in their development as mathematics educators. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and cycling. Cycling is not only a wonderful workout, but as provides a great place to think and commune with the great outdoors.
Mathematical Sciences Faculty: Marc Favata By: Erin Krupa Dr. Marc Favata recently joined the mathematical sciences faculty at Montclair after serving as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Gravitation and Cosmology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Prior to those experiences he earned both his Ph.D. and M.S. in astrophysics from Cornell University. Dr. Favata, who grew up in nearby Elmwood Park, returned to his home state of New Jersey to join the physics group and is currently teaching the introductory calculus based physics course. Dr. Favata is mainly interested in gravitationalwave astronomy and theoretical astrophysics where he creates models for the study of finding black holes and neutron stars. He was recently appointed as a member of the Laser Interferometer Graviational-wave Observatory (LIGO), where in the next five years he expects they will make the first direct detections of gravitational-waves from black holes or neutron stars. Dr. Favata will begin involving an undergraduate and a master’s student in his research this summer. Page 4
In addition to his teaching and research, he has been busy speaking at national conferences and writing grants. He just finished an NSF grant that, if funded, would support research activities to provide better models for astrophysical systems that produce gravitational waves. Locally he has given talks at the Rockland Astronomy Club, to the North Jersey AstroDr. Marc Favata nomical Group, and even to a first grade class at Bradford Elementary School on the solar system. He really enjoyed the experience and said he had never given a physics talk to students at such a young age. He noted that the first graders were so full of questions that he did not get through his whole talk, his favorite was, ―what if I get sucked into a black hole and destroyed?‖ Not only has the past year, and move to Montclair, provided Marc with many enriching professional experiences, but he has also enjoyed a very gratifying personal year as well. Dr. Favata and his wife have a very beautiful 15-month old daughter. There is no doubt that Dr. Favata has a stellar career ahead of him.
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Student News The Putnam Mathematical Competition By: John Culter The Department of Mathematical Sciences had another active and successful group prepare and take part in the 73rd Putnam Mathematical Competition this past December. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a six-hour examination that takes place annually on the first Saturday in December. It is free to compete and can be taken by any undergraduate student in the US or Canada. In the Fall of 2012, the Department of Mathematical Sciences held weekly preparation sessions which were regularly attended by a group of dedicated students. In the end, the students that participated in the competition were Spencer Kordecki, Steven Kuipers, Bradford Morris, Pranav Rele, and Jeny Vargas. They contributed to the total of 4277 students from 578 institutions that took part in the exam. The median score this past year was 1 point out of a possible 120. Anyone who is interested in taking the exam next year should contact Jonathan Cutler at email@example.com.
The students during the lunch break of the Putnam, (from the left): Jeny Vargas, Bradford Morris, Steven Kuipers, Pranav Rele, and Spencer Kordecki
1st Annual TechLaunch Competition By: Aihua Li William Burke, MSU mathematic major, received the Second Place Prize in the First CSAM TechLaunch Undergraduate Poster Competition, April 2013. He also received an ―Outstanding Student Poster Award‖ in the Garden State Mathematics Conference Undergraduate Poster Competition held in Felician College, April 2013. In both presentations his poster title was, ―Relationships and Properties of Product and Sum Connectivity Indices of Certain Graphs.‖ His faculty mentor is Dr. Aihua Li.
William Burke (middle) receiving his award from the head of TechLaunch, Mario Casabona, (left) and CSAM Dean, Bob Prezant (right)
SHIP Student Success By: Aihua Li SHIP student, Katrina, Bandeli, presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 2013. During the conference she was also able to meet with Dr. Patricia Dorn of Loyola University New Orleans about her work. This was a very exciting experience for Katrina and her faculty mentor, Dr. Aihua Li. Katrina also took first place at the Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (GSUMC) Undergraduate Poster Competition, March 2012 for her work poster entitled, ―Sum Indices and Product Indices of Single Cyclohexane Chemical Compounds.‖ Page 5
Katrina Bandeli (left) in a research meeting with Dr. Patricia Dom (right) of Loyla University
Faculty Publications and Professional Engagements
Marc Favata was recently appointed a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) council. LIGO---the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory---is a NSF-funded project to detect gravitational-waves produced by colliding black holes and neutron stars. At the LIGO Collaboration Meeting in March, I proposed the formation of a new LIGO group at Montclair with myself as the PI. This was unanimously approved by the council. As a member of the LSC council I can add new members to the LSC (students) and participate in the decision-making process of the collaboration. LIGO is expected to detect gravitational-waves in the next ~5 years. Marc Favata recently gave a talk at the April meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver. The title of my talk was: "Systematic parameter errors in binary neutron star inspirals: effects of spin, tides, eccentricity, and high post-Newtonian order terms." This research concerns how *accurately* (as opposed to *precisely*) LIGO will be able to measure the parameters masses, spins, internal structure) of two neutron stars that are orbiting each other. Deborah Ives, Visiting Assistant Professor, has been selected to serve as CoChair for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey Centennial Celebration. The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey The LIGO research center (AMTNJ), the state affiliate for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), was formed on May 23, 1914 in Newark, NJ. Throughout the 2014 year, the organization will host numerous conferences and events, including monthly state-wide school outreach and activities. AMTNJ will partner with NCTM, MAA, NEA, NCSM, Department of Education, STEM organizations, as well as numerous local, national, and international researchers, political and educational leaders. Eric Forgoston and Lora Billings received a National Science Foundation grant of $278,966 for their project "Understanding the Dynamics of Stochastic Disease Spread in Metapopulations." Deborah Ives, Lead Content Advisor for the PBS show Get Math has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy and led to her being invited to give a talk on reasoning and sense making in Chile this August!! Erin Krupa gave three separate talks at the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference in Denver, Colorado. One was a research talk given at the research presession and the other two were general presentations geared towards high school mathematics teachers. Erin Krupa received a Distinguished Alumni award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Elon University. Erin Krupa recently gave two keynote addresses, one at the International Symposium for Research in Mathematics Education in Fortaleza Brazil. There she was able to talk to renowned mathematician Gerard Vergnaud about her research. The second address was at the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Doctoral student in Mathematics Education and visiting assistant professor, Eliza Leszczynski, presented two papers, ―A Study on an Interdisciplinary Outreach Program‖ and ―International Collaborations for STEM Graduate Students and Middle School Teachers‖, with Mika Munakata at the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education in Granada, Nicaragua in March. The presentations shared results of the National Science Foundation GK12 program at MSU (award #0638708). In three separate presentations at the Psychology of Mathematics Education, faculty members Soo Jin Lee, Erin Krupa and Corey Webel all gave research talks. Doctoral student Douglas Platt collaborated with Corey Webel for his first national mathematics education presentation. Erin Krupa receiving an award from Elon Aihua Li and Ralph Tucci, ―Zero Divisor Graphs of Upper Triangular Matrix Rings‖, Communications in Algebra, Vol. 41, (12), 2013. University President, Leo Lambert Michael K. Wilson, Aihua Li, ―Solving Second Order Discrete Sturm-Liouville Page 6
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BVP Using Matrix Pencils, to appear in the book chapter: Advances in Applied Mathematics and Approximation Theory: Contributions from AMAT 2012, Chapter 12. Aihua Li was recently awarded three grants: NREUP (National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program) ―Summer REU at MSU‖, Joint by NSA (H98230-13-1-0270) and NSF (DMS-1156582) through MAA, $27,300, awarded September 2013; ―Garden State Mathematics Conferences 2013-2014‖, NSA grant Co-13-GSUMC-0113-montclair-2-Li, $16,592.00, awarded September 2012, ―The 2013 Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (GSUMC)‖, MAA ―Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences Program‖ funded by NSF DMS-0846477, DMS-0846477 (CFDA No. 47.049), $2000, awarded May 2012. Aihua Li recently received two very special awards: University Distinguished Scholar Award for 2013-2014 academic year, Montclair State University; Outstanding Service Award, Mathematical Association of America – New Jersey SecEliza Leszcynski during her presentation and GSUMC, April 2013 Dr. Aihua Li gave the following presentations, ―What Mathematics can do in Biotion in Nicaragua informatics?‖ at the Department of Mathematics, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, ―Mathematicians in the Crypto World‖ to the Math Club of Loyola University New Orleans, ―American Women Code Makers and Code Breakers in World Wars‖ and a workshop ―Spy Kids Training‖ to a group of girls of grades 4 to 8 during the annual Montclair Mathmadness Events, an invited presentation, ―Zero Divisor Graphs of Upper Triangular Matrix Rings over Commutative Rings‖, at the Conference on Commutative Rings, Integer-valued Polynomials and Polynomial Functions held in Graz, Austria, the invited Biever Lecture at Loyola University New Orleans titled ―What Mathematics can do in Bioinformatics?‖, and ―REU Programs, Opportunities, and Funding Support at Montclair State University and from New Jersey MAA Section‖ at the 2012 Trends in Undergraduate Research in Mathematical Sciences Conference. Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty member Mika Munakata, Jackie Willis (PRISM), Emily Klein (CEHS) and Monica Taylor (CEHS) have received a five-year grant for $1.3 million for the Wipro Science Education Fellows program to support experienced K to 12 science teachers as they become teacher leaders. Wipro is a leading global information technology company with significant presence across North America, including New Jersey. The program is in partnership with the University of Massachusetts—Boston. Ashuwin Vaidya, Philip Yecko, Arup Mukherjee, and David Trubatch (Mathematical Sciences, CSAM) received a National Science Foundation award of $171,135 for the acquisition of a PIV imaging system for spatial and temporal study of flow patterns.
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Department Takes High Honors at CSAM Awards Banquet The Mathematical Sciences department had a strong showing at the CSAM Awards and Recognition Banquet on May 8, 2013. Departmental winners are listed below.
Outstanding Master’s Students
Steven Joseph Seelman, Statistics (pictured at right)
Laura Ellen Weinstein, Mathematics, Mathematics Education (pictured at left)
Laura Gordon, Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (pictured at right)
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Faculty Service Award Dr. Diana Thomas
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cluded. In general, extinction occurs in discrete, finite populations undergoing stochastic effects owing to random transitions or perturbations. The origins of stochasticity may be internal to the system or may arise from the external environment. Small population size, low contact frequency for frequency-dependent transmission, competition for resources and evolutionary pressure, as well as heterogeneity in populations and transmission, may all be determining factors for extinction to occur. The possibility of an extinction event is affected by the nature and strength of the stochastic noise, as well as other factors, including outbreak amplitude and seasonal phase occurrence. For large populations, the intensity of internal population noise is generally small. However, a rare, large fluctuation can occur with non-zero probability and the system may be able to reach the extinct state. Dr. Forgoston, Dr. Billings, and several student research assistants will study the dynamics of disease spread and extinction using a stochastic metapopulation model that consists of coupled regions or patches. A master equation formalism will be used to understand the disease dynamics and to find the path that maximizes the probability of disease extinction. Due to the complicated and high-dimensional nature of the model, this extinction path will be computed numerically using a dynamical systems idea related to sensitive dependence to initial conditions. The results will enable one to speed up disease extinction through the use of control methods including vaccination and quarantine programs. The grant provides full support for a PhD student in the Environmental Management Program, Garrett Nieddu, and partial support for a MS student in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Martha Bauver. Through a supplemental National Science Foundation REU award, two additional undergraduate students, Mike Morley and Jamila Haramuniz, will be funded for research throughout the summer of 2013.
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ies, classroom research, and leadership. Ultimately, these teachers will be in positions to enact positive change within their school, district, and beyond. Also, this focused professional development program will prepare veteran teachers to help retain new teachers and help those teach- The Wipro grant team (from left to right) : Colette Killian-PRISM, Monica Tayers grow within the profession. lor-CEHS, Jacalyn Willis-PRISM, Emily Klein-CEHS, Mika Munakata-CSAM During their first year in the program, teachers will work in teams as they study their practice through video, team meetings, and visits to each otherâ€™s classrooms. They will develop and execute an action plan that will form the structure of their professional development. In the second year of the fellowship, teachers will use this experience as a springboard for leadership activities. They will share what they have learned through their explorations of inquiry-based pedagogies and reflective practice through activities such as writing articles, presenting at conferences, leading teacher workshops, revising curricula, and being active in professional organizations. The parallel structure between the programs at UMASS Boston and MSU will allow for numerous collaborations. The Boston and New Jersey teachers will communicate regularly throughout the school year and meet at least once a year during a culminating end-of-the-year conference to be held alternately at UMASS Boston and MSU. In addition to showcasing their work from the academic year, teachers will have the opportunity to meet informally and exchange ideas about science education. The hope is that these teachers will enter a community of SEF educators and will form long-lasting professional ties. Further, the UMASS and MSU project teams will collaborate on various aspects of the program, strengthening its overall implementation. The kick-off celebration for the first cohort of SEF fellows will take place in June. Representatives from the school districts, WIPRO, UMass, MSU, and the community will participate in this celebratory event.
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40 NJ higher education institutions. Specifically he served on the Design Team for the Data Communications Network and various other task forces and subcommittees. Since 1971 Dr. Devlin taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics. He was active in activating the M.S. in Statistics. He developed graduate and undergraduate courses in Data Mining and Intermediate Statistical Methods. Dr. Devlin’s publications appeared in The Mathematics Teacher, Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics Academia Sinica, Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual SAS Users International Conference, Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual SAS Users International Conference, Proceedings of the Tenth Annual SAS Users International Conference, and the Proceedings of the Ninth Annual SAS Users International Conference. He is the author of the JMP Manual for Introductory Statistics Courses, JMP Manual for the Basic Practice of Statistic (4th Edition, 3rd Edition), JMPing into The Introductions to the Practice of Statistics (5 th Edition), JMP Manual for the Practice of Business Statistics, JMP Manual for Moor and McCabe’s Introduction to the Practice of Statistics (4th Edition) and JMP Guide to David Moore’s Basic Practice of Statistic (2nd Edition). In addition he made presentations at the Joint Statistical Meetings (2002, 1998, 1997, 1996), NJIN meetings (1995, 1994), Annual SAS Users International Conference (1988, 1986, 1985, 1984) and the Annual Meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1978). He also gave various talks around the state and on campus on various topics. He was the Associate Editor of Amstat Online 200-2004. On campus Dr. Devlin served on numerous departmental and college committees such as the PAC, Academic Computing Committee, Chair Statistics SIG. In particular he served on the College Curriculum Committee since 1996. He was the liaison to the American Statistical Association and was instrumental in creating the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Devlin has made many valuable contributions to the department, college, university and the statistical community. On behalf of your colleagues in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and CSAM we wish you well in your retirement and we will miss you.
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Katrina Bandeli after her presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of Loyola University New Orleans