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Top 7 Things People Should be Saying about Mathematics and Computer Science

1. Faculty are active scholars. This year, three faculty have national research grants and several have written text books. Professors Cristina Ballantine and Sharon Frechette will be visiting scholars at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University during the fall 2015 semester.

2. Alumni Dan Kennedy ’68 is a nationally recognized high school math teacher who is a successful co-author of high school textbooks and expert on the AP exam.  He has been supporting two summer research students in math at Holy Cross for several years.

3. (a) Professor John Little is a co-author of Ideals, Varieties, and Algorithms:  An Introduction to Computational Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra, perhaps the most respected undergraduate text on this topic that is also consulted by scientists outside of mathematics. The fourth edition of this book was published in 2015. Professor Little and his co-authors received the 2016 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society.
3. (b) Professor Gareth Roberts' new textbook, From Music to Mathematics: Exploring the Connections, was just published in January 2016.
3. (c) Professor Tom Cecil co-authored the textbook, Geometry of Hypersurfaces, that was published in 2015.

4. In 2015, we graduated 8 CS majors, 11 CS minors, and 42 Math majors.  Altogether, we had 39 CS majors, 16 CS minors, and 152 Math majors this year. We note we have 12 more Math majors and 10 more CS majors this year over the previous year. This is high for a school of our size. Our math major casts a wide net – because we focus on helping our students become logical problem solvers, we train them for graduate school, high school teaching, actuarial work in the insurance industry, finance/banking/business, medical school, law school, etc.

5. Female tenure-track and tenured faculty in math and computer science exceed national averages: 
    43% of HC math professors are women (compare to 18% nationwide)
    66% of HC computer science professors are women (compare to 21% nationwide)

6. Our students are accepted into prestigious graduate programs in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. This year, they were accepted to programs at Georgetown, Yale, Brown, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Texas Austin.

7.  We have two Editors in the department.  Professor Laurie Smith King is co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM magazine, Inroads, a global print publication for professionals interested in advancing computing education. Professor Catherine Roberts is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Natural Resource Modeling, and is a trainer/teacher/editor for the Intel Math Program, a national professional development program for K-8 school teacher to deepen their conceptual understanding of mathematics.