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Rhodes Represented at 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston

Publication Date: 1/10/2012

Three Rhodes math majors ended their holiday breaks a little early to deliver poster presentations recently at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, Mass.

Ryan Carroll ’12 of Germantown, Tenn. delivered a poster generated during his honors senior thesis project in mathematics titled “Gamma-Euler-Satake Characteristics of Closed Three-Orbifolds.”

“Seconds after stepping off the plane in Boston, I heard two men walking behind me, one of whom said ‘My rhombus is better than your rhombus’ to the other one’,” says Carroll, also a Goldwater Scholar. “That’s when you know you’re at the Joint Math Meetings.”

Kaetlin Taylor ’12 of Corona, Calif. delivered a poster presentation on her work on paraconsistent logic with Professor Michael Sheard. “Kaetlin is exploring an unusual and intriguing area of logic,” says Sheard.

John Wells ’12 of Nashville, Tenn. presented a poster on stratifications of inertia spaces. He began his work in this area last summer under the auspices of a Rhodes Fellowship with Professor Christopher Seaton.

Additionally, Professors Eric Gottlieb and Jeff Hamrick moderated research sessions on combinatorics and statistics, respectively. Professor Erin Bodine gave a talk at the AMS Special Session on Control of Biological and Physical Systems titled “Bang-Bang Optimal Control of Continuous Time Species Augmentation.”

The Joint Mathematics Meetings is one of the largest conferences in the world and is sponsored by a number of mathematical organizations including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). This year’s conference featured in excess of 6,500 mathematicians from academia, government, and industry.


Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. It aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.

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