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Chinese CDC looks to Gao for answers

Linda Gao, professor of mathematics with Maria Gommel ’13 and Sam Jaros ’12
Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox.

Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox. This summer, Linda Gao, professor of mathematics, hosted a representative of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Dapeng Yin, M.D., an epidemiologist who works for the agency in Beijing, visited North Central for five weeks to consult with Gao. She has been using mathematical models to research trends of the spread of the disease and the cost-benefits of various vaccination strategies in China.

Sarah Bikukcius

As an aspiring educator, Sarah Bikulcius finds that North Central is preparing her well to become a mathematics teacher at a high school or middle school.

“At North Central, you make connections,” she says. “The professors here know people and are really good at networking. My advisor knows everyone, which gets my name out there.”

Sarah gained experience student teaching at nearby Waubonsie Valley High School, where she met North Central alumni working as teachers. Sarah says her North Central education sharpened all her skills—not just mathematics and education, but communications as well.

“I’ve learned English is important because as a teacher I will have to write a lot of things, like letters to parents,” she says.

After graduating from North Central Sarah plans to secure a position teaching mathematics and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in education.

“North Central helped me obtain a better perspective of what is out there,” she says. She enjoyed experiences like studying abroad in Costa her junior year. “Costa Rica completely changed my life. It was completely out of my comfort zone. I was a homebody. But once I got there, I wasn’t even homesick.”

McMahon gives talk on Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators.

July 12, 2011—Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation titled “Math and the Common Core” on June 24 at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators, held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. The annual summer institute includes presentations, keynotes and skill-building workshops that focus on teaching diverse students with varying learning styles in high-need schools.

The objective of McMahon’s presentation was to give teachers a familiarity with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

Six faculty and administrative staff members are recognized by for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

June 28, 2011—North Central College recently recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service "above and beyond the call of duty." Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations.

The administrative staff award recipients are:

Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium held in May

Math department inaugurates Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and first of many mathematics-related colloquia featuring talks by Google software engineer, students.

Nearly 90 students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed hearing two talks as part of North Central’s Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium on May 25. The first talk, titled “The Mathematics of Google,” was presented by Shaun Cox, software engineer with Google. Following his talk, students and faculty were initiated into the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

Heller and McMahon lead math workshop for girls

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics
Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics, led math workshop for middle school girls.

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, led a workshop in math activities on deciphering codes, Fibonacci numbers, golden rectangles and tessellations for middle school Junior Scholar girls during three afternoons in April and May. The workshop was funded by a Sonia Kovalevsky Grant from the Association of Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant is to foster interest in girls to follow careers in mathematics.

Bryant Cobarriubias 1999

Bryant Cobarrubias owns Atomic Games, a place for kids to hang out and play board games and card games—a resource to the community. The store has a large library of open board games for people to enjoy at no cost and he hosts events for popular card games every week. He’s working with local schools, churches and organizations to set up more game nights. The store also supports The Edge Youth Center, located across the street. In his other career, he’s a software developer specializing in document imaging solutions.

SIFE advances to national competition

SIFE advances to national competition

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North Central’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition March 28 in Chicago, one of 12 regional sites. The College's team was named a champion in its league and advances to national competition May 10-12 in Minneapolis.



College hosts a comic review of calculus

North Central welcomes two shows April 6 of “Calculus: The Musical!”—a theatrical journey through the concepts of calculus with a comedic approach to learning.

March 14, 2011—North Central College welcomes a return engagement of “Calculus: The Musical!”—a dynamic theatrical journey through the concepts and history of calculus with a unique, comedic approach to learning.

High school math teacher Marc Gutman of Minneapolis found that setting formulas and rules to music helped his students learn and retain tricky information. His classroom exercises became the seed for this show, which will interest middle school, high school and college-aged students and teachers. 

Distinguished alumni, cancer researchers are Rall keynote speakers

Dr. Doris Mangiaracina Benbrook, Class of 1981
Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research welcomes two noted scholars, cancer researchers, professors and North Central alumni as keynote speakers.

May 5, 2011—Each spring, North Central College celebrates and recognizes top student scholars and their academic achievements with a daylong event called Honors Day. The 2011 Honors Day takes place Tuesday, May 17, and includes the 14th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research in the morning and the 35th annual Honors Convocation in the afternoon.

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