Inbox [July 20]: WPI appoints entrepreneur-in-residence, HC prof to lead math society, Clark programmers make top 5, ‘Harry Potter’ appears at library

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Yael Schwartz, Ph.D.

Courtesy WPI

Yael Schwartz, Ph.D.

WPI appoints entrepreneur-in-residence

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has named Yael Schwartz, Ph.D., an entrepreneur and life science executive, as the university’s Coleman Entrepreneur-in-Residence. For the 2016-17 academic year, Schwartz will lend her 25 years of experience — which include the creation of three companies — to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and alumni to identify early-stage startups, guide them through the business plan process and help accelerate company growth.

“Yael Schwartz’s knowledge and skills will be an exceptional asset for our community,” said Michael Ginzberg, dean of WPI’s Foisie School of Business. “The access to advice and ideas from a highly successful business founder adds a new dimension to the growing number of entrepreneurial activities at the school.”

Read the entire story on the WPI website


Holy Cross mathematics professor named executive director of American Mathematical Society

Catherine Roberts, professor of mathematics at College of the Holy Cross, was recently named the new executive director of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), an organization dedicated to furthering the interests of mathematical research, scholarship and education, located in Providence, Rhode Island.

“The Holy Cross community is thrilled with Catherine’s appointment. This is a remarkable accomplishment for Catherine, and is recognition of the work she has done to support mathematics education at every level and to increase the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines,” says Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.

“We are confident that Catherine’s passion for mathematics teaching and scholarship, her commitment to liberal arts education and her dedication to mentoring students and colleagues will allow her to expand the efforts of the American Mathematical Society to promote mathematics to a wide audience.”

Read the entire story on the College of the Holy Cross website


Clark team

Courtesy Clark University

Front row, from left: Colin (Zhuoming) Tan, Trish (Dao) Le, Brenda Franca and Christian Rentsman; back, from left: Jiri Roznovjak, Lukas Leung, Brendan Burgess, Christian Ramos, Ronak Shah and professor John Magee.

Clark’s computer science teams make top 5 in regional programming contest

“When faced with the pressure of producing computer code that works, and under the most stringent deadlines, Clark University’s computer science students stepped up.”

In the 2016 regional programming contest for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE), Clark’s two teams placed second and fourth among 38 competitors including Middlebury and Wellesley colleges.

The second-place team included Lukas Leung ’16, Colin (Zhuoming) Tan ’16 and Jiri Roznovjak ’18; the fourth-place team, Brendan Burgess ’18, Christian Rentsman ’18 and Ronak Shah ’17.

The students solved more than six programming problems over three hours, using Java and C/C++, computer coding that is commonly employed across many platforms and industries.

“We are really proud of our students’ performance and the efforts they put into preparing for the contest. They worked really hard and did many three-plus-hour practice sessions on Sunday afternoons,” says Li Han, associate professor of mathematics and computer science and the faculty adviser for the Clark Competitive Computing Club, or C4.

Read the entire story on the Clark University website


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‘Harry Potter’ weekend at Worcester Public Library starts Thursday

“Harry Potter” Weekend comes to the Worcester Public Library Thursday, July 21, through Saturday. The event will include programs for patrons ages 10 and up.

All patrons are encouraged to wear their “Harry Potter”-themed costumes to the events. You can also visit the two “Harry Potter” displays on the first floor of the Library. The display outside the Teen Zone includes a quiz to help you figure out what “Harry Potter” house you belong in, and then you can drop a slip of paper with your name into a jar for that house.

The house with the most names will be announced at the Wizard Rock program. The second display includes the four houses, with book recommendations for each house: Gryffindor for the brave and daring, Slytherin for the ambitious and clever, Ravenclaw for the witty and intelligent, and Hufflepuff for those who value hard work, patience, and loyalty.

Patrons will also be able to place a hold on the new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the sequel to the book series, which comes out July 31.

Teen patrons who attend all three programs can collect secret codes that can be input into their summer reading account. If they collect all three codes, they’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 That’s Entertainment gift certificate.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Public Library website

— Cindy Henderson

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