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Mathematics Honor Society

Massachusetts Gamma Chapter

Bridgewater State University

Established on May 10, 1972

by the late **Dr. Murray Abramson**

then chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Brian Camara

Dr. Benjamin Coté

Patricia M. Denneen

Kelsey Dillon

Zac Egnitz

Lynn Freshour

Samantha Johannes

David Joyce

Scott Alan Gardner

Syndie Blondine Germain

Courtney Girouard

Gregory Hamalian

Miranda Kowalski

Sophia Marie Maniscalco

Prof. Joseph M. Martin

Christine Marcotte

Marjorie Partridge

Dr. John Pike

Sabrina Rizzo

Clifton Paul Robinson

Brittany Solomon

Simon Sullivan

Melanie Tummino

Samantha Terasconi

Vincent Vascimini

Jo-Anna Weckbacher

**Historic Documents**

1987 Departmental Memo

1988 Departmental Memo

Click to view **Guest Book**

**Related Links**

What is Pi Mu Epsilon?

**Abramson Colloquium Speaker List, 1983-2013**

**Current Advisor**

**Dr. Laura K. Gross**, 2010-2015, 2017

**Previous Advisors**

**Dr. Annela Kelly**, 2013-2014, 2016

**Dr. Jacqueline Anderson**, 2013-2014

**Dr. Ward Heilman**, 2004-2010

**Prof. Thomas Moore**, 1980-2003

**Dr. Murray Abramson**, 1972-1979

Π Μ Ε

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony

**Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Building Room 120**

Introduced by

**Dr. Laura K. Gross**

Presided by

**Mr. Brian Sheehan, '17**

Presented by

**Dr. T. Christine Stevens**

Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society

*Singing Along With Math*

**Abstract**

The opera singer Jerome Hines, who died in 2003, sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera for over forty years. He was also a math major who retained a lifelong interest in mathematics. In the 1950s he published several papers that were based on work that he had done as a student. I’ll talk a little bit about these papers, as well as the mathematical work that Hines did in later years. I’ll also discuss Hines’ mathematical background and why he kept working on mathematics, even after he became a successful opera singer.

**Dr. Stevens's Biography**

T. Christine Stevens is an Associate Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), where she heads the Division of Meetings and Professional Services. Before joining the AMS in 2014, she was a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University. A graduate of Smith College, she earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at Harvard University. Her research interests are in topological groups and the history of mathematics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and – of course! – listening to music.

**Related Links**

**American Mathematical Society Executive Staff
2015 Louise Hay Award
Wikipedia article**

**Dr. Murray Abramson**, a faculty member from 1966 to 1987. He had chaired the Mathematics and Computer Science Department for years when he passed away in 1987. He held a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, a master's from Syracuse University, and a doctorate from Columbia University.

"Quiet and gentle, he was beloved by his students and fellow faculty members. He served the college on the tenure and curriculum committees for many years and was especially interested in the foreign student exchange program. Possessed of an ever-curious mind, he read widely and enjoyed auditing college courses in the areas of art and music." -- from his Memorial and Diorama Presentation held at the Clement C. Maxwell Library on February 6, 1988.

**Publications**

*A Development of the rational number System, a programmed text*, by Murray Abramson. Boston: Holbrook Press, 1970

*First and second level examination of the tenth annual Olympiad High School Prize Competition*, by Murray Abramson and Hugo D'Alarat, 1974.

*Instructor's manual for a development of the rational number system*, 1970

*Language of sets - teachers manual*. Performance data & Interpretation: Donald A . Cook. Lesson plans: Murray Abramson, 1963

*Programming instruction in a development of the rational number system*, doctoral dissertation, 1968

(Source: University Archives)

**Gettysburg Diorama**

A very realistic portrayal of the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, this diorama was made by Dr. Paul Abramson in memory of his brother Dr. Murray Abramson. The 13,000 tiny figures representing Lee's army of 75,000 men and Meade's amy of 97,000 are meticulously painted by hand and the land features carefully and faithfully put in place.

The diorama is currently located near the balcony of the third floor of the Maxwell Library. Please visit the library's **Archives/Special Collections** for more information.