The 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
Dr. Jacqueline Anderson, 2013-
Dr. Annela Kelly, 2013-present
Dr. Laura Gross, 2010-present
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2013 Abramson Colloquium &
Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Conant Science Building Room 120
Introduction by Dr. Laura Gross
Mr. Joshua Bernard & James Marcotte, '13, (Math Majors)
Dr. Annela Kelly
Jacqueline G. Lawson
Judith S. Morin
Kara Marie Plourde
Speaker: Dr. Susan Loepp, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College
Title: Protecting your Personal Information: An Introduction to Encryption
The secret messages Julius Caesar sent to his military commanders were sometimes intercepted by his enemies. Since Caesar used encryption, however, his enemies could not decipher the information contained in the messages. Indeed, throughout history, encryption has been used to protect military secrets. But why should you care about encryption? Do you purchase products online? Do you worry about being a victim of identity theft? If so, then, even though you may not realize it, encryption is an important part of your every day life. In this talk, we will discuss the method Caesar used to encrypt his messages, as well as ideas used for modern encryption. The talk will be aimed at a general audience; no prior knowledge of encryption, Julius Caesar, or specific mathematical background will be assumed.
Dr. Loepp's Biography:
Susan Loepp received a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in physics from Bethel College (N. Newton, KS) in 1989. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. After a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Nebraska, she joined the faculty at Williams College, where she now holds the rank of Professor. Loepp is currently the principal investigator on the Williams College SMALL REU grant, and has served as the director of the program three times. Her research area is commutative algebra and she has advised the research of many undergraduate students in that field. Loepp also loves teaching, and in 2012, she received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching. Loepp and William K. Wootters are co-authors of the book Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.
In Memory of Dr. Murray Abramson
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.
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)
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.