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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of New Haven.

Carl Friedrich Gauss called mathematics the "queen of the sciences" - that is, mathematical thinking and technique underlies science, engineering, and computation and has proven to be the grand tool for exploring and understanding the nature of physical reality. Our goal is to make the Department a leader in mathematics education, a resource for the University of New Haven community, and a dedicated home for innovative scholarship.

The Department of Mathematics and Physics provides a wide range of courses covering all aspects of math and physics education from the introductory to the advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate level. The Department offers BA and BS options for degrees in mathematics and also offers minors in Mathematics and in Physics.

The Department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and consists of 12 full time faculty and 30 adjunts and tutors. In addition, the Department operates a dual quad Xeon server for faculty and students as a computational resource.

Current Department Topics and News

August 21, 2019 The Department extends our welcome to new full-time faculty members Phanuel Mariano, Daniel Cicala, and Khoa Dinh.

July 7, 2019 We congratulate Dr. Ryan Tully-Doyle, who was recently invited to speak at ILAS 2019, hosted by the International Linear Algebra Society in Rio de Janiero, as an LAA Early Career Speaker.

May 21, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Houssein El Turkey for his recognition as a University of New Haven Research Scholar, as well as Dr. Nikodem Poplawski for receiving a continuation of his previous award of that title.

May 9, 2019 Congratulations to the 2019 winners for excellence in Mathematics and Physics. Yo Ng and Alec Shackett received the award for Excellence in Mathematics. Nicholas Manganaro and Austin Thomas received the award for Excellence in Physics.

March 5, 2019 The Department would like to congratulate Alicia Wagner (BS Forensic Science '19) and Dr. Ramesh Sharma on the publication of a paper entitled Differentiable Functions with Constant Wronskians in the Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics. The text of the article is available here.

Nov 28, 2018 The department has an opening for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Lecturer. Please see the posting and application located here.

Nov 1, 2018 On November 1 at 3pm, Dmitri Friedenberg of the National Security Agency will give a seminar presentation on cryptology and the defeat of the German Enigma machine of World War II. Also discussed will be the history of the NSA, public key cryptography, and career opportunities for people trained in mathematics at the NSA.

Oct 4, 2018 On October 4 at 3pm, Dr. Binlin Wu, Assistant Professor of Physics at Southern Connecticut State University, will present on "Cancer diagnosis using visible Raman spectroscopy". Visible resonance Raman spectroscopy is a technique of optical biopsy that offers a promising alternative to invasive biopsy procedures. Dr. Wu's presentation will be held in North Hall 102.

Sept 20, 2018 On September 20 at 3pm, Dr. Ramesh Sharma will give a presentation on the properties and applications of the tangent function, from precalculus through the study of special relativity. This talk is intended to be accessible to students. The talk will be held in North Hall 102.

Sept 6, 2018 We begin our bi-weekly Department seminar series on September 6th. Talks will be held on Thursdays at 3pm. The opening talk of this year's series is an examination by Dr. Ryan Tully-Doyle of the strange claim that 1 + 2 + 3 + ... = -1/12, as seen in this viral video. The talk is intended to be accessible and entertaining for undergraduates.

Aug 23, 2018 We've just posted the highlights of student/faculty activities for 2018, including a look back at the accomplishments of our students and recent graduates. Please download the pdf at Math Spotlight 2018.

June 11, 2018 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nikodem Poplawski received an Honorable Mention award for his essay on Gravitation at the Gravity Research Foundation.

June 8, 2018 The Department is pleased to announce the winners of the annual awards for excellence in mathematics and physics. The Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics was granted to Mara Dubnicka and Daniel West. The Academic Excellence Award in Physics has been granted to Katlyn Hanson and Gabriel Unger.

June 3, 2018 Graduating students: Several graduating students are leaving to pursue teaching certifications and masters degrees in education. Specifically, congragulations to:   • Angela Mastropietro, '18, is attending a PhD program in mathematics at U. Conn. in the Fall 2018;   • Robert Ruiz, '18, a biology major and math minor, is using his math experience to pursue a masters degree in applied statistics at Georgetown University; and,   • Cassandra Pray, '17, is pursuing a masters degree in operations research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania after completing a research project in abstract algebra.

May 8, 2018 The Department hosted the Northeastern Section Meeting of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) on June 1-2. We welcome all to the University of New Haven. Please review the meeting program.

April 15, 2018 Academic outreach: After a well-attended math tournament in March 2018 during which Yevgeniy Rivers, Math Zone Director, connected with Maria DelVecchio, Math Coach at Bailey Middle School in West Haven, offering to design and deliver an after-school program for seventh and eighth grade students. With much help from two graduating math major seniors, Angela Mastropietro and Tiffany Khan, as well as from colleague and All Girls Math Academy co-founder Dr. Yasanthi Kottegoda, the six-week program was a great success. Our curriculum is multi-faceted including: puzzling math warm-ups, biographies of a diverse pool of current STEM leaders, the mathematics of cryptography and cracking codes using Python. Our students come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and are truly a representation of the West Haven community, which our University proudly calls home.

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