# Author: Staff

## Celebrating Mathematical Achievement

## From Austria to BYU

*—Curtis Penfold, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences*

## “Unfolding” Dr. Lang’s Visit to BYU

*-Hannah Gasparrini, BYU Mathematics Department*

## Intermountain Math Competition

This Saturday, BYU students will have the opportunity to take part in a problem-solving competition against various universities throughout Utah and Idaho during the Intermountain Math Competition (IMC).

The IMC is comparable to a mini-Putnam competition. It’s a great opportunity to practice problem-solving and possibly win cash and prizes. We mustn’t let the U of U defeat us! And *you* can help.

No sign-up is necessary, and you don’t need to be a math major. All you need to do is show up in rooms 111 & 112 TMCB. The test will be administered from **9am to noon**. A free breakfast will be arriving at 8:30am, so come early if you want time to eat. Otherwise, you will be allowed to munch as you take the test.

## Intermountain Math Competition 2012

This Saturday, BYU students will have the opportunity to take part in a problem-solving competition against various universities throughout Utah and Idaho during the Intermountain Math Competition (IMC).

The IMC is comparable to a mini-Putnam competition. It’s a great opportunity to practice problem-solving and possibly win cash and prizes. We mustn’t let the U of U defeat us! And *you* can help.

No sign-up is necessary, and you don’t need to be a math major. All you need to do is show up in rooms 111 & 112 TMCB. The test will be administered from **9am to noon**. A free breakfast will be arriving at 8:30am, so come early if you want time to eat. Otherwise, you will be allowed to munch as you take the test.

Anyone who receives an above-average score will receive a bookstore gift card.

For questions, email Dr. Nielsen at pace@math.byu.edu.

## Virginia Tech Mathematical Contest

The 34th annual Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is set to take place on Saturday, October 27. The test will be given from 9am to 12pm in rooms 111 & 112 of the Talmage building. All students are welcome to participate, no sign-up necessary. Just show up! Breakfast will be provided and can be eaten during the test. Hope to see you there!

## Virginia Tech 2012

The 34th annual Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest is set to take place on Saturday, October 27. The test will be given from 9am to 12pm in room 136 of the Talmage building. All students are welcome to participate, no sign-up necessary. Just show up! Breakfast will be provided and can be eaten during the test. Hope to see you there!

Learn more about VTRMC.

## Creativity + Math = Prizes

Remember these?

As great as these t-shirts are, the Math Department is ready for something new … and you can help! We’re looking for a new design and we’re turning to students for help.

The rules are pretty simple: come up with something fun and new, bring the idea to 275 TMCB by 5pm on Monday, October 22, and that’s it! The winner will receive a $50 campus card and prize giveaway bag. Design ideas can include anything from a fun graphic to a clever formula, or even just a catchy "math" phrase.

If you have any questions, contact Will (SAC President) at sac@math.byu.edu.

## To Be or Not To Be a Math Major

Choosing a major is tough. All the different options can be a bit overwhelming, and gathering information on each one can feel virtually impossible.

The Math Department wants to help! If you have ever had any interest in mathematics, or maybe you just did really well in a math class, you are invited to attend our opening social. The social is intended to provide you with the basic information you need to know about being a Math major. In addition, we’ll talk about all the different career options you’d have with a degree in mathematics. There will be a question and answer session after the general presentation, along with free pizza!

The "To Be or Not To Be" a Math major opening social will be on Thursday, October 18 at 5:30pm in room 1170 TMCB. Hope to see you there!

To learn more about the benefits of a degree in mathematics, visit WeUseMath.org.

## New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Meghan De Witt

The Math Department welcomes Dr. Meghan De Witt as a two-year visiting faculty member.

De Witt graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a degree in mathematics and a minor in music. As an undergraduate, De Witt completed her honors thesis under Dr. Darrin Doud in the field of algebraic number theory. She then studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Dr. Nigel Boston. She earned her doctorate in Mathematics in 2011. She taught at the University of Central Oklahoma for a year before coming back to BYU to teach.

Her primary research focus is the inverse Galois problem, although she is also highly interested in the history of math, and math education. De Witt has worked with both advanced and struggling students preparing for college, as well as several outreach programs designed to explain the wonders of math to the public.