This spring, we have welcomed **Dr. Hung Phan** to the UML Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Phan is an applied mathematician who was most recently at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. No doubt he has been right at home in the past few weeks as we've had two major snow storms!

Hung's general research areas are Optimization, Numerical Methods, and Variational Analysis. His Ph. D. was earned at Wayne State University, with a thesis titled *New Variational Principles with Applications in Optimization Theory and Algorithms* (Advisor: Boris Mordukhovich).

Here are three of his recent publications:

**Linear and strong convergence of algorithms involving averaged non expansive operators**,(with H.H. Bauschke, D. Noll)*Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications*421 (2015), 1-20**The rate of linear convergence of the Douglas-Rachford algorithm for subspaces**, (with H.H. Bauschke, J.Y. Bello Cruz, T.T.A. Nghia, X. Wang)*Journal of Approximation Theory*185 (2014), 63-79**Restricted normal cones and sparsity optimization with affine constraints**, (with H.H. Bauschke, D.R. Luke, X. Wang),*Foundations of Computational Mathematics*14 (2014), 63-83

His web page is http://faculty.uml.edu/hung_phan/

**The Problems**

Prove that every nonzero coefficient of the Taylor series of \[(1-x+x^{2})e^{x}\] about \(x=0\) is a rational number whose numerator (in lowest terms) is either 1 or a prime number.

**The UML Team**

*Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications*(Advisor: Dennis Cox).

**New Hires**

**Retirements**

**More Hiring**

**More News**

I guess the biggest news centered around Lowell this summer has been the Market Basket fiasco. A couple of weeks into the boycott, I thought I'd create a visual to contrast our spending at different markets in the past year. Naturally, I used *Mathematica*. Here is a version of the plot I posted on a Facebook group site related to Lowell:

The 2014 UTeach conference at the University of Texas Ausin brought together faculty, students and staff from 40 universities with UTeach programs and five universities aspiring to build a UTeach program. The UMass Lowell UTeach team included two UML math majors, Erinn McLaughlin and John Romano.

Erinn McLaughlin, together with Michelle Scribner-MacLean (Graduate College of Education) and William Morton (Lowell National Historical Park), described how she and her classmates teamed with the National Park to create science and math projects for high school students. The work was part of the required UTeach course, Project Based Instruction.

At a poster session that included dozens of student submissions, John Romano won the *best student poster for a research project* for the work he did as an intern with M2D2 and Lowell High School. Erinn also displayed a poster on the mathematics of water wheels.

- The
**CUPM Curriculum Guide**is produced by the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics to guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for their undergraduate students. The 2004 version was the last to come out. The new version will be out in 2015. We were told that a draft will appear at maa.org/cupm in the near future. - In 2012, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences issued the latest recommendations for teacher preparation in mathematics:
**The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET2)**. A few highlights of the new recommendations:

- Elementary teachers should take four mathematics courses on elementary school mathematics. This doesn't mean that the mathematics they are taught are elementary. The objective is to give teachers a deeper understanding of the mathematics that is taught in elementary grades. For example, while an elementary school teacher may teach division, coursework might include continued fractions or a study of the periodic nature of decimal fractions.
- Recommendations for middle school teachers include at least 24 credits of mathematics, including at least 15 credits designed specifically for future middle grades teachers that address essential ideas in the middle school curriculum.
- It is still recommended that prospective High school teachers complete coursework equivalent to that of a mathematics major. One change is that at least nine credits involve advanced study of secondary mathematics.
- The American Statistical Association (ASA) will be releasing
**The Statistical Education of Teachers (SET)**in 2014. It is expected to put a greater emphasis on data analysis.

**UTeach UMass Lowell**helps us at the middle and high school levels. Functions and Modeling (92.210), which is required for mathematics certification, revisits many high school topics from an advanced point of view. Research Method (UTL.302), which is required of all UTeach students, is a data analysis course that matches both MET2 and SET recommendations. Finally, the inquiry-based approach that many UTeach courses emphasize is consistent with that of all three curriculum guides.

- The last time I was chair we were housed in Olsen, now we’re in Olney. With new buildings starting to pop up on campus, several departments, including us, could be moving again in the coming years.
- Since my first “retirement” as chair, we’ve seen the retirements of Professors Yin, Makovoz, Weinberg, Spiegel, Mueller, Winslow, Berkovits, Ruskai, and Samarov. We currently have seven tenured faculty and seven Instructors who have joined us since then.
- When I left the chair’s position in the 20th century, we offered a two semester version of Calculus I, Calculus IA and Calculus IB. After trying “Preparation for Calculus” for a few years, we now we have a new two semester version of Calculus I. Same name, but different catalog numbers. Everything is cyclic.
- Scholarships: Toward the end of my first run as chair, Russ and Mary Bedell’s generosity had just brought us our first endowed scholarship. As you can see below, we’ve been fortunate to have two more endowed scholarships started since then and hope to be able to announce more in the future.
- Finally, Tangents didn’t exist in 1999 - the first issue was in 2002. So now I will move to the present.

- Outstanding Graduate Student: Nour Almansour
- Shapiro Scholarship: Chris Leger
- Bedell Scholarship: Tyler Gilzinger
- Zamanakos Scholarships: David Campbell, Mary Mersereau and Kevin Southwick
- Hall Prize: Kevin Cerritelli.