The Math Department recognized student achievement in the study of mathematics for 85 students at its annual Math Honors event on Friday, May 18.
Welcomed by Department Head Joe Cleary and Assistant Department Head Adnan Rubai, the honored students and math faculty gathered in Gilchrist Auditorium for a morning reception and awards presentation.
Joe and Adnan presented the Barry M. Moran Excellence in Mathematics Certificates, named in honor of the retired longtime faculty member, to individual students for excellence in the study of calculus, pre-calculus, linear algebra, computer science, statistics, and discrete mathematics. Awards also were presented to six students who earned high marks on American Mathematics Competition exams.
Aparna Anderson, vice president and chief operating officer at Statistics Collaborative Inc., which supports the biomedical research field with statistical analyses, was invited to speak at the ceremony.
Aparna shared some of her many experiences working as a clinical trialist across a range of therapeutic areas and in a number of roles at Bristol Meyers Squibb as a bio-statistician. She also was a professor of bio-statistics as the University of Minnesota.
Aparna shared the inspirational story of Sir Richard Doll, the British epidemiologist who co-authored statistical research that definitively linked smoking to lung cancer in the 1950s and whom Aparna met when she was a student. She explained how statistics are used in clinical trials to provide compelling data. She also described the use of math in medical research, from the beginning trials through the approval process, to change behavior and improve human health and lifestyles.
Aparna earned her bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from University of California-Davis, and a master's degree and doctorate in bio-statistics from the University of Washington. She studied as a Fulbright Scholar at The University of Göttingen in Germany. Aparna's husband, Michael Anderson, teaches Latin at Loomis, and their two children are Loomis seniors.
Students honored at the event included:
Chan, Chun Hei
Choi, Joon Hyeok
Dias, Emily Isabel
Dos Santos, Chelsea
Jang, Woo Heuk
Lam, Yeuk Yin
Park, Jin Seo
Sze, Hiu Man