Lost in Translation: How a Metaphor Can Be a Map

Oftentimes when I tell people I’m a math major, that’s all they want to know about it. Many people, unfortunately, have a tense relationship with Calculus, which means that I’m fraternizing with the enemy. But I believe that math gets a bad rap, and part of that comes from a lack of understanding. My research…

Pardon my Jargon

A struggle of mine that deters me from the educational pursuit of knowledge, I find most often, is when an author, lecturer, or presentor fills the paper, lesson, or talk with overly pedantic, obtuse, and scholastic jargon from the discipline. Even in my own fields of mathematics and statistics, the over abundance of jargon can…

The Interdisciplinary Breakout Rooms of Brackenridge

After 3 weeks of introductions and beginnings of work for the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, I am extremely excited to dive deeper into the nature of interdisciplinary work. So many of my peers’ projects explore areas of research that I have no prior knowledge about but are extremely fascinating and often combine disciplines that I…

Introduction – Luke Profy

Hi all! My name is Luke Profy and I am a rising senior studying Mathematics and Classics with minors in Statistics, Education and Dance. My project for this summer is exploring the historical and socioeconomic implications of the mathematical findings in the ancient Mediterranean specifically in Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. It is the perfect…

Common Denominator: Using Math to Measure Language Similarity

Hi everyone! My name is Emmaline Rial, and in December I’ll be graduating with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. I wasn’t always a STEM person – in high school I was passionate about art and music. To everyone’s surprise (including my own), I became a math major, but I still…