Mathematical cousins and collaboration numbers

A couple days ago Michael Lugo at God Plays Dice shared a link to a mathematical relationships search. Enter the names of two people with PhDs in mathematics and it will spit out their academic relationship. For example, my advisor, John Franks, is my academic father and my good friend and collaborator Jim Wiseman is my academic…

Using wikis in mathematics classes

Wikipedia describes a wiki as a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages… [Wikis] are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems. I have used wikis in three of my classes: two…

A new way to collaborate: DropBox

I have a long-time collaborator who lives in Georgia (I’m in Pennsylvania). I’ve had good luck collaborating with him via email, but it is a pain. As soon as one of us edits a file he sends it to the other person as an email attachment. We haven’t had any “forked” files, but we do…

Putting mathematical scholarship in perspective

At our college tenure decisions (as well as other personnel and salary decisions) are made by an all-college committee with faculty members from a variety of departments. There must be at least one faculty member from the sciences, but there may be no mathematician on the committee. Thus it is extremely important for the chair…