Department News

Fall 2019: The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

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Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, and undergraduates David Berdik and Clarisse Ilibagiza Umulisa shared their research among scholars, librarians, students and scientists this weekend at DHCS 2019 (The Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science).  Dr. Juola presented “Similar Topics, Dissimilar Writers? A Translation-Based Study," Clarisse gave her research presentation, “Author Profiling, The Writing Style of Rwandans” and David presented his research poster "Using Authorship Attribution to Detect Consistencies in Obfuscation Attempts." Both Clarisse and David's research is advised by Dr. Patrick Juola. Congratulations on a job well done!

 

Fall 2019: 2019 ACM Programming Competition

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Six of our undergraduate Computer Science and Mathematics students competed in the annual ACM programming contest hosted by Youngstown State University

 

Summer 2019: Ryan Cecil - MAA Outstanding Presentation Award

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Ryan Cecil, Mathematics major, presented his research with Dr. Stacey Levine this summer on PDE Based Deep Learning for Geometric Image Data at MathFest 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. Congratulations to Ryan, recipient of an MAA Outstanding Presentation Award!

 

Summer 2019: Brittany Auld - First Duquesne student to participate in BSME

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Brittany Auld, a senior at Duquesne University who is dual majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education-Mathematics. Brittany is the first Duquesne student to participate in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education program (summer@BSME). Brittany will experience the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching mathematics which emphasizes problem solving, creativity, and communication. Congratulations, Brittany!

 

Summer 2019: David Berdik - Takes 5th place in Networking Concepts

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David Berdik, Computer Science major, competed at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. David has been competing at the national level for five years. This year David placed 5th in the Networking Concepts event. In 2015 and 2017 David placed 1st in his events and in 2018, place 3rd in his event. Congratulations David!

 

Summer 2019: Dr. Rachael Neilan - Receives John G. Rangos Award

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Rachel Miller Neilan, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, is awarded the inaugural 2019 John G. Rangos Prizes for Faculty and Students for her proposal, Solving Real-World Problems Using Agent-Based Modeling.

 

Spring 2019: Joshua Baktay - Recipient of the 2019 Bayer School General Excellence Award

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Joshua Baktay, a dual math and physics major, was awarded the 2019 Bayer School Excellence Award in Physics and the 2019 Bayer School General Excellence Award. The General Excellence award is given through through the dean’s office to the “most outstanding” undergraduate student in the BSNES disciplines. Way to go, Josh!

 

Spring 2019: John Oehling - Recipient of the 2019 McAnulty College General Excellence Award

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Congratulations to John Oehling, recipient of the 2019 McAnulty College General Excellence Award. John is a math major and economics minor.  Good luck John!

 

Spring 2019: Chuck Loch memorial award to top graduating majors

2019 marked the sixth year that the Departmental Excellence Award winners in mathematics and computer science received an award from the Charles Loch Memorial Fund. Through a generous gift from the Loch family, the Charles A. Loch memorial fund recognizes the top mathematics and computer science graduates with a monetary award in honor of the late Chuck Loch (pictured), who was a tenured Duquesne University mathematics professor of 42 years and former departmental chairman of the mathematics and computer science department.  John Oehling and Andrea Sajewski were the 2019 recipients of Departmental Excellence Award in Mathematics. Samantha Beddings and Dylan Porter received the Departmental Excellence in Computer Science. Congratulations!

 

Spring 2019: Andrea Sajewski - Recipient of a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Andrea Sajewski, joint Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering major, is the recipient of a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). This impressive young lady will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall pursing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering. CONGRATS Andrea!

 

Spring 2019: Dr. Anna Haensch - Named US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow

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Dr. Anna Haensch, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, recently named US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow. Dr. Haensch was awarded a travel grant to attend a workshop "Reflection Groups in Spaces of Negative Curvature," at the Oberwolfach Research Institute (MFO) in Oberwolfach Germany where she gave a lecture "Problems of computation and enumeration with quadratic forms."  Congratulations Anna!

 

Spring 2019: Andrea Sajewski - Recipient - Office of the Provost Award for Best Oral Presentation 

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Congratulations to Andrea Sajewski, recipient of the Office of the Provost Award for Best Oral Presentation at the 11th Annual URSS https://t.co/T6ph0ApN6A! Andrea presented "Quantifying Iron Overload using MRI, Active Contours, and Convolutional Neural Networks." This work was supervised by Dr. Stacey Levine (Math). Other Authors: Jonathan Kamis, Ralf Loeffler, Claudia Hillenbrand

 

Spring 2019: Joshua Baktay - Lead author of peer-reviewed publication

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Undergraduate math and physics major Joshua Baktay is the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication in SPORA: A Journal of Biomathematics. In this paper, Joshua and his co-authors present a computational model of neural activity in the amygdala during pain. This work was completed under the advisement of Dr. Rachael Neilan (Math) and Dr. Ben Kolber (Biology). The publication is available online for open access. Great job, Joshua!

 

Fall 2018: Andrea Sajewski - Co-author of scholary publication

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Andrea Sajewski, double major in biomedical engineering and mathematics, is a co-author on a recently published article in Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The publication is available online here.  Amazing work Andrea!

 

Fall 2018: 2018 ACM Programming Competition

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Six of our undergraduate Computer Science students competed in the annual ACM programming contest hosted by Youngstown State University. One of the teams from Duquesne won this year's Jolly Jumpers award, for representing the school with the biggest year-to-year improvement. The team members were Noah Greenberg, John Natale, and Jonathan Kamis and each one will receive a gift card from the ACM ICPC Foundation.

 

Fall 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola - Participates in experiment at CMU

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Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, recently participated in a "Cyborg Fiction-Writing Experiment" with Novelist Robin Sloan, in which humans and computers collaborated to write a fantastic short story. This was part of The Midnight Society, a "pop-up writing collective" that came into existence for three days at CMU. Check out the results https://www.robinsloan.com/center-for-midnight/!

 

Fall 2018: Andrea Sajewski - Top 10 undergraduate finalist

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Andrea Sajewski, double major in biomedical engineering and mathematics, presented her poster at the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) (http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/) Collegiate Research Competition in Minneapolis. Congratulations on being one of the top 10 undergraduate finalists!

 

Fall 2018: Dr. Anna Haensch - Guest Lecturer at Tufts University

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Dr. Anna Haensch,  Assistant Professor of Mathematics travels to Tufts University in Boston to give a lecture.  Title and abstract can be found here: http://math.tufts.edu/seminars/colloquia.htm.

 

Fall 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola - Receives NSF Award

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Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund his project "SaTC: CORE: Small: Collaborative: Defending Against Authorship Attribution Attacks,".  Congratulations Dr. Juola!

 

Fall 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola - Computer Science Expert interviewed by CIO.com

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Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, provides expert information in a recently published CIO article.  Read the full article here: https://www.cio.com/article/3300116/internet/can-the-internet-crash-how-the-unthinkable-could-happen.html#slide1.

 

Summer 2018: Dr. Rachael Neilan - Receives NIH Award

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Dr. Rachael Neilan,  Associate Professor of Mathematics, recieved a three year award from the National Institute of Health's R01 program as co-PI of the project "Impact of amygdala laterization on processing and modulation of bladder pain" with PI Dr. Ben Kolber from the Biology Department.  Congratulations Rachael!

 

Summer 2018: Joshua Baktay - Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation

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Undergraduate math and physics major Joshua Baktay, presented his research in computational neuroscience at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 27th. Josh participated in the 10-week Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) this summer with advisor Dr. Rachael Neilan.

 

Summer 2018: Dr. Stacey Levine - Receives NSF Award

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Dr. Stacey Levine,  Professor of Mathematics, received a three year award from the National Science Foundation's Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering program, to fund her project “Learning geometry for inverse problems in imaging".  Congratulations Stacey!

 

Summer 2018: Dr. Patrick Juola and four Computer Science majors present three papers at PSU

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Dr. Patrick Juola and four Computer Science majors collectively presented three papers at the Keystone DH Conference (http://keystonedh.network/2018/) hosted by Penn State University. The conference showcases scholarly research in the digital humanities. Pictured below from left to right: Nick Costello (undergraduate student), Dr. Patrick Juola (CS Professor), Derek Prijatelj (class of '18), Nicholas Marshman (class of '18) and Mathew Kaufman (class of '18). In addition, Dr. Juola, Nick Costello, Derek Prijatelj and Nicholas Marshman are members of the Duquesne University Evaluating Variations in Language Laboratory (EVL Lab).

Summer 2018: David Berdik - Places 3rd at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

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David Berdik, Computer Science major, competed at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD.  This is David's 4th year competing at the national level.  This year David placed 3rd in the Cyber Security event.  In 2015 and 2017 David placed 1st in his events.  Congratulations David!

 

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