Monthly Archives: January 2019

I is a strange loop

I’ve just noticed that the label on my campus mail cubbie now reads: KOMPLEXIFY, TRAVIS i DEPT. HEAD I assume the “i” is meant to stand for “Interim,” but my complex analysis background suggests it should stand for “imaginary.” I … Continue reading

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Calculus is coming

It turns out that this year’s MCM — the Mathematical Contest in Modeling — had a “Game of Thrones”-inspired question about modelling the ecological considerations needed for dragons to thrive in the various terrains of Westeros. So what kind of … Continue reading

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I’ve been the Interim Head of the Department of Mathematics now for about a month, and one of the biggest changes has been to my email inbox, the management of which now feels like a Herculean Labor. Specifically, it seems … Continue reading

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Accio Registrar!

One of the jobs of my new supervisor gig is to handle waitlists for classes each semester, a tasked handled by an extraordinarily program colloquially known as DataHell.¬† DataHell indicates the status of waitlisted students as¬†Active (meaning they’re still on … Continue reading

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