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Department begins guild

By Staff | Sep 17, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shepherd University’s Department of Mathematics has established a Research Guild and is looking for students who are interested in participating in applied research.

Laboratory space in Stutzman-Slonaker, which was formerly a biology lab, will now be used as a classroom space and lab space for students to do applied research, said Christopher Elmer, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and engineering.

“Robbie Auld, a founding student member of the guild, has been instrumental in providing the student’s perspective on many of our ideas,” Elmer said. “The goal is for students to help each other in order to make the guild successful.”

Elmer said this is the first official guild of its kind in the mathematics department.

He said funds will be raised for electronics and supplies to help students with their research and expenses to travel to events to present their research. Money will be obtained through deans, the Shepherd University Foundation and grants.

Students interested in doing research are eligible to get one, two or three credit hours of a Math 430-level independent study credit, which will allow students to move forward on new projects and accomplish others they may be working to finish.

Contact Elmer at celmer@shepherd.edu for more information.

SEAC screening ‘The Corporation’

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shepherd Student Environmental Action Coalition will be screening the documentary film “The Corporation” at Reynolds Hall in Shepherdstown from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday with a discussion to follow.

Provocative, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, “The Corporation” explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, “The Corporation” is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis.

Taking its status as a legal “person” to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask, “What kind of person is it?”

The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics, including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore, plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

E-mail rglenn51989@gmail.com for more information.