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Math Community Guide: 2017 Pi Mu Epsilon Ceremony

BSU Mathematics Department Events, BSU Math Club, and more


Pi Mu Epsilon
Mathematics Honor Society
Massachusetts Gamma Chapter
Bridgewater State University


Established on May 10, 1972
by the late Dr. Murray Abramson
then chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department


2017 Inductees

Brian Camara
Dr. Benjamin Coté
Patricia M. Denneen
Kelsey Dillon
Zac Egnitz
Lynn Freshour
Scott Alan Gardner
Syndie Blondine Germain
Courtney Girouard
Gregory Hamalian
Samantha Johannes
David Joyce
Miranda Kowalski
​Sophia Marie Maniscalco
Prof. Joseph M. Martin
Christine Marcotte
Marjorie Partridge
Dr. John Pike
Sabrina Rizzo
​Clifton Paul Robinson
Brittany Solomon
Simon Sullivan
Samantha Terasconi
Melanie Tummino
Vincent Vascimini
Jo-Anna Weckbacher

Historic Documents

1987 Departmental Memo
1988 Departmental Memo

Click to view Guest Book

Related Links

What is Pi Mu Epsilon?
Abramson Colloquium Speaker List, 1983-2013

Current Advisor

Dr. Laura K. Gross, 2010-2015, 2017

Previous Advisors

Dr. Annela Kelly, 2013-2014, 2016
Dr. Jacqueline Anderson, 2013-2014
Dr. Ward Heilman, 2004-2010
Prof. Thomas Moore, 1980-2003
Dr. Murray Abramson, 1972-1979


Π  Μ  Ε

2017 Abramson Colloquium &
Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Building Room 120

2017 Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony

Induction Ceremony

Introduced by
Dr. Laura K. Gross

Presided by
Ms. Alexis Renee Barry, '17
Mr. Brian Sheehan, '17

Abramson Colloquium

Presented by
Dr. T. Christine Stevens
Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society

Singing Along With Math


The opera singer Jerome Hines, who died in 2003, sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera for over forty years. He was also a math major who retained a lifelong interest in mathematics. In the 1950s he published several papers that were based on work that he had done as a student. I’ll talk a little bit about these papers, as well as the mathematical work that Hines did in later years. I’ll also discuss Hines’ mathematical background and why he kept working on mathematics, even after he became a successful opera singer.

Dr. Stevens's Biography

T. Christine Stevens is an Associate Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), where she heads the Division of Meetings and Professional Services.  Before joining the AMS in 2014, she was a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University.  A graduate of Smith College, she earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at Harvard University.  Her research interests are in topological groups and the history of mathematics.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and – of course! – listening to music.

Related Links

American Mathematical Society Executive Staff
2015 Louise Hay Award
Wikipedia article

In Memory of Dr. Murray Abramson

Murray Abramson

Dr. Murray Abramson, a faculty member from 1966 to 1987. He had chaired the Mathematics and Computer Science Department for years when he passed away in 1987. He held a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, a master's from Syracuse University, and a doctorate from Columbia University.

"Quiet and gentle, he was beloved by his students and fellow faculty members. He served the college on the tenure and curriculum committees for many years and was especially interested in the foreign student exchange program. Possessed of an ever-curious mind, he read widely and enjoyed auditing college courses in the areas of art and music." -- from his Memorial and Diorama Presentation held at the Clement C. Maxwell Library on February 6, 1988.


A Development of the rational number System, a programmed text, by Murray Abramson. Boston: Holbrook Press, 1970

First and second level examination of the tenth annual Olympiad High School Prize Competition, by Murray Abramson and Hugo D'Alarat, 1974.

Instructor's manual for a development of the rational number system, 1970

Language of sets - teachers manual. Performance data & Interpretation: Donald A . Cook. Lesson plans: Murray Abramson, 1963

Programming instruction in a development of the rational number system, doctoral dissertation, 1968

(Source: University Archives)

Gettysburg Diorama

Gettysburg Diorama

A very realistic portrayal of the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, this diorama was made by Dr. Paul Abramson in memory of his brother Dr. Murray Abramson. The 13,000 tiny figures representing Lee's army of 75,000 men and Meade's amy of 97,000 are meticulously painted by hand and the land features carefully and faithfully put in place.

The diorama is currently located near the balcony of the third floor of the Maxwell Library. Please visit the library's Archives/Special Collections for more information.