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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

Abigail Adams

Nicholas J. Almeder

Mackenzie Anderson

Austin Araujo

Morgan Brown

Justin Carpender

Elizabeth Cedarstrom

Emily Cloutier

Hayden Davis

Olivia Dean

Siobhan M. DeLorey

Luke Donovan

Kate Elizabeth Faria

Catherine Ferris

Kent Loc

Zacharia Longinidis

Julianne Maia

Melissa Mejia

Jade Monte

Alanna Nucci

Alexandra Karen Riendeau

Kelsey A. Shurtleff

Julia Thomas

Hailey Thornton

Sarah Varney

Carolina Velasquez

Sarah Weber

**Historic Documents**

1987 Departmental Memo

1988 Departmental Memo

Click to view **Guest Book**

**Related Links**

**Current Advisor**

Dr. Andrew Miller, 2020 - present

**Previous Advisors**

Dr. Shelley Stahl, 2018-2020

Dr. John Pike, 2017-2019

Dr. Laura K. Gross, 2010-2015, 2017-2019

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

Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony

**Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Zoom**

Introduced by

Dr. Andrew Miller

Presided over by

Colleen Daly ('20)

Paige Hoffses ('20)

Presented by

**Dr. Kelsey Houston-Edwards**

**Abstract**

Several years ago, I was hired to teach a summer school about paradoxes. As I was preparing for the course, I began to realize that I don't really know what defines a paradox. Mathematicians frequently use the word “paradox” to describe a result which is counterintuitive or a statement which seems both true and false. But these definitions are more about perception than logic. In this talk, we’ll explore a few famous paradoxes and try to classify them using mathematics and psychology.

**Biography**

Kelsey is a talented mathematician and expositor who is currently working as a freelance math and science writer. She receieved her B.A. in philosophy and mathematics at Reed College and her PhD in mathematics at Cornell University, completing her dissertation under the supervision of Laurent Saloff-Coste. Her research has explored topics such as fair division, discrete heat kernel estimates, and the application of geometric and functional techniques to the study of quasi-stationary distributions of Markov chains. In addition, Kelsey is an accomplished popularizer of math and science, having contributed several articles in publications such as Scientific American and Quanta Magazine. She was an AAAS-AMS Mass Media Fellow, a science journalist at NOVA Next, and the writer and host of over 40 episodes of the popular PBS YouTube show, Infinite Series.

**Links**

**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.

**Publications**

*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**

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.