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  • Virginia Military Institute - Applying Math - To Shakespeare
    Shakespeare and math do not seem to have much in common But in the real world this summer the two seeming academic opposites walked hand in hand The Applied and Industrial Mathematics program at VMI made sure of that when cadet Ryan Poffenbarger 16 was assigned the task of crunching numbers for the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton Thanks to his research the organization now has a better grasp on how to market its product It s going to help us target our marketing in a much better way rather than just making queries said Amy Wratchford the managing director for the center We have all of this data we don t have the time or expertise to dig into They helped us make sense of all of our data Through his analysis Poffenbarger uncovered a number of trends at the center and the Blackfriars Playhouse including the number of customers who attended multiple performances the number who tended to return each year and the number of seats that sold the most often He presented this information to Wratchford in June It was a lot of detective work Poffenbarger said They know the business part of the Shakespeare Center better than I do so I was looking for things that would be related to making business decisions for them That s the role of the analyst look at the numbers do the technical stuff and help them make smart decisions said Maj John David assistant professor of applied mathematics and AIM coordinator They are ultimately going to make the decision about what to do We just try to help them make fewer guesses According to Maj Geoff Cox also an assistant professor of applied mathematics who served as the cadet s supervisor the role of the data analyst is only to crunch the numbers not make recommendations There is a lot of uncertainty Cox said You want to tell them This is what we found here s a possible interpretation But there are many others Poffenbarger s project was one of three by cadets associated with AIM Another was with an investment firm in Lexington while the third was with a local manufacturer The AIM program is a collaboration of the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research the applied math department and external clients AIM generates revenue from the client which pays the cadet s stipend and VCUR supports the professor s stipend via its Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Poffenbarger was the 17th cadet to work with David over the last three years He learned a great deal from the experience and not just in math The one thing I learned the most was programming said Poffenbarger who noted that he often had to reformat the data sent to him from the Shakespeare Center I went from zero programming experience aside from HTML to writing what I thought were pretty complex solutions to a formatting problem David became aware of the predicament at the Shakespeare Center while he was giving a

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  • From Hours to Minutes
    last year under the name REMACS which stood for Research Experiences in Mathematics and Computer Science Lin s project for Vector Industries has involved automating several time consuming tasks related to accounting payroll and transportation Lin explained that one of Vector s main challenges had been putting together financial reports for its board of directors on a monthly basis Using the computer language Visual Basic Lin was able to automate the process of importing the financial records so information for the board could be made available with the click of a button Previously they had to copy and paste all of their stuff explained Lin The data analysis was really slow and inefficient A second task that Lin tackled for Vector had to do with determining how much employees are paid Because Vector s employees have disabilities they are not required to be paid minimum wage under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act Rather they are paid on a piecework basis Lin explained that prior to his automation of the process determining how much each individual should be paid was a cumbersome process that involved Vector s operations and engineering analyst taking a snapshot of time worked and pieces produced from six randomly selected weeks over the previous six months Because Vector has over 100 employees Lin continued this meant the analyst was poring over 600 pieces of data at a time That was difficult enough but Lin was quick to note that tracking down and correcting human error made the process even more time consuming A lot of times there are red flags from either employees entering the wrong amount of hours or entering the wrong amount of production parts they re produced Lin said Before Lin s computer program made its debut conducting performance evaluations and resetting wages at Vector took two or three days of the operations and engineering analyst s time Now those tasks are accomplished in a matter of minutes Lin s third task for Vector has built upon work done in the REMACS program last summer In 2012 Cadet Alex Falcetti 14 developed a computer program for Valley Program for Aging Services to use in routing its Meals on Wheels delivery system for homebound seniors so VPAS could deliver the meals in the most efficient manner possible Lin took Falcetti s work and used it as a starting point to solve a problem for Vector Unlike most employers Vector must provide transportation for its employees since most do not drive I changed some code and whatnot like the input information and I applied it to them picking up their employees so they could optimize their routes said Lin This will hopefully save them money Lin is now working on his fourth task for Vector which involves using the data amassed from the previous three tasks accounting payroll and transportation to help the company analyze the profitability of its contracts The work done by Vector employees is subcontracted from local industries For Lin the project

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Cadet Computer Model Predicts NBA Outcomes
    summer Snyder is working under the guidance of Maj John David assistant professor of applied mathematics to take data from several seasons worth of NBA games and use that data to build a computer model which can predict the outcome of future games Snyder a Georgia native and avid fan of the Atlanta Hawks got interested in doing a sports oriented summer research project when his friend Will Lucas 14 did a similar project on baseball last summer David also a lifelong sports enthusiast already had experience with predicting professional football games and he d overseen Lucas work so he welcomed Snyder s interest Snyder began by taking NBA statistics from six seasons With 30 teams in the association each playing 82 games per season and 32 statistics available per team Snyder found himself almost drowning in information There are millions of data points Snyder commented We re taking all that data and using it to make future predictions for the games To check for accuracy Snyder fed data from the 2004 2009 seasons into the computer and asked it to make predictions for the 2010 season So far Snyder s program has racked up an impressive accuracy rate of 72 to 73 percent which puts him in a position to be competitive with or even outdo popular websites that claim to be able to predict the outcomes of games We re on pace with those guys and I m pleased with that he said For Snyder the summer project has been an ideal capstone to his time at VMI which is rapidly coming to a close You get to do math and see the outcome of sports he said That s fascinating to me We re doing some pretty complex math techniques and at the same time we get

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  • Welcome to the Department of Biology at VMI
    Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Welcome from the Chair Mission Statement Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Welcome from the Chair Welcome to the Department of Biology at VMI Thank you for your interest in the VMI Biology Department You will find that we offer you many exciting opportunities to explore the limitless facets of biology which will prepare you for success Our faculty are committed to providing you a world class educational experience With our small class sizes we get to know you and interact with you individually We also offer a unique one on one opportunity to join us in research programs to experience the real world of biology outside the classroom as well as making an original contribution to science In addition to exploring this site the best way to get to know us is to spend a weekend at VMI at one of our Open Houses offered throughout the year as well as arranging a return personal visit as a guest of the Biology Department I look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon

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  • Virginia Military Institute - The VMI Biology Department Mission Statement
    Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Welcome from the Chair Mission Statement Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Biology Department Mission Statement Our Pledge to Our Majors The mission of the biology department is to provide our majors a broad understanding of biological principles as well as interactions within living systems and among organisms opportunities to pursue areas of specific interest within the biological sciences allow flexibility in course selection as well as courses that will provide in depth education in a specific area experiences that aid in scientific training by teaching students to function independently in

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Curricula for Biology
    s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Degrees Programs Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Arts Exercise Science Minor BMB Concentration ECOS Concentration Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Degrees Programs Degrees Programs The mission of the biology department at VMI is to provide students with a focused education in the biological sciences The degree programs prepare majors to pursue post graduate education in the biological and health sciences and allow for specialization that matches the cadet s interests and career plans Specializations Honors in Biology Secondary School Teacher Certification Summer fellowship support for undergraduate research Early medical school acceptance programs Department endowment monies to enhance the student experience as well as for medical school fellowship

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology Scholarships, Awards, and Distinctions
    Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Life Sciences Biology Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships and Awards Frequently Asked Questions Department Activities Alumni Friends Carroll Fund Faculty Karen Fredenburg Executive Secretary P 540 464 7247 F 540 464 7761 203 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 biology vmi edu Email Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Biology Scholarships Awards and Distinctions Scholarships Awards and Distinctions Early Acceptance to Medical Program The Biology has articulation agreements with several medical schools in the State of Virginia for early acceptance designation for its majors At the present we have approximately 6 slots per year for qualified majors Medical Schools in the Program Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Eastern Virginia Medical School Edward

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Biology FAQs
    early acceptance into medical program Yes We have such agreements with a number of medical schools including VCU EVMS and VCOM What about preparation for other health professions Our majors enter programs in pharmacy nursing physician assistant physical therapy forensics health administration Will biology prepare me for graduate school Many of our majors have completed their Masters or Ph D programs and hold government industry and academic positions What can I do with a biology degree if I don t want to go to graduate school after graduation Many businesses and biotechnology companies hire our majors to be research technicians We have a teacher certification program which will prepare you for a career in secondary education A third of our majors commission first before making a career decision How do I get scholarship help Many of our majors are supported through Military scholarships Athletic scholarships Institute Scholar fellowships Merit scholarships Student aid assistance Work study program support Can I commission in an armed forces branch and still be a biology major Yes approximately 30 of our majors commission after graduation Can I receive an armed forces scholarship and still be a biology major Yes through the Army Air Force or Navy Do I have to take calculus as a biology major No Unless you are on a Navy scholarship you can take Quantitative Methods I II Can I be an athlete and study biology Yes We have majors that represent most all of the NCAA sports at VMI Many of our majors use summer coursework or research programs to lighten their academic years course loads How do I arrange a visit to VMI Contact Admissions sign up for an open house weekend or contact the Biology Department to arrange a special visit What are your class sizes like The largest

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