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Science Scholars Program Features Dr. Susan Loepp of Williams College


The Science Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College will hold a symposium on Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25. The event will be kicked off with a keynote address on Thursday evening featuring Dr. Susan Loepp, a professor at Williams College in Massachusetts. The event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall on the Fisher campus, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Loepp's talk is titled "Protecting Your Personal Information: An Introduction to Encryption." The presentation will talk about ways Julius Caesar used to encrypt his messages to his military commanders, and tie it into modern day encryption. In her talk, she will explore why we should care about encryption, because it's a part of everyone's everyday life.

Dr. Loepp's research area at Williams College is commutative algebra, and she has published 19 papers and given over 70 presentations in this field. In 2006, she co-authored Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography, with physicist William K. Wooters.

In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she is the director of one of the largest undergraduate research programs in mathematics in the country. She was awarded the Nelson Bushnell Prize in 2009-2010, a prize awarded by Williams College to a faculty member whose "practice in writing and in teaching conforms notably to standards of good usage." She is also the 2010 recipient of the Northeastern Section Teaching Award by Mathematical Association of America.

The Science Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program for students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics. Its mission is to recruit, retain, and graduate students who are engaged in mathematics, science, and technology in a way that supports collaborative approaches to problem solving.

For more information about the Science Scholars Program or the Symposium, please contact Dr. Daniel Schwert at (585) 899-3881.

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