QUAC: Events

Upcoming Events

Towards the 4-D Honeycomb: Thursday, November 02

6 p.m. in Bowman 205. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Abstract: The honeycomb is an incredible natural structure that exhibits many intriguing mathematical properties. For instance, if you took a slice of the honeycomb you would see hexagonal cells, which for a given amount of area is the most cost-effective shape that slots together to fill space. In other words, hexagons tile the plane and do so with the least perimeter; that is why bees love them! Now the question arises, what does a 3-D chunk of a 4-D honeycomb look like? What shape tiles space with the least amount of surface area? We make progress in answering this question by proving the first non-trivial case for a 3-D solid and show the best tetrahedron (pyramid with a triangular base) that tiles space.

About the lecturer: Arjun Kakkar is a senior math major at Williams College and an international student from New Delhi, India. Driven by his passion for the application of math in a wide variety of fields he has worked as a consultant, a quantitative analyst and a researcher in mathematics. His research interests include geometry, mathematical modeling and computational techniques for problem-solving. For his senior thesis in mathematics, he is working on modeling of vegetation patterns in semi-arid regions under the  guidance of Professor Chad Topaz, Williams College.

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QUAC Meeting: Thursday, November 09

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Beer & Bowling: Friday, November 17

4 p.m. at Ken's Bowl on Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield (driving directions)

All educators who value quantitative literacy and math education are welcome to have a beer and go bowling with us! Cost is $9 per person (food and drinks are separate). RSVP to Erin Kiley:, 413-662-5144. Please feel free to disseminate our flyer among your contacts who might be interested.

Flying Cloud Institute STEM Educators' Conference, December 1

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

S*M*ART Innovators Community: Learning and Leading Rigorous Science Curriculum

Cost: $20 (without lunch), $32.50 (lunch included). Workshops on several topics, including "Teaching Waves" by Adrienne Wootters, and "Teaching Mathematics and Overcoming Math Anxiety" by Erin Kiley.

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QUAC Meeting: Thursday, December 14

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, February 08

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, March 08

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, April 12

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, May 10

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

Past Events

Grand Opening of Math Drop-In Center

Please join us for the opening of the new math drop-in help center on Wednesday, September 6 from 3-6 p.m. in CSI 101. You can find there tutors who are able and willing to help enrolled MCLA students with any kind of math problems, from calculating the amount of fabric needed for a theatre costume, to working out the details of a number theory proof, to studying for the MTEL.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, September 14

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center

WIMIN Conference at Smith College: Saturday, September 16

Smith College will be hosting its annual Women In Mathematics In the Northeast (WIMIN) conference on Saturday, September 16. The conference is open to all, and will feature short talks, two invited lectures, and free lunch. Transportation will be arranged from MCLA. To attend, please contact Liz Hartung at

Math Talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Thursday, September 28

There will be a talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute entitled "Extreme Equally: How to Create a More Prosperous and Inclusive Society Using Math". The talk will be given by John Mighton, a playwright turned mathematician and author whom you might have, incidentally, seen in the 1997 movie 'Good Will Hunting', where he played Matt Damon's math tutor. Please see the talk's flyer on the MCLA QUACblog.

The talk is in Worcester at 5 p.m., and Erin Kiley will leave by car from MCLA's campus around 2 p.m.; please let her know (emkiley@mcla.eduon or before Monday, September 25 if you are interested in attending, and transportation will be arranged.

QUAC Meeting: Thursday, October 12

12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Center