A Merrimack Tradition
The Last Lecture was created in 1999 and, after a period of dormancy, was resurrected by the Honors Program in 2013.
The Last Lecture is a tradition at Merrimack and many other colleges and universities that allows a faculty member to speak on any subject as if it were his or her final class.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dana Rowland is an associate professor in the Mathematics Department – this is her 22nd year teaching undergraduate math classes at Merrimack! Dr. Rowland’s mathematical scholarship involves a mix of combinatorics, graph theory, the mathematics of knots, and recreational mathematics. She has mentored undergraduate research projects studying knots that can be found in three-dimensional graphs and she has supervised several honors capstone projects exploring the mathematics behind games (including cribbage, Carcassonne, and Wordle). Recent classes taught include Discrete Mathematics, Calculus I and II, Knot Theory, Combinatorics & Graph Theory, and Real Analysis. Dr. Rowland holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she double-majored in mathematics and English.
The Last Lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in Cascia Hall.
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|2018||Alicia Malone||Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice|
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