Hinesburg student is math wiz

HINESBURG-Brittany Baker, daughter of Russell and Robin Baker of Hinesburg, is no ordinary student. Baker is one of the top math students at Vermont's Saint Michael's College. Baker was just inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society, at Saint Michael's College.

A junior mathematics major, Baker was one of 12 students selected for this top honor for 2009. She graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School, before coming to Saint Michael's, a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college, located in the Burlington Vermont, arguably the nation's best college town.

Founded in 1914 at Syracuse University, Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to promoting scholarly activity in mathematics at academic institutions, and to recognizing students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. Students are selected on the basis of their overall academic excellence and accomplishments in mathematics.

Saint Michael's mathematics Professor Joanna Ellis-Monaghan congratulated Baker and talked about how graph theory is used to model DNA self-assembly, a process that results in nano-scale, cubes, octahedrons, and even buckyballs.

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