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(Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rectangle)

Just how well do you know your famous irrational numbers?  Joseph Rosenfeld, a sophomore high school student knows the Golden Ratio, ?, pretty well.  So well, in fact that he found an error in a museum display that has been around twice as long as he's been alive!  See the full article at: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/07/06/year-old-catches-math-error-the-museum-science/awhREamdn1KRg7nz2gGyPO/story.html

Happy Pi Day!  This isn't just any Pi Day- it's the Pi Day of the Century!  We're happy to celebrate March 14th (3.14) in the year '15 at 9:26 and 53 seconds.  That gives all math lovers the first 10 digits of pi: 3.141592653!  We won't have these same ten numbers until March 14th, 2115!

Just so you know, celebrating Pi Day began in the 1980's.  It also happens to be, coincidentally, on Albert Einstein’s birthday.  Enjoy the day!

(shown above- Pies served at the "Pi Day of the Century" event at the 2015 Southwest Interactive Festival- http://www.livescience.com/50141-pi-day-century-celebrations.html).

Students, faculty and staff in Department of Mathematics and in the School of the Sciences mourn the loss of Dr. Christopher Barat, longtime math faculty member at Stevenson.  He passed away last week after a brief and sudden complication from a kidney transplant. 

Dr. Barat was a very bright, gentle and caring man.  He loved Stevenson and cared about each of his students.  Dr. Barat earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.  He had over 25 years of experience in undergraduate education and taught a variety of statistics courses to many Stevenson students.  He will always be remembered for his concern for students and his love of SU.  Dr. Barat started a chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), a math honor society at SU.  He and his wife, Nicky, spent many hours working on projects with KME.  They also attended many sports events and were involved with students in the Campus Catholic Ministries.  

As a valued and well-liked math faculty member, Dr. Christopher Barat is missed by everyone.  

The 2015 Maryland STEM Festival will be announced this Wednesday at the Maryland Science Center by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  This Festival will take place in November 2015 and will encourage students of all ages to choose STEM-related careers, to showcase Maryland's STEM achievements and to further integrate Maryland's STEM community with the general populace. Stevenson University is proud to be one of the hosts for a STEM event during the 2015 Maryland STEM Festival.  Stay tuned for more exciting details!

 

Students and faculty in the Math Department were excited to participate in Scholars' Day 2015.  Prospective applied math majors visited SU and learned about our program and the various careers that our alumni are pursuing.  We were excited to have them participate in a fun computer activity- Torus Games: An Introduction to Topology.  We hope to see many of them as freshmen in the fall!

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