Applied Mathematics News

Math students and faculty participated in Global Game Jam 2023. The goal of a game jam is to come together and make a videogame, or a non-digital game like a board game or card game in a short period of time (usually based around a theme). Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event, with over 30,000 jammers across 632 sites in 93 countries. Stevenson University is one of those sites!

This year the theme of GGJ was “roots”. Julian Cha, Applied Math ’23, (pictured above) created a game called “Plan B” where players control Plan B the robot and attempt to find their spaceship by fighting through plant-like monsters. To see and try all the games created at Stevenson during GGJ 2023 visit

The Math Learning Collaboratory (MAC S150) is now home to a one-of-a-kind “Golden Rectangle bookcase” which was created by tiling squares whose side lengths, in inches, are successive Fibonacci numbers. The outline rectangle of the bookcase is 34″ by 55″. Ratios of successive Fibonacci numbers approach the golden ratio, phi, which is approximately 1.618. The bookcase was built by Stevenson faculty Dr. Jeremy Burkett (chemistry) and Dr. Ben Wilson (math). The Math Learning Collaboratory is a space for math students to do work, socialize, and relax between classes. It is also home to the weekly math tea time where math students and faculty get together to have tea, coffee, and snacks, and to play games.

Applied math majors Allie Hope and Luna Huynh presented their research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2023 in Boston, MA. The JMM is one of the largest math conferences in the world each year and the student poster session always draws a large crowd. Allie and Luna shared the work they had completed with Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Mark Branson, on “The Effectiveness of Three Promising Psychological Interventions on Math Anxiety and Academic Performance”.

Applied Mathematics majors Julian Cha, Luna Huynh, and Sam Iseman performed with Stevenson’s Ukulele Ensemble. The concert included classic Hawaiian songs and holiday favorites. The performance was the culmination of the Stevenson course MUS 170 Exploring Elements of Music/Hawaiian Ukulele.

Guiliana Datnoff (Stevenson Applied Math graduate and current Stevenson MAT student) and Associate Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Wilson presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference in Baltimore. The talk titled “Student Perspectives on Recommendations for
Improving High School Mathematics” was based on research they did in Fall 2021 when Guiliana was a senior Applied Mathematics major. The work was very well-received and generated some great discussions. Since the research was based on an NCTM publication, the presenters were excited to share it at an NCTM conference.