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Applied Mathematics News

Date: Sep 2014

Following the Slattery Lectureship, the Slattery and Palmer families, Applied Math major and Slattery Scholar, Anna Foote, faculty, and staff attended a dinner in honor of the event.  Shown here are Anna Foote, Mrs. Ginger Palmer, Dr. Susan Slattery's mother, and Mrs. Kathleen Lageman, coordinator of the event. 

The 2014 Slattery Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Stevenson University’s former Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics, Susan Palmer Slattery, Ph.D., who passed away in 2010.  Arlene G. Weiner, an environmental engineer with the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the featured address, "Building a Career on Applied Mathematics -- You Don't Have to be a Rocket Scientist."

During her 30 years as an environmental professional, Ms. Weiner has worked all over the world.  She shared her career highlights and lessons learned with Stevenson students, faculty and staff.  

The event also recognized senior Applied Math major, Anna Foote, who was honored as the 2014 Slattery Scholar. 

The department is excited to welcome back Jon Englebrecht, BS Applied Math 2008.  After he graduated, Jon taught math at local high schools and did some supervisory work evaluating other high school teachers' teaching methods.  Jon is excited to be teaching two sections of MATH 140, Basic Statistics at SU this semester.  "It's amazing to be back!  This has been a great trip down memory lane- but I'm seeing things from the other side.  I have the unique perspective of being able to know how my students learn and how they feel since I sat in their seats not that long ago!"

Each fall, the School of the Sciences at SU sponsors an Expanding Your Horizons Event.  This event allows middle school girls to participate in math, engineering and science workshops to encourage them to consider a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career.  Junior Alicia Greene helped out at the event.  The students in her group signed up for Technology and People. The girls were asked to build the tallest structure that they could using 12 pieces of spaghetti and a yard of tape. A marshmallow then had to be supported by the structure after it was built. The girls used problem solving to build strong structures. They were very creative in designing their creations!

Why did Alicia help out?  "I choose to volunteer as a helper for Expanding Your Horizons because I thought it would be a great opportunity to not only support Stevenson’s STEM departments, but to also try to get middle school girls interested in math and science. When I was their age I did not know about any events like this or have anyone speak to me about careers in math and science. This is a great opportunity for them so I wanted to be able to help make their experience enjoyable.  I truly enjoyed the day and will definitely sign up to help next year."

All math majors were invited to Department Chair Dr. Ellen Roskes' office to say hi, enjoy some snacks and share what they did in the summer.  Sophomore Dalis Carter spent her summer working and hanging out with her family.  She's excited about the new semester.  What does it feel like to be back?  "It's great; it feels like I never left."  

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