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We're excited to share the results of our Hurricane Maria Relief Bake Sale.  We were able to raise $1000 which was donated to the Virgin Island Relief Fund (Ms. Thairen Dade's family is from St. Croix) and United for Puerto Rico (Gerald Roman-Gonzalez’s family is from Puerto Rico).  Both charities give proceeds directly to those affected by the hurricane.  In addition to financially helping those devastated by the hurricane, we are proud that our Bake Sale helped raise awareness of need to help others and to work towards the overall good of the world community.


Two members of our math community, Ms. Thairen Dade, our Math Learning Specialist, and Gerald Roman-Gonzalez, an applied math senior, have family members whose lives and homes were devastated by Hurricane Maria.  KME, the Math Honor Society, and the Math/Physics Department are holding a Hurricane Maria Relief Bake Sale.  Thanks to everyone is who contributing to this today- donating baked goods, time, money and good cheer!   Hope you can come out and support our efforts!  We're at the south entrance to the Manning Academic Center.

Applied Math junior, Gerald Roman-Gonzalez presented the research he did with math faculty member, Dr. Benjamin Wilson, at the undergraduate poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta.  The poster, titled "A Mathematical Analysis of Language", was a big hit! Gerald's trip was supported by a grant from the Mathematical Association of America.   Gerald loved attending the meeting in Atlanta and learned so much from this experience!

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. 

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."

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