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Applied Mathematics News

Stevenson Math & Education students are learning Geometry in a unique way this semester - by teaching it.  Rather than a traditional lecture, students work together to find solutions and prove geometric theorems.  The class strengthens their mathematical knowledge and prepares students who are interested in education to teach these results to others.

The small class sizes here mean that every student gets the chance to present almost every class. Even in an abstract mathematics class, Stevenson students are working toward a career and building communication skills that will serve them regardless of where they go after college.

Students in Ms. Thairen Dade's math class are busy throughout class.  After Ms. Dade gives a brief introduction to the new material, students work in groups on problems, work on the board and share their work with peers in the class.  Ms. Dade has found that students learn better this way and greatly benefit from all the in-class practice.

Math majors were invited to a breakfast to have a chance to welcome our new freshmen and say hi to other math majors.  At the event, our seniors shared details of their current capstone internships and everyone offered advice to our freshmen on ways to succeed.  Events such as these allow students a chance to talk with each other and with the faculty in the department. 

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. 
 
 
 
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