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Applied Mathematics News

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."  

Congratulation to Dr. Neal Miller on his publication, "Bent-Tailed Radio Sources in the Australia Telescope Large Area Survey of the Chandra Deep Field South" in The Astronomical Journal. SU students enjoy learning about Dr. Miller's work in radioastronomy and several of them have already particpated in research with him.

The Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences is very excited to start the 2014-2015 year!  The start of a new academic year always brings wonderful energy and excitement to campus.  It also gives us a fresh start with new programs, ideas and plans.

More details will follow on this blog- stay tuned!

WELCOME to our new students and WELCOME BACK to our returning students.  We hope you’re as excited about the upcoming semester as we are!

 
 
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