Mount students, faculty create immersive math experience

The Mount at Dia:Beacon
June 13, 2014

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – June 2014 – If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this group of Mount Saint Mary College professors and students would like to determine the mathematical formula.

Mathematics professors Lee Fothergill and Mike Daven; and students Jennifer Kurtz of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Toni Navarro of Marlboro, N.Y.; visited Dia:Beacon as one of their first steps in creating “Hudson Valley Math Trails,” which aims to mix mathematics with art, history, and more. Upon the team’s completion of the project, educators and students will be able to download hands-on math questions to be solved at a variety of Hudson Valley landmarks.

The project is part of Mount Saint Mary College’s Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Through SURE, Mount faculty act as mentors to students over the summer, in subjects such as science, mathematics, education, the arts, and business. Some 20 students are participating in the program this summer, with projects including “The Molecular Biology of Aging,” “Microwave Assisted Green Synthesis of Aspirin,” and “The Effect of Website Interactivity on Psychological Ownership for Not-for-profit Organizations.”

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