Getting Lost and Learning Along the Way — Math Trails at MSMC and Beyond
iROC - Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us October 17th when Mike Daven and Lee Fothergill, Division of Math and Information Technology, will present Getting Lost and Learning Along the Way -- Math Trails at MSMC and Beyond.
A “math trail” is a set of activities in which participants explore mathematics in a real-life setting. Each activity on the trail is designed to make a connection with a specific object, location, person, or feature. Dr. Daven and Dr. Fothergill have been creating math trail activities with their students since 2009. A project similar to activities created by Math for America, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, and the Mathematical Association of America, the presenters will take a mathematical stroll and see what can be learned along the way.
Mike Daven is a Professor of Mathematics. As a first-generation college graduate, he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from Villanova University, and a doctoral degree in Mathematics from Auburn University. His primary area of research is in graph theory and design theory. In this context, a “graph” may serve as a model for communication networks, organizational structures, or ecological systems. Some of Professor Daven’s recent work has focused on constraints under which large graphs can be partitioned into smaller subgraphs. He has also begun to explore how graphs can be used to model “neighborhood identity”. When two people in different houses look out their front window, will their views be similar or different? In a large neighborhood, how many different views are possible?
Lee Fothergill is a Professor of Mathematics and the Chair of Mathematics and Information Technology. Lee completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and his doctoral degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Lee has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity and the New York State Government to examine the City of Newburgh to help align the state support and resources with local needs. Lee’s primary research interests include mathematics education with respect to teacher preparation. Moreover, he has an interest in the connection between the undergraduate mathematics curriculum and the K-12 curriculum to prepare future teachers for the challenges in the classroom.
Getting Lost and Learning Along the Way -- Math Trails at MSMC and Beyond will take place in the DC Café of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
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