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Two Faculty Teams from the Department of Mathematics Receive NSA Grant

Towson, MD (April 14, 2014) — Professors Ming Tomayko and Diana Cheng form the "Numbers and Quantity" team, and Professors Gail Kaplan and R. Michael Krach form the "Algebra" team. These two faculty teams in cooperation with the Baltimore County Public Schools received a $55,000 grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct week-long institutes this summer for in-service mathematics teachers in and around the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.

 

Towson Hosted 2014 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference

Picture of a mapTowson, MD (April 12, 2014) — The Department of Mathematics was pleased to host the 2014 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference. The Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson was a one-day meeting designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. Uundergraduate studenst or high-school students who had participated in an original research project were invited to give a presentation about your research.

There were two invited talks. One talk, entitled "Provincial Polynomia: Uncommon Excursions for the Seasoned Visitor", was given by Dr. Dan Kalman, Professor of Mathematics at American University. The second invited talk, entitled "From Classic Results to Recent Advances: The Lotka-Volterra Model of the Predator-Prey Cycle", wasl given by Dr. Kathleen Hoffman, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

There were student talks and several other general interest sessions. For a full description of this conference and list of presentations see
2014 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference Website.

 

Actuarial Science and Risk Management Program Earns Elite Honor from Society of Actuaries

Towson, MD (January 22, 2014) — University’s Actuarial Science and Risk Management program has been named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The distinction puts Towson in an elite class; only 15 programs in the country have received the recognition. Towson’s is the only program in Maryland to be recognized.

“It’s as if we are part of the Ivy League of actuarial science and risk management, without the high tuition,” says ASRM Program Director Ohoe Kim. “It shows that Towson University is tremendously dedicated to the program, and that a student who invests their time and dreams in our program will have some of the best support, resources, research and advising in the nation.”

The SOA recognition requires a multidimensional commitment toward actuarial academic excellence. Kim calls it a banner waving at prospective students, showing Towson’s dedication and giving the university a prestigious place in actuarial science and risk management. He also says it will make it easier for ASRM graduates to find jobs. “At the beginning of this year, I set out for this to be one of the goals for the year and I couldn’t be happier that the program has been awarded this designation. This is a cornerstone of our program, setting the course for future years of continued excellence.”

 

Mathematics Faculty and Staff Honored at Fisher College Fall Forum

Dean David Vanko and Judith MacksTowson, MD (November 22, 2013) — Judith Macks, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics for over 27 years received the FCSM University and Professional Service Award at the Fisher College Fall Forum. In the department, she is very active in providing professional development for in-service teachers through workshops and consulting, and co-teaching opportunities. In the department she also chairs the Developmental Education Committee and has been actively involved in course redesign at that level. She serves on the Adjunct Faculty Committee and as a result usually takes on a large portion of the adjunct observations. At the College level she has volunteered her time at recruitment events. At the University level she has served on several search committees for the College of Education. Outside of the University, the awardee also is active as the current Treasurer for the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators, a member of the board for the Center for Jewish Education and a member of the governing board for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

Dean David Vanko and Diana BohleDiana Bohle, an administrative assistant in the Department of Mathematics, received the FCSM Staff Performance Award at the Fisher College Fall Forum. She is able to make sound decisions and is described as being intuitive and able to anticipate what is needed and what problems might arise. She has many large on-going responsibilities like coordinating contracts for over 70 adjunct faculty, ordering course books, handling department travel, and overseeing student workers. That being said, the excerpts from the letters of recommendation really tell the story. "As the Face of the department, she always greets students, faculty, staff and visitors with a friendly smile." She is a "gentle spirit with a fierce work ethic." One letter indicated that "she has given our department a positive reputation and she is a positive influence to all who are privileged to work with her" and that "she remains a vital contributor to the smooth running of the department and we are so grateful for the dedication and warmth she brings to the task."

 

Towson Hosts 2013 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference

Picture of a Gangnam-style-graphTowson, MD (March 30, 2013) — The Department of Mathematics was pleased to host the 2013 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference. The Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson was a one-day meeting designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. If you are an undergraduate student or a high-school student who has participated in an original research project, you were invited to give a presentation about your research.

There were two invited talks. One talk, entitled "The Mathematics of Lights Out", was be given by Dr. Bruce Torrence, Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College. The second invited talk, entitled "The Mathematics of YouTube: Where Exactly on the Internet is the Gangnam Style Video?", was given by Dr. Gisela Bardossy, Professor at the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. There were student talks and several other general interest sessions. For a full description of this conference and list of presentations see

2013 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference Website.

 

2012 Bridges Conference held at Towson University

mathematics sculptureTowson University (July 25–29, 2012) —The Bridges Conference, the largest mathematics and art interdisciplinary conference in the world, has traveled to cities in North America and Europe, and attracted participants from over thirty countries. The 2012 conference was held at the Towson University Center for the Arts. Dr. Reza Sarhangi, Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. James Paulsen, Professor of Art, were the local scientific organizers.

The conference featured presentations of full and short papers, hands-on workshops, invited talks, an art exhibition, a math/art short movie festival, a theatre night, a music night, a mathematical poetry reading, a math/art excursion, and a family day.

Papers will be published in the refereed conference proceedings.

 

Towson Professor of Mathematics Publishes Important Paper

Dr. Sandy SpitzerPhiladelphia, PA (April 27, 2012) — At the National Council of Mathematics Teachers (NCTM) Annual Conference, the keynote speaker at the Mathematics Research Session described one of Dr. Sandy Spitzer's papers as one of the 10 most influential mathematics education papers of the last five years. Dr. Spitzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and specializes in the role of technology in school mathematics, especially the role that graphing technology can play in learning algebra. She also has a strong interest in pre-service teacher education and has both taught and conducted research in mathematics courses for prospective elementary school teachers.

 

Towson Hosts 2012 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference

Picture of cannonball, doughnut and combination lockTowson, MD (March 31, 2012) — The Department of Mathematics was pleased to host the 2012 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference. The Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson was a one-day meeting designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. If you are an undergraduate student or a high-school student who has participated in an original research project, you were invited to give a presentation about your research.

There were two invited talks. One talk, entitled "Cannonballs, Donuts, and Secrets: From Idle Questions to Cryptographic Applications," was be given by Dr. Lawrence Washington, Professor and Mathematics and Graduate Director at University of Maryland, College Park. The second invited talk, entitled "Ship of Gold: Mathematical Treasure Hunting and the Search for the SS Central America," was given by Drs. Thomas Corwin and Jeffrey Silver, mathematicians working for Metron Inc. There were six student talks and several other general interest sessions. For a full description of this conference and list of presentations see

2012 Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference Website.

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