The thirteenth annual FAU Math Day was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University. As usual, participants can expect exciting competitions and instructive lectures designed to please everybody who loves mathematics, who is contemplating a career in mathematics or science, or who already is pursuing such a career. If you are a high school student who likes and enjoys mathematics come for a day of excitement and fun, with a chance to win prizes and to learn more about mathematics. If you are a teacher, come to see your students compete and to meet your college colleagues. Math Day is an opportunity for high school mathematics faculty and mathematically inclined students of schools in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and Dade counties, and for math faculty and students at Florida Atlantic University to get together, get to know each other, and share their appreciation of mathematics.
The keynote speaker was Professor Robert Devaney of Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Devaney is an internationally known expert on dynamical systems, fractals and chaos theory. In addition to having published over a hundred research papers in these areas, and several books of which at least one, An Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems , has become a classic textbook, he is also keenly interested in teaching and has authored or coauthored over a dozen papers on pedagogy. He has been involved in running field days for high school students at Boston University and is the director of the National Science Foundation sponsored Dynamical Systems and Technology Project (DSTP). To get an idea of the many projects Professor Devaney is involved with, we recommend visiting the website of the DSTP ( http://math.bu.edu/DYSYS/ ). He is the recipient of numerous awards, perhaps too numerous to list here, both for excellence in teaching and research. In 2009 he was inducted into the Massachusetts Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame, in 2010 he was named the Feld Family Professor of Teaching Excellence at Boston University, in 2012, he was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society; to name just a few of his awards. To say that we are excited to have Professor Devaney as our keynote speaker would be the understatement of the year.
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The twelfth annual FAU Math Day was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Last year's keynote speaker is Professor Ami Radunskaya, who is a Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. Professor Radunskaya is a very distinguished mathematician and an award winning teacher. She has worked hard in increasing diversity in mathematics and is the co-director of the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) program. Her areas of research are dynamical systems and mathematical biology, specially mathematical models of cancer immunotherapy, designing strategies for delivery of drugs to the brain, modeling the fate of blood clots and the effect of anti-coagulant. Her work in dynamical systems is closely related to the other passion in Professor Radunskaya's life, namely music. She is a concert level cello player. During 2016 she will serve as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics.
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About FAU. Florida Atlantic University serves over 30,000 undergraduates, and 5,000 graduate and professional students in a rapidly expanding urban environment with a main campus located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, on an 850-acre site in Boca Raton. The department of mathematical sciences offers the degrees BA, BS, MS, MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, MS in Teaching, and PhD in Mathematics. There are 35 faculty members in the department, most of them actively engaged in research in areas that range from the purely classical to cutting edge applications in biomathematics and communications security. Students graduating from the department have the option of pursuing careers in teaching, in industry, or continue their mathematical education by enrolling in a graduate program, either at FAU or elsewhere. For qualified students, the department offers a combined BS-MS program.
Math Day 2017 is made possible through the very generous underwriting sponsorship of Wells Fargo Bank.
Math Day is organized by Tomas Schonbek, Erik Lundberg, Emily Cimillo, and Sonia Kimbrough. However, it would not be possible without the enthusiastic and indispensable support received from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, the staff, faculty, and students of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and last, but definitely not least, from all the hard working high school mathematics teachers in Broward, Palm Beach, Dade, and Martin counties.