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Moravian College to Host 24th Student Mathematics Conference

Bethlehem, Pa., February 9, 2010—Moravian College will host the 24th annual Student Mathematics Conference on Saturday, February 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC) on the College’s Main Street Campus. Approximately 150 college students from around the region  will attend the program with 20 presenting talks. The keynote speaker will be Annalisa Crannell, professor of mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College.

LVAIC Math Competition Award Presentations will be conducted after the keynote address. Student presentations of research experiences, honors projects, course projects, or interesting ideas developed by undergraduates will begin at 10:50 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Student talks will resume at 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the conference.

Crannell will discuss "Math and Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty." Participants will explore the mathematics behind perspective paintings—a mathematics that starts off with simple rules, and yet leads into really lovely, really tricky mathematical puzzles. Crannell will discuss the following questions and more: Why do artists use vanishing points? What’s the difference between 1-point and 3-point perspective? Why do your vacation pictures not look as good as the mountains you photographed?

Annalisa Crannell is a professor of mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College and Governor of the MAA-EPADEL section. Her primary research is in topological dynamical systems (also known as “Chaos Theory”), but she also is active in developing materials for courses on Mathematics and Art. She has worked extensively with students and other teachers on writing in mathematics, and with recent doctorates on employment in mathematics. She especially enjoys talking to non-mathematicians who haven’t (yet) learned where the most beautiful aspects of the subject lie.

The pre-registration deadline is February 15 and will be done using the online registration form. Fees are $7.00 for all students. An optional lunch may be purchased for $11.00 for those who pre-register by February 15.   Student speakers will receive a complimentary lunch.  For additional information please visit the website http://math.moravian.edu/conference.

For more information, contact Michael Fraboni, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650. Phone: 610-861-1605; E-mail: mfraboni@moravian.edu

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Moravian College chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, with support from the United Student Government (USG) and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) are collaborating to sponsor the conference.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.