Home > About > News and Events > News Releases > News Releases 2014 > Moravian College Student Mathematics Conference - February 15
News Release

Moravian College Student Mathematics Conference - February 15

Keynote Address to focus on mathematical models to explain losing and gaining weight

Dr. Diana ThomasBethlehem, Pa., February 7, 2014—The Pi Mu Epsilon chapter of Moravian College will host the 28th annual Student Mathematics Conference on Saturday, February 15 in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, on the Main Street Campus. The day-long conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate college students from the tri-state area to come together to present talks and discuss mathematics, statistics, operations research, and computing.

The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Diana Thomas, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University, at 9:30 a.m. in Prosser Auditorium. She will present "What can mathematical models tell us about losing and gaining weight?" In the presentation, Thomas will show how her team of researchers develops and implements models for clinical interventions, how they develop models to predict outcomes in the absence of a control population, and how models will inform many of the myths and presumptions surrounding obesity. She will also describe her own transition from mainstream research mathematics into an interdisciplinary team initiated career.

Thomas’s research involves applications of mathematics to guide patient behavior during weight loss and prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Her research investigates why individuals don’t lose more weight during exercise, objectively monitoring diet in humans, and differences in weight change between individuals. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fitness Magazine, Good Housekeeping, CBS News, and ABC News. She currently serves as an editor of The Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thomas frequently collaborates on research projects with undergraduate students and was recently awarded the MAA-NJ Distinguished Teaching Award.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Dr. Michael Fraboni (phone: 610-861-1605 or e-mail: mfraboni@moravian.edu) prior to the event. For registration information, visit http://math.moravian.edu/conference.

The conference is sponsored by the Moravian College chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, with support from USG (United Student Government) and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC).

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.