Asbury Celebrates Math Week – Asbury University
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January 21, 2016

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Asbury students solved challenging math problems in the 2015 COMAP Math Modeling Contest.

WILMORE, Ky. — Next week, Asbury University will celebrate the beauty of mathematics through Math Week, a series of events including an interactive origami presentation, math modeling and the American Mathematics Competition (grades 8-12).

“Math Week highlights the important role mathematics — and math majors — play in campus life,” said Dr. Cheryll Crowe, an associate professor in Asbury University’s Math Department. “We have a thriving and talented community of students in the maths and sciences here at Asbury, and we are excited to provide opportunities for their growth and to welcome visiting students for the American Mathematics Competition.”

Math Week will open on Jan. 27 in Kinlaw Library’s Farm Boys Reading Room with an interactive origami presentation from Dr. Duk Lee. A professor in Asbury’s Math Department, Lee’s research focuses on the relationship between mathematics and the creative disciplines of music and origami. Participants in Lee’s presentation will have a chance to try paper folding themselves and leave with their own creations.

The 29th-annual Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) Math Modeling Contest will kick off on the third floor of the Hamann-Ray Science Center at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28, continuing through Feb. 1. An international contest, Math Modeling “challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems,” drawing entries from more than 5,000 teams around the world, most outside the U.S.

Additionally, Asbury will serve as a host site for the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) on Feb. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., welcoming students in grades 8-12 to campus. Students will complete interesting and challenging math problems, taking the first step towards the United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) and USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO).

In addition to providing opportunities for current math students and visiting students, Crowe hopes Math Week will introduce campus to the fun of math, as well.

“We’re especially excited to offer an interactive origami session this year that is open to the entire campus,” Crowe said. “Our hope is that Math Week will provide opportunities for the Asbury community to interact with mathematics in a fun way.”

 

To learn more about Asbury University’s Math Department, visit: asbury.edu/math