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Math Awareness Week


The Art & History of Mathematics  |  April 5 - 8, 2021 | 10 AM

Join us for exciting presenters, games, art contest, math problem of the day, math problem of the week, and prizes.


  • Presentations | Date | Times | Registration

    Presentations will be delivered Virtually in ZOOM.

    There is no limit on how many presentations you can attend.

    Math Awareness Week 2021 Schedule

    Monday April 5, 2021

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    Beating Las Vegas Blackjack

    Mark McKay

    Mark McKay is a founding member of the Ophthalmic Medical Technologist program at Palm Beach State.  He loves teaching and lecturers nationally about eye care. He is a board-certified optician.

     

    This presentation will examine how art, gambling, and math came together in Las Vegas.

     

    Monday, April 5th

    10 AM

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    The Art of Patterns, Numbers, and Sequences

    Dr. Terri Speights

    Dr. Speights’ teaching experience spans over 20 years. She received a Master’s in Mathematics Education in 2006 at Nova Southeastern University and a Doctorate in Leadership Education at Valdosta State University in 2018.

    In 2013, Dr. Speights received a special recognition from the Vice President of Academic Affairs for her role in the redesign of the Developmental Mathematics courses which lead to improvements in student success and retention.  Professor Speights joined PBSC in 2015 as a Professor of Mathematics.   Her research has focused on “The Effects of Developmental Math Courses on Student Success Outcomes at Community Colleges.”   Professor Speights has always been committed to developing and implementing learning strategies which promote “student success and retention.”  In her spare time, Professor Speights loves to spend time at the beach, traveling or hanging out with family and friends.

    This presentation is designed to develop student’s critical thinking skills by providing them with an opportunity to understand, identify, and describe patterns, numbers and sequences. An interactive approach will be utilized using technology through gaming making learning fun and engaging.

    Monday, April 5th

    11 AM

    N/A

    A Very Unorthodox History of Statistics

    Marty Triola

    Mario F. Triola a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dutchess Community College, where he has taught statistics for over 30 years. He is the author of Elementary Statistics -- the #1 best-selling statistics text in the market for the last 25 years. Marty is a firm believer that “real data brings statistics to life,” and that is the foundation on which he writes his texts. Marty also designed the original Statdisk statistical software, which is incorporated into his texts along with other software packages.

     

    Marty’s interest in applying statistics to real-world situations comes from his own work experiences. Marty’s consulting work includes the design of casino slot machines and fishing rods. He has worked with attorneys in determining probabilities in paternity lawsuits, analyzing data in medical malpractice lawsuits, identifying salary inequities based on gender, and analyzing disputed election results. He has also used statistical methods in analyzing medical school surveys, in analyzing survey results for the New York City Transit Authority, and analyzing COVID-19 virus data for government officials. Marty has testified as an expert witness in the New York State Supreme Court. The Text and Academic Authors Association has awarded Marty a “Texty” for Excellence for his work on Elementary Statistics.

    My "Very Unorthodox History of Statistics" is so unorthodox that it is not much about history at all.

    Instead, it is a forward-looking presentation designed to help prepare for the future!

     

    Monday, April 5th

    12 PM

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    Art of Wealth

    Jesse Rogers

    Jesse Rogers has been a Learning Specialist at PBSC since 2006.

     

    Since the pandemic he has written around 75 Medium articles, become a REALTOR, a podcaster, and a cryptocurrency investor. He’s interested in developing an entrepreneurship club so connect with him at rogersjj@palmbeachstate.edu if interested.


    His Compounding Interest Podcast link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcRrlkjedROcFDdwr8ANwg

    Read his Medium posts at https://jessejrogers.medium.com/

    Dr. Trupin will perform a cross product using a determinant of two three dimensional vectors and determine the angle between them. Then, using a dot product he will verify the angle. If time allows, he will also solve a differential equation using cross products.

    Monday, April 5th

    2 PM

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    Accompanying Materials:

    https://youtu.be/AS4g8tAqdak

     

    https://medium.com/compounding-interest-podcast/the-art-of-wealth-f3bc2ef6a51e?sk=343135bd4733a6d404bda21c1c74262b

    The Beauty of the Cross Product

     

    Dr. Andrew Trupin

    Professor Trupin received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado.

    Professor Trupin teaches science courses at PBSC such as Descriptive Astronomy, Earth Science and Applied Physics.

    Professor Trupin has published science articles relating to global tide gauge sea level data, the effect of melting glaciers on the Earth’s rotation and gravitational field, plus more.

     

     

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    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

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    Statistical Approaches in the Evaluation of HIV Risk Reduction Interventions

    Dr. Alisa Stephens

    Alisa J. Stephens-Shields, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  Her research focuses on extensions and innovative applications of causal inference to enhance the design and analysis of clinical trials. She also works on the development of patient-reported outcomes to inform population-appropriate trial endpoints.  Dr. Stephens-Shields collaborates in several clinical areas, including pediatrics, chronic pain, pharmacoepidemiology, and behavioral economics. She is a recipient of the inaugural Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Leadership Academy award and has held elected positions in the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Epidemiology and the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometrics Society. Dr. Stephens-Shields serves as associate editor for the journals Biostatistics and Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.  She is a proud native of Teaneck, New Jersey, and holds Ph.D. and A.M. degrees in biostatistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics with minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa national honor societies.

     

    In conducting randomized trials to evaluate the impact of a novel intervention or drug prior to authorization and widespread use, several complementary measures of effect are of interest.  We present two studies in which we use mediation analysis to explicate observed treatment differences of two interventions designed to prevent HIV transmission.  In Being Responsible for Ourselves (BRO), a longitudinal, randomized trial of a behavioral intervention to increase condom usage, we estimate indirect effects through two-stage regression to determine reasons for lack of intervention efficacy and inform the design of future interventions.  In the Phambili study, a double-blind, randomized trial of an experimental vaccine to reduce HIV infection, we identify a framework to explore the rationale for elevated infection rates among participants randomized to the active vaccine compared with placebo post unblinding.

    Tuesday, April 6th

    11 AM

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    How cool is that? 10 Applications From Math Class that Highlight the Beauty of Mathematics

    Dennis Runde

    Dennis Runde is in his 31st year of teaching mathematics at State College of Florida in Bradenton. He earned his BS and MS in Mathematics from the Universities of Wisconsin at Platteville and Milwaukee, respectively and his PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida. He is lead author on a Liberal Arts Mathematics textbook and on a series of Algebra for College Students textbooks. Dennis and his wife, Kristin, are the proud parents of three adult sons.

    This presentation will present 10 interesting, and beautiful, topics from the first two years of college mathematics. This presentation will focus on applications from Algebra and Liberal Arts courses.

     

    Tuesday, April 6th

     

    12 PM

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    The Human Side of Mathematics

    Dr. Anthony Piccolino

    Dr. Tony Piccolino is a professor of mathematics at Palm Beach State College since 2009. He also serves as Honors College Faculty Coordinator.  Prior to his tenure at Palm Beach State, he taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in mathematics and mathematics education for 17 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey and served on several dissertation committees.  In addition to his years in higher education, he also served for 25 years as a mathematics teacher and supervisor in public schools in New York State. Tony’s educational background includes an B.S. in mathematics from Iona College, Master’s Degrees from Yeshiva University and Fordham University, and a doctorate in mathematics education from Columbia University (Teachers College).

    The Human Side of Mathematics explores a wide variety of problems and personalities that have shaped the mathematical landscape. Some of the problems are still unsolved and some of the colorful characters

    you will meet prove that mathematicians are real people too!

     

                    

    Tuesday, April 6th

    1 PM

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    The Foundations of Mathematics and Art

    Dr. Lynn Gamwell

    Lynn Gamwell is a lecturer in the history of art, science, and mathematics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is the author of Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History (Princeton, 2018) and Exploding the Invisible: Art, Science, and Spiritual (Princeton, 2020).

    This lecture will present David Hilbert’s The Foundation of Geometry (1899) and the art styles it inspired, including Russian Constructivism, Polish Unism, Swiss Concrete Art, Japanese Mono Ha, and several more.

    Tuesday, April 6th

    2 PM

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    Wednesday April 7th, 2021

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    Career Panel of Community Professionals

    David Jenks-Career Center Manger, Palm Beach Gardens Campus

    Panel Moderator
    David has worked almost 20 years in college career development.  Mr. Jenks has been with PBSC since Fall 2017 and has also worked at the FAU and UCF Career Centers.  His previous career was sales and marketing in the finance and travel industries.

     

    Dr. Eva Suarez

    Panelist

    Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Suarez made studying her passion. Dr. Suarez has degrees in Chemistry, Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Civil/Environmental Engineering, yes 5 degrees!

    Dr. Suarez Worked at Pratt & Whitney for 17 years, and taught while working as an adjunct. Two and a half years ago, she accepted the position of Engineering Technology Department Chair, and since then expanded the ET program to all four campuses.

     

    Camille Zerfas (Next Era Energy)

    Panelist

    I went to North Dakota State University for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in math & economics. I attended graduate school right after because I enjoyed the upper-level math classes and wanted to learn more.  I earned my PhD in computational mathematics from Clemson University in 2019. I am now working for NextEra Energy as a Data Scientist. I’ve had a lot of fun in this role because it’s allowed me to apply my mathematical knowledge to completely different situations and help build data-driven solutions for engineers at NextEra.

     

    Craig Kruempel (GHD)

    Panelist
    Craig has a BS in Biology, and a MS in Coastal Zone Management with an emphasis on marine biology. With more than 35 years of experience, he provides clients with coastal zone resource planning, permitting, and monitoring support. A major part of his responsibilities include working on comprehensive characterization, monitoring, and mitigation program development with an emphasis on natural hardbottom, artificial reefs, and living shorelines.

    During his career, Craig has worked on projects that require a comprehensive understanding of State and Federal coastal resource permitting and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. He has served as principal scientist on numerous field investigations throughout the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the United States. Craig’s recent project experience includes implementation of a comprehensive water quality monitoring program at Port Everglades and support of a marine resource monitoring program in the United Arab Emirates.

    Leanne T. Schmitt

    Panelist

    Ms. Schmitt is a Managing Director and Investment Specialist at Intech. She has been with Intech for 18 years. Ms. Schmitt is responsible for providing investment solutions to current and prospective intermediary relationships.

    Ms. Schmitt earned her MBA in International Business from Keller Graduate School of Business Administration. She earned her BS in Computer Science from Fordham University.

    Ms. Schmitt spent her first seven years at Intech in Portfolio Management where she was responsible for the day-to-day portfolio management and trading process for client portfolios. Prior to joining Intech, Ms. Schmitt worked at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi Prime Finance) Global Prime Brokerage Technology Group located in downtown Manhattan, working on application development for internet/intranet systems and was also head of their Disaster Recovery Team.

    Ms. Schmitt worked in New York City as a web developer for Kiwibox.com and as a teacher’s assistant in the Computer Science Department at Fordham University while earning her undergraduate degree. Ms. Schmitt holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    The Careers in Math Panel is a great way for students to learn about how mathematics is applied in the professional world.  This year’s panel will feature four accomplished professionals from a variety of industries who will share how they use math in their careers.  Students will also have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

    Wednesday, April 7th

    11 AM

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    A boy genius, a witch, a drunk pet moose walk into a bar…

    Anurag Katyal

    Professor Katyal has been teaching Mathematics at PBSC since 2010. Professor Katyal was selected as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning which was piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

    Professor Katyal teaches his courses using an inquiry-based learning format, choosing not to lecture to students but instead engage them in solving math problems on their own at the onset of class sessions.

    Real stories about real mathematicians.

    Wednesday, April 7th

    1 PM

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    The History, Art and Stimulation of Hyperbolic Geometry

    Joseph Pick

    When Professor Pick was young, he viewed math as a collection of cute tricks. “Often, I did not pay attention to why I was able to implement these cute tricks. I just enjoyed playing with cute math tricks. While attending university I learned about the deep theoretical concepts that explained why I was allowed to implement the math tricks of my youth. The proofs of these theoretical concepts contained many wonderful, deep, and ingenious tricks that I added to my “bag of cute math tricks”. After university I worked in industry as a programmer and wrote software for radar systems and hardware simulations. My math background came in handy because the applications that I wrote programs for required a deep understanding of math (calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and Boolean logic). For the last 8 years I have used my experiences with cute math tricks, theoretical math, and industrial applications to make math more meaningful and enjoyable for Palm Beach State College students both in the classroom and during my Math Awareness Week presentations.”

    This presentation explores the historical (and philosophical) implications of Hyperbolic Geometry. A simulation model for Hyperbolic Geometry will be introduced and some of the non-intuitive properties of Hyperbolic Geometry will be illustrated using this simulation model. Examples of Hyperbolic Geometry in various art forms will also be shown.

     

    Wednesday, April 7th

    2 PM

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    Math and Music

    Carrie McDonald

    Professor McDonald is a Mathematics Professor at PBSC.

    She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Minor in Statistics from Florida Atlantic University and she earned a Master of Science in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University. Professor McDonald serves on the College Affordability Task Force and works hard to lower textbook costs (plus more) for PBSC Students.

    Attend this presentation to enjoy learning about some of the intriguing connections between math and music.

    Wednesday, April 7th

    3 PM

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    Thursday, April 8th, 2021

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    What to do with Alexa, math skills, and more

    Bob Anstett

    Robert “BOB” Anstett is the Coordinator for Digital Initiatives for Broward County Libraries. Bob is in charge of the Creation Station at Main Library in Fort Lauderdale as well as Creation Station Business and other creative spaces around the County. Bob likes to say that he “lives in the future” where he gets to work with 3D printing, creative design, hands on maker projects and robotics. He is currently organizing and running a robotics track for the public to learn coding and building robots, as well as a Virtual Reality (VR) track with an Oculus Rift & HTC Vive along with other VR & Augmented Reality (AR) gear such as a Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap available for the public to try out and develop on. Bob works at building connections with the local community and the library, along with fostering cooperation between libraries around the State of Florida and beyond.

    This presentation will talk about how to use Alexa to help with everyday math and beyond. As a bonus you will learn how to create your own Alexa skill to help with studying.

    Thursday, April 8th

    1 PM

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    Baking…it’s as easy as Pi

    Lauren Culligan

    I am currently a student at Palm Beach State College and will be transferring to FAU in the Summer to pursue a degree in Mathematics. Prior to studying at PBSC I was a linguist in the U.S. Air Force. When I am not doing my math homework I enjoy cooking and baking as well as hiking and fishing.

     

    Math and baking go hand in hand. Join me to discuss how fractions, ratios, timing, and temperature all play an important role when creating the perfect cookie.

     

    Thursday, April 8th

    2 PM

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  • Contact Us

    General Questions:

    Lauren Zatto zattol@palmbeachstate.edu

    Elka Ivanova ivanovae@palmbeachstate.edu 

    Art Competition: Gregory Maxwell maxwellg@palmbeachstate.edu

    Math Competition: Ana Porro porroa@palmbeachstate.edu

     

  • Art Competition for PBSC Students

    Submission Deadline: April 9, 2021

    2 Categories for submission:

    Performance Art

    Visual Art

    Rules & Guidelines

    Participants are allowed to submit one piece of art in each of the two categories.

    Artwork must be ORIGINAL.

    Your artwork cannot use more than 30% material from another source. That is, at least 70% of the work must be original.

    Make clear reference to the source of material that you did not create.

    You may submit the work as a collaborative group, but the artwork must be at least 70% produced by the group.

    The artwork CANNOT contain copyrighted, trademarked or service marked materials of any sort.

    Artwork must be at least 60% Mathematical representation.

    You may use any type of Mathematics (Geometry, Algebra, Fractals, etc.)

    Visual Arts Category

    Media allowed includes: Pen, pencil, markers, paints, oils, charcoal, watercolors, canvas, and paper

    Performance Arts Category

    Film or Digital (black/white or color)

    Music, Spoken Word, Dramatic Presentations and Film are all accepted in this category.

    Artwork must be related to the theme "The Art and History of Mathematics".

    Artwork may be submitted by an individual or by a team.

    Artwork should connect to Palm Beach State College.

    Artwork must be at least 60% Mathematical representation.

    Eligibility to enter the Art Competition

    Participant must be currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College.

    Participant must be currently enrolled in at least one course at Palm Beach State College during the Spring 2021 Semester.

    Submit your Performance Art and/or Visual Art

    Deadline: April 9, 2021

  • Guidelines for participating in problem of the day/week

    Each problem will be posted at 12 AM and will be available for submissions for 24 hours starting at 12 AM on Monday April 5

    Each problem will be a mixture of logic and math

    There will monetary prizes, books, graphing calculators

    All winners will be declared by raffle

    You can participate in all problems


    Problem of the day - Thursday


     


    Problem of the Week


     Five friends meet at Duffy’s for happy hour…

    The Nurse who is sipping wine keeps playing with the blood pressure cuffs.

    The guy in the middle has a blue shirt.

    The Detective is drinking scotch.

    The Stockbroker with the white blouse is to the left of the guy holding the blood pressure cuffs.

    To the right of the person holding a tablet is a guy going to the church.

    The Accountant will be going to Publix.

    Next to the guy with the calculator is a person with a purple tie.

    A guy having a shot of tequila is heading home after happy hour.

    The Astronomer is enjoying a margarita and is standing to the right of the person going to church.

    The person with the red jacket is going to the movies.

    Next to the guy having a margarita is a girl with a pink purse.

    The person at the end of the table is showing a telescope.

    The guy with the blue shirt is drinking beer.

    The person with the telescope is next to the person with the calculator.

    The person going to the movies is drinking wine.

     

     

  • Prizes for the Math & Art Competition

    Note: All competition are open to currently enrolled PBSC Students

    Math Competition

    Problems of the Day - $50

    Problem of Week - $25 & Graphing Calculator

    Art Competition – Graphic Art

    1st Place - $125 + Book: Golden Ratio Coloring Book + 120 Color Pencils

    2nd Place - $75 + Book: The Golden Ratio

    3rd Place - $50 + Book: Math Art

    Art Competition – Performance Art

    1st Place - $125

    2nd Place - $75

    3rd Place - $50

    More prizes to come


     

     

    The different ways we use Math

     

     

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