MathFest conference comes to Troy University's Montgomery Campus on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 22 February 2012

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's MathFest 2012 will be held at the University's Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium on the Montgomery Campus on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"This is the only math conference in the state of Alabama dedicated primarily to undergraduate mathematics students and their work, and it is one of only a few in the southeast," said Dr. Vijaya Gompa, professor and department chair in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University's Dothan Campus. "It is growing each year, and the goal is to make this something that students around the state and beyond will look forward to."

Made possible by Troy University funding and a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), TROY MathFest, created in 2004, allows students from around the region to gather to take part in presentations and discussions covering all areas of mathematics.

At this year's conference, lectures by Michael Starbird will be available to both students and faculty. Starbird will speak on "Inquiry-Based Learning: Mathematics and Beyond," in a presentation for faculty, and he will lecture to both student and faculty on the "The Fourth Dimension."

Starbird is a professor of mathematics and a university distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas. He received his bachelor's degree from Pomona College and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, Starbird has taken leaves as a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; a visiting associate professor at the University of California San Diego; and a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Starbird's mathematical research is in the field of topology. He recently served as a member-at-large of the Council of the American Mathematical Society and on the national education committees of both the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America where he consistently promotes the significant role that mathematics can play in the general education of students. He has given more than 150 invited lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country and more than 20 mini-courses and workshops to mathematics teachers.