Dr. Toke Knudsen presents paper at Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Toke Knudsen, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, presented a paper, entitled “Medieval India’s Solution to the Pell Equation as a Classroom Project,” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, GA, January 4-7, 2017.

The talk was on a classroom module, entitled The Pell equation in Indian Mathematics, which Dr. Knudsen and Dr. Keith Jones (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, SUNY Oneonta) developed as project writers for the successful NSF grant TRIUMPHS (Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources; see http://webpages.ursinus.edu/nscoville/TRIUMPHS.html for more information). The project focuses on how to solve quadratic indeterminate equations in integers by examining original sources on how this was done in medieval India. The talk outlined the work on building the module as well as a report on how the module was tested in a Number Theory course (MATH 309) at SUNY Oneonta in Fall 2016.

As the Program Coordinator for the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA’s) Special Interest Group for History of Mathematics (HOM SIGMAA), Dr. Knudsen also organized HOM SIGMAA’s reception, business meeting, and guest lecture (given by Dr. Glen Van Brummelen, Quest University) on January 4.

Furthermore, Dr. Knudsen and Dr. Lawrence D’Antonio (Ramapo College) organized a session at the conference, entitled MAA Session on Preserving and Writing the History of Mathematics Departments. The session, which had 12 speakers, ran on January 6. Focusing on writing and preserving the history of local mathematics departments, the session featured both methodological talks as well as reports on specific undertakings to write a departmental history. The session was successful and received good and positive comments and feedback.

The Joint Mathematics Meetings is the largest and most prestigious mathematics conference in the United States.

Register Now for the Campus Community Heart Risk Screening–Feb 7, 2017

The EAP Committee and Bassett Healthcare have teamed up to offer free Heart Risk Screenings on February 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You MUST register ahead of time to take advantage of this opportunity.  The twenty 15-minute slots that are available go very quickly.  So call Laura Emmett at x3114 to register as soon as possible.

Ginny Barton, R.N., of the Community Heart Program at Bassett Healthcare will do the following: blood pressure check, body mass index, carbon monoxide check (for smokers only), cholesterol and glucose check, and provide you with a heart risk score. This event will take place in Morris Conference Center Room 128.

Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a duffle bag.