Program for Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day

Plese come to Kemeny Hall Room 008

9:30 - 10:00

Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15

A "Welcome" by the organizers, followed by a short biographical sketch of Sonia Kovalevsky

10:15 - 11:15

Workshop: Nature and Numbers: Exploring the Fibonacci Sequence

Abstract: This hands on exploration of the Fibonacci sequence will begin in nature, using counting to analyze the spiraling patterns found in plants. It turns out, these spirals are intimately tied to the Fibonacci numbers. Then we will apply mathematical tools to study more patterns occurring in Fibonacci sequence including deriving the golden ratio for ourselves and further puzzles involving the Fibonacci sequence. The mathematical results will give us insight into why the ocurrence of Fibonacci numbers in nature may not be so mysterious.

Graduate Leaders:

Emma Jean Chiappeta and Eva Infeld

Undergraduate Leaders:

Alexandra Xanthe Kraft and Erin Weldon

11:15 - 12:15

Plenary Lecture: Dorothy Wallace

The Mathematics of Cancer

12:15 - 1:15

Buffet Lunch

1:15 - 2:15

Workshop: On Your Side: Unravelling Mysteries of the Mobius Strip

Abstract: If you take a strip of paper, twist it, and tape the ends together, you get a Mobius strip. In this workshop, we'll be exploring some properties of the Mobius strip and similar objects. Using paper and scissors to make our own Mobius strips, we will experiment, test out theories, answer questions, and ultimately unravel the mystery of this object.

Graduate Leaders:

Kassie Archer and Kate Moore

Undergraduate Leaders:

Laura Bergsten

2:15 - 3:15

Panel Discussion: Why study Math?

Undergraduate: Laura Bergsten and Jane Karpis

Graduate: Jenny Harnish, Sarah Wolff and Katie Kinnaird

Postdoc: Olivia Prosper

Professor: Carolyn Gordon

3:15 - 3:30

Closing and Evaluations