## Events & News

**Mathematical Musings and Munchings (MM&M's)**are generally held each month (during the fall and spring semesters) in Hitch Science Building from 10:00-10:50 AM. Different topics related to mathematics and computer science are presented. Convocation credit is given and refreshments served.**The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Contest:**A fun and serious way to learn programming through an intense contest. Practice sessions beginning soon.**Mathematical Modeling Contest:**A contest for those interested in mathematical modeling. Practice sessions are available for those interested.

##### Mathematical Musings & Munchings

**Dr. Ryan Fox, Mathematics, will present:**

*How I Won on Jeopardy Using Math"*##### Science Undergraduate Research Symposium

###### December 1, 2014

Keynote Address 4:00 PM

Student Presentations 12:00 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 - 10:00 PM

##### Students and Faculty present at MAA conference

Nine students and six faculty members attended the 2014 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southeastern section meeting at Tennesse Tech in Cookeville, TN. The Southeastern section of the MAA advances the mathematical sciences within the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Angela Gaetano gave a presentation on "The Impact of Censoring on Estimator of Slope Parameter in a Simple Regression Model" and Annie Brunelle gave a presentation on "Brownian Motion and Probability Simulations." Both students are mathematics majors.

Mathematics faculty were also involved in the conference. Dr. Andy Miller completed his three-year term as Tennessee state director and gave a presentation on "Real World Projects, Real World Writing." Dr. Robin Lovgren gave a presentation on "Herding Cats -- Using Attendance App to Learn Names and Keep Up with Your Students." Dr. Mike Pinter spoke on "Ideas for Ending a Course Effectively." Mrs. Kay Geving presented her work titled "College Algebra Course Redesign." Dr. Sarah Ann Fleming gave a presentation in the Graduate Student Workshop on "Job Application Materials."

Mathematics majors Max Shenfield, Jackson Streeter, Annie Brunelle, and So "Sara" Chung competed in the the Math Jeopardy tournament.

##### Mathematical Association of America President Visits Belmont

Dr. Francis Su, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, spoke during the University's Chapel Service on April 7th. The title of his talk was "Grace in Learning and Teaching." Dr. Su's Math Fun Facts website receives over a million hits each year. While Su was at Belmont, he also met with Mathematics and Computer Science faculty and student members of the Belmont MAA/ACM student chapter.

Established in 1915, the Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and many others in academia, government, business, and industry.

##### Origami Expert Shows Students Math/Art Connection

Belmont students had the opportunity to learn about the art of paper folding when origami expert **Malachi Brown** spoke to students about the connections between art, mathematics, and engineering.

The "Mathematical Musings and Munchings" event, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, allowed students to see how modern origami design techniques use math to facilitate art and explore forms of plane geometry with their own hands. Brown also spoke about the practical applications of origami. Brown frequently teaches origami to students of all ages and finds joy in passing on the creative spark and passion for shaping paper into objects of wonder and beauty.