girls and the golden ratio
Corinne Casolara and Jamie Thornton work with a math camp student. Photo courtesy of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
In June, the Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted a free, five-day summer math camp for 7th and 8th grade girls. “Math to Excite: Creating Interest, Confidence and Awareness about Mathematics Among Young Women” consisted of daily lessons taught by K-12 teachers and faculty from MSU. Undergraduate math majors and faculty members served as mentors. Participants worked on individual projects throughout the camp, culminating in a poster presentation on the final day. Topics at the camp included the use of symmetry and the Golden Ratio in painting and photography, cartography, planetary movements, and exploration between mathematics and music. The camp also featured visits from women who have made mathematics a central part of their careers. Excerpted from MSU News
Provost’s Excellence in Outreach Award Duane Griffith, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and Extension farm management specialist, was selected as a 2011 recipient of MSU’s Provost’s Excellence in Outreach Award. Griffith made significant contributions to the Montana agriculture community by developing easily accessible analytical software for assessing average crop revenue election (ACRE)—part of the 2008 Farm Bill available to farmers in 2009. He also conducted workshops to help farmers understand the software and this very complex farm program. The ACRE decision tool and accompanying programs have been worth many millions of dollars to farmers and ranchers throughout Montana. He has also played a lead role in developing the nationally acclaimed “Ag in Uncertain Times” webinar-based Extension program. Excerpted from MSU News
The College of Letters and Science annual magazine. This issue is titled "Learning in the Last Best Place."