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Catawba College to Host Mathematical Association of America Dinner

March 10, 2008

Category: Events, Mathematics

MAA State Dinner FlyerThe Catawba College Mathematics Department will host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) State Dinner from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008 in the Center for the Environment on campus.

Dr. Sol Garfunkel will be the guest speaker for the event and will speak about "Math is Everywhere, Math is More, and the Fafuffnik-Chaim Yankel Effect."                                

Dr. Garfunkel revolutionized colleges' and universities' approaches to teaching mathematics to students with non-scientific majors with the creation of the television series "For All Practical Purposes." The textbook with the same name was the first widely accepted text in the now burgeoning field of Mathematics for the Liberal Arts. 

For almost three decades, Dr. Garfunkel has served as Executive Director of COMAP, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve mathematics education for students of all ages. As one of the major driving forces behind mathematics curriculum design, he has guided COMAP to develop extensive high-quality "instructional resources for innovative educators." COMAP resources include CD-ROMs, periodicals, textbooks, videos, DVDs, MCM/ICM and HiMCM contests and numerous projects for elementary schools, high schools and undergraduate institutions. COMAP's television series "Against All Odds" has helped open up the study of statistics for the general student. In the television series, "Algebra: In Simplest Terms," Dr. Garfunkel, who serves as host, explains how algebra is used for solving real-world problems and clearly explains concepts that may baffle many students.

The cost to attend the MAA Dinner is $10.00 per student and $15.00 for faculty. For directions and event information please visit