Mathematics Conference Held at Catawba
March 23, 2012
On March 3, Catawba College hosted CAT-RUM-2012, a regional undergraduate mathematics conference, sponsored in part by the Mathematics Association of America and the National Science Foundation [DMS-0846477].
Catawba College Mathematics Professor, Dr. Paul Baker, served as the conference director for the second year. Math and science undergraduates from area colleges and universities came both to present their mathematical research and to hear about research at other schools.
Dr. Thierry Zell, chairman of the department of mathematics and computer science at Lenoir-Rhyne University, was the conference's keynote speaker. His talk, How to Make $1 Million using Mathematics, playfully examined one of the difficult, unsolved areas of mathematics today. Dr. Baker also gave a short talk on applying topology, an area of mathematics not usually studied by undergraduate mathematics majors.