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RIC Hosts New England Math Conference for First Time

Mary Sullivan, director of STEM Center at Rhode Island College and RIC professor of mathematics

Mary Sullivan, director of STEM Center at Rhode Island College and RIC professor of mathematics

Rhode Island College has been invited to host the annual New England Math Conference for K-12 teachers, which will be held this Saturday (March 16).

Boston College has hosted the conference for the past 11 years, as a way to share information with math teachers throughout the region. But this year, the STEM Center at Rhode Island College was invited to host the event.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alger Hall and will focus on the topic of problem solving using discrete mathematics.

The keynote will be delivered by Joseph Malkevitch, professor emeritus of York College (CUNY) and adjunct professor of Teachers College (Columbia University).

Mary Sullivan, director of STEM and RIC professor of mathematics, said Malkevitch will highlight the way in which legal issues are resolved using discrete mathematics.

Discrete mathematics has been a topic of ongoing research by STEM, and a math method that has increased in usage over the latter half of the 20th century, partly due to the development of digital computers that operate in discrete steps and that store data in discrete bits.

Concepts in discrete mathematics are used in working out computer algorithm problems, programming languages, cryptography, automated theorem proving and software development.

Conference sessions will address real-world problem solving and core content at each of the grade levels: elementary, middle school and secondary.

The event is sponsored by Rhode Island College, Boston College, Rutgers University’s Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics and the Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association.

Complete information is available on the STEM website at http://www.ric.edu/stemcenter.