A distinguished speaker from the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of
America (MAA) will discuss the complex mathematics behind several everyday situations
at a Trine University presentation on Nov. 18.
Rick Gillman, Ph.D., retired senior research professor and past associate provost
at Valparaiso University, will discuss “Everyday Questions; Not-so-everyday math”
beginning at 4 p.m. in Best Hall 229. A reception will follow.
The event, hosted by the Trine University Math Club, is free and open to the public.
The talk explores three undergraduate research projects that arose out of asking mathematical
questions about problems the average person might encounter. While the problems are
simple — constructing a wooden arch, forming small groups in the classroom and walking
home from school — the mathematics is interesting, accessible but challenging, and
full of learning opportunities.
Gillman has taught at Valparaiso since the 1980s, when he was hired as an assistant
professor. His positive influence on the mathematics community quickly extended beyond
the university to the regional, state and national levels. In the 1990s, he worked
on projects aimed at constituencies such as high school students, high school teachers,
underrepresented minorities in the mathematical sciences, and women in mathematics,
ranging from external workshops and minicamps to new internal general education courses
on conceptual calculus and game theory.
By the new millennium, Gillman had made a name for himself as an expert in quantitative
literacy. He shared his knowledge of the subject through presentations, organizing
numerous contributed paper sessions and conducting mini-courses on “A Game Theory
Path to Quantitative Literacy.”
The MAA honored Gillman with its Meritorious Service Award in 2019.
Last Updated: 11/05/2021