SCF to Host Math Conference Highlighting Arts

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 26, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host the annual joint meetings of the Florida Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Florida Two Year College Mathematics Association (FTYCMA) Feb. 17-18. To highlight the 50th anniversary of the Florida Section of the MAA, this year's conference will focus on showing how art and innovation remain tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – turning STEM into STEAM.

The conference features nationally renowned speakers Ken Ono, a professor of mathematics at Emory University considered to be an expert in the theory of integer partitions and modular forms; and Tim Chartier, vice president of the MAA and a professor of mathematics and computer science at Davidson College, who specializes in sports analytics.

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the conference, which is open to the public. The seminars will be held in Building 9 and at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W.

SCF also will host the premiere of “By the Numbers,” a series of short plays commissioned by the SCF theater and math departments; and Inward Eye, a fine art exhibit that uses geometry and literature to invoke powerful thoughts and emotions in the viewer. “Inward Eye” opened Jan. 20 in the SCF Fine Art Gallery. SCF will host a reception 8-10 p.m. Feb 17, as part of the conference. SCF Theatre will present “By the Numbers” 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, as well as 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26.

For more information, contact Joni Pirnot, SCF professor of mathematics and past president of the Florida Section of the MAA, at or 941-752-5523. To pre-register for the conference, visit


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