Math with the Simpsons

Dr. Sarah Greenwald – Math Morsels from the Simpsons to Futurama

October 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Gibbs Auditorium, SMC Campus
1000 Powell Mill Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Lori Merck
Dr. Sarah Greenwald - Math Morsels from the Simpsons to Futurama @ Gibbs Auditorium, SMC Campus | Spartanburg | South Carolina | United States

“The Simpsons” is an award-winning global pop culture phenomenon.  But did you know that “The Simpsons” also contains over one hundred mathematical moments, with material ranging from arithmetic to calculus to Riemannian geometry?  There’s even a resident mathematician/inventor, Professor Frink.  Join us as we present some of our favorite mathematical excerpts from “The Simpsons,” and explore the related mathematical content, accuracy and pedagogical value.

Greenwald is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a Women’s Studies core faculty member at Appalachian State University in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina. She is the winner of a 2005 MAA Alder Award for distinguished teaching, the 2010 Appalachian State University Wayne D. Duncan Award for Excellence in Teaching in General Education, and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2010 she was inducted into the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
She has co-edited the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society, which was named a “Best Reference 2011” by Library Journal. Dr. Greenwald received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and B.S. in math from the Department of Mathematics at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Dr. Greenwald will be on campus ALL DAY Monday. Please join her for an informal lunch in the Fireplace Room in the cafeteria at 12 pm. SMC Professor of Spanish Lori Merck plans to tour campus with Dr. Greenwald in the early afternoon. Should you wish to meet with her individually for a chat, teaching discussion or workshop in the afternoon, please let Ms. Merck know.