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Math Awareness Month brings sports into the equation

The New Mexico State University Department of Mathematical Sciences will hold a panel discussion on "Mathematics and Sports (and Money)" for Mathematics Awareness Month this year.


The panel and brief presentations will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 in the Science Hall Room 107. It will feature two NMSU professors and a White Sands Missile Range researcher.

Jim Peach, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor of economics and international business at NMSU. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Texas Longhorns. He has taught both mathematical economics and sports economics. Talk: Matrix inversion, super bowls, and super stadiums: Assessing the economic impact of sports.

Robert Smits, Ph.D., is a Fulbright scholar and an associate professor of mathematics. He was raised on five-time national champion Cornhusker football and did his undergraduate work at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He regularly teaches classes on statistics and analysis at NMSU. Talk: Sticky Wickets: How did cricket averages lead to important discoveries in mathematics and what can statistics say about humidifying baseballs?

Philipp A. Djang, Ph.D., is a senior operations research analyst at the Army Research Labs, White Sands Missile Range. He is an avid masters competitive swimmer and currently holds several masters world records. Talk: Optimizing relays: What is the best way to organize a relay team? Can a math-based approach help coaches?

Mathematics Professor Ross Staffeldt will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Staffeldt at (575) 646-2030.