Truman Mathematical Biology Students Attend MathFest 2007, Win Award

Three mathematics students in Truman’s “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology” program attended the Mathematical Association of America’s annual MathFest in San Jose, Calif.
Tracey Blasingame, a junior from Belvidere, Ill.; Bryan Hartwig, a junior from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Josh Kelly, a senior from House Springs, Mo.; attended the national conference after attending the Society for Mathematical Biology’s annual conference.

Kelly gave a presentation titled “Vocal Identification of Free-flying Bats” in which described some research results he’s obtained while involved in Truman’s Mathematical Biology program. He presented his work as one of the many undergraduate researchers at the conference. It’s worth noting that this year was the 20th anniversary of the undergraduate presentation sessions at MAA meetings. The first year of those presentations involved four undergraduate students from four different universities. Three students were from “high profile” schools, and one was from a sleeper school known, at the time, as Northeast Missouri State University. That school, of course, is now known as Truman State University. 

Given the history of the undergraduate presentation sessions at this meeting, it is only appropriate that Kelly should be one of students whose presentation was recognized as one of the few Outstanding Undergraduate Research Presentations by the MAA at the conference.

This material is the result of work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematics program under Grant No. 0436348, “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology.” Information about Truman’s Mathematical Biology program can be found online at and by contacting Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics.
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