Curtis Center Hosts Julia Robinson Math Festival
On April 23, UCLA Mathematics' Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching, and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) hosted 270 Los Angeles-area middle and high students for the first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival held in Southern California. UCLA math faculty, graduate students, IPAM visiting researchers, high school instructors and local puzzle masters guided students as they tested their skills and learned new math topics through activity stations. The event also featured a talk by UCLA mathematics professor Joseph Teran, who discussed the role of math in creating visual effects for movies, video games and virtual surgery simulations. UCLA math alumna Peggy Otsubo represented the event's corporate sponsor and spoke to students on how mathematics is used at Northrop Grumman. Major funding was also provided by Nancy and Nelson Blachman through the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley.