As part of ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the future – join us to celebrate Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler’s 300th birthday. We will count vertices, edges, faces, eat cake and think about pi. This afternoon includes special guest speakers. Be there or be square!
Sam Vandervelde received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in June 2004, and is currently coordinating the Mandelbrot math competition, organizing a math circle at Stanford, and launching a program for middle school math teachers. His mathematical interests include algebraic number theory, graph theory, L-functions, and Mahler measure. He resumed his graduate studies after a five year stint teaching mathematics at a private boys school in Boston for grades seven through twelve.
Not surprisingly, Dr. Vandervelde loved taking math contests while in high school and college. He is proud of winning ARML his senior year while attending Amherst County High School, as well as being selected for the 1989 IMO team, which took 5th place in West Germany later that summer.
We will also have hands-on activities provided by a member of the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute.
2:00 pm welcome by the Exploratorium, swissnex and the Consulate General of Switzerland.
2:10 pm Dr. Sam Vandervelde, Coordinator of the Mandelbrot math competition and host of the Stanford University’s math circle
3.00 pm Q&A, networking reception
“Think Swiss – Brainstorm the future” is a US wide program on Education, Research and Innovation for 2007. It aims to highlight and showcase Switzerland as a global, knowledge-based country full of talent, high-tech opportunities and creativity – crucial assets to secure a sustainable quality of life for future generations. Its goal is to foster an even stronger network of long-term relations in education, research and innovation between the United States and Switzerland.
The program focuses on the exchange of expertise and know-how in academia and the high-tech business community in Switzerland and the United States. The Consulate of Switzerland, SHARE in Boston, its sister office swissnex in San Francisco and the Office of Science, Technology and Higher Education (OSTHE) at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. are the leading houses of the program and organize in cooperation with the other Swiss General Consulates and other institutions in the USA numerous events, workshops and exhibitions with a target audience being academia, high tech businesses, administrations and NGOs.