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All photographs are courtesy of Texas A&M mathematician J.D. Kim.

COLLEGE STATION --

Texas A&M University is getting a jump on all things spring, kicking off local festivities to recognize the importance of mathematics and statistics more than a month ahead of national schedule with its 15th annual Texas A&M Mathematics and Statistics Fair, set for Saturday, February 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the John R. Blocker Building.

For the second consecutive year, the longstanding event will feature the inclusion of statistics in keeping with April's more broadly focused Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, says Texas A&M mathematician and event coordinator Tamara Carter. Co-hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics and the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, the Math and Stat Fair is the annual highlight of an expanded series of spring outreach events designed to increase public understanding of and appreciation for both disciplines.

"Professionals with strong quantitative, problem-solving and 3D visualization skills are in great demand," said Dr. Emil J. Straube, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. "What better way to foster the interests of young kids than to bring them to campus and show them that all this serious-sounding stuff is also fun!"

Free and open to all ages, the fair that helps put the fun in fundamental will feature mentored problem-solving, games, mathematical arts and crafts, card tricks and lectures. All activities will be held on the first and second floors of Blocker.

In keeping with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival Organization format adopted for the 2016 fair, Carter says all participants will receive a raffle ticket when they solve a problem, complete an art project or just make a significant step in a solution. The more tickets they accumulate, the better their chance of receiving a prize, with the overall goal being that they are simultaneously thinking about the problem and hoping to improve their odds.

At 11 a.m., Texas A&M mathematician Boris Hanin will deliver a public lecture, "Paradoxes in Probability and Statistics," which will be followed by a prize raffle and closing remarks at noon. The event will conclude with advanced lectures at 2 p.m.

Free parking is available in Lots 50 and 51 on the northeast side of the Texas A&M campus, while paid visitor parking also can be found in the Northside Garage adjacent to the Blocker Building.

Sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM), Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month began in 1986 when then-United States President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation establishing National Mathematics Awareness Week. Activities generally are organized on local, state and regional levels by college and university departments, institutional public information offices, student groups, and related associations and interest groups.

The JPBM is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

For registration information and other details about the Texas A&M Mathematics and Statistics Fair and Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/outreach/mam/.

To learn more about Texas A&M Mathematics, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/.

For more information about Texas A&M Statistics, go to http://www.stat.tamu.edu/.

-aTm-

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Tamara Carter, (979) 862-4306 or tcarter@math.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

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