By CATHRYN WESTRA
A presentation by a Davidson College math class Friday morning, April 23, will show different ways that mathematical modeling can help nonprofit community groups. The session, from 10:30–11:20 a.m. in Chambers Hall, is open to the public.
Students in the mathematical modeling class of professor Tim Chartier used what they were learning on six real-world community service projects right here in the Town of Davidson, at non-profits including Community School of Davidson, Hinds Feet Farm, Ada Jenkins Center and Davidson Housing Coalition. Students will talk about the six projects in a public poster session. Guests are welcome to look over the work and ask questions of the student presenters.
Students collaborated with staff from the non-profit groups on problems ranging from space planning to student assignment to picking a location for a community service program. Here’s a list of the project topics:
Project Partner: The Ada Jenkins Center
Topic 1: Figure out the optimal space usage/layout of the waiting area including incorporating two offices, receptionist space and phone receptionist space.
Student Team: Tennant Brastow, Sydney Owen, Louisa Williams
Topic 2: Maximize number of parking spaces in the current lot and develop plan for a future lot at the far end of the building for the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.
Community partner: Ada Jenkins Center
Student Team: Christina Blackwood, Val Lee, Greg Macnamara
Topic 3: Determine an optimal space layout for the Loaves \& Fishes Food Pantry for its new location that will include walk in refrigeration units, shelves and storage.
Community partner: Ada Jenkins Center
Student Team: Amanda Flink, Stephen Streb, Taylor Wolff
Project Partner: Community School of Davidson
Topic: Assign students into practicum groups (where each group is capped at a maximum size that may vary from group to group). In particular, students fill out an application giving their top three choices for assignment.
Student Team: Jennings Boley, Elizabeth Krebs, Mali Zhang
Project Partner: Davidson Housing Coalition
Topic: The Davidson Housing Coalition would like a photomosaic of their logo created from many smaller images. The photographs could be ones that you take around Davidson, Lake Norman, and/or ones from the DHC office already has on file.
Student Team: Carter Eggleston, Daniel Martin, and Brian Sachtjen
Project Partner: The Hinds Feet Farm
Topic: Model how many and the best location(s) to place community-based programs for persons living with traumatic and acquired brain injuries – based factors that include:
- Time to drive to location
- Density of traumatic brain injuries/acquired brain injuries population
- Accessibility to community resources (such as things to do in the community – parks, malls, theaters, etc)
- Proximity to local colleges/universities (for volunteers/interns)
- Proximity to existing local brain injury support groups
- Proximity to out-patient therapy services
Student Team: Alex Griswold, Annie Temmink, Lake Trask
Students working on these projects really know their stuff. Earlier this year three of the student teams competed in the International Mathematical Modeling contest and received meritorious distinction. This means that of the 2,254 teams competing from 14 different countries the Davidson team projects were recognized as being in the top 20 percent overall. Two other teams from Davidson received honorable mention, which meant they were in the top 44 percent.
Friday’s event will be a great chance to learn more about what is going on in your local non-profit organizations from a fun, mathematical perspective. Come connect with your community, support Davidson students and stimulate your mind a bit with Dr. Chartier and his Mathematical Modeling Class.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The poster session will be outside the Math Department offices, on the third floor/north wing of Chambers Hall, the large domed building at the center of the campus. See a map here: Davidson Campus Map Chambers is building number 54.