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President’s Colleagues to host presentation on math’s impact

For the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University meeting in November, Dr. Donald R. Snow will present on “The Unrecognized Effects of Mathematics in our Lives.”

The meeting is scheduled at noon on Nov. 6 in Lecture Hall 156 of Dixie State’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 East Medical Center Drive. The gathering is free and open for the public to attend.

At the meeting, Dr. Donald R. Snow will speak on the way mathematics are used behind the scenes in our lives. He will discuss examples of this and will also consider questions like “Why do we have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 360 degrees around a circle?” Very minimal mathematics knowledge is required to understand the discussion.

Snow retired from BYU as a professor of mathematics. Snow’s father, Eldon, was in the first graduating class of Dixie College. He is now a snowbird, moving between Provo and St. George, teaching and writing about family history. Snow also performs in accordion concerts of big band/swing era music at senior citizen locations.

Snow earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from the University of Utah and master’s degrees in the same subjects from Stanford. His Ph.D. in Mathematics is also from Stanford. He taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado and Brigham Young University and had sabbatical leave research appointments at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and at Imperial College in London, England.

He and his family spent six months in Lima, Peru where he was on a Fulbright Appointment teaching graduate mathematics courses at two universities there. They lived in several foreign countries, both for mathematics and church assignments.

For the next President’s Colleagues meeting, Dr. Larry Wimmer will present “The Dismal Science Revisited: What Economists ‘Think’ They Know and are Sure They Don’t Know.” at noon on Dec. 4 in the Zion Room on the 5th floor of the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building.