Who We Are

Whether you’re setting up the logistics for a company, analyzing political polls, animating Pixar movies, or combating disease, high-level mathematics is at the heart of many creative and analytical endeavors alike. We offer concentrations in statistics, theoretical and applied mathematics, as well as teacher licensure, to prepare students for careers in finance, government, research, technology, multimedia, education, and more. Our classes are intentionally small so faculty can give students individualized attention, and students are welcome to meet with professors whenever they’re available.

What You’ll Learn

Math is fundamental to many disciplines and modern professions. Our math majors gain a strong foundation in mathematical concepts and learn data analysis, pattern recognition, communication skills, and problem-solving. Students can promote math literacy through the Asheville Initiative for Math and Science Olympiad for grades K-12, or you can join our active chapters of the Association for Women in Math and the Mathematical Association of America. Our Math Lab offers tutoring and a relaxed, quiet study space for students of all majors.

North Carolina State Dinner of the Mathematical Association of America
Friday, September 27, 2019 | UNC Asheville Wilma M. Sherrill Center

The evening will feature poster presentations from selected undergraduate students from North Carolina universities and a talk by Jane Hawkins, professor emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill and treasurer of the American Mathematical Society.

Tickets are available for $25.50 and must be purchased here in advance. Ticket sales will end at 12 a.m. on Sunday, September 15.

Event Agenda

5:15 p.m. Registration opens at the entrance to the Sherrill Center
Rocky’s Doghouse

5:30 p.m. Student Poster Session with light hors d’oeuvres
Kimmel Arena Concourse

6:30 p.m. Dinner
Ingles Mountain View Room and Arby’s Scholarship Deck

7:15 p.m. Entropy and the Genome, a talk by Jane Hawkins
Ingles Mountain View Room

The entropy of a dynamical system is a measure of its complexity, which in turn reflects how its evolution over time seems to exhibit randomness. We discuss its origins as Shannon entropy, developed by Claude Shannon as a way of measuring uncertainty in strings of text and sometimes called information theory. A modern application is to use entropy to help classify and understand the evolution of some common viruses. The papilloma virus (PV) infects animals from birds, rabbits and cats to cattle, horses and humans. There are many different types of PV and while they all have some negative health effects, only a few are deadly. We discuss how entropy helps to solve the huge classification problem for PVs to better understand their evolution in order to eradicate the worst types

For more information, please contact:
Sheryl Donaldson
UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics
828.251.6556 | sdonalds@unca.edu