Area SUNY Potsdam Students Study Ancient Mathematics in Mexico

POTSDAM, NY – Students and faculty from SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Mathematics recently journeyed to Mexico for an intensive Winterim travel course delving into the origins of math.

Led by Dr. Cheryl Miller and Dr. Blair Madore, 11 students studied ancient mathematics and learned about Mexican culture while taking part in hands-on activities and field trips, from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15.

The students included:

Senna Handley, a graduate of Oswego High School from Oswego, who is majoring in archaeological studies at SUNY Potsdam.

Mark Sobierajski, a graduate of Cato-Meridian High School from Cato, who is majoring in computer science, with a minor in mathematics at SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam’s partners at the Universidad Autnoma del Estado de Hidalgo provided vital support for the trip.

One highlight of the visit was a meeting with U.S. Embassy officials, Stephany Syptak-Ramnath and Areceli Partearroyo. The group also met with staff in the State University of New York’s Office for Latin America.

The group visited multiple archaeological sites, dating from the Toltec to the Aztec Empire, as well as the Museum of Anthropology. The whirlwind trip also included stops in Mexico City and El Chico National Park.

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