Dr. Neil J.A. Sloane and Dr. Kirk Barrett to Present at Florham Science Scholars Symposium

The Florham Science Scholars Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 4:30-8 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion, FDU’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ.

The event is free and open to the public. Two special presentations are part of this symposium:

“How Can Science Help Inform Environmental decision-Making in the Passaic River Watershed?”Dr Kirk Barrett will address this topic at 5 p.m. as part of the Florham Science Scholars Symposium.

He is the director of the newly established Passaic River Institute for Environmental Research and Education at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Prior to being named PRI director, Dr. Barrett served for five years as the research director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute of Rutgers University.

He holds a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University and is a registered professional engineering and certified professional wetland scientist. He serves on the Environmental Commission of Essex County.

“Some Recent Acquisitions in the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences” is the topic for Dr. Neil J.A. Sloane, AT&T Shannon Labs, Florham Park, New Jersey. He will speak at 6:30 p.m.

The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) (http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences) is a database of number sequences that enables users to check if a sequence that has arisen in their work has been studied by others. It has been called one of the most useful mathematical sites on the Internet. The OEIS now contains nearly 100,000 sequences and gets more than 20,000 hits per day. More than ten thousand new sequences were added in the past year.

Neil J.A. Sloane grew up in Australia and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1969 and is now at AT&T Shannon Labs in Florham Park, NJ. Dr. Sloane has co-authored more than 10 books on such diverse subjects as integer sequences and rock climbing.

Additionally, the prolific Dr. Sloane has authored 279 publications, which include papers on coding theory, spherical codes and designs, lattices and quadratic forms, packing in Grassmanian spaces, combinatorics, cryptography, and integer sequences. Dr. Sloane was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.

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