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Departments of Theater Arts, Mathematics Partner for Unique HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiative

Morgan State University today announced a new partnership with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to foster HIV/AIDS awareness and education in Northeast Baltimore. The partnership, a branch of the National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP), will give MSU students interdisciplinary experience between the arts and mathematics in developing stage plays that educate viewers about the research and design of vaccinations for HIV/AIDS.

The six week program will be held within Morgan’s Departments of Mathematics and Theatre Arts beginning June 10, 2013. Sudani Rose (Mathematics Senior), Eirin Stevenson (Theatre Arts Junior), and Brian Jamal Marshall (Theatre Arts Sophomore) will develop “Random Matrices, HIV/AIDS and Theatre:  Putting the Arts in STEM,” the working title of a project on random matrices research that will lead to script concepts and drafts for future development.

The grant was awarded to Dr. Asamoah Nkwanta, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts.

“I am excited about this grant and hope that it will be just the beginning of a movement from STEM to STEAM–using the ARTS as a vehicle by which to generate interest, educate, and retain valuable instruction,” says Professor Dunlap.