Applications of Math and Science Presented to Upward Bound Scholars by Branan and Bencloski

Posted on 11/30/2009 1:39:24 PM

Dr. Yvonne Branan, assistant professor for the Department of Geoscience, and Dr. Joseph Bencloski, professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, enriched Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) participants with a demonstration in Math and Science application exercises at their monthly Saturday Academy on the IUP main campus.

Dr. Branan, a Marion Center High School graduate who received her Ph.D. from Michigan Technology University in Volcanology, presented a demonstration exercise on “Modeling Deep Water Flow of the Atlantic and Mediterranean” at the October 31, 2009, academy; while Dr. Bencloski, who received his Ph.D. from Penn State University, presented a demonstration exercise titled “Up Close from Space: Using Satellite Images to Understand Earth’s Surface” on November 21, 2009.

These presentations have been instrumental in showing the UBMS participants from local high schools how math and science is applied in everyday life and in different careers that the students may not have been exposed to date.

The UBMS program is actively looking for volunteer presenters from faculty members in any department who can address math- and science-based topics during Spring 2010. If interested, please contact Dr. Calvin Masilela, director of IUP TRiO Programs, at 724-357-3033 or via e-mail at