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Brian Sulkow

Brian is a doctoral candidate in the mathematics department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research explores connections between mathematics and physics. More specifically he approaches problems in physics from the perspectives of an analyst and sometimes an algebraic topologist.

Brian expects to receive his Ph.D. in the spring of 2012. He is currently a GK-12 graduate teaching fellow, who works at Thurgood Marshall Academy and East Bronx Academy for the Future. Brian has developed a course entitled "Mathematics for Art and Design" for high school students. The course aims to make them aware of the mathematics that is frequently embedded in works of art. Topics include the algebra of Islamic art, and the algebra of the Rubik's Cube. For assessments, students are asked to create their own artwork with prescribed mathematics embedded in it. The CUNY College Now Program has offered his course in two New York City high schools, and at Lehman College where it was offered for college credit to students in the College Now program.

Currently, Brian is developing a new course on the mathematics of decision making for high school students. It offers students strategies for communication, decision making, debate, and conflict resolution. The problems students encounter allow them to make critical decisions while assuming a variety of roles including: army generals, marriage counselors, humble hot dog vendors, and hostage negotiators. Brian projects that the course will be available to distribute by July 2011.