Michigan + Math + Africa

Exploring how math changes lives in Africa – a University of Michigan experience

Searching for Uncle Gregor

As a boy growing up in Germany, Werner Varnhorn loved to listen to stories about his Great Uncle Gregor, who served as a Roman Catholic missionary in a faraway land … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Trolling for tips

Although he’s a doctoral student in physics, Nfor Oma Nkeh sat in on an Italian professor’s lecture about financial mathematics. The Cameroonian graduate student wasn’t thinking about changing his field … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cameroon – Africa in miniature

Slightly larger than California, Cameroon lies at the crossroads of West and Central Africa. Geographically, it’s got it all: rainforests, mountains, deserts and an Atlantic coastline. The country has been … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

University of Buea

The conference’s setting is the lush campus of the University of Buea (pronounced boy-ah) at the foot of Mt. Cameroon, the tallest mountain in West Africa. Created in 1986, the … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

An African airport

The ceiling in the arrival hall at the Douala International Airport must be one of the funkiest in the world. The airport is about an hour an a half away … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

No pidgin, please

  English and French are the official languages of Cameroon, but English is only spoken in two of the nation’s 10 provinces. Many people speak pidgin, a mix of English … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The power of a conference

Since he was a graduate student, Nkem Khumbah has been trying to think of ways to use his expertise in mathematics to serve Africa. He considered teaching in Africa, but … Continue reading

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