Mathematician Dr. Christine Ruey Shan Lee shares insights on knot theory at St. Bernard

Math instructor Fr. Dominic Lee welcomes Dr. Christine Ruey Shan Lee to St. Bernard. (St. Bernard)

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Bernard Preparatory School welcomed mathematician Dr. Christine Ruey Shan Lee on Thursday, March 7, as she delved into the fascinating realm of knot theory with students. Lee, who holds a doctorate in mathematics from Michigan State University, brought her wealth of expertise and passion for the subject.

Knot theory, a lesser-known yet captivating field of mathematics, captivated the audience as Lee skillfully unraveled its complexities. Drawing from her extensive research background, she illuminated the practical applications and theoretical underpinnings of the theory.

In a thought-provoking reflection, Lee highlighted the profound impact of mathematics on modern innovations, citing the example of Google’s inception. She underscored how the search engine giant’s algorithms and web usage mechanisms stemmed from a century-old theorem, emphasizing the enduring relevance and transformative power of mathematical principles.

Reflecting on her own journey, she candidly shared her personal evolution from a high school student disenchanted with math to a passionate advocate for its exploration. “Since 2011, I have been intrigued by the intricate beauty of mathematics,” remarked Lee, urging students to embrace curiosity and perseverance in their academic pursuits.

The interactive session saw students eagerly participating, posing insightful questions and engaging in lively discussions as they absorbed Lee’s insights. With her dynamic teaching style and knack for demystifying complex concepts, Lee left an indelible impression, sparking a newfound appreciation for knot theory and mathematics as a whole among the St. Bernard Prep community.

The administration, faculty and students of St. Bernard Prep extended their heartfelt gratitude to Lee for her enlightening presentation.

Lee is an assistant professor of the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University and conducts mathematical research.