MAA Panels, Posters, and Other Sessions
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Mathematical Collaborations With Other Disciplines: Research Partnerships and Interdisciplinary Programs, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Joseph Malkevitch, York College (CUNY). The goal of this panel is to explore how mathematicians and mathematics departments can initiate mutually beneficial research collaborations and interdisciplinary (degree) programs with other disciplines. The panel, including Steven Brams, New York University; Susan L. Ganter, Clemson University; James G. Glimm, SUNY at Stony Brook; and Suzanne M. Lenhart, University of Tennessee, will describe successful efforts in starting such collaborations, the difficulties one encounters in such collaborations, and offer advice about starting such collaborations. Sponsored by Mathematics Across the Disciplines Subcommittee of CUPM.
National Science Foundation Programs Supporting Learning and Teaching in the Mathematical Sciences, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Henry Warchall, NSF/DMS; Karen A. Marrongelle, NSF/DRL; and Dennis Davenport, Daniel Maki, and Lee Zia, NSF/DUE. A number of NSF divisions offer a variety of grant programs that support innovations in learning and teaching in the mathematical sciences. These programs will be discussed by the organizers/panelists along with examples of successful projects. Anticipated budget highlights and other new initiatives for the next fiscal year will also be presented.
Cultivating Mathematical Interest and Talent of Precollege Students: Outreach through Summer Math Camps and Academies, Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m., organized by Michelle L. Ghrist, U.S. Air Force Academy. This session explores some of the various outreach activities undertaken by faculty members to encourage and cultivate mathematical talent and interest of precollege students at both the middle and high school levels. In particular panelists David Boliver, University of Central Oklahoma; Peter Kuchment, Texas A&M University ;Lisa Rezac, University of St. Thomas; Hortensia Soto-Johnson, University of Northern Colorado; and Max L. Warshauer, Texas State University, will focus on summer math camps and academies, especially those that are run primarily as outreach activities rather than as tuition-based. We will discuss motivations, logistics, activities, funding, results, and lessons learned.
Project NExT/Young Mathematicians' Network Poster Session, Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., organized by Kim Roth, Juniata College, and Michael C. Axtell, University of St. Thomas. This poster session is intended to highlight the research activities, both mathematical and pedagogical, of recent or future Ph.D.s in mathematics and related fields. The organizers seek to provide an open venue for people who are near completion, or have finished their graduate studies in the last five years to present their work and make connections with other same-stage professionals, in much the same spirit as the YMN and Project NExT. The posterboard size will be 48" by 36". Posterboards and materials for posting pages on the posters will be provided on site. If you are interested in participating, submit copies of your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
How to Interview for a Job in the Mathematical Sciences, Wednesday, 3:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m., organized by David C. Manderscheid, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This session is aimed at Ph.D. students and at recent graduates. An overview of the employment process will be given with ample opportunity for participants to ask questions. The emphasis will be on the portion of the employment process from interviewing through accepting an offer. Questions that will be addressed include: How do employers conduct interviews? How can you best prepare for these interviews? How do employers choose to whom they will make offers? How do you negotiate once you have an offer? How do you choose among competing offers? Panelists include Allen Butler, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc.; Sharon Mosgrove, Concordia University; James Freeman, Cornell College; David C. Manderscheid; and Sarah Ann Stewart, Belmont University. Sponsored by the MAA Committee on Graduate Students and the Young Mathematicians' Network.
Session for Department Chairs: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes--Opportunity and Challenge, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Daniel P. Maki, Indiana University, and Catherine M. Murphy, Purdue University Calumet. In the past decade accrediting agencies, both disciplinary and regional, have developed outcomes-based criteria. Responding to the requirement for articulating desired student learning outcomes so they are measurable and choosing measures that are sustainable is a challenge. The process a department goes through to meet the challenge and the insights gained from the collected data provides an opportunity for departments to think deeply about their curriculum and make appropriate changes. Panelists Jay A. Malmstrom, Oklahoma City Community College; Catherine M. Murphy; and Nalsey B. Tinberg, Occidental College, will address three major areas: what do regional accrediting agencies expect; what MAA resources on assessment are available to support mathematical sciences departments; and an example of how even imperfect measures can provide valuable insights both about one's programs and how to improve the measures used. During the question and answer session, department chairs are invited to share their departments' experiences developing and implementing assessment of student learning processes.
Online Articles From JOMA to Loci, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Thomas E. Leathrum, Jacksonville State University, and Lawrence Moore, Duke University. The MAA and MathDL online journal Loci was created in summer of 2008 by merging three earlier online publications of MathDL, the Journal of OnlineMath and its Applications (JOMA), Digital Classroom Resources (DCR), and Convergence. This panel will be moderated by the editor of Loci, and panelists will include authors representing different areas of Loci or its predecessor publications. Panelists are Nathaniel Miller, University of Northern Colorado; Kady Schneiter, Utah State University; and Lee Stemkoski, Adelphi University. This discussion seeks to encourage future authors to publish in Loci. Authors will discuss their experiences with publishing in Loci, in particular how writing and revising an article is different for an online publication. Sponsored by the MAA Committee on Technology in Mathematics Education (CTiME).
Mathematical Outreach Programs For Underrepresented Populations, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., organized by Elizabeth (Betsy) Yanik, Emporia State University. This poster session is designed to showcase successful outreach mathematics programs that encourage students from underrepresented populations to continue their study of mathematics. The participants in such programs range in grade level from elementary students to graduate students. It is expected that posters representing a wide variety of programs and initiatives will be displayed. Possible projects include after-school clubs, special conferences, mentoring programs, summer camps, innovative courses, graduate seminars, etc.. Those who are in the process of constructing an outreach program are especially encouraged to attend this session to acquire valuable insights and tips for designing and implementing a mathematics outreach project. We encourage everyone involved with outreach activities to consider submitting an abstract to the session organizer, Betsy Yanik, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009. Sponsored by the Women and Mathematics Network, a subcommittee of the MAA Committee on the Participation of Women.
How One Can Become a Referee/Reviewer, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., organized by Joseph A. Gallian, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Aparna W. Higgins, University of Dayton; and T. Christine Stevens, Saint Louis University. Panelists Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University; Frederick Hoffman, Florida Atlantic University; Carl Pomerance, Dartmouth College; and Brigitte Servatius, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will provide advice about refereeing papers for research and expository journals, writing reviews for Math Reviews, and reviewing book manuscripts for publishers. Topics to be addressed include how to write referee's reports and how to write reviews for Math Reviews or book publishers. The panelists will also discuss how much time refereeing and reviewing consume, how refereeing/reviewing "counts" in one's department for promotion and tenure, and how one can become a referee/reviewer. Sponsored by Project NExT.
Proposal Writing Workshop for Grant Applications to the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, Thursday, 10:40 a.m. - noon, organized by Dennis E. Davenport, Daniel P. Maki, and Lee L. Zia, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation. Presenters will describe the general NSF grant proposal process and consider particular details relevant to programs in the Division of Undergraduate Education. This interactive session will feature a series of "read/think/share/report" exercises built around a series of short excerpts from sample proposals.
Statistics ≠ Mathematics: What A First (or Second) Time Teacher of Statistics Should Know, Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., organized by Michael A. Posner, Villanova University. Instructors of introductory statistics are sometimes thrown into the classroom without much training on what to expect. One of the first things they learn is that statistics is not simply a field within mathematics. The Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) report presents what statistically educated citizens should know as well as guidelines for achieving this learning. Many online resources are also available to assist in instruction and assessment in introductory statistics. New and seasoned statistics instructors Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University; Elaine Newman, Sonoma State University; Leigh Lunsford, Longwood University; and Ken Torre, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, will share advice and resources on what a first- (or second-) time teacher of statistics should know. Sponsored by the SIGMAA Stat Ed.
Poster Session of Projects Supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., organized by Jon W. Scott, Montgomery Community College. This session will feature principal investigators (PIs) presenting progress and outcomes from various NSF-funded projects in the Division of Undergraduate Education. The poster session format will permit ample opportunity for attendees to engage in small group discussions with the PIs and to network with each other. Information about presenters and their projects will appear in the program.
Excuse Me, Where is the Department of Statistics Education? Thursday, 2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., organized by Michael A. Posner, Villanova University. Statisticians and non-statisticians alike are called upon to teach statistics courses to a growing number of college and high school students each year. Very few, however, are trained in interpreting student thinking and understanding and comparing the effectiveness of various pedagogical methods. Even fewer are doing research on how best to teach statistics. The goal of the statistics education field is to promote evidence-based statistics education research to guide the practice of teaching statistics and foster the organizational structures to promote systematic strands of research. A recent report proposes the creation of graduate statistics education programs identifying programmatic structures, discussing faculty support recommendations, and suggesting courses for inclusion in these interdisciplinary programs. This panel brings together those on the cutting edge of statistics education research along with mathematics educators who offer advice on what the statistics education community can learn from the field of mathematics education research. Panelists include Dennis Pearl, Ohio State University; Mike Shaugnessy, Portland State University; and Bob delMas and Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota. Sponsored by SIGMAA Stat Ed and SIGMAA RUME.
More Voices from the Partner Disciplines: The Second Round of Curriculum Foundations Workshops, Thursday, 2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., organized by Sheldon P. Gordon, Farmingdale State College. CRAFTY, the committee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years, with the cooperation of the committee on Mathematics Across the Disciplines, is currently organizing a second round of Curriculum Foundations workshops in which leading educators from different fields are brought together to develop recommendations on the current mathematical needs of their students. This round of workshops focuses on disciplines that historically were less math-intensive than the ones represented in the first round. The intent of the project is to promote discussions between mathematics departments and the associated partner disciplines that can lead to mathematics courses and programs that better serve the needs of the students majoring in the other fields. Panelists Susan L. Ganter, Clemson University; Andrew G. Bennett, Kansas State University; Sheldon P. Gordon; William E. Haver, Virginia Commonwealth University; and William Marion, Valparaiso University, will present some of the more important and perhaps surprising results and recommendations that emerged from the recent workshops in such diverse fields as agriculture, economics, meteorology, and sociology, which are responsible for a surprising number of the students in our courses. Sponsored by MAA CRAFTY.
Promotion and Tenure: You Know You Want It, Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Barry A. Balof, Whitman College, and Joshua D. Laison, Willamette College. Is the tenure process in your future? Are you anxious (probably) or unsure (possibly) about what lies ahead? This panel discussion and question/answer session will feature several of your colleagues who have recently been through the process, as well as some colleagues who have been on the other side making the decisions. Panelists include Jason D. Rosenhouse, James Madison University; Francis E. Su, Harvey Mudd College; Matthew P. Richey, St. Olaf College; and Jacqueline A. Jensen, Sam Houston State University. Sponsored by the MAA and the Young Mathematicians' Network.
Becoming a Teacher of College Mathematics: Video Cases for Novice College Mathematics Instructor Professional Development, Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., organized by John D. Eggers, University of California San Diego; Shandy Hauk and Mark Davis, University of Northern Colorado; Eric Hsu, San Francisco State University; and Natasha M. Speer, University of Maine. Discussion, planning, and action to improve the opportunities for mathematics graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) to learn about teaching is on the rise. In addition to examining the factors that shape TAs' professional lives and their development as teachers of college mathematics, a national collaborative of mathematicians and mathematics education researchers, funded through the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE program have been capturing video of classroom, office hours, and tutoring sessions at colleges and universities around the U.S. This session will include: an introduction to the materials being developed by the College Math Video Cases Project, a screening and discussion of video vignettes, and time for feedback to video case developers. The session will include the chance for attendees to meet and work with those who have published findings in the area of TA preparation. Panelists are Eric Hsu; David E. Meel, Bowling Green State University; and Natasha M. Speer. Sponsored by the AMS-MAA Committee on Teaching Assistants and Part-time Instructors (TA/PTI).
Current Issues in Actuarial Science Education, Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., organized by Robert E. Buck, Slippery Rock University; Bettye Anne Case, Florida State University; Kevin E. Charlwood, Washburn University; and Steve Paris, Florida State University. A diverse group of working actuaries, publishers, and actuarial educators bring new information from professional society committees, specialized publications initiatives, and academic department experience. The pace of change is faster than in most academic areas, and the session helps faculty adjust as quickly as possible not only to educate their students generally, but give the students good professional information and to determine curriculum change that may be necessary. Panelists include James W. Daniel, University of Texas-Austin; Bryan V. Hearsey, Lebanon Valley College, and representatives from the actuarial societies; the panel will be moderated by Robert E. Buck. There will a discussion about organizing an MAA Special Interest Group on Actuarial Education or about reviving the Actuarial Faculty Forum. Sponsored by actuarial educators, Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, and ACTEX Publications.
The Theater of the Mathematically Absurd, Friday, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., presented by Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players. This theatrical presentation of short humorous mathematically related pieces, including "Happiness is a Warm Theorem", "Immortality" and "The Lord of the Rings: The NSF Fellowship of the Ring" requires no particular math or theatrical background in order to thoroughly enjoy oneself.
Beyond Grading and Tutoring: New Approaches to Students Helping Students, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., organized by Daniel E. Flath, Macalester College; Lewis D. Ludwig, Denison University; and Steven R. Benson, Lesley University. Many departments use juniors and seniors as graders or tutors, but some programs involve undergraduates helping fellow undergraduates in mathematics in ways beyond these two methods. Panel members Sonny Painter, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Karen Saxe, Macalester College; and Catherine A. Beneteau, University of South Florida, describe successful experiences with three approaches, including training of student assistants and the student perspective. Sponsored by the MAA Committee for the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics.
Technology in Teaching Mathematics: History and Current Practices, Part 1: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m., organized by Marilyn A. Reba, Clemson University, and Lila F. Roberts, Georgia College & State University. Software trends (Assembly language, FORTRAN, BASIC, Pascal, C, higher level pre-packaged software like spreadsheets, CAS, and geometry software), hardware trends (mainframes, terminals, personal computers, portable computers, calculators, I pods, tablets), and the growth of Internet have revolutionized mathematics teaching. The panel session will focus on how technologies have evolved over the past thirty years to become beneficial tools in the mathematics classroom. In the first part of the session, panelists will discuss how changing technology has altered how we teach calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, statistics, and probability. There will be a break halfway through this session. In the second part, panelists will focus on how the growth of the Internet and Web-based software has changed our teaching materials and how we communicate about mathematic in and out of the classroom. Sponsored by the MAA Committee on Technology in Mathematics Education (CTiME).