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Contributed Paper Sessions

Understanding Mathematics Through its History

Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 207 & 208
Part B: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 207 & 208

Description

Many mathematical concepts experienced a long and complex evolution before arriving on the pages of today’s undergraduate textbooks. Often, understanding some of this history can greatly enhance a student’s understanding of mathematics. Moreover, an exploration of history can show how mathematics is connected to the wider world of human inquiry, affected by the same cultural values and prejudices as other subjects. This session seeks to share interesting historical episodes or developments linked to undergraduate mathematics, for the benefit of students and teachers alike.

Organizer:
Erik Tou, University of Washington

Sponsor:
The Euler Society

 

Plug and Play Data Science Lessons

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 233
Part B: Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 4:05 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 233

Description

In this session, papers include data science lessons that attendees can seamlessly incorporate into courses such as Finite Math, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Modeling, and others. Presentations include such elements as an overview of the lesson, student learning objectives, assessments, and a summary of the effectiveness of the lesson if available.

Organizers:
Michael Boardman, Pacific University
Timothy Chartier, Davidson College
Jason Douma, University of Sioux Falls

Sponsor:
Committee for the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM)

 

Ethics in the Mathematics Classroom

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 4:05 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261 & 262

Description

The mathematical sciences have a central role to address the use and misuse of mathematics and data that fueling a global ethics crisis. This session aims to describe the integration of ethics into the mathematics classroom and ethical issues surrounding the teaching of mathematics. Talks cover how ethics are addressed, and reflect upon the successes and challenges to implementation.

Organizers:
Victor Piercey, Ferris State University
Catherine Buell, Fitchburg State University

Sponsor:
Special Issue of PRIMUS: Ethics in Mathematics Education

 

History of Mathematics in a Math Circle

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 237 & 238
Part B: Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 237 & 238

Description

During this session, presenters will share mathematical topics and problems of a historical nature for use in a math circle. This can include such ideas as, but not limited to, working a class of problems using historical methods, discovering methods of calculation from a former time or culture, discovering how mathematical concepts were discovered or used historically or culturally.

Organizers:
Amy Shell-Gellasch, Eastern Michigan University
Philip Yasskin, Texas A&M University

Sponsors:
SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA MCST)
The History of Mathematics SIGMAA (HOM SIGMAA)

 

Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231
Part B: Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231
Part C: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231
Part D: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231

Description:

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) transforms students from consumers to producers of mathematics. IBL methods aim to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and processes by putting students in direct contact with mathematical phenomena, questions, and communities. This session invites scholarly presentations on the use and effects of IBL methods for teaching and learning.

Organizers:
Victor Piercey, Ferris State University
Susan Crook, Loras College
Brian Katz, Augustana College
Eric Kahn, Bloomsburg University
Amy Ksir, United States Naval Academy

Sponsor:
The SIGMAA on Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL SIGMAA)

 

Enhance Your Teaching through Best Practices That Align with the Instructional Practices Guide

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261, & 262
Part B: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 232

Description:

Speakers in this session share teaching innovations through a scholarly lens by pegging their work to specific evidence-based practices in the MAA Instructional Practices (IP) Guide. Each talk will clearly lay out both the pedagogical technique as well as how it pertains to at least one of the subsections of the IP Guide.

Organizers:
Carolyn A. Yackel, Mercer University
Mindy Capaldi, Valparaiso University

Sponsor:
Committee on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics (CTUM)

 

Mathematics and Sports

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206

Description

The expanding availability of play-by-play statistics and video-based spatial data have led to innovative research using techniques from across the mathematical sciences, with impacts on strategy and player evaluation. Other areas of interest include ranking methods, predictive models, physics-based analysis, etc. Research presentations, expository talks, and contributions related to curriculum or pedagogy are all welcome. With a broad audience in mind, talks should be accessible to undergraduate mathematics majors, and projects involving undergrads are particularly encouraged for submission.

Organizer:
Drew Pasteur, College of Wooster

Sponsor:
SIGMAA on Mathematics and Sports (SIGMAA Sports)

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mathematics

Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261 & 262
Part B: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 260, 261 & 262
Part C: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center Room 237 & 238

Description

National data trends indicate a need to shift representation in the mathematical sciences with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In response, many departments and instructors have sought to understand the barriers that inhibit persistence and success in mathematics, particularly among underrepresented minority, first-generation, low-income, and female students. This session invites presenters to share how they engage diverse student populations.

Organizers:
Joel Kilty, Centre College
Ranthony A.C. Edmonds, The Ohio State University
Alison Marr, Southwestern University
Alex M. McAllister, Centre College

 

Teaching Mathematics Through Games

Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206
Part B: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206

Description

Come see methods for engaging students in mathematics through the development or play of board, card, and video games. Developing a game often requires the application of mathematics and it also appears in how one plays the game. Presentations describe class activities, class projects, or undergraduate research applications of mathematics. This session will be of interest to gamers and instructors.

Organizers:
Heidi Hulsizer, Benedictine College
Nickolas Hein, Benedictine College
Mindy Capaldi, Valparaiso University
Martha Byrne, Sonoma State University

 

Building Teaching Teams: Professional Development in Departments

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231

Description

Research has shown that professional development programs play an important role in developing instructors who are more student-focused, but financial constraints, time limitations, and lack of buy-in often serve as barriers to offering these types of programs. This session will showcase a wide range of professional development programs situated within mathematics departments.

Organizers:
Sarah Mayes-Tang, University of Toronto
Jessica Deshler, West Virginia University

 

A Centennial Celebration of David Harold Blackwell

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m.. - 3:25 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 232

Description

David Harold Blackwell (April 24, 1919 - July 8, 2010) is arguably the most decorated and well-known of African Americans in the Mathematical Sciences. Blackwell would have turned 100 years old in 2019. To commemorate this, the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) will host a Themed Contributed Paper Session for individuals to examine the influence Blackwell has had on the profession.

Organizers: Edray Herber Goins, Pomona College
Janis D. Oldham, North Carolina A&T
Scott W. Williams, SUNY Buffalo

 

Showcase of Modeling to Motivate Differential Equations

Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 233
Part B: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 233

Description

Differential equations is a pivotal STEM course. Student and faculty backgrounds, and departmental constraints provide for variations in the course. Modeling can be incorporated into any version to motivate the study of differential equations. Presenters will share modeling materials and data collection experiences that generate inquiry-oriented learning. Presenters may discuss the value of modeling, assessment techniques, pedagogical successes, and challenges.

Organizers:
Therese Shelton, Southwestern University
Rosemary Farley, Manhattan College
Patrice Tiffany, Manhattan College

 

Encouraging Effective Teaching Innovation

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 3:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 230 & 231
Part B: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 237 & 238
Part C: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 237 & 238
Part D: Saturday, August 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 205
Part E: Saturday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 205

Description

This session will consist of presentations of demonstrably effective and innovative classroom techniques that address the reasoning behind, design, and implementation of resources or activities. This may include whole course techniques (not necessarily original to the presenter) or drop-in activities to bolster student learning and reflection in any course. Materials will be shared after the session at: http://mathfest2019.davidfailing.com/

Organizers:
Susan Crook, Loras College
David Failing, Lewis University
Russ Goodman, Central College
Mami Wentworth, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mel Henriksen, Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

My Favorite Number Theory Proof

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 207 & 208

Description:

Presenters share favorite proofs suitable for introductory proofs or undergraduate number theory courses, giving the complete proof, discussing how the proof fits into the course, providing information regarding prerequisite topics, areas of difficulty, and making the proof accessible for students. Modifications to the proof over time, historical information, and explorations/demonstrations used to make related theorems/topics comprehensible for students are discussed.

Organizers:
Sarah L. Mabrouk, Framingham State University

 

Math + X: Mathematics Courses, Curriculum, and Projects Serving Professional Disciplines

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 232

Description

Mathematics departments have provided content supporting partner and professional disciplines for decades. For disciplines such as business and engineering, numerous resources support a contextualized curriculum. This session highlights curricular elements for professions, disciplines, and math pathways where supporting materials for contextualized student learning are lacking. Of particular interest are successful examples of nontraditional curricula that match students’ future work environment.

Organizers:
Francisco Savina, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University

 

Mathematics and the Life Sciences: Initiatives, Programs, Curricula

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 207 & 208
Part B: Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 207 & 208

Description

The 2015 CUPM Curriculum Guide to Majors in the Mathematical Sciences identified the life sciences as a key path through the mathematics major to graduate programs and the workforce. Topics include scholarly contributions addressing initiatives, programs, curricula, and course materials at the interface of mathematics and the life sciences that have been implemented and tested at institutions of higher education.

Organizers:
Timothy D. Comar, Benedictine University
Raina Robeva, Sweet Briar College
Carrie Diaz Eaton, Bates College

Sponsor:
SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA)

 

Recreational Mathematics: Puzzles, Card Tricks, Games, Gambling and Sports

Part A: Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206
Part B: Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 206
Part C: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 233

Description

Puzzles, card tricks, board games, game shows, gambling, and sports provide an excellent laboratory for testing mathematical strategy, probability, and enumeration. The analysis of such diversions is fertile ground for the application of mathematical and statistical theory. Solutions to new problems as well as novel solutions to old problems are welcome. Submissions by undergraduates or examples of the use of the solutions of these problems in the undergraduate classroom are encouraged.

Organizers:
Paul R. Coe, Dominican University
Sara B. Quinn, Dominican University
Kristen Schemmerhorn, Concordia University Chicago
Andrew Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital

Sponsor:
SIGMAA on Recreational Mathematics (Rec SIGMAA)

 

Professional Development in Mathematics: Looking Back, Looking Forward, on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of MAA Project NExT

Part A: Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Junior Ballroom D
Part B: Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Junior Ballroom D

Description

Since MAA Project NExT was founded 25 years ago, a generation of mathematicians have participated in it and other PD programs. How have those programs impacted teaching and learning in mathematics? How have the challenges faced by college math instructors changed? Looking forward, how do we prepare today’s math instructors for the changes to come in the next 25 years?

Organizers:
Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Mar yland
Julie Barnes, Western Carolina University
Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
Matt DeLong, Marian University

 
Year: 
2019

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