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Create and Recreate: A Celebration of Women in Recreational Mathematics

Thursday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Recreational mathematics is an area of active research, and one that has the potential to draw undergraduate researchers into mathematics research. In this hands-on workshop, a variety of women working in recreational mathematics will introduce participants to topics that have the potential to lead to research projects both for the participants and their students.The workshop is AWM sponsored and the primary target audience is female mathematicians, but of course, anyone can attend the workshop.

Janet Fierson, LasSalle University
Emelie Kenney, Siena College
Cassie Williams, James Madison University
Sarah Wolff, Denison University


What’s the Story? Research Presentations for an Undergraduate Audience

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201



May Mei, Denison University


Journal of Math Circles (JMC) Jam Session

Friday. August 2, 10:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Write and submit articles about your mathematical outreach experiences, including descriptions of lesson plans, program summaries, and professional development! At the workshop, you will meet members of the Journal of Math Circles (JMC) editorial board and hear about the aims and scope of this new peer-reviewed, open-access journal. The workshop will provide the time and support to help you start or finish an article. Previous Math Circle Jam Sessions have been very helpful networking experiences for participating mathematicians. We look forward to you joining us!What is JMC? JMC offers high-quality, practitioner-focused resources for Math Circle leaders through dissemination of local knowledge to the broader mathematical community. Articles are authored by and for mathematicians and mathematics educators who organize a wide range of Math Circle programs for K-12 students and teachers across the country. JMC solicits original submissions capturing best practices for building and sustaining Math Circle communities that promote enthusiasm for mathematics and foster the habits of mind of mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Papers offering thorough reflective commentary on implementation of novel Math Circle lessons, programs, and professional development, are welcome.

Brandy S. Wiegers, Central Washington University
Emilie Hancock, Central Washington University


The Mathematics of Gerrymandering: Engaging and Authentic Tasks with Civic Significance

Friday. August 2, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Gerrymandering refers to the practice of manipulating district boundaries as a means of providing a political advantage. This issue is of interest from both a civic and mathematical perspective. All citizens can be concerned about whether their vote has an impact, and mathematics is central to policy discussions of gerrymandering. During this workshop, attendees will complete a sequence of three tasks, accessible to a general audience, to explore the mathematics of gerrymandering. First, participants will complete a series of mathematical puzzles to demonstrate how redistricting can be used to create a skewed representation of the popular vote. These puzzles will also introduce participants to the concepts of “packing” and “cracking.” Next, we will formalize these concepts by examining a numerical measure of the degree of gerrymandering, the efficiency gap. Participants will use authentic data from the 2018 election to quantify the effects of gerrymandering in two states. Finally, we will consider the geometric aspects of gerrymandering through an investigation of “compactness.” We will demonstrate a hands-on activity in which participants measure compactness using several established metrics and compare their appropriateness.

Kimberly Corum, Towson University
Sandy Spitzer, Towson University
James Rutter, University of Virginia
Julia Daniel, Towson University
Alexandria Wilhelm, Towson University


Origami Boxes full of Mathematics

Saturday. August 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Origami can be described as mathematics in action! The connection between origami and mathematics is organic, intrinsic and natural. Therefore, origami creates a natural context for the study of mathematics, more specifically geometry. In this workshop we will construct a nontraditional origami box from a rectangular sheet of paper and discuss the mathematical ideas that emerge from the constructed of the box. We will explore the relationship between the dimensions of the rectangular sheet and the dimensions of the constructed box. We will also explore the volume of the constructed box using graphing technology. During the workshop the participants will get a chance to construct an origami box through a hands-on activity, and derive the formula for the volume of the box. No experience in origami is needed to construct this box. The mathematics involved with this activity draws upon several of branches of mathematics such algebra, geometry and calculus. The workshop will also highlight the connection between mathematics and art. Here is the link to the video showing how the box can be constructed:

Arsalan Wares, Valdosta State University


Get the Facts Out!

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 205


Many math and science majors, despite an interest in teaching, do not pursue it as a career. Why? Research shows they (and their college faculty!) may hold beliefs such as: teacher pay is a lot less than other jobs, teachers can’t retire, and teachers are unhappy. Get the Facts Out resources can help counter these myths with data from empirical studies. This workshop will share these resources as well as offer assistance in creating materials to use in your own location.

Get the Facts Out is an NSF-funded collaborative effort between the Mathematical Association of America, the Colorado School of Mines, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and others.

Judith Covington
Christina Eubanks-Turner
Ben Ford
Timothy Hendrix
Rose Zbiek