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Panel Sessions

Adaptation of Innovation: Making Math Pathways Work for All Students

Thursday, July 30, 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

This panel addresses how faculty adapt math pathways innovations to meet the needs of students in different institutional and community contexts. Specifically, faculty from tribal colleges, SUNY colleges, CA colleges, and high school-college partnerships in the Pacific Islands will share how they have adapted the curriculum and instructional practices of the Carnegie Math Pathways to address the needs and goals of their students and communities.

Organizer:
Ann Edwards, Carnegie Math Pathways/WestEd

Panelists:
Earle Crosswait, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Dan Ray, WestEd/Carnegie Math Pathways

 

Career Paths in Business, Industry, and Government

Thursday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 202B

Description

You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may already know that teaching isn’t your only option, but perhaps you're still unsure of what other job opportunities are available in nonacademic settings. Whether you are a student looking for a job once you graduate or an advisor looking for advice to give your students, this panel will help you gain new perspectives on career experiences in business, industry, and government.

Organizers:
Emille D. Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Caroline Maher-Boulis, Lee University

Panelists:
Kevin Byrnes, DuPont Capital Management
Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University and Mathematical Association of America
Emilie Purvine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Bonita Saunders, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sponsors:
MAA Committee on Undergraduate Students
MAA Committee on Business, Industry, and Government

 

Imagine a World in Which Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching is an Integral Application in Mathematics Courses

Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

The MAA META Math project (NSF DUE 1726624) adds "secondary mathematics teaching" to the list of legitimate application areas of mathematics by creating easy-to-integrate curriculum materials for each mathematics major course. Just as it is standard to include "applications to engineering" problems, say, in problem sets, why not include "applications to secondary mathematics" problems too? Members of MAA META Math share the impact of their work.

Organizers:
James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Nancy Ann Neudauer, Pacific University

Panelists:
Nancy Ann Neudauer, Pacific University
James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Brittney Falahola, Stephen F. Austin State University
Susan Hollingsworth, Edgewood College

 

Implementation of Co-requisite Models

Thursday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

Many states and institutions are moving to co-requisite models for developmental mathematics. This panel discusses best practices of such models, as well as issues with implementation. In particular, how does a state or system support co-requisite creation? Are there policies that impede the formation of a model? What is the process for creation of co-requisite courses at the institution level?

Organizers:
Jennifer Nordstrom, Linfield College
Wade Ellis, West Valley College, Retired

Panelists:
Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, Lamar University
Kathryn Kozak, Coconino Community College
Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan
Jessie Walker, Arkansas Department of Education
Linus Yu, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Sponsor: MAA Subcommittee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years (CRAFTY)

 

Graduate School in Mathematics: What’s it Like, and How Do You Get In?

Thursday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

This panel is for undergraduates considering graduate school in the mathematical sciences. Graduate students in mathematics must take courses, pass qualifying exams, write a thesis, and serve as a Teaching Assistant. We discuss how these may vary from school to school and then focus on the application process: What do you need to apply? What does it take to get in? How many schools should you apply to? When will you hear? etc. Panelists will include several graduate chairs and current graduate students.

Organizer:
Ruth Hass, University of Hawaii

Panelists:
Ruth Haas, University of Hawaii
David Futer Temple University
Garth Isaak, Lehigh University
Richard McGehee, University of Minnesota

Sponsor: Committee on Undergraduates

 

A Program Review Revue

Friday, July 31, 10:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

A Program Review Review, a musical skit written and directed by Annalisa Crannell, will be performed by members and friends of the MAA committee on program review. The skit will draw attention to the fears, pitfalls, and opportunities that come with conducting a program review. Following the brief skit, members of the committee will serve as a panel to answer audience questions raised by the skit or from personal/professional experiences.

Organizer:
Rick Gillman, Valparaiso University

Panelists:
Lyn Miller, Slippery Rock University
Annalisa Crannell, Franklin and Marshall

Sponsor: The MAA Committee on Program Review

 

Storytelling for Enhanced Mathematics Teaching: A Discussion With Mathematician Authors

Friday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

How do you teach effectively so your students feel engaged, not overwhelmed? The best math teaching, like the best math writing, artfully balances technical details with an engaging narrative to make the math accessible and compelling. In this panel of mathematicians who write books for general-interest readers, you’ll learn strategies for turning math lessons in calculus and beyond into story. Come for stories. Leave with ideas for teaching.

Organizers:
Susan D'Agostino, Johns Hopkins University
Daniel Taber, Oxford University Press

Panelists:
Susan D'Agostino, Johns Hopkins University
Ben Orlin, Black Dog & Leventhal
Steven Strogatz, Cornell University
Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College

 

The Modern Mathematics Major in the Data Science Era

Friday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

Every year new programs in data science and statistics are being added at the undergraduate level. So where does this leave the traditional mathematics major? Panelists will discuss how mathematics programs have adapted to the demand for data science and statistics, speaking to institutional change, personal development, and the MAA view on statistics and data science within undergraduate programs in mathematics.

Organizer:
Judith E. Canner, California State University, Monterey Bay

Panelists:
Patti Frazer Lock, St. Lawrence University
Ryan Botts, Point Loma University
Tim Chartier, Davidson College

Sponsors:
SIGMAA on Statistics Education
ASA-MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics Education

 

Culturally-Rich Strategies for Advancing Mathematics Learning

Friday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

This session will explore initiatives that seek to broaden access to and engagement in mathematics in formal and informal settings through culturally-rich, assets-based methods, focused on African American, Indigenous, or Latinx populations. The session will begin with a short panel presentation to describe culturally-rich initiatives for advancing mathematics learning, their related outcomes, successes and challenges. After a question and answer period, participants will share their individual interests in broadening STEM participation and will brainstorm and discuss strategies to incorporate and enhance these models and facilitate future collaborations. Some of the projects described are grant-funded, including National Science Foundation initiatives.

Organizers:
Odesma Dalrymple, University of San Diego
Yaoran Li, University of San Diego
Perla Myers, University of San Diego

Panelists:
Shelly M. Jones, Associate Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Lou Matthews, Founder, InspireMath
Candice Price, Smith College
Joi Spencer, Professor and Associate Dean, University of San Diego

 

Best Practices in Mathematics for the Health Sciences

Saturday, August 1, 8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

Students preparing for careers in the Health Sciences need quantitative skills that are somewhat different from both traditional college algebra and more recently developed quantitative reasoning courses. Recently, the MAA partnered with several other groups to form a task force to address this discrepancy. This session will focus on the work of that group, as well as best practices in curriculum and pedagogy for math for the Health Sciences.

Organizers:
Kira Hamman, Penn State Mont Alto
Daniel Ozimek, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Panelists:
Andrew Baxter, Penn State University Park
Glenn Murphy, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Victor Piercey, Ferris State University
Joan Zoellner, Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

 

NSF S-STEM Initiatives with Mathematics Connections

Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202B

Description

The National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) Program funds initiatives that seek to increase the number of low-income academically talented STEM students entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; improve their education; and generate knowledge to advance understanding of how interventions or evidence-based curricular/co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM. This session will feature S-STEM projects led by members of SIG S-STEM, a newly-created support group for PIs of S-STEM grants with mathematics connections. We will share successes, lessons learned, and future plans, and will answer questions from future PIs considering or planning to submit an S-STEM or other NSF grant proposal to support students.

Organizers:
Perla Myers, University of San Diego
Oscar Vega, California State University, Fresno

Panelists:
Rebekah Dupont, Augsburg University
Yu-Ju Kuo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ileana Vasu, Holyoke Community College
Jane Friedman, University of San Diego
Karen Keene, National Science Foundation

 

Year: 
2020

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