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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, La Salle 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


Presenting recent and ongoing research to undergraduate students is fun and rewarding, but frequently challenging. The gory details of mathematical results often require a great deal of specific jargon and background knowledge. Nonetheless, the big idea-the “story”-can almost always be presented at a variety of levels. This workshop is designed to help graduate students formulate a presentation on their research that is appropriate for an audience of undergraduate students, something many colleges and universities require as part of a job interview. Moreover, the ability to communicate complex mathematical ideas is a valued trait in any context. As such, this session aims to develop a framework for creating an engaging and accessible presentation for undergraduates. Graduate students who will be going on the job market in the fall may find this workshop especially useful.

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 for Journal of Math Circles (JMC), a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal! JMC seeks articles documenting outreach in alignment with Math Circle core values: using worthwhile mathematical tasks, fostering problem-solving habits of mind, and building communities of mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. The workshop will introduce JMC and provide support for writing lesson plan, program summary, and professional development articles.

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 manipulating district boundaries to provide a political advantage and can be studied from many mathematical perspectives. This workshop will engage participants in three hands-on tasks, accessible to a general audience, exploring the mathematics of gerrymandering. The tasks include redistricting puzzles, examination of a numerical measure of gerrymandering (the efficiency gap), and an investigation of district compactness.

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. – 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 201


Origami can be described as mathematics in action! In this workshop we will construct an origami box from a rectangular sheet of paper and explore the relationship between the dimensions of the sheet and the dimensions of the constructed box. The mathematics involved with this activity draws upon several of branches of mathematics such as algebra, geometry and calculus.

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, Louisiana State University
Christina Eubanks-Turner, Loyola Marymount University
Ben Ford, Sonoma State University
Timothy Hendrix, Meredith College
Rose Zbiek, Pennsylvania State University