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So, You Want to Be an Actuary?

June 7, 14, 21, & 28, 7-8pm ET

The University of Texas at Austin Actuarial Science Program is offering a four-part series "So, You Want to be an Actuary?" that is aimed at both undergraduates at 2-year and 4-year colleges that do not currently have actuarial science programs and faculty at such institutions. The series includes: (i) why a school might offer an actuarial program and why students might consider an actuarial major/career path, (ii) the CAS & SOA paths and exams, (iii) the courses a university would offer in an actuarial program, both undergraduate and graduate, and the formal actuarial training students would receive through their academic career, and (iv) an alumni panel. 

This series is being offered at a special price - only $5 for all four sessions!



Part 1: "What are the Yields?"
Monday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Part 2: "Timeline: From Present Value to Future Value"
Monday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Part 3: "Nuts & Bolts of Actuarial Science Courses"
Monday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Part 4: "Alumni Panel of Professionals Working in the Actuarial Industry at Various Levels"
Monday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT


Join us for any session (or all 4!) by registering today. Registration for this event will close on Sunday, June 27 at 11:59pm ET.



Jennifer Austin, Milica Cudina, Shinko Harper, and Eric Staron

About the Organizers

Jennifer Austin has seven years of experience serving as the Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor and a member of the Mathematics Undergraduate Studies Committee, which she now chairs, at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to other courses, she teaches Theory of Interest and Introduction to Financial Mathematics for UT's Actuarial Science program.


Milica Cudina has taught in the actuarial program at The University of Austin, Texas for fourteen years. Her interests lie in teaching financial mathematics, applied probability and statistics.



Shinko Harper has over 10 years of experience teaching actuarial courses and is a co-author of the textbook, Mathematical Interest Theory, 3rd edition.



Eric Staron is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Concordia University Texas and an Assistant Professor of Instruction at UT Austin.  He has been teaching Theory of Interest at both universities since 2019.


Improve the Remote Learning Experience for Your Students

June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, & August 19, 1-2pm ET

The five-part CTME Series on Remote Instruction and Assessment of Mathematics will focus on several critical aspects of remote teaching and learning. Invited speakers with present on topics such as assessment, equity and accessibility, and the production of asynchronous content.



Part 1: "Remote Mathematics Assessment with Multiple Modalities: Accurately Assessing with a Combination of Online Homework System Assignments, Written Work, Video Assignments and Oral Interviews"
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Part 2: "Producing Videos and Other Asynchronous Content for Students – Pedagogy and Practicality"
Thursday, June 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Part 3: "Using Flipgrid, Classroom Stats, and Other Apps for Remote Instruction"
Thursday, July 8, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Part 4: "Ensuring Equity and Accessibility When Teaching Online"
Thursday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Part 5: "Remote Teaching of Advanced Undergraduate Mathematics Courses"
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT


Join us for any session (or all 5!) by registering today. Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, August 18 at 11:59pm ET.


Benjamin Atchison, Manmohan Kaur, and Jason Parsley

About the Organizers

Benjamin Atchison has been an advocate for the creation and adoption of quality open educational resources for over a decade.  He is a co-author of a college algebra textbook and course pack, and frequently experiments with various technologies to further enhance his teaching.



Manmohan Kaur is a William B. Scholl Endowed Science Professorial Chair at Benedictine University. A functional analyst by training, her current research interests include Cryptology and Mathematics Pedagogy. Her paper “Parametric Surfaces Competition: Using Technology to Foster Creativity,” was listed in Notable Writings in the Princeton anthology 'The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015'. A working member of the AMS and the MAA, she currently serves on the steering committee for the International Congress on Mathematics Education.


Jason Parsley researches geometric knot theory and the mathematics of voting; he has advised 13 master's thesis and 14 senior thesis students and was the recipient of an MAA sectional teaching award for early career faculty. During the pandemic, Parsley wrote a book of guided notes for calculus and produced an accompanying set of guided videos that are available to the mathematical community.



Analysis and Differential Equations at Undergraduate Institutions

June 23, June 30, July 14 and July 21, 1-2:30pm ET

This professional development series is aimed at supporting, connecting, and inspiring faculty who work at primarily undergraduate institutions. More specifically, there will be discussion on topics such as research with undergraduates, how to remain engaged in professional development and growth, and ways to connect with and contribute to our greater community. The panelists will be specialists in analysis and differential equations but the discussion will be of interest to a wide range of faculty at all career levels and specialties who work at primarily undergraduate institutions.


Join us for any session (or all 4!) by registering today. Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, July 20 at 11:59pm ET.

Panel 1: "Starting and Sustaining Undergraduate Research in Analysis and DEs"
Wednesday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Panelists: Anant Godbole, Nsoki Mavinga, Nathan Pennington, Mihai Stoiciu, and Yunus Zeytuncu

The panel will be composed of mathematicians at various career stages and institutions who have a history of successfully mentoring undergraduate research in analysis and differential equations sharing their experiences and lessons learned.  The panel is open to mathematicians in all disciplines.

Panel 2: "Keeping Research Alive"
Wednesday, June 30, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Panelists: Pamela Gorkin, Luda Korobenko, Chris Marx, Katie Oliveras, and Bill Ross

The panel will be composed of mathematicians at primarily undergraduate institutions at various career stages and institutions who have maintained research programs in analysis and differential equations sharing their experiences and lessons learned.  The panel is open to mathematicians in all disciplines.

Panel 3: "Professional Engagement Beyond Research"
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Panelists: Cynthia Flores, William Johnston, Virginia Noonburg, Ami Radunskaya, Cesar E. Silva, and Brian Winkel

The panel will be composed of mathematicians at various career stages and institutions who have pursued a variety of professional development opportunities beyond journal articles in analysis and differential equations sharing their experiences and lessons learned.  The panel is open to mathematicians in all disciplines.

Panel 4: "Our Role in the Future of Analysis and DEs"
Wednesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Panelists: David Cruz-Uribe, Richard S. Laugesen, Christina Selby, Betsy Stovall, and Kelly Yancey

The panel will be composed of a mix of faculty from PhD granting institutions and mathematicians in industry to facilitate a discussion on the transition from undergraduate to graduate coursework in analysis and what steps both PUIs and PhD granting institutions can take to broaden the pipeline of graduate students interested in analysis. We’ll also highlight non-academic career paths that are accessible to those with technical skills developed studying analysis and DEs.  The panel is open to mathematicians in all disciplines. 


William Green & Katharine Ott

About the Organizers and Panelists




William Green is an Associate Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  He studies partial differential equations and is co-Editor of the MAA Textbooks series.



Katharine Ott is an Associate Professor at Bates College. Her research interests are in the areas of harmonic analysis and partial differential equations, and she is also active in outreach aimed at broadening participation in mathematics.


Panel 1


Anant Godbole is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at East Tennessee State University and Director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education. Directing undergraduate research has been the defining academic activity of his career. He has run an NSF-REU site since 1991, and the latest iteration of this site, directed joint with Fernando Piñero of the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, is focused on inclusion.


Nsoki Mavinga is an Associate Professor in the department of Mathematics at Swarthmore College. Her research interests are in nonlinear analysis and partial differential equations and their applications to life sciences and applied sciences. She has supervised several productive research collaborations with undergraduates on projects related to analysis and differential equations.



Nathan Pennington is an Associate Professor in the Creighton University math department. He has experience doing DE-based research projects with a variety of undergraduate students, most of that experience coming with freshman and sophomores.



Mihai Stoiciu is Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. His research interests lie in Mathematical Physics and Functional Analysis and he is currently working on research projects in random matrices and eigenvalue point processes. At Williams, Stoiciu teaches courses at all levels and has advised ten Honors Theses and four summer REU Programs.



Yunus Zeytuncu is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He directs the REU Site: Mathematical Analysis and Applications at UM-Dearborn, and he is a mentor at the virtual Polymath Jr. REU program. His research focuses on several complex variables, complex geometry, and operator theory.



Panel 2


Pamela Gorkin is Professor of Mathematics at Bucknell University. She served as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (2018 – 2010), on the Council of the American Mathematical Society and the Committee on the Profession, as an editor of the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society and she is currently one of the series editors for Springer UTM. Her research is in function theory, complex analysis and operator theory. She is the coauthor of two books, Reading, Writing and Proving, and a book in the AMS/MAA Carus Series, Finding Ellipses.


Luda Korobenko works in the area of Real Analysis, more precisely, degenerate elliptic PDEs, studying properties of solutions to such equations and associated metric measure spaces. She joined the math department at Reed College in 2017 after finishing a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania, and at McMaster University before that.


Chris Marx is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Oberlin College. His research interests lie at the intersection of analysis and mathematical physics, more specifically in spectral theory of Schrödinger operators. He earned a masters degree in theoretical and physical chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2007, and a PhD in mathematics from UC Irvine in 2012 (with S. Jitomirskaya). From 2012 to 2014, he held a postdoctoral position at Caltech as Harry Batement Instructor with Barry Simon. Since 2014 he has taught at Oberlin College, with promotion to Associate Professor in June 2020.

Katie Oliveras is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Seattle University. Her research focuses on nonlinear models of fluid dynamics and computational techniques. She has received two separate NSF grants for her research that has helped fund numerous undergraduate research students.



Bill Ross is the Richardson Professor at the University of Richmond and the author of various papers and a book in analysis. He has also been an editor of several analysis journals and has been a department chair.



Panel 3


Cynthia Flores teaches ordinary and partial differential equations at California State University Channel Islands and enjoys introducing new technologies to the classroom, supervising undergraduate research, Co-PIs NSF AGEP, PUMP, and HSI-SMART, and works with community partners in applied math projects. She has been inspired by several mentors and aims to continue their shared JEDI work and legacy in creating opportunities within mathematics and STEM communities.


William Johnston is Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science at Butler University. He has been teaching undergraduate mathematics for more than 35 years, initiated the summer Mathematics Research Camp at Butler in 2013, and currently serves as a member of the MAA Textbook Editorial Board. The MAA Press published his textbook The Lebesgue Integral for Undergraduates in 2015. He also coauthored A Transition to Advanced Mathematics in 2009. His next book, The Calculus of Complex Functions, will also appear in the MAA Press Textbook series later this year.

Virginia (Anne) Noonburg is a professor of mathematics, emerita, at the University of Hartford. She is the author of two books on differential equations, published recently in the AMS/MAA Textbook Series. In addition to differential equations her research interests include numerical analysis and artificial intelligence.


Ami Radunskaya is a Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She is passionate about making the joys of being a professional mathematician accessible to everyone, and is now the President of the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Foundation, and is a recent past-President of the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Cesar E. Silva is the Hagey Family Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF. He is a co-founder and a past director of the “SMALL” undergraduate summer research program at Williams, a summer program that has been funded as an NSF REU Site. His research is in ergodic theory and dynamical systems, and he is the author of Invitation to Ergodic Theory and Invitation to Real Analysis, a co-editor of two conference proceedings, and a past associate editor of AMS Notices.


Brian Winkel founded and edited several journals, among them, Cryptologia and PRIMUS, now both freely available to MAA members. In his Emeritus years from teaching at the US Military Academy at West Point NY USA he founded and serves as the Director of SIMIODE at, an NSF funded community to support the use of modeling in teaching differential equations.

Panel 4


David Cruz-Uribe, OFS, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the UA faculty in 2015, for 19 years he was on the faculty of Trinity College, a liberal arts college in Hartford, CT. His research interests are in harmonic analysis and their application to PDEs.


Richard S. Laugesen is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he leads the Internship Network in the Mathematical Sciences (Inmas), and teaches differential equations at all levels.By good luck rather than any foresight, he assigned multiple projects on the SIR epidemic model in the year before covid hit. He insists that his classes explore ODEs numerically, and if he could remove one topic from the undergraduate curriculum it would be…the Wronskian. It can and should be 99% removed, thereby improving the lives of both instructor and student by emphasizing instead the meaning of linear independence.

Christina Selby is a senior professional staff member at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. She is a former chair of the MAA BIG Committee, and a former PIC Math faculty member at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her current work deals with uncertainty of machine learning algorithms and applications.


Betsy Stovall is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is PI on an NSF Research Training Groups grant in Analysis and PDE. Her research is in harmonic analysis.



Kelly Yancey is a research mathematician working in national intelligence for the Institute for Defense Analyses - Center for Computing Sciences. Before working as a nonacademic research mathematician, she completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a postdoc at the University of Maryland. Her unclassified research interests include ergodic theory, automata theory, and graph theory.


Gaining Perspective on Geometry: IBL Activities that Use Art in Projective Geometry

June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4-5:30pm ET

Play with hands-on, practical art puzzles that motivate the mathematics of projective geometry. We'll explore activities in perspective drawing or photography that lead to activities in problem solving and proof suitable for a sophomore-level proofs class. No artistic experience is required!

Each session seeks to strengthen the link between projective geometry and art. In particular, we use a geometrical analysis of Renaissance art and of photographs taken by students to motivate several important concepts in projective geometry, focusing each week on one of the following 4 topics: 

  • Introduction to Perspective Drawing
  • Desargues’ Theorem 
  • The Cross-Ratio
  • Projective Collineations 


Join us for any session (or all 4!) by registering today. Registration for this event will close on Monday, June 28 at 11:59pm ET.


Annalisa Crannell, Fumiko Futamura, and Marc Frantz

About the Presenters

Annalisa Crannell is a sought-after speaker at math meetings on topics ranging from inquiry-based learning, writing in mathematics classes, and, of course, the mathematics of perspective art. She especially enjoys working with people who are new to the discipline, and who bring a fresh perspective (so to speak!) to her work.


Fumiko Futamura is an artist and professor of mathematics at Southwestern University, fascinated by the interplay between perspective drawing and projective geometry since taking an art class and a math class on these topics in the same semester as an undergraduate. 



Marc Frantz has a BFA in painting from the Herron School of Art, an MS in mathematics from Purdue University, and has had careers in both fields. He is coauthor (with his co-presenters) of two textbooks on perspective and projective geometry.



Creating and Adapting OER Textbooks Using the LibreTexts Platform

July 6 & 8, 2:30-4:30pm ET

This course will walk participants through the process of customizing an OER textbook for one of their math courses on the LibreTexts platform. LibreTexts includes a WYSIWYG content editor to seamlessly edit textbook content, using LaTeX to format math content. The presenter has used LibreTexts to adapt textbooks for his courses in calculus and algebra.





Paul Seeburger



Check back in the fall for research seminars!


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Getting Started with WeBWorK

July 7, 14, 21, & 28, 3-4:30pm ET

WeBWorK is an open-source homework system for mathematics that is used by over 750 secondary and post-secondary institutions across the world with a repository of over 60,000 questions for a variety of mathematics courses from algebra through calculus and even differential equations, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. The purpose of this interactive series of workshops is to support faculty in adopting WeBWorK into their classes so that they may be better equipped to help students learn mathematics.





Monica VanDieren, Robin Cruz, Marianna Bonanome, and Stacey Rodman

About the Presenters

Monica VanDieren has over 18 years experience using WeBWorK in her classes and serves as Marketing Director for The WeBWorK Project.  Last year she switched to an OER textbook and moved her entire asynchronous online course into WeBWorK - video lectures, exit tickets, projects, homework, tests, and all.


Robin Cruz has 20 years experience using WeBWorK in the classroom and writing WeBWorK problems.  She developed problem sets for Statistics, Developmental Math courses and Linear Algebra.



Marianna Bonanome is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at City Tech, CUNY. She has over 18 years of teaching experience, is an open-source community leader and contributor and is the Community Manager of The WeBWork Project (TWP).



Stacey Rodman has been learning and teaching, and thinking about learning and teaching for longer than she can remember. 


StatPREP 2021 Summer Workshops

June & July

This summer, MAA's StatPREP program will offer FREE virtual workshops on four different themes: StatPREP Little Apps, Introduction to RStudio, Intermediate/Advanced RStudio, and Data Science. Each workshop will run twice over the course of the summer - once in June and once in July. 


Little Apps Workshop
June 10-11, July 9-10; 12-3pm ET each day

This workshop is an introduction to the philosophy of StatPREP and several of the Little Apps that can be used to demonstrate datacentric ideas to your students. The plan for this StatPREP intro workshop is to have presentations on what it means to have your statistics class be datacentric, and the philosophy behind the ASA’s GAISE statement. There will be hands-on activities on using some of the activities written for the Little Apps, and time for small group discussions. At the end of the first day there will be time for socializing, and the second day starts with a social hour. The idea is to create a community of instructors who can ask each other for advice. If you are new to teaching statistics or have been teaching for awhile but would like to add more life to your statistics course, this is a great workshop to attend to learn how to incorporate data into your course and be exposed to the StatPREP material.

Introduction to RStudio
June 18-19, July 15-16; 12-3pm ET each day

This workshop is an Introduction to RStudio. GAISE stresses the idea of using real data, large datasets, and deemphasizing formulas. The best way to follow these guidelines is to use statistical software. One advantage of RStudio is that it is free for students, teachers, and institutions to use. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of RStudio; no prior knowledge of RStudio is expected. 

Intermediate/Advanced RStudio
June 24-25, July 23-24; 12-3pm ET each day

An Intermediate/Advanced RStudio workshop is offered for those who have some experience  with RStudio and would like to learn more. This workshop is to expose the attendee to some of the more sophisticated commands of RStudio. An interest RStudio novice could attend the Introduction to RStudio workshop and then attend the Intermediate/Advance RStudio workshop on either Thursday, June 24 through Friday, June 25, or Friday, July 23 through Saturday, July 24.

Data Science
June 4, July 31; 12-3pm ET each day

You may be contemplating creating a data science program at your institution, but you are not sure where to start. A one-day workshop workshop will feature a panel discussion with several people who have created data science programs at their institutions. The focus will be on community colleges because of the unique issue that community college faces with articulation and workforce development. However, all institution types should gain some insights to create a program at their institution, so all faculty at any college or university are invited to attend.