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Teaching Math to Incarcerated Students
Last month, Beth Malmskog wrote a post for the AMS blog PhD Plus Epsilon about teaching mathematics at a nearby prison. Malmskog is a math professor at Villanova, and in the post she writes about a course she and her … Continue reading
Twitter, but for Math, with Toots
Hooray, it’s yet another social network for you to join! I’m skeptical about new social media, but I’ve been seeing enough posts about mathstodon.xyz that I finally caved and got an account. Mathstodon is the math(s) “instance” of mastodon, a … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, people in math
Tagged mastodon, mathstodon, social media
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Best of the Bots
A slew of paint colors named by a neural network, including such gems as “turdly” and “rose hork,” made it big last week, with mentions in Ars Technica, The AV Club, and even The Atlantic. But for the story straight … Continue reading
What Are You Going to Do with That?
For people in graduate school for math, the question, “What are you going to do with that?” often seems to have a clear, easy answer: “I’m going to be a math professor.” In grad school, our role models are the professors … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Math Education
Tagged finding a math job, industry jobs in math, math careers, mathematicians
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Recommended Reading: Euler, Erdős
Have you ever used an analogy in a conversation only to have the conversation derailed as the person with whom you’re speaking points out that the analogy is not quite perfect in some way? Of course it’s not perfect! If … Continue reading
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Tagged graduate student, Jean Pierre Mutanguha, student blogs
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Maps and Math
Gauss’s Theorema Egregium was in the news recently! The news articles didn’t quite put it that way, though. Their headlines were more like, “Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion.” That’s right, they’re switching from using … Continue reading
Adding to the Faces of Mathematics on Wikipedia
For better or for worse, Wikipedia is the first place most people look when they want to learn about someone or something online. I don’t use Wikipedia as my sole source for important facts, but it’s a great first stop … Continue reading
Posted in people in math
Tagged black mathematicians, wikipedia, women in science, womeninSTEM
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How to Communicate in a PostTruth World
Fake news is not new. For years I have rolled my eyes and scrolled by quack health and science stories, links from the satirical Borowitz Report shared credulously, and other incorrect information in my Facebook feed. I have often written … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged alternative facts, Election, Facebook, fake news, politics, posttruth
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Celebrating Black Mathematicians
As you may know, February is Black History Month in the U.S. To celebrate, the new website Mathematically Gifted and Black is featuring a different black mathematician every day this month. The site was started by mathematicians Erica Graham, Raegan … Continue reading