Author Archives: Ben Braun

About Ben Braun

Benjamin Braun received his B.A. in Mathematics and English at Truman State University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has been a faculty member at the University of Kentucky since 2007. His mathematical research is in algebraic and geometric combinatorics; if there is a polytope or simplicial complex involved, he’s interested. His scholarly interests in teaching and learning include using writing in mathematics courses, preservice teacher education, pedagogical use of the history of mathematics, and connections between mathematics education and cognitive/social/educational psychology.

Six Ways Mathematics Instructors Can Support Diversity and Inclusion

By Natalie LF Hobson, Graduate Student, University of Georgia What teaching practices support a diverse student body in your mathematics classroom? In this post, I suggest six concrete teaching practices you can implement today to help make your classroom a … Continue reading

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Students’ Views of REUs: a “Magical Place of Thinking”

By the Editorial Board, based on an interview at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting with REU students David Burton, Kelly Emmrich, Micah Henson, Andres Mejia, and Nina Pande. Editor’s note: The editors thank David, Kelly, Micah, Andres, and Nina for … Continue reading

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Aspirations and Ideals, Struggles and Reality

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Two of my favorite pieces of mathematical writing are recent essays: Francis Su’s January 2017 MAA Retiring Presidential Address “Mathematics for Human Flourishing”, and Federico Ardila-Mantilla’s November 2016 AMS Notices article “Todos Cuentan: Cultivating Diversity in … Continue reading

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Announcement: Statement by AMS Board of Trustees

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Due to connections with mathematics education, some of our readers might be interested in the following statement issued by the members of the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society regarding the Executive Order on … Continue reading

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Announcement: Active Learning Article in AMS Notices

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Some of our readers might be interested to know that the February 2017 Notices of the American Mathematical Society contains an article on active learning that is based on the six-part series on active learning published on this … Continue reading

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Integrating Computer Science in Math: The Potential Is Great, But So Are The Risks

By Emmanuel Schanzer, Bootstrap Recent calls to bring Computer Science to K-12 schools have reached a fever pitch. Groups like Code.org and Girls Who Code have become household names, having raised tens of millions in funding from Silicon Valley luminaries … Continue reading

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Creating Momentum Through Communicating Mathematics

By Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University, and Brandy Wiegers, Central Washington University Given five minutes, can you turn to the person next to you and describe your research? How about over 15 minutes in front of a class of … Continue reading

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More Linear Algebra, Please

By Drew Armstrong, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Miami Anyone who teaches mathematics in the US knows that the quality of education could be better, but we also know that the problems are complicated and defy easy solutions. I … Continue reading

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Announcement Regarding White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Call to Action on Active Learning in STEM Education

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky This is an announcement to the mathematical community that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued a Call to Action for incorporating Active Learning in K-12 and higher education STEM … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Maths Conference: ECCO 2016

By Viviane Pons, maitre de conferences (Assistant Professor), Université Paris-Sud Editor’s Note: An expanded version of this article previously appeared at http://openpyviv.com/2016/07/12/ECCO/. Being one of the few women in the men’s world of mathematics and computer science has led me … Continue reading

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