Category Archives: Multidisciplinary Education

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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Learning Mathematics in Context with Modeling and Technology

Dr. Brian Winkel, Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA and Director of SIMIODE. I cannot accept that mathematics be taught in a vacuum. Yes, mathematics is beautiful, be it pure or applied. However, in … Continue reading

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Thick Derivatives

by Tevian Dray, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Oregon State University One of the iconic messages of the calculus reforms that took place in the 1990s is the “Rule of Four,” emphasizing the use of multiple representations: algebraic, geometric, numeric, and verbal. But … Continue reading

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Start Small, Think Big: Making a Difference Through K-12 Mathematics Outreach

By Kathleen Fowler, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Clarkson University Since starting my career as a faculty member in 2003, I jumped right in to K-12 Outreach and have never looked back. I was motivated by … Continue reading

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The First Year of “On Teaching and Learning Mathematics”

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky It has been one year since On Teaching and Learning Mathematics launched, so it seems an appropriate time for reflection.  As I re-read the 36 articles we have published over the past twelve … Continue reading

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The Power of Undergraduate Researchers

By Audrey St. John, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College When I first started teaching, I was mystified (and, frankly, at times panicked) at the thought of having undergraduates work with me on research. I realized this … Continue reading

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You Can Do Anything With a Math Degree

By Reinhard Laubenbacher, Center for Quantitative Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, and Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine Job opportunities for graduates with degrees in the mathematical sciences have never been better, as the world is being viewed through increasingly … Continue reading

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The Liberal Art of Mathematics

By Priscilla Bremser, Contributing Editor, Middlebury College Somehow, over the last 600 years or so, mathematics has moved from the core of the liberal arts disciplines to entirely outside. We’re all used to this; a “liberal arts math” course is … Continue reading

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