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Category Archives: Issues in Higher Education
On the AWM Moving Towards Action Workshop
In September, Brian Katz wrote a post on the AMS inclusion/exclusion blog about the Moving Towards Action workshop to be held on Tuesday, January 14 by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) at JMM 2020. (JMM 2020 will be … Continue reading
On the Living Proof blog
A new AMS blog — Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey — was recently launched. It follows the publication of the book by the same name (jointly published by the AMS and MAA). The book, which was … Continue reading
Posts to Ponder
I have recently read some posts that don’t necessarily have a common theme uniting them, except that they all grabbed my attention. Without further ado, here’s a little bit about a few of them. “What we mean when we say … Continue reading
Math Instruction for Students Learning English
As of 2016, 4.9 million students — or 9.6% of students in U.S. public schools — were identified as English Language Learners (ELL), according to the National Center for Education Statistics. While different folks advocate using different terms to describe … Continue reading
Mathematical Resilience
The MAA and AMS recently copublished “Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey” and the ebook is free to download here. The book was edited by Allison K. Henrich, a mathematician at Seattle University, Emille D. Lawrence, a … Continue reading
Inclusive Math History
Earlier this month, Anna announced on Twitter “It’s finally happened, I got tapped to teach History of Math. Since I cover so much of the euro white guy stuff in number theory, I want to do a People’s History of … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, people in math, Uncategorized, women in math
Tagged biographies, David Richeson, Division by Zero, Evelyn Lamb, Fermat's Last Theorem, inclusion/exclusion blog, Katherine Johnson, Mike Lawler, Mike's Math Page, Sophie Germaine
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Do Evaluations Really Add Up?
First, let’s start with the classic article, “How to Improve Your Teaching Evaluations Without Improving Your Teaching” by Ian Neath from the mid 90’s, in which 20 tips are furnished for gaming your endofsemester evaluations. Despite the funny title and … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, Math Education
Tagged Bias, Jacqueline Dewar, Philip Stark, Rice University, SET, Student Evaluations, Villanova
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On the National Girls Collaborative Project’s blog
In the U.S., March is Women’s History Month. The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to “bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, women in math
Tagged Ashley Stenzel, computer science, Émilie du Châtelet, Grace Hopper, National Girls Collaborative Project, physics, Robin Stevens Payes, Women's History Month
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On Mathematical Superpowers and Black History Month
“Which MATHEMATICAL superpower would you prefer?” Ben Orlin asked on his Math with Bad Drawings blog. He offered readers three superpower options: super approximation, or “the ability to immediately answer any numerical question to within 20% accuracy,” super visualization, or … Continue reading
On vision and mathematics
Today, I’m reflecting on vision and mathematics. That’s largely because as I write this, I’m also simultaneously evaluating whether a new computer I received as an early Christmas present is going to be a good fit for me or if … Continue reading