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.

Mathematical Culture Beyond the Classroom

Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky Mathematics is the result of human curiosity and our desire to explain, predict, and explore observed and imagined phenomena. Our shared curiosity and sense of wonder is the wellspring of our mathematical culture. Yet … Continue reading

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From the Editors: Changes for the Editorial Board

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief I want to thank all of our readers, subscribers, and contributors — we appreciate your feedback and ideas through your writing, social media comments, and in-person conversations at mathematical meetings and events. We will continue to … Continue reading

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Advice for New Doctoral Advisors

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky It is commonly understood that graduate students need guidance and mentoring, especially as they begin the research phase of their studies with an advisor. A less-frequent topic of discussion is the guidance and … Continue reading

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Students Find Their Fit in the Mathematical Community at the Marshall University REU

By Stacie Baumann, 2017 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, currently a doctoral student at Auburn University, and Matthew Jones, Virginia Tech, class of 2018 Editor’s note: The editors thank Stacie and Matthew for taking the time to share their … Continue reading

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The Third Year of “On Teaching and Learning Mathematics”

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky Summer 2017 brought the third anniversary of On Teaching and Learning Mathematics and with it our annual review of the articles we have published since our previous year in review article. Over the … Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: Editor-in-Chief

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the American Mathematical Society blog On Teaching and Learning Mathematics. The Society seeks a college or university mathematician or mathematics educator with at least five years of experience. Applicants … Continue reading

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To Active Learning and Beyond: Attending to Student Thinking AND Student Experience in Active-Learning Math Classes

By Jess Ellis Hagman, Contributing Editor, Colorado State University On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I met a really cool woman named Anna Sale who runs a podcast called Death, Sex, and Money (check it out). In … Continue reading

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What is Math-Ed Research All About? As Explained by a Muggle in a Math Department

By Jess Ellis Hagman, Contributing Editor, Colorado State University I’ve recently finished my third year as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Colorado State University. Since my research area is mathematics education, I am often asked what it … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Collaborative Classroom

By Saúl A. Blanco, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University For several years I’ve been incorporating active-learning and inquiry-based learning activities in my teaching. There is ample documented evidence of the benefits of these approaches for students, but equally … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Research: Viewpoints from the Faculty Side

By Luis David García Puente, Contributing Editor, Sam Houston State University Over the years I have been asked the questions: Why do you direct undergraduate research? How do you pick a research problem for your students? How do you manage … Continue reading

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