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We make math more engaging by teaching it through issues students care about, such as sustainability, social justice, ecotourism, environmental science, racial profiling, and water quality. Our partners serve both two- and four-year institutions, and teach courses ranging from introductory to advanced algebra, statistics, modeling, quantitative reasoning, numeracy, and calculus.


 

New Engaging Mathematics Teaching Manual Explores the Calculus of Milkweed and Monarchs

Dr. Rikki Wagstrom, an Engaging Mathematics Institutional Partner and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Metropolitan State University, published a teaching manual containing two modules for use in either a standard Calculus I-II sequence or a one-semester applied calculus survey course. The first module, Calculus Exploration 1: Rates of Change, explores declining milkweed abundance in Iowa […]

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Engaging Math Co-PI to Co-Host October Webinar: STEM and Politics – Before and After Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hosted by: Chris Arney, Janice Ballou, and Frank Wattenberg Chris Arney and Frank Wattenberg are members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Military Academy, the United States Army, or the United States Government. Webinar Date: […]

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Positive Review for SENCER, Engaging Mathematics, and SoTL

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New, Freely Available Report on Integrating Math Modeling into Curricula

SENCER educators in mathematics and other STEM disciplines can make use of a new report called GAIMME (Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education) for ways to incorporate applied mathematics into K-12 through undergraduate level curricula. Among the writing team is Sol Garfunkel, a member of the Engaging Mathematics advisory board. The report, developed […]

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SENCER Inspires New NSF Grant that Infuses Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Dr. Frank Wang, a SENCER community member affiliated with the SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic region and professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, was recently interviewed on the CASTpod podcast hosted by Harold Washington College in Chicago. On the podcast, Dr. Wang discussed the NICHE, or Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education, project funded […]

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Engaging Math Partner to Co-Host Webinar on Using SoTL to Tell the Story of Curriculum Development

“Evidence Matters: Using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Tell the Story of Curriculum Development” The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a form of research that involves a systematic investigation of teaching practices and student learning followed by peer review and public sharing of the work for others to build upon. This […]

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Global Warming and Groundwater Modules by Victor Padron

Engaging Mathematics partner Victor Padron of Normandale Community College recently participated in the workshop Teaching Geoscience with MATLAB, hosted by Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Victor reports that his experience in the workshop was very interesting and motivating. He developed two teaching modules for this workshop that are available to the public through a web repository of […]

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Engaging Mathematics Co-PI Hosts Webinar on A Future Shared with Robots

Should insurance companies be allowed to use your purchasing history to set prices on your policies? Should self-driving cars be allowed on public roads? What are the implications of robotic police? These are some of the questions Frank Wattenberg explores during his webinar, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence – Shaping a Future Shared with Robots. Frank […]

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Engaging Mathematics Partner to Participate in Teaching Geoscience with MATLAB Workshop

Engaging Mathematics partner Victor Padron of Normandale Community College will be participating in the workshop Teaching Geoscience with MATLAB, hosted by Carleton College in Northfield, MN from October 18-20, 2015. The workshop is designed to explore how teaching with MATLAB (a high-level technical computing language used by engineers, scientists, and mathematicians) can enhance the student […]

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Victor Donnay Makes Mathematics Engaging, Interdisciplinary, and Relevant to the Real World

Victor Donnay’s plenary address during the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute had a clear goal—to show the connection between mathematics and the issues people care about. Victor, who is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and an advisory board member for NCSCE’s Engaging Mathematics initiative, has the same goal for […]

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Engaging Mathematics Leads Hands-On Session and Delivers Plenary Address during 15th Annual SSI

During the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute held last week at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Engaging Mathematics initiative led a hands-on session in which participants tried out lessons and curricular units that faculty from the Engaging Math project have developed, all of which illustrate how to connect important topics in mathematics to a variety of […]

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New Webinar with Engaging Mathematics PI and Advisory Board Member

In a newly launched webinar, Engaging Mathematics Principal Investigator Wm. David Burns and Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board member Dave Ferguson discuss the benefits of and strategies for applying civic issues to mathematics courses. In their conversation, they touch on teaching innovations, community building, and how to motivate and engage students (even math-averse students). Check out their in-depth, […]

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Engaging Mathematics To Be Represented at Upcoming March Meetings

March will be a busy time for Engaging Mathematics–we will be represented at several upcoming meetings! Wm. David Burns (Engaging Math Principal Investigator) and Victor J. Donnay (Engaging Math Advisory Board member) will be speaking at the jointly held Chicago Symposium Series on March 13 and the SCI-Midwest regional meeting on March 14. Both meetings will be held […]

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Engaging Mathematics Presents Invited Poster at Largest Math Meeting in the World

In early January Engaging Mathematics partners flew to San Antonio to discuss their work at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). The Engaging Mathematics initiative was invited to the JMM to contribute a poster for projects supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education. Initiative partners also presented individual work. Dr. Rikki Wagstrom […]

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Engaging Mathematics Faculty Member Writes Chapter for New Book Published by MAA

Dr. Rikki Wagstrom, SENCER Leadership Fellow, associate professor of mathematics at Metropolitan State University, and Engaging Mathematics institutional partner, authored a chapter in the Mathematical Association of America’s recent book Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her chapter is titled “Using SoTL Practices to Drive Curriculum Development” and describes how SoTL, or the Scholarship […]

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Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board Member Co-Edits Book on Mathematical Modeling and Interdisciplinary Education

What does it take to be outstanding at mathematical modeling, and how does modeling relate to real world issues across disciplines of study? For 16 years, teams of high school students and college undergraduates have competed in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications’ (COMAP’s) Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) to find out. COMAP recently […]

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Making Math Relevant: SCI-MidAtlantic Holds Quantitative Literacy Conference at LaGuardia Community College

On October 10, 2014, over 30 mathematics educators from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania gathered at LaGuardia Community College – CUNY in Long Island City, New York to hear LaGuardia faculty members present stimulating discussions on how they teach mathematics and statistics using issues that are interesting, relevant, and real to the lives of […]

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Mathematics Predicts Our Climate May Be Headed for a Tipping Point

Why is the climate like a billiard game? This isn’t a riddle from Alice in Wonderland, but a question Dr. Victor J. Donnay used math to help answer. This summer, Victor, who is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, worked with TED-Ed to create a short animated video on […]

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Engaging Mathematics Can Help Close a Gap in Informal Education

A blog post on the CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) website identified a gap in informal education, namely a lack of museum projects that address social issues grounded in math. Museums are increasingly making efforts to address social issues through their programs and exhibits. When they do so, these efforts are generally successful. […]

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LaGuardia Community College to Host October 10 Meeting

October 10, 2014 LaGuardia Community College “SENCER and Engaging Mathematics” 9:00 registration, breakfast, networking; 9:30 – 3:00 program with luncheon included Learn more about the growing community of faculty who find SENCER ideals as successful principles for mathematics instruction. This is the basis for the newest NSF-funded initiative of NCSCE – “Engaging Mathematics.” Cindy Kaus […]

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