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Panel Sessions

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The Math Alliance: Building a New American Community in the Quantitative Sciences

Thursday, August 4, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Salon A

An overview of the Math Alliance, its current state, and its future, as well as a discussion of how MAA members can participate. The Math Alliance supports underrepresented minority students in their pursuit of doctoral degrees. This session will feature a panel of experienced Math Alliance Mentors and Math Alliance Scholars with earned doctorates.

David Goldberg, Math Alliance/Purdue University
Philip Kutzko, Math Alliance/University of Iowa
William Vélez, University of Arizona
Leslie McClure, Drexel University

William Vélez, University of Arizona
Reneé Moore, Drexel College
Raymundo Navarrete, Research Scientist at Upstart
Kyndra Middleton, Howard University

Creating Systemic Transformation in Higher Education to Achieve Equity

Thursday, August 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Salon A

Access to quality mathematics education is a civil rights issue, directly affecting access to future careers. Many mathematics students and faculty face obstacles tied to their social, racial, ethnic, and gender identities. Panelists will lead a discussion about creating systemic transformation of mathematics departments to become places where diverse perspectives are intrinsic to excellence in mathematics.

Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer, (MAA) Mathematical Association of America

Abbe Herzig, TPSE-Math (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics)
Edward Aboufadel, Grand Valley State University
Michael Dorff, TPSE Math and Brigham Young University
Shirley Malcom, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

The Art of Publishing in MAA Journals

Friday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Salon A

The members of this panel will introduce the MAA publications, discuss how to write for these periodicals, and answer questions about writing for the publications. There will be time allotted to meet with the individual editors to ask questions about specific journals and blogs.

Tom Edgar, Pacific Lutheran University; Editor of Math Horizons
Della Dumbaugh, University of Richmond & Editor of The American Mathematical Monthly

Della Dumbaugh, The American Mathematical Monthly
Dominic Klyve, The College Math Journal
Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Convergence
Allison Henrich, MAA FOCUS
Tom Edgar, Math Horizons
Deanna Haunsperger, Math Values Blog
Jason Rosenhouse, Mathematics Magazine

Online Workshops OPEN Opportunities for Teaching-Focused Professional Development

Friday, August 5, 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Salon A

MAA’s NSF-supported OPEN Math project offers intensive, online workshops that support instructors implementing research-based approaches to mathematics education. Panelists will describe their experiences leading teaching-focused professional development (TPD) online through OPEN Math, and session participants will reflect on their personal perspectives through structured discussions. The overarching goal of the panel is to engage and broaden the community of TPD providers.

Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Stan Yoshinobu, University of Toronto
Sandra Laursen, University of Colorado – Boulder

Allison Henrich, Seattle University
Nancy Kress, University of Colorado - Boulder
Brian Winkel, SIMIODE (Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations & Opportunities with Differential Equations)

Adopting, Implementing, Scaling and Sustaining a Research-Based Curriculum and Professional Development Innovation in Undergraduate Mathematics

Friday, August 5, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., Salon A

Research has identified faculty relearning and absence of administrative support as primary barriers for scaling innovative materials and professional development. This session will engage the panelists and audience in discussions of mechanisms for navigating a four-phase process for shifting an undergraduate course to be more coherent and conceptually focused, while initially being more cognitively demanding for instructors to implement.

Marilyn Carlson, Arizona State University
Alan O'Bryan, Rational Reasoning

Jessica Ellis-Hagman, Colorado State University
Timothy McNicholl, Iowa State University
Jeremy Strayer, Middle Tennessee State University

Alternative Post-Secondary Mathematics Pathways

Friday, August 5, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Salon A

For many undergraduate students, the traditional algebra-to-calculus pathway is best. But, for others, an alternative route involving an early introduction to data science, mathematical modeling, statistics, discrete structures, or quantitative reasoning might better align with their interests and goals and increase the likelihood of successful degree completion and job placement. Panelists in this session will share their own experiences with implementing alternative pathways, as well as their knowledge of related ongoing efforts and research.

Shanna Dobson, California State University, Los Angeles
Janet Fierson, La Salle University
Emelie Kenney, Siena College
Buna Sambandham, Utah Tech University
Jeanette Shakalli, FUNDAPROMAT

Amanda Beecher, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University
Kelly Fitzpatrick, County College of Morris
Ravanasamudram Uma, North Carolina Central University

Sponsor: Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Friday, August 5, 4:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m., Salon A

This panel session will provide the audience a brief overview of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP), such as its goal, eligibility requirements, application process, and timeline as well as include a discussion about the program’s efforts to increase representation of women and members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM.

Anni Leming, Professional Management Consulting Services, and Outreach and Communications Manager, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Operations Team

Joel Schildbach, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director, Division of Graduate Education
Brandy Huderson, Application Processing Manager, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Operations Team
Anni Leming, Professional Management Consulting Services, and Outreach and Communications Manager, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Operations Team

Building Community and Belonging in Mathematics

Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Salon A

Like the authors included in our book, Count Me In: Community and Belonging in Mathematics, panelists to this session will discuss a program or community that has been successful at welcoming women or members of underrepresented groups into mathematics. They will discuss the successes and failures, the joys and pitfalls of building such a community.

Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College
Della Dumbaugh, University of Richmond

Edray Goins, Pomona College
Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College
Deirdre Smeltzer, Mathematical Association of America
Erica Winterer, University of Texas at Austin