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SIGMAA Activities

SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA)

Contributed Paper Session

Mathematics and the Life Sciences: Initiatives, Programs, Curricula

Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., Governor's Square 17, Plaza Building


The 2015 CUPM Curriculum Guide to Majors in the Mathematical Sciences identified the life sciences as a key path through the mathematics major to graduate programs and the workforce. Topics include scholarly contributions addressing initiatives, programs, curricula, and course materials at the interface of mathematics and the life sciences that have been implemented and tested at institutions of higher education.

Tim Comar, Benedictine University
Raina Robeva, Sweet Briar College

SIGMAA on Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL SIGMAA)


Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning

Part A. Thursday, August 2, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tower Court A, Tower Building
Part B. Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tower Court A, Tower Building


This minicourse will be a hands-on introduction to inquiry-based learning, a pedagogical approach that strongly emphasizes active learning and sense-making. Facilitators and participants will model IBL classroom modes as teachers and students and analyze on these experiences so that participants can integrate these modes into their teaching practice. The minicourse is intended for instructors new to inquiry-based learning.

Brian P Katz, Augustana College
Eric Kahn, Bloomsburg University
Candice Price, University of San Diego
Xiao Xiao, Utica College
Theron J Hitchman, University of Northern Iowa
Alison Marr, Southwestern University

Guest Lecture

Inspire through Inquiry-Based Learning

Angie Hodge, Northern Arizona University

Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., Grand Ballroom II, Tower Building


Inquiry-based learning has been shown to help all students learn mathematics, but IBL has a powerful component that goes beyond the mathematics classroom. IBL can help students with developing thinking skills, making informed life choices, building lifelong relationships, and opening doors to career paths not otherwise considered. In this session, I will engage the audience in a reflective session on how we can all inspire others by using IBL methods of teaching in our classrooms.


Reception and Business Meeting

Friday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom II, Tower Building

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA MCST)

Contributed Paper Session

Great Circles, Great Problems

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m., Governor's Square 15, Plaza Building


Math Circles are outreach programs for K12 teachers and students, often led by university-based mathematicians, which focus on providing authentic mathematical experiences – where participants enjoy and engage with mathematics as a lively discipline of inquiry, conjecturing, and problem solving. Presenters will share mathematical problems and activities that can lead to hours of exploration by the curious.

Amanda Matson, Clarke University
Diana White, National Association of Math Circles

Business Meeting

Thursday, August 2, 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m., Governor's Square 15, Plaza Building

Other Mathematical Session

Math Teachers' Circle Demonstration

Saturday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building


A Math Teachers' Circle is a professional development experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics and give teachers a chance to connect with like-minded colleagues. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a Math Teachers' Circle experience designed for local teachers. While the teachers are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle.

Laura Janssen and Tom Clark, Dordt College

Other Mathematical Session

MATH Rumble

Saturday, August 4, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building


The Math Rumble involves teachers in a Mathematical Creativity Contest including mathematical and pedagogical questions. The intention of the Math Rumble demonstration at Math Fest is to share a fun mathematical contest format with those who lead Math Teachers' Circles and similar activities.

Ed Keppelmann, University of Nevada Reno
Phil Yasskin, Texas A&M University
Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco

SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy (SIGMAA QL)

Town Hall Meeting

Quantitative Literacy Swap Session

Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Plaza Ballroom F, Plaza Building


In this swap session, participants will have the opportunity to share or borrow course materials related to quantitative literacy. We interpret course materials to include data sets, technology, individual lessons, case studies, entire courses, etc. At the beginning of the session, participants will sign up to give a brief (5 minutes or less) presentation of their resource. Come to share, come to receive, or come for both!

Victor Piercey, Ferris State University
Catherine Crockett, Point Loma Nazarene University
Andrew Miller, Belmont University
Gizem Karaali, Pomona College
Luke Tunstall, Michigan State University

Reception and Business Meeting

Thursday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Governor's Square 16, Plaza Building

SIGMAA on Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics (SIGMAA TAHSM)

Contributed Paper Session

Priming the Calculus Pump: Fresh Approaches to Teaching First-Year Calculus

Part A: Friday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., Governor's Square 16, Plaza Building
Part B: Friday, August 3, 1:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m., Governor's Square 16, Plaza Building
Part C: Saturday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., Governor's Square 16, Plaza Building


Many first-year college calculus students have had a previous encounter with calculus in high school. These new college calculus students start calculus having seen much of the material, but with a weakness or a lack of confidence in some areas. This audience creates unique challenges to the instructor. This session seeks to share fresh approaches to engage this audience.

Chuck Garner, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
Bob Sachs, George Mason University


Meeting the Challenge of Introducing Senior High School Students to Contemporary Mathematics

Friday, August 3, 3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tower Court D, Tower Building


Consider the challenge mentioned in the title, why meet it and how? Our suggestion consists of periodically interweaving Mathematics-News-Snapshots (MNSs). We’ll examine a sample MNS against the rationale and the guidelines for MNS authors. Results from interweaving 21 different MNSs in Israel will be followed by a call for collaboration in (i) Developing new MNSs; (ii) Implementing existing MNSs empirically.

Organizers: Nitsa B. Movshovitz-Hadar and Boaz Silberman, Technion

SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB (WEB SIGMAA)

Business Meeting (CANCELED)

Friday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Governor's Square 10, Plaza Building