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Saturday Afternoon Program

History of Mathematics in the Classroom

Organized by Gary Towsley (SUNY Geneseo) and Toke Knudsen (SUNY Oneonta), both representatives to the MAA Seaways Section of the MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group (HOM SIGMAA)

There is currently a lot of interest in the history of mathematics.  Many mathematicians teach classes on the topic, or they incorporate history into their teaching of a particular topic in mathematics.

The present session seeks to encourage history of mathematics in the college curriculum, as taught in separate classes as well as used to teach mathematical topics more generally.  The speakers will focus on their experience with the history of mathematics in the classroom and provide frameworks and ideas for others to do so as well.  The session will conclude with a larger discussions between the speakers and the audience.

Since the year 2014 is the 900th birth anniversary of Bhāskara II, the session will commence with a talk on this remarkable Indian mathematician and astronomer.  The talk will be delivered by Keith Jones and Toke Knudsen, both of SUNY Oneonta.


Speakers of the Session:


Jeff Johannes, SUNY Geneseo

Angeliki Kazas-Pontisakos, SUNY Oneonta

Toke Knudsen, SUNY Oneonta

Mark McKinzie, St. John Fisher

Chuck Rocca, Western Connecticut State University

Bob Rogers, SUNY Fredonia

Gary Towsley, SUNY Geneseo


Grad School: Who? Where? When? You?

Ever wonder if you should be thinking about going to graduate school in math? Or, how financial aid works for graduate school? Want to know how people choose a graduate school?  Come listen to current graduate students answer common questions undergraduate students have about graduate school.  You'll have the opportunity to ask your own questions, too.


Moderator of the Session:

Elizabeth Wilcox, SUNY Oswego


Astrid Fuentes, Buffalo State College
Tara Hudson, University of Buffalo
Daniel Kraus, University of Buffalo
Matt Schumacher, graduate of RIT
Rachel Skipper, Binghamton University


Workshop on Leadership in Departments of Mathematical Sciences


Saturday afternoon, April 26, 2014


This workshop will provide opportunities to establish connections between department chairs, but it is open to all those interested in academic leadership, departmental challenges and strategies.
Contributed talks for this meeting should focus on:

·       Presentation of the department and the program

·       Student recruitment

·       Student Retention

Contact and more information on the workshop:

Dr. Mihail Barbosu
Professor and School Head
School of Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +1-585- 475-2123

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