Program and Presentations

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    Opening Session
    Jordan Ellenberg

    Jordan Ellenberg

    Wednesday, April 5 | 5:30–7:00 p.m.

    Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of two books: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, and The Grasshopper King, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, and the Boston Globe, and he is the author of the "Do the Math" column in Slate. In 2013 he was named one of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

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    Closing Session
    Simon Singh

    Simon Singh

    Saturday, April 8 | 12:30–1:30 p.m.

    Simon Singh is a science writer and broadcaster based in London. His books include Fermat's Enigma, the first book about mathematics to become a No. 1 bestseller in the U.K. He is also the author of The Code Book, Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe, Trick or Treatment? and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. His BBC documentary about Fermat's Last Theorem won a BAFTA award and an Emmy nomination. In 2003, for services to science education, Queen Elizabeth awarded him an MBE (member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), which means that he has to go to bed wearing a suit of armor. (The bit about the armor is not actually true.)

    Closing Session Flyer (PDF)
    Iris M. Carl Equity Address
    Marta Civil

    Marta Civil

    Friday, April 7 | 11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

    Marta Civil is a professor of mathematics education and the Roy F. Graesser Chair in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Her research looks at cultural, social, and language aspects in the teaching and learning of mathematics; connections between in-school and out-of-school mathematics; and parental engagement in mathematics. She has led several funded projects in mathematics education working with children, parents, and teachers, with a focus on developing culturally responsive learning environments, particularly with Latina/o communities. In 2013 she received the TODOS Iris M. Carl Equity and Leadership Award from TODOS: Mathematics for ALL.

    Featured Sessions
    John Urschel

    John Urschel

    Thursday, April 6 | 3:30–4:30 p.m.

    John Urschel, the brawny offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, is using his brains to single-handedly crush "dumb jock" stereotypes. He holds a master's degree in mathematics from Penn State and is currently studying for his PhD in applied mathematics at M.I.T. In 2014, he co-authored a paper entitled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" that was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. Follow John on Twitter @JohnCUrschel.

    Xiaodong Lin

    Xiaodong Lin

    Friday, April 7 | 9:30–10:30 a.m.

    Xiaodong Lin is a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studies the impact of different learning environments, instructional activities, and new media on students' motivation to learn and solve challenging problems, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes. Stories about her work have appeared in PBS Kids, Science, the New York Times, Quartz magazine, BBC News, Australia Network News, News India, and China's People's Daily. Her work has also earned her several awards, including being selected as the Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career and Outstanding Research awards. She has been named the Yellow River Scholar by the Chinese government, and she is currently serving on the expert advisory board of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the EDUCATION 2030 Initiative.

    Ed Burger

    Ed Burger

    Friday, April 7 | 4:45–6:00 p.m.

    Edward Burger is the president of Southwestern University as well as a professor of mathematics and an educational consultant on thinking, innovation, and creativity. He is the author of more than 70 research articles, books, and video series; his most recent book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, has been translated into more than 20 languages. Burger was awarded the 2001 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, and in 2010 he was named the winner of the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. In 2006, Reader's Digest listed Burger in their annual "100 Best of America" issue as America's Best Math Teacher. His weekly podcast on higher education and thinking, Higher ED, is produced by NPR's Austin affiliate KUT and is available on iTunes.

    Ed Burger Session Flyer (PDF)
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    Ignite! We'll Enlighten You and We'll Make It Quick

    Friday, April 7 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.

    What makes mathematics teachers passionate? Join us to find out! Our 10 classroom teachers, representing kindergarten through high school, will light up the room with fresh ideas in math teaching and learning. Each speaker gets five minutes to talk about whatever ignites their passion, using 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds—whether they're ready or not!

    Ignite Session Flyer (PDF)