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Past Events
21st annual Marden Lecture on Mathematics, Wednesday April 28, 2010 from 45 p.m.
This Marden Lecture featured Roger Howe of Yale University. Dr. Howe gave a presentation entitled "Symmetry: More Than Pretty Pictures". In it, he reviewed the phenomena, concepts and history of symmetry, and concluded with some observations about symmetry's role in scientific development.
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Jerry Murdoch lecture, Friday, April 16, 2010, from 4:305:30 pm.
Are you interested in high school mathematics curricula? Jerry Murdoch, the principal author of "Discovering Algebra" and "Discovering Advanced Algebra", recently selected by Milwaukee Public Schools as the districtwide curriculum, spoke in the UWMilwaukee Department of Mathematical Sciences (room E495A). This was an excellent opportunity to talk with Jerry about his philosophy of teaching mathematics, and the curricular and pedagogical decisions that went into the design of the books.
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Kepner Becomes President of NCTM
Dr. Henry Kepner, one of the founders of the MMP and a key leader in the IHE Network, became the latest president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), in a ceremony at the Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, April 712, 2008.
Kepner, a Professor of Mathematics and Education at University of WisconsinMilwaukee, will now serve a twoyear term as President and oneyear term as Past President as spokesman for the organization after assuming duties last year as PresidentElect. It is an enormous honor both to Dr. Kepner and to Milwaukee to have him serve this capacity. Congratulations Dr. Kepner!

The Mathematical Preparation of Middle School Teachers of Mathematics at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council Annual Meeting; Friday May 2, 2008  8:0011:00 am
This workshop, built from the successful conference The Mathematical Preparation of Middle School Teachers of Mathematics: a Wisconsin Concern, held in Wisconsin Dells last October, presented two visions for the mathematical preparation of teachers at the middle grades.
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Math Colloquium, Monday, November 26, 20071:00 p.m.
Math Colloquium at Marquette University, Monday, November 26, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 401 of Katharine Reed Cudahy Hall. Marta Magiera of Illinois Institute of Technology, will give a presentation entitled Metacognition in Solving Complex Problems: A Case Study of Situations and Circumstances that Prompt Metacognitive Behaviors. Ms. Magiera is a candidate for a mathematics education faculty position at Marquette University.
For additional information on this event, please contact Dr. Jack Moyer, phone (414) 2885299, or email johnm@mscs.mu.edu

Math Colloquium, Wednesday, November 28, 20071:00 p.m.
Math Colloquium at Marquette University, Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 401 of Katharine Reed Cudahy Hall. Jennifer Kaminski of the Ohio State University will give a presentation entitled Promoting Transfer of Mathematical Knowledge. Ms. Kaminski is a candidate for a mathematics education faculty position at Marquette University.
For additional information on this event, please contact Dr. Jack Moyer, phone (414) 2885299, or email johnm@mscs.mu.edu

IHEDPI Joint Conference, October 56, 2007
"Mathematical Preparations for Middle School Teachers of Mathematics: A Wisconsin Concern"
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S.Nickerson, "Reconceptualizing Mathematics: Courses for Prospective and Practicing Teachers" Powerpoint Presentation
S.Nickerson, "Reconceptualizing Mathematics Revisited: Prespectives and Views on Building and Delivering a Coherent Program" Powerpoint Presentation
Huinker, McLeod, "The MCEA Math Minor at UWM" Powerpoint Presentation
Summary of MP Powerpoint Presentation

Marden Lecture, April 27, 2007 at 4 pm  University of WisconsinMilwaukee
UWM's April Marden Lecture featured David Keyes of Columbia University. Dr. Keyes gave a presentation entitled "Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing". The Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) initiative is a set of interconnected projectsscience, software development, and research directed toward the latterdesigned to support simulation, data exploration, and collaboration in many thrust areas of the U.S. Department of Energy, including: climate modeling, fusion energy, chemistry and materials science, astrophysics, and high energy and particle physics. The lecture briefly reviewed the sweep of SciDAC and then focuses on some particular advances in the U.S. magnetic fusion energy program.
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Math Colloquium  February 21, 2007 at 1 pm  Marquette University
Denise Forrest of The Ohio State UniversityNewark gave a presentation entitled "Researching Mathematics Teachers' Verbal Communication." Ms. Forrest is a candidate for a mathematics education faculty position with Marquette University. The presentation was Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at Marquette University.
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Mathematics Colloquium, February 2, 2007, 4 pm, Marquette University
Chris Hruska of the University of WisconsinMilwaukee gave a presentation entitled "Nonpositively Curved Spaces with Isolated Flats." The event was sponsored by Marquette's Dept. of Mathematics, Statistics
and Computer Science. 
Mathematics Colloquium, January 19, 2007, 1pm, Marquette University
Tetyana Berezovski of Simon Fraser University, Canada, gave a presentation entitled "Towards
Effective Teaching: The Case for Logarithms." Ms. Berezovski is a candidate for a mathematics education faculty position with Marquette University. She has focused her research on examination of preservice and inservice teachers’ understanding of logarithms and logarithmic functions and to explore how their understanding influences their choices of the approaches to teaching these concepts. Research supplies consistent evidence that teachers' conceptions of mathematics strongly impact their instructional practice. In addition, research findings confirm that teachers' instructional practices, especially in mathematics, reflect the teachers' conceptions of the subject matter.
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Mathematics Colloquium, October 20, 2006, 4pm, University of WisconsinMiwlaukee
"NCTM Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Mathematical Analysis and Perspective on U.S. Mathematics Education" by Henry S. Kepner, Jr., University of WisconsinMilwaukee
Dr. Kepner discussed the recently released Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. His talk focused on the document's relevance in American school mathematics, and examined the recommendations of the Curriculum Focal Points and its intended purpose. He also brought to attention varied commentaries and editorials appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other national media, and how these relate to the historical context of school mathematics in the US and contrast this context to approaches in other countries.
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Mathematics Workshop, August 31, 2006, 56:30 pm, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"Origami Revisited: Connecting Your Students to Learning Mathematics" by Greg Oates, University of Auckland, New Zealand
As a secondary mathematics teacher, Greg Oates often used Origami as a diversionary activity for Friday afternoons, or various activities such as school open days, or science fairs. However, recent scientific and mathematical developments incorporating Origami have stimulated a growing international awareness of Origami, and suggest some justification for greater inclusion of Origami in the mathematics curriculum. The wider applications of Origami to the curriculum became apparent during the development of the Great Origami Maths and Science Show, a project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), with collaboration between Origami New Zealand and the Mathematics Department at The University of Auckland. The onehour show is accompanied by a detailed resource aligned to the New Zealand mathematics curriculum, and is described in advertising to schools as the ultimate maths field trip, with an aim of turning people on to the realms of possibilities within the origami artform. It examines some of the mathematical and scientific concepts contained in the extraordinary array of shapes and the folds involved.
This presentation looked at some of the features of the show, the speaker’s conversion to regarding Origami as a serious curricular activity, and provided examples of how Origami may be included in everyday curricular activities.
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Mathematics Colloquium, August 30, 2006, 23 pm, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"The Great Origami Maths and Science Show  What’s up in Origami and Mathematics Downunder?" by Greg Oates, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Two years ago origami was regarded largely as a children’s recreational activity in the mathematics department at The University of Auckland. This status has changed remarkably as a result of two main influences. Firstly, access via the Internet to the materials and research of international origami experts such as Robert Lang and Tom Hull. Secondly and more recently, Jonathan Baxter has stimulated interest in this field through presentations to students and staff within the department, particularly those involved in the secondary mathematics teacher training programme, and topology research.
An exciting development of this growing awareness has been a project called the Great Origami Maths and Science Show. This project, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), is a collaboration between Origami New Zealand and the Mathematics Department at The University of Auckland. The onehour show is accompanied by a detailed resource aligned to the New Zealand mathematics curriculum. The show, described in advertising to schools as the ‘ultimate maths field trip’, aims to turn people on the realms of possibilities within the origami artform. It examines some of the mathematical and scientific concepts contained in the extraordinary array of shapes and the folds involved. Multiple presentations will be made during a national tour of seven major centres through July, August and early September of 2006, commencing with the Incredible Science Day at The University of Auckland.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever project anywhere in the world to receive government funding on such a scale for origami and maths, science and educationrelated pursuits. This presentation will discuss the design and implementation of the project, with video excerpts from the show, and examples from the accompanying resource book. Details of the project, including feedback from educators and students, tips on how to start a similar project, places to look for funding, pitfalls, and possible improvements on the original concept will be shared.
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Math Colloquium, August 30, 2006; University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"Mathematics Tutoring in Auckland", by Greg Oates, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mathematics courses at The University of Auckland have for many years used collaborative tutorials and peertutors in their teaching. This seminar, led by one of the supervisors of this tutorial programme, will describe and discuss some of the unique aspects of the programme; for example, the innovative Tutoring in Mathematics course that allows students to earn degreestatus credits in mathematics while training them as peergroup tutors, and the recent extension of the collaborative smallclass tutorials to cover all first and secondyear undergraduate courses in the department. Evidence will be provided of the effectiveness of the tutorial programme, as gauged from a survey of students’ perceptions. Some of the tutors also subsequently enroll in the University’s Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). The effects of the tutoring course on tutors continuing to tutor at higher levels, and on their performances as novice teachers in the Diploma course, will be examined.
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Workshop for Mathematics Teachers, April 8, 2006 8:30 AM  11 AM, MPS School Support Center
"Exploring the Shape of Space" by Dr. Jeff Weeks
Dr. Weeks presented an interactive talk with Middle and High School Mathematics teachers challenging the idea of the universe as infinite. Through demonstration, Weeks shared activities from his book (The Shape of Space, Marcel Dekker, 1985; second ed. 2002), and curriculum unit (Exploring the Shape of Space, Key Curriculum Press, 2001). This included small group activities, paperandscissors constructions and computer games to introduce students in grades 510 to the mindstretching possibility of a "multiconnected universe". Interactive 3D graphics let them explore many possible shapes for space. To conclude the workshop, the group examined how recent satellite data provides tantalizing clues to the true shape of our universe.
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Workshop for Mathematics Teachers, May 20, 2006, 8:30 am  4 pm, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"Engaging Mathematics: Connecting Your Students to Learning Mathematics"
Guest Speakers:
 Judy Paterson, University of Auckland, New Zealand;
 Gabriella Pinter, UWMilwaukee;
 Harvey Keynes & Simon Morgan, University of Minnesota
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The number of participants at the May 20th workshops were as follows:
64 people attended at least one of the sessions (AM or PM)
37 people attended both sessions
7 attended only the AM session
20 attended only the PM session
44 attended the AM session
57 attended the PM session

Math Department Colloquium, May 22, 2006, 3 pm, University of WisconsinMilwaukee Dr. Judy Paterson from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland visited UWM to present "Using Mathematics to open up windows in teachers’ minds: Encouraging teacher talk about learning and teaching" at a colloquium on May 22, 2006. Approximately 35 attendees from several local institutions of higher education were in attendance to hear and discuss their reactions to Dr. Paterson’s talk, which related her involvement in a longitudinal study that encourages interaction between mathematics teachers and the greater community through stimulation of mathematical input during professional development opportunities. Download Flyer Word Document

Mathematics Colloquium, March 8, 2006, 4 pm, Marquette University
Marquette University’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science hosted Professor Guershon Harel, of the University of CaliforniaSan Diego, for a colloquium talk on March 8, 2006. Professor Harel’s talk, “What is Mathematics? A Pedagogical Answer to a Philosophical Question”, enabled educators from several institutions of higher education to convene and benefit from Harel’s extensive research in the teaching and learning of mathematical proof. The colloquium coincided with two other events geared to mathematics educators and education majors at Marquette University.
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Math Colloquium, October 14, 2005, Marquette University
Over fortyfive mathematicians and mathematics educators from twenty Milwaukee area high schools and institutions of higher education attended a Colloquium Event featuring Deborah HughesHallett on Friday, October 14, 2005. The event, cosponsored the MMP, was a oneday seminar held in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Marquette University. During the event, Dr. HughesHallett taught a demonstration calculus lesson, led a questionandanswer session at a luncheon following the lesson, and conducted a colloquium on the topic of Calculus Teaching from a Reform Perspective.
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IHE Network Conference, August 2526, 2005, Carroll College
"Mathematical Knowledge Needed for Teaching in K12 and Collegiate Mathematics and The Role of Definition in Mathematics Instruction" with guest speakers Hyman Bass and Deborah Ball, University of Michigan
This twoday conference had participants sharing in the conjectures and observations of the work of Deborah Ball and Hyman Bass. In their quest to describe the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching, Ball and Bass have observed that teaching requires extensive mathematical problem solving, which occurs constantly as teachers. Conference sessions dealt with topics such as the role and significance of definitions in mathematics instruction; calculus students' grasp of mathematical definition; mathematical knowledge needed for teaching, and the relevance of methematical knowledge for teaching to instructional quality and student learning. Sessions were highly interactive.
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Marden Lecture on Mathematics  "Math in the Movies", March 10, 2005
"Math in the Movies" presented by Dr. Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and head of Research, Pixar Animation Studios
Film making is undergoing a digital revolution brought on by advances in areas such as computer technology, computational physics and computer graphics. This talk will provide a behind the scenes look at how fully digital films, such as Pixar's "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles", are made, with particular emphasis on the role that mathematics plays in the revolution.
Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and head of Research at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. From 1985 to 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar winning short film "Geri's game", and in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.
The Marden Lectures were established by Morris and Mirian Marden. Dr. Marden was a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at UWM and was responsible for the inauguration of its graduate program, the first at the University. The Lectures are designed to bring distinguished mathematicians to UWM to speak to a general audience on a topic of mathematical interest. They have been given annually since 1989.
This event was held Thursday, March 10, 2005, 4:00  5:00 PM, Bolton Hall 150, at UWM. The lecture was sponsored by the Mirian and Morris Marden Fund and cosponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the College of Letters and Science, and the College of Engineering.
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Math Colloquium, December 10, 2004
"The Mathematics Education of Teachers: One Example of an Evolving Partnership Between Mathematicians and Mathematics Educators" presented by Gail Burrill of Michigan State University.
Over forty mathematicians and mathematics educators from ten Milwaukee area institutions of higher education were in attendance at “The Mathematics Education of Teachers: One Example of an Evolving Partnership between Mathematicians and Mathematics Educators” presented by Gail Burrill of Michigan State University. This colloquium was the first in a series sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences in conjunction with the School of Education through the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP).
Gail Burrill, who is the Former Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council, and Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, spent the day at other MMP events before conversing animatedly about the capstone course for secondary mathematics majors that she codeveloped and taught at Michigan State University. Successes, challenges, sample math problems and other resources used, coteaching procedures, and surprise findings from teaching the course were all discussed to an interactive crowd of educators from local colleges and universities including UWM, Marquette, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Alverno College, Carroll College, and others.
UWM is in the process of developing a similar type of course through collaboration between faculty in the School of Education and those in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
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IHE Kickoff Meeting, August 16 & 17, 2004
The kickoff for the Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Network was held in conjunction with the annual NPRIME (Networking Project for the Improvement of Mathematics Education) conference August 16 and 17, 2004 at Alverno College . The conference topic, “What is the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching?” provided a springboard for discussion on topics related to the improvement of teacher education at the partnering institutions. Group sessions related experiences in developing teachers' mathematical knowledge and the process of preparing future mathematics teachers. The twoday interactive breakout sessions dealt with specific areas of mathematical preparation, such as geometry, probability and statistics, problem solving and proof, math for elementary teachers, and preparing secondary students' transition to college mathematics.
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