Collaborative Computer Workshops DUE 9752795
May 20, 1998
June 1-5, 1998
SITE(S): CUNY Borough of Manhattan
Community College
New York, NY

The workshops are including as participants, mathematics regular and adjunct faculty and graduate students. Participants are primarily expected from the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; however, faculty from other regions are also encouraged to participate. A primary emphasis of the project is to assist faculty to "bring the lab to the classroom," focusing on the content areas of calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Another aspect of the workshop is to address issues to increase the successful participation of women and underrepresented minorities in mathematics.

CONTACT: Patricia Wilkinson
Department of Mathematics
Borough of Manhattan
Community College/CUNY
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-346-8531
Fax: 212-346-8550

Teaching Undergraduate Geometry DUE 9752807
April 1, 1998
May 28-June 2, 1998
SITE(S): SITE(S): Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

This workshop is intended for college and university faculty who teach, or will soon teach, an undergraduate geometry course--such as the courses typically attended by future or in-service teachers. In the mornings, the participants will experience a learning and teaching environment that is both innovative in content as well as instructional method. The workshop will involve integrating the geometries of planes, spheres, and other surfaces. These exercises will present problems that emphasize experiencing the meanings in the geometry. Student investigations, small group learning, and writing assignments will be explored.

CONTACT: David Henderson
Department of Mathematics
Cornell University
White Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-3523
Fax: 607-255-9149

Institute in the History of Mathematics DUE 9752755
April 1, 1998
July 20-31, 1998
SITE(S): Catholic University
Washington, DC

The goal of this workshop is to increase the presence of history in, and improve teacher preparation for, the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. A three-week program for 80 mathematics faculty will be held, focusing on techniques for incorporating history into undergraduate mathematics courses. Information will be disseminated through presentations at national and regional mathematics meetings, publications, and ongoing electronic communications. For more information on this workshop, see the World Wide Web page at, or write to Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, attn: Dr. Florence Fasanelli.

CONTACT: V. Frederick Rickey
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: 419-372-7452
Fax: 419-372-6092

Elementary Statistics Laboratory Workshop DUE 9653442
April 1, 1998
June 16-20, 1998
SITE(S): University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

This workshop will train college faculty on the use of hands-on laboratory exercises in elementary statistics. Participants will complete 10 laboratory exercises and discuss strategies for successfully incorporating lab experiences into their elementary statistics courses.

CONTACT: John Spurrier
Department of Statistics
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-5072
Fax: 803-777-4048

Missouri Mathematics Faculty Enhancement Program DUE 9653373
May 1, 1998
October 8-10, 1998
SITE(S): Osage Beach, MO

The project will provide opportunities for Missouri undergraduate mathematics faculty to review and consider the implications of emerging secondary and undergraduate curriculum reform materials. Four conferences serve as the forum in which faculty can learn about and discuss reform. In two of these conferences, teams of high school mathematics teachers and college faculty will participate to further systemic efforts at mathematics reform across multiple levels. Significant follow-up activities will encourage and support reform efforts across the state. The specific objectives of the project are to facilitate:

  • college/university mathematics faculty in their review of NSF-sponsored undergraduate curriculum materials and the development of related instructional materials for courses they teach;
  • the discussion and study of undergraduate curriculum-related issues including new mathematics content, new instructional approaches, and emerging technologies;
  • college/university mathematics and high school mathematics faculty and teachers in their review of NSF-sponsored secondary curriculum materials and the development of related instructional materials for courses they teach; and
  • the discussion and study of secondary curriculum and examination and revision of Missouri mathematics teacher preparation programs.

Monographs generated from each conference will be provided for each participant and mathematics department chair in the State of Missouri.

CONTACT: Terry Goodman
Department of Mathematics
and Computer Science
Central Missouri State University
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8792
Fax: 660-543-8006

The New Mexico Initiative for Math Reform DUE 9653367
May 1, 1998
May 26-28, 1998
SITE(S): Las Cruces, NM

A consortium of five New Mexico community colleges and the state's mathematics association of two-year colleges has created a project called New Mexico Initiative for Math Reform. The project is designed to help improve student learning in introductory college mathematics and calculus through mathematics reform and technology.

The region to be served is New Mexico and its bordering states. The partners of the consortium are the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo, New Mexico State University at Dona Ana, University of New Mexico at Valencia, San Juan Community College, and the New Mexico Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges. The project has the potential of reaching every student in the New Mexico region and is being evaluated by an outside investigator both formatively and summatively. The results of the project will be disseminated through participants' own workshops, presentations to professional organizations, and scholarly journals.

CONTACT: George Pletsch
Department of Mathematics
Albuquerque Technical
Vocational Institute
525 Buena Vista Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-224-3672
Fax: 505-224-3700

Calculus: Mathematics and Modeling

DUE 9752805
call contact
call contact
SITE(S): call contact

This project will run three workshops during the summer of 1998 based on "Calculus: Mathematics and Modeling." The key theme of the workshops will be the integrated and pervasive use of a computer algebra system throughout the calculus course. In addition, the workshops will feature a real world modeling approach to mathematics, writing, group work, guided discovery, and the use of other technology in addition to computer algebra systems.

CONTACT: Dr. William Bauldry
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Appalachian State University
Walker Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 704-262-2355
Fax: 704-265-8617

Chance Workshop DUE 9653416
March 15, 1998
July 7-11, 1998
SITE(S): Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Chance is a new introductory quantitative literacy course that teaches basic concepts of probability and statistics in the context of such current issues as medical trials, opinion polls, weather prediction, and the use of DNA fingerprinting in the courts. The aim of the course is to make students better able to understand and critically analyze chance news. The Chance course makes significant use of group learning and activities. This workshop will allow college teachers to experience a brief version of the Chance course and learn how it is taught. For more information about the Chance course and the workshop, see the web site

CONTACT: Laurie Snell
Department of Mathematics
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
6188 Bradley
Phone: 603-646-3507
Fax: 603-646-1312

Broadening Horizons in Mathematics Instruction Through Technology
and Applications
DUE 9653381
no deadline
June (1-3, 3-5, and 6-9) 1998
SITE(S): Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University is producing 12 workshops, four each summer, from 1998 through 1999, for college faculty. The workshops focus on technology and applications in undergraduate mathematics. Each summer will feature a one-day overview workshop; a three-day workshop on calculators in undergraduate mathematics, emphasizing applications in entry level mathematics; a three-day workshop on computer algebra in undergraduate mathematics with professional engineers showing working applications of mathematics; and an Internet workshop that will enable participants to learn about all forms of electronic communication and establishing themselves on the Internet. Each of the three-day workshops accommodates 25 participants. Of particular note is the involvement of secondary school teachers in the workshops, and recruitment strategies and workshop activities that target faculty involved in pre-service teacher preparation courses and programs. In addition, the project will host two three-day conferences, in 1998 and 1999, on the applications of computer algebra systems to education and research in the mathematical sciences. The research portion of the conferences will be supported by Oklahoma State University.

CONTACT: Benny Evans
Department of Mathematics
Oklahoma State University
401 Math Sciences Building
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-5688
Fax: 405-744-8275

Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics Education:
Developing a Comprehensive Program for College Faculty
DUE 9653383
March 13, 1998
June 21-23, 1998
SITE(S): Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (CLUME) is a national program to provide faculty with the knowledge, skills, and experience to implement cooperative learning in undergraduate mathematics courses. It is a pedagogical approach that can be used in classes of any size and embodies a kind of thinking which may have profound impact on a faculty member's ideas about teaching and learning. CLUME activities will provide faculty who have differing levels of interest and expertise an opportunity to explore and evaluate the effectiveness of cooperative learning. The cornerstone activities are a 12-day summer workshop providing intensive training in the theory and practice of cooperative learning, an academic-year apprenticeship with mentoring and electronic networking, and a three-day follow-up workshop during the succeeding summer. In addition to the workshop cycle, the project includes shorter introductory experiences: mini-courses at national AMS/MAA meetings, short courses and panels at MAA sectional meetings, and national conferences. CLUME will develop a cadre of experienced practitioners of cooperative learning capable of providing training for others. Materials developed as part of the workshop experience will be available to the mathematics community. Of particular interest are the CLUME activities that target faculty and departments who have a large responsibility for pre-service teacher preparation. Special attention is paid, during the recruitment phase, to securing the participation of those faculty, and specific components of the workshop activities will focus on cooperative learning in the K-12 setting. An evaluation component will document successes and limitations of cooperative learning.

CONTACT: Edward Dubinsky
Department of Mathematics
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-651-2245
Fax: 404-651-2246

DIMACS Reconnect Conference/DIMACS Two-Day Reconnect
DUE 9752776
March 13, 1998
May 18-19, 1998;
July 5-17, 1998;
November 21-22, 1998
SITE(S): Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ

These projects seeks to "reconnect" to the mathematical sciences enterprise two-and four-year college faculty who lack the time to keep up with research developments. The projects expose them to current research topics in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science that are relevant to their teaching. This is accomplished by placing the faculty in a research center where much of the relevant research is being conducted. The projects aim to enhance the ability of faculty to transform their classrooms into places that connect up to modern uses of mathematics and computer science and to help them produce classroom materials that reflect current research. Both summer conferences and a sequence of two-day conferences are taking place. The summer conferences, national in scope and directed at two-and four-year college faculty with some prior exposure to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, present recent research results in topics such as computational molecular biology, network visualization, clustering, and visibility in geometry, and divide the participants into writing groups. The two-day conferences, regional in scope and directed at two-year college faculty with little prior exposure to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, present an introduction to these materials, with connection to topics of current research interest, and also involve the participants in writing materials in a six-month period between two two-day conferences. Participants in both the two-day and two-week conferences are expected to use the materials they have written as vehicles to bring discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science into their classrooms. Participants are encouraged to make their materials available to a broader audience through developing and publishing them in the DIMACS Undergraduate Module Series.

CONTACT: Fred S. Roberts Rutgers University, DIMACS Core Building
Bush Campus
P.O. Box 1179
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1179
Phone: 732-445-4303
Fax: 732-445-5932

PRE-STAT DUE 9752749
April 15, 1998
July 19-21, 1998

July 26 - August 1, 1998

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

The goals of PRE-STAT are to enable college faculty to enhance the statistical education of pre-service teachers on their home campuses and to encourage active learning through problem-solving in order to improve statistical education in the middle and secondary schools.

The PRE-STAT project is developing a model faculty development workshop that prepares participating mathematics educators to implement an effective statistical education curriculum. A network of teacher educators is being established to share statistical education ideas. PRE-STAT is also supporting the participants during the development of incorporation of statistical education components into the curriculum at their home institutions for pre-service and in-service teachers. Curriculum ideas are being organized into "Guidelines" for differing curriculum settings.

The PRE-STAT project is disseminating ideas including: (1) curriculum guidelines developed by participants; and (2) instructional activities appropriate for these curricula. The World Wide Web site is

PRE-STAT is a two-year project that begins with faculty development workshops in the summer of 1998 at Appalachian State and Montana State Universities. A follow-up phase during 1998-99 is providing support for participants.

CONTACT: Dr. Mike Perry
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Appalachian State University
Walker Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 704-262-2362
Fax: 704-265-8617

Coalition for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary School
Teachers (CoMPET)
DUE 9752756
April 6, 1998
June 8-12, 1998;
(follow through meetings in
August, September, and January)
SITE(S): Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

This 18 month project is extending an existing coalition formed among Sam Houston State University, North Harris College, and Tomball College. The original coalition was formed to implement changes in the mathematics content courses for prospective elementary school teachers. These changes were the result of the Guidelines for Mathematics Courses for Prospective Elementary School Teachers. This document was developed and disseminated in 1996 by the Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI) and is consistent with nationally known standards. The original coalition (SSI Coalition) is expanding to a network of two-year colleges and universities seeking to revitalize their mathematics courses for elementary teachers. The extended coalition is growing from institutes and is being fostered by mentoring, electronic mail, a web page, follow-through workshops, and a newsletter.

The expanded coalition is using the student projects manual and instructor's guide of the SSI Coalition project and Ohio State short course materials. The materials developed by both programs integrate substantial mathematical tasks with cooperative learning, manipulatives, technology, and writing that challenges students while improving their confidence and appreciation of mathematics.

Four members of the SSI Coalition faculty and one additional faculty are serving as senior personnel. They are leading 24 other faculty participants who are experiencing the SSI Coalition approach. These mentoring participants plan for the ensuing year by crafting a new course or restructuring an existing course consistent with the Guidelines.

The project is employing an instructional consultant and an outside evaluator as well as an advisory board to guide the project's progress. Evaluation is being used to refine the instructional approach, to customize it to local site conditions, and to measure the success of the project.

CONTACT: Dr. Mark L. Klespis
Department of Mathematical and
Information Sciences
Sam Houston State University
P.O. Box 2206
Huntsville, TX 77341-2206
Phone: 409-294-1577
E-mail: mth_mlk@shsu.eduA

Undergraduate Faculty Program DUE 9653447
February 15, 1998
July 12-August 1, 1998
SITE(S): IAS/Park City Mathematics
Institute (PCMI)
Park City, Utah

The Undergraduate Faculty Program (UFP) is a component of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), a three-week Summer Session which brings together researchers, students and educators in separate yet overlapping programs. The PCMI is directed by John Polking, Rice University, and its Principal Investigator is Robert MacPherson, Institute for Advanced Study.

The 1998 Summer Session will be held in Park City, Utah, and the research topic is Representation Theory of Lie Groups. Within the setting, the Undergraduate Faculty Program will provide an opportunity for enthusiastic and creative undergraduate educators to work on linear algebra reform. Of specific interest is the development of new enrichment materials and enhanced teaching techniques especially for linear algebra courses, along with methods for assessing the impact of such innovations. Knowledge of group representations is not necessary for participation -- just a willingness to interact with people involved with mathematics in many different ways. The UFP is organized by Daniel Goroff, Harvard University, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants come from two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. Accommodations, meals, and travel are provided for all accepted participants.

CONTACT: Professor Robert McPherson IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 1-800-726-4427
Fax: 609-951-4481

Implementing Modern Curricula in Linear Algebra and ODE in an
Interactive Learning Environment: A New York State Coalition Project
DUE 9752736
call contact
call contact
SITE(S): SUNY Oswego
Oswego, Ny

Building upon its previous workshop, "Integration of Workshop Approaches in Calculus and Precalculus," the SUNY coalition will focus on the content and mode of instruction in Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE) and Linear Algebra. The SUNY Coalition, composed of 29 two-and four-year institutions, will be expanded to include private institutions. Workshop participants will learn to: integrate modern curricula (conceptualization, exploration, and higher-level problem solving) into the teaching of ODE and Linear Algebra; integrate technology and innovative pedagogy into the teaching of ODE and Linear Algebra; attract and retain students from underrepresented groups; and change the academic culture by collaborating with the Long Island Consortium for Mathematical Sciences Throughout the Curriculum to extend mathematical sciences throughout the curriculum.

These efforts will increase faculty's knowledge in the content and pedagogy related to teaching and scholarship in ODE and Linear Algebra; emphasize the importance of mathematical modeling in industry; improve student understanding and retention of fundamental mathematics concepts; provide the opportunity to develop and initiate alternatives to the lecture format; and promote effective communication between two-and four-year institutions and users of mathematics in the real world. First-year participants and new members will implement ODE and/or Linear Algebra modern curricula and innovative pedagogical approaches in the year following the summer training. In addition, the Lead Professors, selected from the first-year participants, will begin work on interdisciplinary courses.

CONTACT: Jack Narayan
Department of Mathematics
State University of New York at Oswego
Snygg Hall
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-341-2890 or 3152
Fax: 315-341-3177 or 3577