Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Dan Rockmore—Lead Content Advisor and Program Host
Dan Rockmore is the John G. Kemeny Parents Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute, where he also directs the Complex Systems Summer School. He is well known for his work in computational harmonic analysis, and in 1995 he was the recipient of a White House Presidential Faculty Fellowship in recognition of his teaching and research. He has published many technical papers, and his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. He is also known for his exposition of mathematics. He has co-produced two documentaries on mathematics, has written and performed radio essays for NPR, and is the author of Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis, which was longlisted for the 2006 Aventis Science Writing Prize. His ability to communicate mathematics effectively to a broad audience has been recognized through his appointments as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and as a Visiting Lecturer for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Rockmore served as Lead Content Advisor for the series and is also the series host.
Lisa Adajian—Teacher Professional Development Consultant
Dr. Lisa Adajian has more than 26 years of experience teaching in a variety of educational settings at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, and in schools with predominantly minority and limited-English-speaking populations. For the past 13 years, she has worked with pre-service and in-service schoolteachers at the elementary and secondary level, teaching math content and methods courses and conducting workshops to improve teachers' capacity to teach mathematics. She is currently teaching mathematics and science at James Madison High School in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Adajian served as Professional Development Advisor for the project.
William P. Berlinghoff—Steering Advisor
William P. Berlinghoff earned his B.S. from Holy Cross, M.A. from Boston College, and Ph.D. from Wesleyan University, where he specialized in abelian group theory. Dr. Berlinghoff, who recently retired from college teaching after more than 40 years, has been a faculty member at the College of Saint Rose, a professor at Southern Connecticut State University, and most recently a visiting professor at Colby College in Maine. He is author or co-author of five college texts—Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others (winner of the 2007 Beckenbach Book Prize from the Mathematical Association of America); A Mathematics Sampler: Topics for the Liberal Arts; The Mathematics of the Elementary Grades; A Mathematical Panorama; and Mathematics, the Art of Reason. He is also a Senior Writer of the MATH Connections program, an NSF-supported, standards-based core curriculum for high school students.
Dr. Berlinghoff served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
KC Cole—Steering Advisor
A long-time science writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, KC Cole is the author of The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty, as well as four other popular books on science. She has written about science for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Discover, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Esquire, and many other publications. She currently teaches at the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC, and runs a series of conversations about art and science at Santa Monica Art Studios. Ms. Cole served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
David Eisenbud—Steering Advisor
Dr. Eisenbud is currently the Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, one of the most prestigious mathematics research centers in the country. He is also the outgoing president of the American Mathematical Society with integral connections at the AMS, and has a record of advocacy in the field of mathematics, including congressional testimony. Dr. Eisenbud served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
Jacquelyn A. Buxton Flowers—Teacher Advisor
Jacquelyn Flowers has been teaching high school for 11 years. She is currently teaching algebra and geometry at Oneonta High School in Oneonta, Alabama. She has also taught at McAdory and Pinson Valley High Schools, both of which are located in Alabama. Ms. Flowers has taught keyboarding, computer applications, Algebra, Honors Algebra, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, and Honors Algebra II. She is an adjunct professor at Jefferson State Community College where she teaches two nights a week. Ms. Flowers is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has been named to Who's Who Among American High School Teachers. Ms. Flowers advised on Unit 5, Dimension, and Unit 9, Game Theory.
Fernando Q. Gouvêa—Steering Advisor
Fernando Q. Gouvêa is Carter Professor of Mathematics at Colby College. Dr. Gouvêa, who was born in São Paulo, Brazil, went to Harvard University for his Ph.D. He then taught at the Universidade de São Paulo and at Queen's University before moving to Colby. He is the author of p-adic Numbers: An Introduction and the co-author, with William P. Berlinghoff, of Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Gouvêa is the editor of MAA FOCUS, the news magazine of the Mathematical Association of America, and of MAA Reviews, the MAA's online book review service. His scholarly interests are in the history of mathematics and in number theory. In addition to his interest in mathematics, he is interested in Christian theology, New Testament studies, modern science fiction, literature, politics, and wine. He is the proud owner of a graying scraggly beard. Dr. Gouvêa served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
Mark Jaffee—Teacher Advisor
Mark Jaffee has been a high school mathematics teacher for 41 years, most recently at Admiral King High School in Lorain, Ohio. Previously, he taught at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio, for 34 years. He has been active in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) in which he served as District Director and is currently the Constitution chairperson. He has made presentations at OCTM, NCTM, and Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) local, state, national, and international conferences, has served as equipment chairperson at several of the conferences and is an editorial referee for the Ohio Journal of School Mathematics. In 2005 he was selected for the Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award (Grades 7-12) for the North East Ohio District of Ohio and in 2007 received the Buck Martin Award from OCTM for Outstanding Teaching in the State of Ohio. Mr. Jaffee advised on Unit 3, How Big is Infinity, and Unit 12, In Sync.
David C. Krakauer—Content Advisor
David Krakauer is currently a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He has degrees in biology and in computer science and mathematics from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in evolutionary theory from the University of Oxford. He remained in Oxford as a Wellcome Research fellow and lecturer at Pembroke College. In 1999 he moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a long-term member, and was external Professor of evolutionary theory at Princeton University. In 2002 he moved to the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Krakauer's work is concerned largely with the evolutionary history of information-processing mechanisms in biology, with an emphasis on information transmission, signaling dynamics and their role in promoting novel, higher-level structures, such as social systems and language. He is the author of over 70 scientific publications; co-editor of a new book on transitions between non-living and living matter, which will be published by MIT press in 2008; and author of numerous popular expositions on evolutionary science. Dr. Krakauer serves as an editor on several journals including the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Theory in the Biosciences, and Biology Direct. Dr. Krakauer advised on Unit 9, Game Theory.
Greg Leibon—Content Advisor
Greg Leibon is a mathematician with more than a decade of research and teaching experience in probability, geometry, topology, and statistics. Sharing mathematical knowledge has always been one of Dr. Leibon's passions, and for years he taught the Chance course at Dartmouth College, allowing him to share the pleasure and beauty of statistics and probability with a less mathematically prepared audience. Dr. Leibon was thrilled to have the opportunity to advise on Mathematics Illuminated, especially Unit 5, Other Dimensions, where he finally got his opportunity to share the beauty of low dimensional topology and geometry (his long-time research loves!) with a wider audience. Currently, Dr. Leibon is a mathematics researcher at Dartmouth College as well as the Chief Mathematician at Memento, Inc, where he designs fraud detection tools using techniques from pattern recognition, geometry, and machine learning. Dr. Leibon advised on Unit 7, Making Sense of Randomness; Unit 4, Topology's Twists and Turns; Unit 5, Other Dimensions; and Unit 8, Geometries Beyond Euclid.
Barry Mazur—Steering Advisor
Barry Mazur, a renowned scholar from Harvard and member of the National Academy of Sciences, possesses a "very literary sensibility," and is "one of the deepest mathematicians of our time." When reminded that Sir Michael Atiyah once said "Algebra is a pact one makes with the devil!" Barry responded, "I rather think that algebra is the song that the angels sing!" Dr. Mazur served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
Wells Morison—Teacher Advisor
Wells (Buz) Morison holds the Arthur Day Welch Chair for Advanced Mathematics at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. He has been working with students as a teacher, coach, and administrator at both the high school and college level for over 20 years. During that time he has taught mathematics, physics, biology, and law; served as Site Director for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth; served as Director of the Gould Academy Summer School; and was Assistant Headmaster at Kimball Union Academy. He coaches the cross-country running and Nordic ski teams. He recently completed a sabbatical year of study and research at Dartmouth College at the Center for Cognitive and Educational Neuroscience, specializing in the mathematical brain. He holds an M.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. Dr. Morison advised on Unit 6, The Beauty of Symmetry, and Unit 10, Harmonious Math.
Annah Ndiritu—Teacher Advisor
Annah Ndiritu is a mathematics teacher at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California. She was also a teacher in Kenya before she moved to the United States. Ms. Ndiritu has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Eventually, she plans to move back to Africa, where most of her family lives, and continue her mathematics teaching.
Ms. Ndiritu advised on Unit 1, The Primes, and Unit 8, Geometries Beyond Euclid.
Robert Osserman—Steering Advisor
Robert Osserman is Special Projects Director at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, where he served earlier as Deputy Director. He is also Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he was Mellon Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and received several citations for outstanding teaching. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in England and a Fulbright Lectureship in Paris, and he is a Fellow of AAAS. He is the author of many research and expository papers, as well as several books, including Poetry of the Universe: a Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. He has served as a consultant and appeared on several PBS programs, including the series Life by the Numbers and the program Naked to the Bone, which is devoted to the mathematics and science of medical imaging. In addition, Dr. Osserman has often been heard on NPR. In recent years he has organized and participated in a wide variety of public events, including Mathematics in Arcadia with Tom Stoppard, Funny Numbers with Steve Martin, From Einstein to Koyaanisqatsi with Philip Glass, and the upcoming M*A*T*H with Alan Alda. A number of these have been made available on videotapes or DVDs. Dr. Osserman served as a Steering Advisor for the project.
Jenny Quinn—Content Advisor
Jennifer J. Quinn, aka, "Dr. Quinn, Mathematics Woman," is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and co-editor of the Math Association of America's (MAA) journal, Math Horizons, for "math enthusiasts of all kinds." Recently, she served as Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Her book, Proofs that Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof, co-authored with Arthur Benjamin and published by the MAA, was awarded the 2006 Beckenbach Prize as a distinguished, innovative book. In 2007, she received the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The award recognizes extraordinarily successful teachers who have been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. Dr. Quinn advised on Unit 2, Combinatorics Counts, and Unit 11, Connecting with Networks.
Susan Schwartz Wildstrom—Teacher Advisor
Susan Schwartz Wildstrom is a classroom teacher of mathematics at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she currently teaches precalculus, calculus, and multivariable calculus courses. She also coaches the math team. She is particularly proud of her “reading and writing in mathematics” assignment in which every student reads mathematical selections for pleasure. She has a speakers series in which she brings professional mathematicians into her classroom to show students that mathematics is much more than difficult calculus problems. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Schwartz Wildstrom is involved in professional development as a learner, presenter, and developer. She is currently on the MathCounts Question Writing Committee, the AP Calculus Realignment Commission, and the NAEP Mathematics Standing Committee. In addition, she serves on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America and The Art of Problem Solving Foundation. Ms. Schwartz Wildstrom advised on Unit 2, Combinatorics Counts; Unit 4, Topology's Twists and Turns; Unit 7, Making Sense of Randomness; and Unit 11, Connecting with Networks.
Steven Strogatz—Content Advisor
Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. He has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, and public service, including a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1990); MIT's highest teaching prize, the E. M. Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1991); the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award (2006), from Cornell's College of Engineering; and the Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (2007), a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. His books include Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (Perseus, 1994), which is the most widely used textbook on chaos theory, both nationally and worldwide, and Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (Hyperion 2003), which is aimed at non-scientists and was chosen as a Best Book of 2003 by Discover magazine. Dr. Strogatz advised on Unit 12, In Sync, and Unit 13, The Concepts of Chaos.
James Tanton—Content Advisor
James Tanton received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1994 and has worked at all levels of mathematics education, as well as continuing to actively practice research. Dr. Tanton believes that mathematics really is accessible to all, and he is committed to sharing the joy and beauty of the subject with a wide audience. In 2004 he founded the St. Mark's Institute of Mathematics, an adjunct organization to St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts. The Institute'goal is to promote mathmetics. Dr. Tanton works with students of all ages and with mathematics educators of all levels to help create a rich and lively mathematics culture within school and college departments. He is the author of two books—with more in the works—and writes frequently for expository mathematics journals and magazines. He has also helped high-school-age scholars publish their own mathematics articles. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence, as well as awards for his expository writing. Dr. Tanton advised on Unit 1, The Primes, and Unit 3, How Big is Infinity.
Dorothy Wallace—Content Advisor
Dorothy Wallace, a mathematician at Dartmouth College, helped create several interdiscipinary courses through the Math Across the Curriculum project supported by the National Science Foundation. She is the co-editor of Numeracy!, the ejournal of the National Numeracy Network; recently co-authored The Bell that Rings Light (World Scientific Press), with a colleague in chemistry; and produced a 7-part video series (available on CD), That's Calculus, featuring performance artist Josh Kornbuth. Dr. Wallace advised on Unit 6, The Beauty of Symmetry, and Unit 10, Harmonious Math.