TPSE eNews #3

Meeting report:

In the last of a series of regional meetings on upper-division math pathways, which took place at Morehouse College in Atlanta in June 2019, participants discussed and strategized about approaches to enhancing mathematical learning in response to regional workforce needs or as preparation for graduate school. They were encouraged to explore multiple aspects of upper-division pathways, including updating curricula and programs, forming partnerships and fostering collaboration, and improving communication.

In the course of the meeting’s presentations and panel discussions, breakout sessions, and large group interaction, several themes central to the vision and mission of TPSE emerged: transformation, communication, mentorship, and workforce connections. Participants suggested ways that TPSE can help in each of these areas. These are detailed in the meeting summary.

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A network is born:

One outcome of TPSE's Mountain Regional Meeting on Upper-Division Math Pathways, held at Utah Valley University in September 2018, was the establishment of a Mountain Regional Network focusing on data science. In addition to organizing webinars on data science, the group, with co-leaders from Fort Lewis, Dixie State, and Westminster Colleges, coordinated the participation of faculty members from across the region in the MAA PIC Math Workshop on Data Science from June 18-22, 2019 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Co-leader Matthew Welz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Fort Lewis College, provided this summary:

This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for faculty with little-to-no experience in data science to gain an introduction to the overarching principles of data science and machine learning, the relevant technology (with an emphasis working in Python), and how one might oversee undergraduate research  into real-world data science problems. The daily sessions - led by Randy Paffenroth of Worcester Polytechnic Institute - were an effective (and entertaining!) mix of lectures, questions and answers, and group work, which culminated in group presentations on the final day of the workshop. Each evening, with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the participants were able to network and discuss their group work over shared dinner, kindly hosted by MAA President Michael Dorff. Participants left the workshop with the foundational skills in data science and statistical learning to return to their home institutions and guide their undergraduate students in meaningful data science projects. We are grateful to both TPSE and the MAA for using a combination of funding to increase the number of people able to participate in this excellent workshop.

A TPSE first:

TPSE Math is planning its first meeting to focus exclusively on graduate education in mathematics, at both PhD and Master's levels. Scheduled to take place at the University of Southern California in September 2019, the meeting will provide an opportunity for participants from various types of institutions to gather and share information about their graduate programs. Discussion will focus on which aspects are working effectively, where successful innovations have been introduced and how they could be adapted and implemented more broadly, and what further changes might be beneficial.

We can't do this alone:

TPSE includes among its partners organizations where Math Advisory Group members play leadership roles. The most recent addition is the Math Alliance, where MAG member William Yslas Velez serves as Senior Advisor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs.


You might be interested in these opportunities from some of our partners:

October 25, 2019: AMS MINI-CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION, Washington DC
"Mathematics Departments and the Explosive Growth of Computational and Quantitative Offerings in Higher Education"Registration deadline September 27

Forthcoming Publication from AMS|MAA Press:
by Michael Dorff, Allison Henrich & Lara Pudwell