November 7, 2008
Volume 13 No. 45

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IAS/PCMI Applications and Information, Summer 2009

Facing the Future Pilot Testing Opportunity

Statistics - Cast Your Vote!


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IAS/PCMI Applications and Information, Summer 2009

The 2009 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute will be held in Park City, Utah, from June 28 - July 18, 2009. This three week residential program is organized into six groups:

  • Secondary School Teachers Program
  • Designing Professional Development Program
  • Undergraduate Faculty Program
  • Graduate Summer School
  • Undergraduate Summer School
  • Research Program

These groups meet simultaneously, pursuing both individual courses of study and a meaningful amount of interaction. The rich mathematical experience combined with interaction among all participants results in greatly increased understanding and awareness of the issues confronting mathematics and mathematics education today.

The research topic for 2009 is "Arithmetic of L-functions" and the education topic is "Making Mathematical Connections."

Teachers are given full support and a stipend during the Summer Session. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington for a nominal fee.

Learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program by viewing the information posted from previous years on the PCMI@MathForum site:

Deadline for submission of applications is January 28, 2009. The IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute is an outreach program of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey.

Facing the Future Pilot Testing Opportunity

Facing the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young people about global issues and sustainable solutions, is developing a new curriculum resource for middle school math classrooms, designed to teach foundational algebra and geometry concepts within the context of global sustainability issues.

Lessons are on real-world issues such as

  • climate change
  • poverty
  • renewable energy
  • sustainable design
  • conflict
  • debt
  • quality of life

The lessons are designed to cover appropriate mathematics standards, as well as to encourage students to think critically about interconnections among global issues and possible solutions.

Facing the Future is soliciting teachers to pilot one or more lessons from this resource in their classrooms. The time frame for pilot testing is November - December of this year.

If you are interested in reviewing and piloting one or more lessons during the next two months, please contact Assistant Program Director Sheeba Jacob at your earliest convenience ( Pilot testers will be acknowledged in the published book and will receive a free copy of the publication.

Statistics - Cast Your Vote!

This website by Annenberg/CPB addresses issues in statistics and polling. To enter the exhibit, you must complete a short online survey about your opinion on polling.

Once you enter, you are taken through a year in a fictitious election campaign for an inside look at the mathematics behind the polls and the news you hear every day.

The website reviews concepts such as

  • random sampling
  • margin of error
  • confidence intervals
  • ways in which surveys can go wrong

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