13 September, 2013
Volume 18 No. 37
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In Memoriam, Kay Gilliland

Math Forum Online PD Courses

Macalester Problem of the Week

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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In Memoriam, Kay Gilliland

Kay Gilliland passed away peacefully Tuesday morning.

Kay was a long-serving champion of equity in mathematics and science education. Early in her decades of directorship of the EQUALS Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Kay saw to the production of EQUALS materials in Spanish to include Hispanic Latinos.

She went on to serve as the president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), which established a lecture series in her honor just last year.

The most recent recipient of the Walter Denham Memorial Award from the California Mathematics Council (CMC), Kay also received the Iris Carl Leadership and Equity Award from TODOS: Mathematics for ALL.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I think that is the hardest question in math. I have not seen guidance/advice from State Ed or Common Core Inc. So... here are my thoughts..."
- Gene, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Math Forum Online PD Courses


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Most of next month's courses will be taught by Max, whose first book comes out in less than two weeks. Read early reviews of Powerful Problem Solving and pre-order it here:


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"Weird, huh? And actually one of the things algebra is pretty useful for. Ashlynn from Mesa Union Junior High did a nice job using a combination of words, symbols, and colors. Justin from Birch Wathen Lenox School carefully explained each simplifying step. And I got a kick out of the magic trick that Sung from Sisler came up with. I liked reading his silly story!"
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Macalester Problem of the Week


MacPOW is back! After a semester's hiatus, Stan Wagon, of Macalester College, has resumed posing a mathematics problem to his undergraduates every week. The Math Forum posts these puzzles and keeps an archive of past challenges — almost 380 of them, dating back eighteen years.

The problems are accessible to first-year college students, so very little background is needed to understand or solve them. But through correspondence begun on the macpow mailing list of more than 800 subscribers, MacPOWs have inspired not a few research papers. In the past half year alone, Wagon has collaborated on MacPOWs with six mailing list members to co-author four articles in journals ranging from American Mathematical Monthly to Ars Mathematica Contemporanea.

Macalester's Problem of the Week tradition was started in 1968 by the late Professor Joe Konhauser. Professor Wagon took over in 1993; this academic year, he will retire, spelling the end of this unbroken 45 year-old tradition.

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Financial Ed PoWs aligned CCE Jump$tart literacy standards."
- Vijay, tweeted to @themathforum

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest


"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" is back, too! In this American Mathematical Society (AMS) game, high school students solve problems in algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and probability — everything but calculus — as they compete for cash and prizes from the AMS, Maplesoft Inc., Texas Instruments, and John Wiley & Sons. The winning contestant pockets $5,000, with the math department of that teen's school earning an additional $5,000.

Request a qualifying test for your high school students by emailing the AMS Public Awareness Office, paoffice at ams dot org, with the subject line "National WWTBAM." In the body of the message, include your name, school, and courses taught this year.

Hurry: the first round of qualifying starts tomorrow, and runs through 27 September.


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