17 April, 2015
Volume 20 No. 16
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In This Issue

Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

The Great Math Mystery


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM


Did you miss us in the Sponsor Display area at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)? Maybe you found us in the Exhibit Hall at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), but you would like additional copies of our handouts?

Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format) distributed at our Boston booths, including information on our Professional Development program and samples of our Problems of the Week.

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

"Harper's way of thinking was neat because it shows you could solve the problem through logical reasoning, not just algebra or guessing!"
- Max, commenting on the Latest Pre-Algebra PoW

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • PreK-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants
  • Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing the History of Mathematics
  • Program of Mathematics Study & Active Professionalism Grants
  • Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships
  • School In-Service Training Grants

New this year: a grant to encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools that — as NCTM's Principles to Actions puts it — "help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions." Support from the Isabelle P. Rucker Fund and NCTM makes possible this new opportunity, entitled "Enhancing Student Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants."


The deadline to apply for the opportunities listed above is Monday, 4 May.

Established 39 years ago by NCTM, MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I am black sheep in a family of artists, so especially like it!"
- @MFAnnie, tweeted to Karen

The Great Math Mystery


On Wednesday, NOVA aired a new public television program that asked, "Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?"

Now freely available to watch online, The Great Math Mystery recaps the discoveries and inventions of historical giants in the fields of mathematics and physics as it touches on

  • the Fibonacci sequence
  • pi
  • primitive number sense in lemurs
  • the landing of the Mars Rover
  • gravity
  • the Hubble telescope
  • the Large Hadron Collider
  • weather forecasting

NOVA's new show is guided by Mario Livio. A senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Livio has authored popular books such as The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved and Is God A Mathematician? His most recent publication, Brilliant Blunders, carries the subtitle "Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe."

Beyond exploring the subject's "unreasonable effectiveness," The Great Math Mystery reveals the many and diverse ways that mathematics perfuses daily life — and the many and diverse people doing mathematics. NOVA's "mathematical mystery tour" further celebrates music, physics, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) more generally. In less than 54 minutes, it beautifully illustrates the theme of this year's Math Awareness Month, and provides a timely drumroll (with bass!) for tomorrow's National Math Festival, both first featured in these pages three weeks ago.

Major funding for NOVA's program was provided by the Simons Foundation, with additional funding by the John Templeton Foundation.


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