MSCS Seminar Calendar

Wednesday January 14, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Zhenan Wang (Northwestern University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Tuesday January 20, 2015
pdf * Mathematics Education Colloquium
The National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction: Cognitively-Based Redesign of the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP)
Dr. James Pellegrino (UIC)
5:00 PM in SEO 636
This presentation will highlight work of the IES-funded National R&D Center on Cognition and Mathematics Instruction. The goal of the Center’s work is to apply principles from cognitive and instructional research to the redesign of a middle-grades mathematics curriculum and then test their efficacy. The Center has focused on applying four principles to the redesign of the well-known and very popular Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) curriculum for grades 6-8. Discussion will focus on how we have applied each of the four principles to the redesign process: (a) visual-verbal mapping; (b) use of worked examples; (c) distribution of practice, and (d) formative assessment as well as results from some of the Center’s research on the impact of curriculum changes, including some of the challenges associated with testing their efficacy. The presentation will highlight work conducted by the UIC team with Center partners from WPI on implementing distributed practice and feedback using the ASSISTments web-based platform for manipulating practice problems and feedback for in class and homework assignments. The discussion will include a consideration of the applicability of these principles and tools to other curriculum and instructional programs and the benefits that could accrue for students and teachers.
Tuesday January 27, 2015
pdf * Mathematics Education Colloquium
Solving Problems and Developing Theory: The Case of Teaching Proof in School Mathematics
Dr. Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware)
5:00 PM in SEO 636
Not only do students find the learning of proof to be challenging at all levels, but research has shown that school mathematics teachers also find the teaching of proof to be a difficult endeavor. The pivotal epistemological role that proof plays in mathematics makes it an important object of inquiry for mathematics education researchers. Thus, if the field wishes to better prepare teachers to address the goals of current standards and therefore change the nature of school mathematics, we must first address the factors that shape it. Past research has explored many of these factors, including: the role of proof in the school curriculum; teachers' conceptions of proof; students' difficulties with proof; students' proof schemes and categories of justification; and descriptions of what 'doing proof' looks like in high school geometry. There is a need, however, for studies that look into classrooms and examine the work of teachers in practice. This notion will be explored through the case of The Geometry Proof Project, a collaborative study with high school mathematics teachers, which investigated some challenges of introducing formal, deductive proof. Through this colloquium, I will provide insights into the work of teachers in practice, specifically some of the conditions, challenges, and issues related to teaching proof at the secondary level. In addition, potential solutions for addressing these challenges will be presented through data and findings from the three-year research project. These findings may also have implications for teaching reasoning that leads to proof at the middle school level and for teaching proof at the post-secondary level.
Wednesday January 28, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Janna Lierl (UIUC)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Monday February 2, 2015
pdf * Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Chris Rycroft (Harvard University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday February 4, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Dawei Chen (Boston College)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Monday February 9, 2015
pdf * Applied Mathematics Seminar
4-stochastic measures minimizations and polyconvexity
Romeo Awi (Georgia Tech)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday February 11, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Evangelos Routis (Brown University)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Monday February 16, 2015
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Catherine Pfaff (Universität Bielefeld)
3:00 PM in SEO 636

pdf * Applied Mathematics Seminar
tba
Zachary Bradshaw (UBC)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
tba
Monday February 23, 2015
pdf * Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Christophe Prange (University of Chicago)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday February 25, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Ana-Maria Castravet (Ohio State University and Northeastern)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Friday February 27, 2015
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Birgit Richter (Universität Hamburg)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday March 4, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Robin Hartshorne (UC Berkeley)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday March 11, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Jyotirmoy Sarkar (IUPUI)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday March 18, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Professor Suojin Wang (Texas A & M University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Monday March 30, 2015
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Lori Alvin (University of Denver)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday April 1, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Claire Voisin (CNRS and IAS)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday April 8, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Tiefeng Jiang (University of Minnesota)
4:00 PM in SEO 636

pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Tom Nevins (UIUC)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Friday April 10, 2015
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Joe Harris (Harvard)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Opening lecture: Midwest Algebraic Geometry Graduate Conference
Monday April 13, 2015
pdf * Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Jeremy Marzuola (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Friday April 17, 2015
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Carlos Kenig (University of Chicago)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday April 22, 2015
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA / TBA
Keyu Nie / Brian Powers (UIC)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Friday April 24, 2015
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Steven Leth (University of Northern Colorado)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Wednesday April 29, 2015
pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
David Yang (MIT)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Friday May 1, 2015
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
Atkin Memorial Lecture
Alireza Salehi-Golsefidi (University of California, San Diego )
3:00 PM in TBA
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