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Math Teachers’ Circle Featured on the Golf Channel
October 9, 2011. As a beneficiary of the Frys.com Open PGA tournament, the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) was profiled on Chevron’s Human Energy series. The story features footage of an AIM Math Teachers’ Circle meeting and interviews with participants. Watch the video...
JMM 2012 Poster/Activity Session Call for Papers
September, 2011. The SIGMAA on Circles of the MAA is accepting proposals for a special poster and activity session to be held during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, January 4-7, 2012. Presenters from approximately 10 Circles around the country will be chosen to demonstrate sample Circle activities. The submission deadline is October 4, 2011. Please see the flyer for details.
August, 2011. The National Science Foundation has awarded the American Institute of Mathematics a grant of $449,981 to study the impact of Math Teachers’ Circles on middle school mathematics teachers. The three-year project will include research on participating teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching and classroom practice. Researchers will also collect information about the activities and best practices of Math Teachers’ Circles across the country. The project will be carried out by co-investigators Michael Nakamaye (University of New Mexico), Diana White (University of Colorado Denver), and Kristin Umland (University of New Mexico) in conjunction with AIM Executive Director Brian Conrey and Director of Special Projects Brianna Donaldson.
The project is funded through the NSF's highly competitive Discovery Research K-12 program. It was among approximately 30 projects selected for funding from over 500 proposals. According to Conrey, "This is an incredible opportunity to learn more about Math Teachers’ Circles and how they affect teachers' mathematical lives."
Colorado Math Circles Profiled in University of Colorado System Newsletter
August, 2011. The Rocky Mountain MTC, the Pikes Peak MTC, and the Colorado Math Circle for students were featured in the most recent issue of CU Connections, the University of Colorado system newsletter. The article offers an in-depth look at the immersion workshops offered by the Rocky Mountain and Pikes Peak MTCs this summer.
North Louisiana MTC Funded by the Foundation for the Mid South
June, 2011. The Louisiana State University in Shreveport Foundation, Inc. received a $25,000 grant from the Foundation for the Mid South to fund the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle, created through the efforts of Dr. Judith Covington, associate professor of mathematics at LSU Shreveport, and a team of other teachers and LSUS faculty. The funds will allow the NLMTC to host a four-day summer workshop for 30 middle school teachers as well as conduct six follow-up meetings during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Correction: The MTC of North Dakota Summer Academy was omitted from the newsletter calendar as originally released. The Academy will take place June 13-24, 2011, at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle Leader Meets Obama on Field Trip
April, 2011. Middle school math teacher Ms. Linda Goertz, one of the leaders of the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle, was helping chaperone her school's spring break trip to Washington, D.C., when the group received a surprise visit from President Obama. The President told the group that problem solving is one of his favorite parts of the job. Read more from the Denver Post...
Math Teachers’ Circle of Austin Leaders Win Outreach Award
April, 2011. Congratulations to Drs. Altha Rodin and Adriana Sofer, both Lecturers in Mathematics, who have won the 2011 College of Natural Sciences Outreach Innovation Award from the University of Texas at Austin for their work in establishing the Math Teachers’ Circle of Austin. Read more...
Prairie Public Radio Spotlights Math Teachers’ Circle of North Dakota
March, 2011. In a feature interview with Prairie Public Radio, Dr. Angela Hodge, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at North Dakota State University and leader of the Math Teachers’ Circle of North Dakota, discusses Math Teachers’ Circles, the upcoming ND PRIME Summer Academy, and her career path in mathematics and mathematics education. Listen to the interview here (it begins at minute 24 of the broadcast).
North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle Featured on Shreveport NPR Station
March, 2011. Dr. Judith Covington, professor of mathematics at LSU Shreveport and leader of the North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle, was interviewed on Red River Radio, the Shreveport NPR affiliate, about the March meeting of the North Louisiana Math Teachers’ Circle. Listen to the interview here!
Math Teachers’ Circles Make a Difference
January, 2011. According to research presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, LA, earlier this month, Math Teachers’ Circles have a positive impact on teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, enthusiasm for mathematics, and how teachers say they present mathematics in their classrooms. Read more...
New York Math Circle and Bard Math Circle Make the News
December, 2010, and April, 2011. NY1 featured a story and video on the New York Math Circle, a group for middle and high school students that meets on Saturday mornings for mathematical problem solving. Dr. Japheth Wood, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bard College and leader of the New York Math Circle’s programs for teachers, is interviewed for this NY1 story as well as for a more recent article from the Kingston Times about the Bard Math Circle, a similar group.
North Louisiana MTC Launched
December, 2010. The North Louisiana Math Teachers' Circle held its inaugural meeting at the LSU Shreveport University Center, with 40 middle school teachers, 4 school administrators, and 5 college faculty in attendance. Read more from the Bossier Press-Tribune!
Tellabs Foundation Supports AIM MTC Immersion Workshop
June 30, 2010. The American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) was recently awarded a grant of $13,900 from the Tellabs Foundation. The grant will help support an immersion workshop for middle school math teachers from Silicon Valley. The teachers will join the AIM Math Teachersí Circle, which connects these teachers with local mathematicians to work on mathematical problem solving. Read more...
MTC Session Inspires Mathematical Research
June, 2010. Dr. Gene Abrams, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and leader of the Pikes Peak Math Teachers’ Circle, has recently published an article with co-author Dr. Jessica K. Sklar, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Pacific Lutheran University, that was inspired by a Math Teachers’ Circle session on Mad Veterinarian scenarios. Their article, which appears in the June 2010 edition of Mathematics Magazine, is entitled “The Graph Menagerie: Abstract Algebra and the Mad Veterinarian.” Slides from a talk on the research given by Dr. Abrams are available here.