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Personal Profile of Dr. Hyman Bass

Dr. Hyman Bass
Biography

Hyman Bass

Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan; Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan

Hyman Bass's mathematical research publications cover broad areas of algebra with connections to geometry, topology, and number theory. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bass was president of the American Mathematical Society and of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction. He has been collaborating with Deborah Loewenberg Ball and her research group at the University of Michigan since 1997 on the mathematical knowledge and resources entailed in the teaching of mathematics at the elementary level.

Bass is interested in algebra/algebraic geometry and mathematics education. Chief fields of his research interest are: in mathematics: algebraic K-theory; number theory; group theory (geometric methods); algebraic geometry. In mathematics education: subject matter knowledge entailed in teaching; practice-based research on teaching and learning; teacher education; reasoning and proof in school mathematics; analysis of curriculum materials. His main research activities currently are in math education, focused largely on the mathematical knowledge demands of school teaching, how this can be measured, and the design of opportunities for teachers to gain such knowledge (in teacher education courses and in professional development). In mathematics he still working on a project on flat families of reductive group actions on affine spaces, and also some arithmetic questions in combinatorial geometry.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Educational Advisory Committee Mar 01, 2008 Mar 01, 2015

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Chair (10/3/81 - 9/30/85) Dec 01, 1979 Sep 30, 1986
Educational Advisory Committee May 15, 2003 Mar 01, 2008
Long Range Planning Committee Apr 01, 2005 Apr 01, 2006
Scientific Advisory Committee Chair (10/1/89 - 4/1/92) Oct 01, 1987 Apr 01, 1992
Steering Committee Oct 03, 1981 Sep 30, 1985
Steering Committee May 06, 1989 Apr 01, 1992
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers

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    Mar 27, 2014
    Thursday
    03:50 PM - 06:00 PM
      Parallel Sessions – Math courses for teachers and examples of math teacher education programs with strong involvement from the institution’s department of mathematics
    Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Elizabeth Burroughs (Montana State University), Ole Hald (University of California, Berkeley), Brigitte Lahme (Sonoma State University), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Michael Marder (University of Texas), W. Gary Martin (Auburn University), Michael Mays (West Virginia University), Cody Patterson (University of Arizona), Patrick Thompson (Arizona State University)
  2. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2008: Teaching and Learning Algebra

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    May 14, 2008
    Wednesday
    07:45 PM - 08:45 PM
      Discussants on the presentation
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Roger Howe (Stanford University)
    May 16, 2008
    Friday
    08:15 AM - 09:45 AM
      Discussants on the presentation
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), James Fey (University of Maryland), Ed Silver (University of Michigan)
  3. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2007: Teaching Teachers Mathematics

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    May 31, 2007
    Thursday
    01:25 PM - 02:15 PM
      Learning Mathematical Knowledge for Elementary School Teaching at the University of Michigan
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan)
    Jun 01, 2007
    Friday
    05:40 PM - 06:00 PM
      Final thoughts about teaching teachers mathematics
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan)
  4. Workshop Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning: Issues, Costs and Benefits

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    Mar 07, 2004
    Sunday
    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
      What is Mathematical Proficiency?
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan)
    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
      What is Mathematical Proficiency? (part 2)
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan)
    04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
      What is Mathematical Proficiency?
    Hyman Bass (University of Michigan)