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  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2015: Developmental Mathematics: For whom? Toward what ends?

    Organizers: Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Mark Hoover (University of Michigan), LEAD Robert Megginson (University of Michigan), Richard Sgarlotti (Hannahville Indian School), Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge)

    This workshop will address the critical issue of developmental mathematics at two- and four-year colleges and universities and the broader dynamic of mathematics remediation that occurs at all levels. It will engage mathematicians, K-12 teachers, mathematics educators, and administrators in a conversation about the goals of developmental mathematics and the contributions that our different professional communities make to this work. Key questions that will be addressed are:

    1. How do we teach content in ways that acknowledge and leverage each student's prior learning experiences? In particular, how do we take advantage of a student's maturity while refining his or her learning habits where necessary?

    2. How can developmental mathematics instruction move students through mathematics which must be relearned while simultaneously gaining momentum on more advanced mathematics (including the development of mathematical practices needed for meaningful mathematical work)?

    3. What are strategies for supporting the needs of the wide range of students in developmental mathematics programs--those developing mathematical skills for life in general as well as those developing the foundation necessary to proceed towards a STEM major?  How can we successfully address equity issues raised for students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields? How can developmental mathematics instruction blend synchronous and asynchronous instruction to achieve maximal efficiency and impact?

    4. What is the proper balance between addressing the needs of the wide range of students mentioned in the preceding point and keeping instruction and course offerings concise?

    5. What are the characteristics, training, and practices of a successful developmental mathematics teacher?

    6. What support services enhance the success of a developmental mathematics program?

    Updated on Aug 04, 2014 12:58 PM PDT
  2. Summer Graduate School Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures 2015: Geometric and Computational Spectral Theory

    Organizers: Alexandre Girouard (CRM - Centre de Recherches Mathématiques), Dmitry Jakobson (McGill University), Michael Levitin (University of Reading), Nilima Nigam (IMA - Institute for Mathematics and its Applications), Iosif Polterovich (CRM - Centre de Recherches Mathématiques), Frederic Rochon (University of Quebec)

    Updated on Aug 26, 2014 05:11 PM PDT
  3. Summer Graduate School Incompressible Fluid Flows at High Reynolds Number

    Organizers: Jacob Bedrossian, LEAD Vlad Vicol

    The purpose of this two week workshop is to introduce graduate students to state-of-the-art methods and results in mathematical fluid dynamics. In the first week, we will discuss the mathematical foundations and modern analysis aspects of the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations. In the second week, we will run two courses concurrently on the topics of inviscid limits and hydrodynamic stability. Specifically, one course will focus on boundary layers in high Reynolds number flows and the Prandtl equations while the other will focus on mixing and connections to turbulence. By focusing on the intuition one can gain from explicit computations and linear examples, we give an introduction to the topics of inviscid limits, mixing and their connections to turbulence. Through the lectures and associated problem sessions, the students will learn about a number of new analysis tools and principles of fluid mechanics that are not always taught in a graduate school curriculum.

    Updated on Aug 26, 2014 04:43 PM PDT
  4. Summer Graduate School Gaps between Primes and Analytic Number Theory

    Organizers: Andrew Granville (University of Montreal), LEAD Emmanuel Kowalski (Eidgenössische TH Zürich-Hönggerberg)

    These courses will give students a full overview of the results of Zhang and Maynard on gaps between primes, and will provide them will a clear understanding of the tools involved. This will make accessible a significant part of modern analytic number theory. The lecturers will also make sure to include, within their course, examples and discussions going further than is strictly required to understand the proofs of Zhang and Maynard, e.g., in the direction of automorphic forms and the Riemann Hypothesis over finite fields.

    Updated on Aug 26, 2014 04:39 PM PDT
  5. Summer Graduate School Mathematical Topics in Systems Biology

    Organizers: LEAD Steven Altschuler (Harvard University), Lani Wu

    This Summer Graduate School will introduce mathematics graduate students to the rapidly emerging area of systems biology. In particular, we will focus on the design and emergent behaviors of molecular networks used by cells to interpret their environments and create robust temporal-spatial behaviors.

    Updated on Aug 26, 2014 04:46 PM PDT