The 2014 CIME workshop will focus on the role played by mathematics departments in preparing future teachers. As part of this focus, the workshop will consider two broad questions: What mathematics should teachers know, and how should they come to know this mathematics?
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences publication, The Mathematical Education of Teachers II, recommends that, at institutions that prepare teachers, teacher education should be “an important part of a mathematics department’s mission” (p.19). Certainly, at some universities, mathematicians are significantly involved in the mathematical experiences of students who are planning become teachers. But there are many other departments where this is not true. Future mathematics teachers are enrolled in the department’s mathematics classes, but no one is attending to the fact that this is where they are developing mathematical knowledge and (from watching their instructors) ideas about how teach mathematics. This role – whether deliberate or latent –– is vitally important for the mathematical preparation of beginning teachers.
The CIME workshop has three core aims: (A) to acquaint mathematicians with basic facts about teacher education and how teacher education intersects with the math department even when no one is taking special note of the department’s role; (B) to explore a set of key questions and best practices central to taking advantage of the role that mathematics departments do – or could – play in the mathematical preparation of teachers:
- What is known about effective mathematical preparation of teachers, including curriculum, instructional approaches, and assessments?
- What supports do mathematicians and mathematics departments need to carry out this important role effectively? What are examples of successful models and what evidence exists about their effects?
- What are some of the persistent problems or challenges and what are promising examples of addressing these?
and (C) to identify possible action steps to provide more collective capacity for math departments to contribute to teachers’ mathematical education.Updated on Jan 21, 2014 08:23 PM PST
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce graduate students to the recent developments in the area of dispersive partial di erential equations (PDE).
Dispersive equations have received a great deal of attention from mathematicians because of their applications to nonlinear optics, water wave theory and plasma physics. We will outline the basic tools of the theory that were developed with the help of multi-linear Harmonic Analysis techniques. The exposition will be as self-contained as possible.Updated on Oct 17, 2013 03:37 PM PDT
The MSRI-UP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2014 program will be led by Dr. Victor Moll from Tulane University.Updated on Jan 07, 2014 01:54 PM PST
Updated on Jan 16, 2014 08:48 AM PST
The program in 2014 will bring together a diverse group of mathematicians and scientists with interests in fundamental questions in mathematics and the behavior of materials. The meeting addresses several themes including computational investigations of material properties, the emergence of long- range order in materials and self-assembly, the geometry of soft condensed matter and the calculus of variations, phase transitions and statistical mechanics. The program will cover several topics in discrete and differential geometry that are motivated by questions in materials science. Many central topics, such as the geometry of packings, problems in the calculus of variations and phase transitions, will be discussed from the complementary points of view of mathematicians and physicists.Updated on Mar 06, 2014 12:12 PM PST
Modern algebraic topology is a broad and vibrant field which has seen recent progress on classical problems as well as exciting new interactions with applied mathematics. This summer school will consist of a series of lecture by experts on major research directions, including several lectures on applied algebraic topology. Participants will also have the opportunity to have guided interaction with the seminal texts in the field, reading and speaking about the foundational papers.Updated on Jan 16, 2014 08:46 AM PST
Modern algebraic topology is a broad and vibrant field which has seen recent progress on classical problems as well as exciting new interactions with applied mathematics. This summer school will consist of a series of lecture by experts on major research directions, including several lectures on applied algebraic topology. Participants will also have the opportunity to have guided interaction with the seminal texts in the field, reading and speaking about the foundational papers.Updated on Dec 05, 2013 09:23 AM PST
Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDEs) serve as fundamental models of physical systems subject to random inputs, interactions or environments. It is a particular challenge to develop tools to construct solutions, prove robustness of approximation schemes, and study properties like ergodicity and fluctuation statistics for a wide variety of SPDEs.
The purpose of this two week workshop is to educate graduate students on the state-of-the-art methods and results in SPDEs. The three courses which will be run simultaneously will highlight different (though related) aspects of this area including (1) Fluctuation theory of PDEs with random coefficients (2) Ergodic theory of SPDEs and (3) Exact solvability of SPDEsUpdated on Nov 19, 2013 07:03 PM PST
Geometric and complex analysis is the application of tools from analysis to study questions from geometry and topology. This two week summer course will provide graduate students with the necessary background to begin studies in the area. The first week will consist of introductory courses on geometric analysis, complex analysis, and Riemann surfaces. The second week will consist of more advanced courses on the regularity theory of Einstein manifolds, Kahler-Einstein manifolds, and the analysis of Riemann surfaces.Updated on Oct 18, 2013 08:32 AM PDT
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