Truman Faculty and Students Present at National Mathematics Meeting

At the 2008 meeting of the Mathematics Association of America and the American Mathematical Society in San Diego, several Truman faculty and students from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science presented the results of grant-supported work they conducted in 2007.

K. Scott Alberts, associate professor of statistics, presented with his collaborator, Jane Roads, chair of mathematics and science at Moberly Area Community College, a talk titled “Studying Math Anxiety: A Case Study in Cooperation Between a University and a Community College.” This work is an ongoing collaboration between Truman State University and Moberly Area Community College and has been supported by Truman’s “The Next STEP” program (NSF DUE 0431664).

Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled “Field Trips Motivate Students to Pursue Mathematics” in which he described how a long-running field trip program shows students what they can do with their STEM major by bringing them to business and organizations that employ students in STEM areas. He also presented two posters that describe two five-year grant-supported programs at Truman. The poster, “The Next STEP: Integrating STEM Learning Communities,” described work done with Jennifer Thompson, administrative coordinator for The Next STEP program, and Maria Nagan, associate professor of chemistry, and many other faculty in STEM departments at Truman (NSF DUE 0431664). The poster, “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology,” described work done with Jon Beck, associate professor of computer science; Michael Kelrick, professor of biology and director of interdisciplinary studies; Laura Fielden-Rechav, associate professor of biology; and many other faculty and students in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics and Computer Science (NSF DUE 0436348 and 0337769).

Allie Wehrman, a sophomore mathematics and computer science double major from St. Louis, and Kirah Jerome, a junior mathematics major from Hoopeston, Ill., presented posters in the Undergraduate Poster Session that described the work they did during the STEP Program’s 2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program (NSF DUE 0431664).
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