**Administrative Panel**

The three panelist will discuss their experiences as teachers/ administrators/ supervisors and provide pre-service teachers tips and suggestions on how to start preparing for the interview and first year of teaching.

**Panelists:**

1. *Mr. Brian Harris* (Principal- Grover Middle School, West Windsor)

Mr. Harris earned his Master’s degree from TCNJ in 2000 and became a high school math teacher in Edison for 8 years. Later he became the Assistant Principal at J.P. Stevens High School, and in 2013 he became the Principal at Grover Middle School in West Windsor.

2. *Mrs. Andrea Bean* (6-12 Math Supervisor, West Windsor- Plainsboro School District)

After graduating from Temple University, Mrs. Bean taught all levels of mathematics at West Windsor- Plainsboro High School South for 20 years. Following high school, she taught 3 years at Thomas Grover Middle School and earned my Master’s Degree at TCNJ. She is currently the District Supervisor of Mathematics for grades 6-12. She also serves as a member at large for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey.

3. *Mr. Don Wahlers* (K-6 District Math Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Ewing Public Schools)

Donald Wahlers earned a B.S. and B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. from Rider University. He spent ten years as a high school science teacher followed by ten years as K-12 Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics and Science. He is currently starting his focus on Curriculum and Instruction for STEM in grades K-6, where he looks forward to developing an integrated instructional experience to foster a strong foundation to support students in further studies in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering.

**Date: **Wednesday, March 11th

**Time: **1:30-2:30 pm

**Location: **SSB 227

****This talk will count towards the department colloquium requirement for all math education majors****

Senior Mathematics majors Vincent Long and Jessica Perez presented posters at the

2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). The annual event, which is the largest mathematics meeting in the world, was jointly sponsored by the Mathematical Association

of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and took place January 10-13, 2015, in San Antonio Texas.

Vince’s poster, “Knot Invariants From Spanning Surfaces,” came from research he did with TCNJ’s Dr. Cindy Curtis.

Jessica’s poster, “Modeling the Interaction Between Inflammatory and Cardiovascular Dynamics,” comes from work she did during an REU at NC State University.

]]>Mathematics Education Technology Talk

Technology has become such an important part of our society that it is now making its way into the classroom. It will benefit future educators to learn about technology in the classroom before they enter the field. Dr. Safi will present different techniques and tools for K-12 teachers to integrate technology into their math lessons.

Presenter: Dr. Safi

Date: Wednesday, March 4th

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Location: SCP 229

***This will count as a Department Colloquium for all Math Education Majors***

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Dr. Elizabeth Johnson on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00am in SCP 229.

**Title:** Why Is Statistical Literacy So Important?

** Abstract: **While there are many definitions of statistical literacy, there is no disagreement about its importance for an educated society. Past and current presidents of the American Statistical Association (ASA) have played an important role in promoting both statistics education and statistical literacy. In 1950, Samuel Wilks stated that “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write!” In the 1990’s Richard Scheaffer helped to create the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics program and in-coming ASA president Jessica Utts will be the 2015 Chief Reader of the AP Statistics exam. In this presentation I will review the history of the AP Statistics program, the creation of the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) report and the Statistics and Probability concepts covered by the K-12 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. I will discuss the impact these programs will have on undergraduate statistics curricula, teacher certification programs and future statisticians.

Elizabeth Johnson, PhD is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She received her doctorate in education research from the University of South Carolina. She also has a MS in Statistics and an MAT in Mathematics. Dr. Johnson was a high school mathematics teacher for several years before entering higher education and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of New Jersey.

Afterwards, we will be taking the speaker out to lunch. If you are interested in coming to lunch, please email Prof. Lee at leec@tcnj.edu.

]]>Anyway, please come along to support these students if you can, and to learn about their chosen figures.

Philip Kirsanov – *J. Cornfield*

Paloma Hauser – *W. Deming*

Chris Moise – *John Turkey*

Pankhuri Garg -* P. C. Mahalanobis*

Cassidy Wilson – *W. Gossett*

Philip Blackburn – *Chester Bliss*

Kevin Kremenich -* E. Gumbel*

Sarah McGowan – *Nate Silver*

Nate Schumann – *J. Neyman*

Dmitry Suvorov – *A. N. Kolmogorov*

Billy Lamberti -* J. Savage*

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Hetal Kapadia, on Friday, January 30th at 12:30 pm in SCP 229

**Title:** Deligne Pairings, Discriminants, and Kahler Geometry

** Abstract:** Despite the title, this talk will be a highly accessible foray

into Differential and Algebraic Geometry. My goals are to broadly outline

some main concepts in Kahler Geometry, discuss a few interesting (solved)

problems, then highlight the unsolved problems they inspire.

Black cat cocktails will be served!

Please join us for a purrfect talk and our first ever “Friday the 13th”

Tail Wagging Competition after the talk!

Dr. Marianna Ollar, on Friday, January 30th at 12:30 pm in SCP 222

**Title:** Models of Divisible Good Auctions

** Abstract:** This talk is an introduction of economic models of Divisible Good Auctions. In practice, these type of auctions are used to trade financial securities, agricultural quota and electricity. Information Aggregation properties of these markets are of primary interest. The talk is centered around the project ‘Shared Information Sources in Exchanges (joint with M. Rostek)’. When information is acquired through networked linkages, for example, commonly shared forecasting methodologies, then monotonicity of price informativeness might not hold. We give sufficient conditions for when is the case that larger markets better aggregate information.

WE WILL USE THE DIVISIBLE GOOD AUCTION MODEL TO DISTRIBUTE PIZZAS AMONG THE HIGHEST BIDDERS AMONG PRESENT AFTER THE TALK!

]]>Mike Rubenstein

Kayla Nese

Christine Czarnecki

All are invited to attend.

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