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Add it up: Kent State receives $750,000 grant to improve mathematics education

Kent State researchers were awarded $750,000 by the Ohio Department of Education to work with teachers of grades 3-6 to improve mathematics education. (2006-04-11)

Prize for history of mathematics to be given at ICM 2010

Radha Charan Gupta is the first Indian to be awarded the Kenneth O. May Prize for the History of Mathematics. The award will be conferred upon Prof. Gupta at the International Congress of Mathematicians to be held in Hyderabad, India, Aug. 19-27, 2010. Prof. Kim Plofker, a mathematical historian and the author of (2010-07-08)

Mathematics in 10 lessons

Mathematics is seen by many as an impossible subject to overcome. While many individuals trained in the humanities and liberal arts may respect mathematics as an essential scientific discipline, a lack of experience often makes them feel intimidated by its rigors. In (2009-07-08)

Non-traditional mathematics curriculum results in higher standardized test scores, MU study finds

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found high school students in the United States achieve higher scores on a standardized mathematics test if they study from a curriculum known as integrated mathematics. (2013-09-16)

Panel Reports On State Of U.S. Mathematics

A panel commissioned by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences reports that several adverse trends threaten to undermine the United States' dominant position in world mathematics. The panel also notes that NSF policies significantly affect the strength of U.S. mathematics and hence the health of other sciences. (1998-05-13)

'The Mathematics of Entertainment, the Entertainment of Mathematics' to be presented

Can mathematics be entertaining? Of course! A program called (2002-03-13)

Building a better math teacher

For years, it has been assumed that teachers -- specifically math teachers -- need to master the content they intend to teach. And the best way to do this is to take courses beyond that content. (2011-06-23)

President Bush announces 2001 Presidential Mathematics and Science Teaching Award Recipients

President Bush announced today the recipients of the prestigious 2001 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The White House program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), bestows the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teachers for kindergarten through grade 12. (2002-03-18)

Girls' mathematics performance more likely to suffer than boys' as a result of mathematics anxiety

A new study published today in BioMed Central's open-access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions reports that a number of school-age children suffer from mathematics anxiety and, although both genders' performance is likely to be affected as a result, girls' math performance is more likely to suffer than boys'. (2012-07-08)

US educators awarded for exemplary teaching in mathematics

Janet Heine Barnett, Caren Diefenderfer, and Tevian Dray were named the 2017 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award winners by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for their teaching effectiveness and influence beyond their institutions. The three math professors were honored for their contributions to mathematics education on Jan. 5 in Atlanta at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world's largest gathering of mathematicians. (2017-01-05)

Girls more anxious about mathematics, STEM subjects compared to boys

Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist. Now, using international data, a team of psychologists from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, have determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics. (2016-04-21)

Carnegie Mellon's Dana Scott awarded Sobolev Institute Gold Medal

The Russian Academy of Science's Sobolev Institute of Mathematics has awarded its 2009 Gold Medal for Great Contributions to Mathematics to Dana S. Scott, the Hillman University Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy and Mathematical Logic, Emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon University. (2009-04-14)

Peter Deuflhard awarded the ICIAM Maxwell Prize 2007

Springer author Peter Deuflhard has been awarded the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Maxwell Prize. Deuflhard, president and founder of the Zuse Institute Berlin, has been recognized for the many outstanding contributions he has made to applied mathematics in the course of his career. (2006-09-28)

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize awarded to Gunther Uhlmann

Professor Gunther Uhlmann of the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington was awarded the 2011 Ralph E. Kleinman Prize for his insightful and deep contributions to the theory of inverse problems. (2011-07-28)

Creative mathematical tasks contribute to deeper learning in mathematics

Working with creative mathematical tasks is important for pupils both to reflect on mathematics as well as for their subsequent test results. Being faced with creative tasks during exercise has evident effects on all pupils, both on weak and high performers. This according to studies at Umeå University in Sweden. (2016-08-30)

2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings Jan. 15-18 in Baltimore

The largest mathematics meeting in the world will take place Jan. 15-18, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center. (2013-12-11)

Symposium highlights industrial-strength math

The numerous uses of numbers in a variety of industrial settings will be examined at (2003-02-17)

American Chemical Society sponsors Glenn Commission briefing on math, science teaching

The American Chemical Society will co-sponsor a briefing by the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century on Tuesday, October 10 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SDG-11. The briefing will focus on the national effort to improve the quality of K-12 mathematics and science education in the United States. (2000-10-03)

Morehouse College Department of Mathematics honored for achievements

The Department of Mathematics at Morehouse College has been chosen to receive the 2016 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award. The department at Morehouse is honored 'for its significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics.' (2016-04-06)

David E. Keyes receives SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

Professor David E. Keyes of Columbia University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia has been awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession. (2011-07-28)

Clemson, mathematicians count on future

Turns out discrete math isn't discrete after all. In fact, it permeates everything from super-secret security networks to underground gambling networks. (2004-10-06)

Rutgers lead on $10m NSF grant for urban math instruction

Rutgers will be the lead recipient of up to $10 million over five years from the National Science Foundation for a project focused on improving urban students' understanding of mathematics. Partners are The City University of New York Graduate Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators will study how urban children learn mathematics, seek to equip urban teachers with the most effective instructional strategies, and develop a research-based model for successful mathematics education in urban schools. (2003-10-09)

Linda J. S. Allen awarded AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Allen is being recognized for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology. (2015-07-29)

New book: Philosophy makes better mathematicians

Does mathematics consist of absolute truths, and are mathematical results always indisputable? Most people would probably respond yes without thinking twice, but the answer is actually also in part no. Mathematics can also be approached from a philosophical angle -- and it is important to do so. Otherwise, we cannot ask the big, important questions in life, writes University of Southern Denmark-scientist in a new book. (2013-05-28)

$2.3 million NSF grant will fund MU study of math learning outcomes

Education researchers at the University of Missouri will receive nearly $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation over the next four years to study elementary students' mathematics learning outcomes in relation to teacher expertise and classroom assignment. (2014-10-14)

Yale's Margulis wins 2005 Wolf prize for mathematics

The Prize Committee for Mathematics of the Wolf Foundation has unanimously selected Gregory A. Margulis, Erastus L. DeForest Professor of Mathematics at Yale as recipient of the 2005 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for his exceptional contributions to algebra and his creative synthesis of ideas and methods from different areas of mathematics. (2005-02-26)

Leading researchers discuss beauty and explanation of mathematics

Are mathematical beauty and mathematical explanation related in any way? This question is posed to philosophers, mathematicians and mathematics educators from across the globe when they meet at Umeå University in Sweden during 10 to 12 March. (2014-03-03)

HKU mathematician Professor Mok Ngai-ming elected as Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Mok Ngai-ming, Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics, was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) during the meeting held in Beijing on December 7, 2015. Professor Mok is the only local scholar attaining such achievement in the election this year. (2016-04-10)

Sir Roger Penrose receives 2006 JPBM Communications Award

Sir Roger Penrose of Oxford University is receiving the 2006 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM). Presented annually, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating about mathematics to the nonmathematicians. The prize will be awarded on Friday, January 13, 2006, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas. (2006-01-13)

Program Proves Mathematical Statements

Temple University professor Doron Zeilberger has created a computer program called EKHAD which, he explains, ³proves mathematical statements--not just performing empirical or numerical calculations, but actually producing a complete mathematical proof.² Such a program is a new and exciting development in the field of mathematics, which has long relied on the calculating power of computers, but never before used them to provide proofs for mathematical statements. (1998-02-18)

Unsolved after 116 years: International academics to discuss Hilbert's sixth problem

The University of Leicester will host Hilbert's sixth problem workshop from May 2-4. (2016-04-11)

Virginia Tech Mathematics Department Gets NSF Grant For Reform Of Mathematics In Public Schools

The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics has been awarded a five-year $744,985 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on (1997-10-10)

Changing students' attitudes to mathematics improves test scores

A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. This is the first of its kind to focus on changing students' mindsets and beliefs about their mathematics potential. (2018-05-10)

Mathematical papers and service honored at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Prizes for meritorious service and exemplary writing were awarded to Martha J. Siegel, Mark F. Schilling and Robert D. Hough by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Jan. 5 at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, the world's largest gathering of mathematicians. (2017-01-05)

Gerhard Wanner receives SIAM's George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

Gerhard Wanner of the University of Geneva is the 2015 recipient of the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Wanner is being honored primarily for the five books he has co-authored. (2015-07-29)

SIAM's Ralph E. Kleinman Prize goes to George Em Karniadakis

Karniadakis is being recognized for his many outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in a broad range of areas, including computational fluid dynamics, spectral methods and stochastic modeling. (2015-07-29)

Computational & Applied Mathematics to be published by Springer

Starting in 2013, Springer will publish the research journal Computational & Applied Mathematics, a primary scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Published three times a year, it will be available electronically and in print. (2012-12-13)

Bjorn Engquist receives Peter Henrici Prize at ICIAM 2011

Professor Bjorn Engquist from the University of Texas at Austin is the 2011 recipient of the Peter Henrici Prize. (2011-07-28)

Symposium features nation's top math, science, engineering mentors

A one-day symposium on national mentoring strategies will be hosted March 17 at the St. Regis hotel and will feature the nation's top mathematics, science and engineering mentors. The symposium, which is part of the Presidential Awards for Excellences in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and is hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will focus best practices to include underrepresented minority populaces and women in mathematics, science and engineering opportunities. (2003-03-14)

Umberto Bottazzini to receive 2015 AMS Whiteman Prize

Umberto Bottazzini will be awarded the 2015 American Mathematical Society Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. (2014-12-01)

Kent State researchers were awarded $750,000 by the Ohio Department of Education to work with teachers of grades 3-6 to improve mathematics education. (2006-04-11)

Prize for history of mathematics to be given at ICM 2010

Radha Charan Gupta is the first Indian to be awarded the Kenneth O. May Prize for the History of Mathematics. The award will be conferred upon Prof. Gupta at the International Congress of Mathematicians to be held in Hyderabad, India, Aug. 19-27, 2010. Prof. Kim Plofker, a mathematical historian and the author of (2010-07-08)

Mathematics in 10 lessons

Mathematics is seen by many as an impossible subject to overcome. While many individuals trained in the humanities and liberal arts may respect mathematics as an essential scientific discipline, a lack of experience often makes them feel intimidated by its rigors. In (2009-07-08)

Non-traditional mathematics curriculum results in higher standardized test scores, MU study finds

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found high school students in the United States achieve higher scores on a standardized mathematics test if they study from a curriculum known as integrated mathematics. (2013-09-16)

Panel Reports On State Of U.S. Mathematics

A panel commissioned by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences reports that several adverse trends threaten to undermine the United States' dominant position in world mathematics. The panel also notes that NSF policies significantly affect the strength of U.S. mathematics and hence the health of other sciences. (1998-05-13)

'The Mathematics of Entertainment, the Entertainment of Mathematics' to be presented

Can mathematics be entertaining? Of course! A program called (2002-03-13)

Building a better math teacher

For years, it has been assumed that teachers -- specifically math teachers -- need to master the content they intend to teach. And the best way to do this is to take courses beyond that content. (2011-06-23)

President Bush announces 2001 Presidential Mathematics and Science Teaching Award Recipients

President Bush announced today the recipients of the prestigious 2001 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The White House program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), bestows the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teachers for kindergarten through grade 12. (2002-03-18)

Girls' mathematics performance more likely to suffer than boys' as a result of mathematics anxiety

A new study published today in BioMed Central's open-access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions reports that a number of school-age children suffer from mathematics anxiety and, although both genders' performance is likely to be affected as a result, girls' math performance is more likely to suffer than boys'. (2012-07-08)

US educators awarded for exemplary teaching in mathematics

Janet Heine Barnett, Caren Diefenderfer, and Tevian Dray were named the 2017 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award winners by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for their teaching effectiveness and influence beyond their institutions. The three math professors were honored for their contributions to mathematics education on Jan. 5 in Atlanta at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world's largest gathering of mathematicians. (2017-01-05)

Girls more anxious about mathematics, STEM subjects compared to boys

Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist. Now, using international data, a team of psychologists from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, have determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics. (2016-04-21)

Carnegie Mellon's Dana Scott awarded Sobolev Institute Gold Medal

The Russian Academy of Science's Sobolev Institute of Mathematics has awarded its 2009 Gold Medal for Great Contributions to Mathematics to Dana S. Scott, the Hillman University Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy and Mathematical Logic, Emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon University. (2009-04-14)

Peter Deuflhard awarded the ICIAM Maxwell Prize 2007

Springer author Peter Deuflhard has been awarded the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Maxwell Prize. Deuflhard, president and founder of the Zuse Institute Berlin, has been recognized for the many outstanding contributions he has made to applied mathematics in the course of his career. (2006-09-28)

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize awarded to Gunther Uhlmann

Professor Gunther Uhlmann of the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington was awarded the 2011 Ralph E. Kleinman Prize for his insightful and deep contributions to the theory of inverse problems. (2011-07-28)

Creative mathematical tasks contribute to deeper learning in mathematics

Working with creative mathematical tasks is important for pupils both to reflect on mathematics as well as for their subsequent test results. Being faced with creative tasks during exercise has evident effects on all pupils, both on weak and high performers. This according to studies at Umeå University in Sweden. (2016-08-30)

2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings Jan. 15-18 in Baltimore

The largest mathematics meeting in the world will take place Jan. 15-18, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center. (2013-12-11)

Symposium highlights industrial-strength math

The numerous uses of numbers in a variety of industrial settings will be examined at (2003-02-17)

American Chemical Society sponsors Glenn Commission briefing on math, science teaching

The American Chemical Society will co-sponsor a briefing by the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century on Tuesday, October 10 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SDG-11. The briefing will focus on the national effort to improve the quality of K-12 mathematics and science education in the United States. (2000-10-03)

Morehouse College Department of Mathematics honored for achievements

The Department of Mathematics at Morehouse College has been chosen to receive the 2016 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award. The department at Morehouse is honored 'for its significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics.' (2016-04-06)

David E. Keyes receives SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

Professor David E. Keyes of Columbia University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia has been awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession. (2011-07-28)

Clemson, mathematicians count on future

Turns out discrete math isn't discrete after all. In fact, it permeates everything from super-secret security networks to underground gambling networks. (2004-10-06)

Rutgers lead on $10m NSF grant for urban math instruction

Rutgers will be the lead recipient of up to $10 million over five years from the National Science Foundation for a project focused on improving urban students' understanding of mathematics. Partners are The City University of New York Graduate Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators will study how urban children learn mathematics, seek to equip urban teachers with the most effective instructional strategies, and develop a research-based model for successful mathematics education in urban schools. (2003-10-09)

Linda J. S. Allen awarded AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Allen is being recognized for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology. (2015-07-29)

New book: Philosophy makes better mathematicians

Does mathematics consist of absolute truths, and are mathematical results always indisputable? Most people would probably respond yes without thinking twice, but the answer is actually also in part no. Mathematics can also be approached from a philosophical angle -- and it is important to do so. Otherwise, we cannot ask the big, important questions in life, writes University of Southern Denmark-scientist in a new book. (2013-05-28)

$2.3 million NSF grant will fund MU study of math learning outcomes

Education researchers at the University of Missouri will receive nearly $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation over the next four years to study elementary students' mathematics learning outcomes in relation to teacher expertise and classroom assignment. (2014-10-14)

Yale's Margulis wins 2005 Wolf prize for mathematics

The Prize Committee for Mathematics of the Wolf Foundation has unanimously selected Gregory A. Margulis, Erastus L. DeForest Professor of Mathematics at Yale as recipient of the 2005 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for his exceptional contributions to algebra and his creative synthesis of ideas and methods from different areas of mathematics. (2005-02-26)

Leading researchers discuss beauty and explanation of mathematics

Are mathematical beauty and mathematical explanation related in any way? This question is posed to philosophers, mathematicians and mathematics educators from across the globe when they meet at Umeå University in Sweden during 10 to 12 March. (2014-03-03)

HKU mathematician Professor Mok Ngai-ming elected as Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Mok Ngai-ming, Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics, was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) during the meeting held in Beijing on December 7, 2015. Professor Mok is the only local scholar attaining such achievement in the election this year. (2016-04-10)

Sir Roger Penrose receives 2006 JPBM Communications Award

Sir Roger Penrose of Oxford University is receiving the 2006 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM). Presented annually, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating about mathematics to the nonmathematicians. The prize will be awarded on Friday, January 13, 2006, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas. (2006-01-13)

Program Proves Mathematical Statements

Temple University professor Doron Zeilberger has created a computer program called EKHAD which, he explains, ³proves mathematical statements--not just performing empirical or numerical calculations, but actually producing a complete mathematical proof.² Such a program is a new and exciting development in the field of mathematics, which has long relied on the calculating power of computers, but never before used them to provide proofs for mathematical statements. (1998-02-18)

Unsolved after 116 years: International academics to discuss Hilbert's sixth problem

The University of Leicester will host Hilbert's sixth problem workshop from May 2-4. (2016-04-11)

Virginia Tech Mathematics Department Gets NSF Grant For Reform Of Mathematics In Public Schools

The Virginia Tech Department of Mathematics has been awarded a five-year $744,985 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on (1997-10-10)

Changing students' attitudes to mathematics improves test scores

A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. This is the first of its kind to focus on changing students' mindsets and beliefs about their mathematics potential. (2018-05-10)

Mathematical papers and service honored at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Prizes for meritorious service and exemplary writing were awarded to Martha J. Siegel, Mark F. Schilling and Robert D. Hough by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Jan. 5 at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, the world's largest gathering of mathematicians. (2017-01-05)

Gerhard Wanner receives SIAM's George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

Gerhard Wanner of the University of Geneva is the 2015 recipient of the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Wanner is being honored primarily for the five books he has co-authored. (2015-07-29)

SIAM's Ralph E. Kleinman Prize goes to George Em Karniadakis

Karniadakis is being recognized for his many outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in a broad range of areas, including computational fluid dynamics, spectral methods and stochastic modeling. (2015-07-29)

Computational & Applied Mathematics to be published by Springer

Starting in 2013, Springer will publish the research journal Computational & Applied Mathematics, a primary scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Published three times a year, it will be available electronically and in print. (2012-12-13)

Bjorn Engquist receives Peter Henrici Prize at ICIAM 2011

Professor Bjorn Engquist from the University of Texas at Austin is the 2011 recipient of the Peter Henrici Prize. (2011-07-28)

Symposium features nation's top math, science, engineering mentors

A one-day symposium on national mentoring strategies will be hosted March 17 at the St. Regis hotel and will feature the nation's top mathematics, science and engineering mentors. The symposium, which is part of the Presidential Awards for Excellences in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and is hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will focus best practices to include underrepresented minority populaces and women in mathematics, science and engineering opportunities. (2003-03-14)

Umberto Bottazzini to receive 2015 AMS Whiteman Prize

Umberto Bottazzini will be awarded the 2015 American Mathematical Society Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas. (2014-12-01)

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