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MSTE: Celebrating 25 years!

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Each year STEM-related projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are given the opportunity to share short videos about their work. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public are invited to view, discuss, and vote for the favorites.

This year our office was involved in helping put together two videos for the showcase:

We encourage you to watch the videos, post your comments and questions in the discussion area, and vote for the videos using the Public Choice option found just below each video.

You can also help us out by sharing them widely on social media or anywhere else you can think of using the hashtag #STEMvideohall.


Related Link: Recognizing College of Education leaders in 2017-2018

We are proud to announce that our director, Dr. George Reese, was recently honored with the Academic Professional Excellence Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. George received this award as a recognition of his wide-ranging contributions in leading initiatives related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) efforts, including working with teachers and administrators to offer professional development and mentorship, and supporting numerous research and outreach efforts.

He is the former president of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) and has played a critical role in the development of computer-science education discourse nationwide. His nominator, Dr. Mary Kalantzis, said, “Dr. Reese made it his mission to address the challenge of engaging robustly with schools and teachers in ways that they could benefit from the scholarship of the university.”

Congratulations, George!


Related Link: MSTE Friday Lunch Series

We’re back this week with our LAST presentation of the Spring semester! This week’s speaker is another former MSTE partner who will be here to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Debra Woods was the director of NetMath in the Mathematics department and collaborator with George Reese, MSTE Director, on several partnership grants with schools.

About the Talk: NetMath is a successful online computer-based mathematics program based on the Calculus & Mathematica (C&M) project created by mathematicians Jerry Uhl, Horacio Porta, and Bill Davis. The C&M courseware was born out of the early calculus reform movement, which coincidently coincided with the launch of the powerful computer algebra system, Mathematica. This talk will discuss the authors’ thoughts on teaching calculus, and how NetMath has partnered with MSTE over the past 25 years.

Speakers: Debra Woods

Topic: Three Mathematicians Walked into a Bar

When: Friday, April 20th, 2018, from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!


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