Dr. Sun received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Toronto in Canada. Dr. Sun's research focuses on addressing challenging genetic and epigenetic questions using statistical and computational methods. She has collaborated with biomedical researchers from different research groups in Canada and the United States on projects related to complex diseases (e.g., cancer and arthritis). She has also been developing statistical methodologies and software packages for genomic problems using Bayesian methods, hidden Markov models, Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms, and linear models.
Dr. Treinen received his Ph.D. from Wichita State University in 2004. He has been working on fluid mechanics and fluid dynamics problems, primarily studying the equilibrium state of fluids. The methods applied to these problems are somewhat diverse: techniques from partial and ordinary differential equations including free boundary regularity, numerical analysis, geometric measure theory, and the calculus of variations.
Esther Conrad was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Texas State Woman’s Giving Circle.
Enes Akbuga was awarded a scholarship to attend PME-NA in Indianapolis (October 2017).
Christina Koehne received a $1,600 award for the 2017-18 academic year.
Joshua Fagan has received $2,000 from the Graduate College and $2,300 from the University Bookstore for the 2017-18 academic year.
The National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recently hosted its Annual Meeting and Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas (http://www.nctm.org). NCTM’s Annual Meeting and Research Conference are premier mathematics education conferences that support mathematics educators to share new and innovating research, network with peers, exchange ideas, and to transform mathematics classrooms in ways that drive student success. Faculty member and newly-elected board member for the Mathematics Education Trust of NCTM, Dr. Alejandra Sorto, explained the importance of NCTM: “Our organization provides members, institutions, and researchers with the vision of the teaching and learning of mathematics for our nation by providing opportunities to share our scholarship and creating educational resources that shape state policies that ultimately impact our students.”
Texas State had a strong presence this year at NCTM. Our faculty and students made six presentations involving nine current (or former) graduate students and five faculty members. Collectively, the presentations considered a variety of topics related to teaching and addressed both practicing and preservice teachers. The research shared at NCTM was wide-ranging and considered several key instructional practices including engaging students in justifying and generalizing, supporting students’ productive mathematical struggle, responding to students’ mathematical ideas, and leveraging linguistic resources in bilingual classrooms. In addition to making research presentations, faculty and students also facilitated workshops for practicing teachers. Dr. Alejandra Sorto organized and facilitated two new events for NCTM as part of the organization’s commitment to equity and access. Dr. Sorto, whose research focuses on English language learners, organized a multilingual session for secondary mathematics teachers and helped to recruit and support local parents to participate in a parent panel.
The list of Texas State presentations/presenters includes:
Effective Teaching Practices in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
M. Alejandra Sorto, Alexander Rasche, & Brittany Webre
Las Matemáticas en Nuestras Aulas: Bilingual Strategies in Secondary Classrooms
M. Alejandra Sorto, Rachel Bower with Layla Guyot, Enes Akbuga, Zhaochen Song and Brittany Webre
Cultivating Mathematical Affections Through Service Learning
Preparing Preservice Teachers to Notice and Support Productive Struggle
Christina Starkey, Christine Herrera, Shawnda Smith, & Hiroko Warshauer
Teacher Conceptions on Justifying and Generalizing in the Classroom
Kate Melhuish & Jodi Fasteen
Classroom Responsiveness Over Time: A Case Study
Jessica Pierson Bishop, Julia Przybyla-Kuchek, & Hamilton Hardison
Dr. David Snyder was awarded an Online Resource Grant for the Springer Journal backfile upgrade at Alkek library. The resource is expected to be available early summer 2017. The journals available in the backfile are some of the most influential in mathematics research of the 19th and 20th centuries. Three in particular, Mathematische Annalen, Mathematische Zeitscreift and Acta Mathematica are used by top researchers who refer to foundational papers found in these journals. Having access to these resources eliminates a pause in research activity while waiting for an interlibrary loan to come through. Researchers can immediately find their articles of interest and continue their research project.
Dr. Young Ju Lee will be supported by the ACS Petroleum Research Fund in the total amount of $110,000 for the period 1/1/2017 though 8/31/2019 as a co-PI.
The ACS Petroleum Research Fund is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries. Dr. Lee will investigate the potential usefulness of the wormlike micellar fluids for the enhanced Oil recovery in collaborations with Dr. Kim. Dr. Kim is Assistant Professor at School of Engineering and will play as a lead PI for the projects.
Dr. Daniela Ferrero received a $6,000.00 award from the Mathematical Association of America’s Tensor Program for Women and Mathematics to support the project Women Doing Math (WDM) during the academic year 2016-17. Each month, this program will focus on a high-profile female mathematician and her field of research through activities involving a seminar, solving problems, contests and prizes, and a dinner with the mathematician after her seminar. WDM is also supported by the Department of Mathematics at Texas State.
Dr. Ferrero received a $6,000.00 award from the Mathematical Association of America’s Tensor SUMMA Program to support her project Yes, we can do Math! This program supports a one-week research experience for five Texas State undergraduates during spring break 2017. Yes, we can do Math! is also supported by the Office for Research and Federal Relations and the Department of Mathematics at Texas State.