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Faculty/Staff Excellence in the Math Department

Faculty/Staff Excellence in the Math & Philosophy Departments


Under the leadership of Victoria Klawitter (mathematics), the department was awarded a NYSED Mathematics Science Partnership Grant in Collaboration with St. Lawrence - Lewis BOCES. Under Dr. Klawitter?s leadership a SUNY Potsdam faculty team, including Blair Madore (mathematics) and Becky Duprey (curriculum & instruction) designed and implemented a Professional Development Program for PK-6 mathematics teachers. The program consisted of three summer institutes and follow?up professional development activities. The professional development institutes help teachers strengthen their mathematics knowledge, deepen their understanding of the mathematics in the Common Core Mathematics Standards, and use their knowledge to adapt curriculum modules for fall implementation. Harold Ellingsen, Joel Foisy, and Cheryl Miller (all mathematics) served as 2014 summer institutes facilitators. Three more workshops will be offered in the summer of 2015.

Third year Mathematics major Ellen Lehet worked on a Presidential Scholar?s project over the course of this year, with Laura Person (mathematics), on virtual knot theory. Ms. Lehet presented her work at the Mathematics Conference and Competition at Clarkson University in March 2014. She was later selected to participate in Central Michigan?s NSF-sponsored REU in summer 2014. In addition to Ellen Lehet, the Department of Mathematics had a high number of students selected to participate in (non-SUNY Potsdam) REU programs. Third year student Christina Wahl participated in the summer 2014 REU program in mathematics at West Georgia State University. Third year student David Cervantes-Nava participated in the 2014 REU at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. In addition, four SUNY Potsdam students, Jonathan Doane, James Myer, Cristopher Negron, and Andrew Ranieri, participated in Summer 2014 Research in the SUNY Potsdam/Clarkson REU program.

Blair Madore (mathematics) gave a 90-minute presentation for area high school geometry teachers at a BOCES workshop on adjusting to the new common core Geometry class. The presentation was entitled "Introduction to Transformational Geometry".

Matthew LaVine (mathematics and philosophy) presented his paper ?Prior's Thank-Goodness Argument Reconsidered? at the Arthur Prior Centenary Conference at Balliol College, Oxford, August 20-22, 2014. The paper is under consideration for publication is a special issue of selected proceedings in Synthese. Additionally, Professor LaVine?s abstract ?Meanings of hypothesis?, with John Corcoran, was published in Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 20.(2014).

Timothy Murphy (philosophy) is offering a new course, Philosophy of the Liberal Arts, for the first time this semester. The course may end up serving as a core course in a Liberal Arts major which is in the process of development.

Joseph DiGiovanna (philosophy) is offering a new course, the fruit of last year?s sabbatical, entitled Philosophy of the American Revolution.

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