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Contact: Christine Payton May 12, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The Mathematics Department of UL Lafayette will be hosting a conference, “Enhancing Content for Comprehension in Undergraduate Mathematics,” on May 18-19.

Conference events will include formal presentations, a panel discussion, and open conversations on what content in mathematics courses, not only for science and engineering majors but for all students, will be most effective in helping colleges and universities produce successful graduates and informed citizens.

Two nationally known authorities on the subject, Dr. Bernard Madison and Dr. Michael Starbird, will be guest speakers for the conference.

Madison is a professor and former dean at the University of Arkansas. He is an expert on national needs assessment and program evaluation in mathematics, and he has published numerous articles on math education and policy. He has served as a writer for state standards in mathematics and is presently a member of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. Additionally, he is the founding president of the National Numeracy Network, and a coauthor of the textbook “Case Studies for Quantitative Reasoning”.

Starbird is professor of mathematics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1974. Starbird’s textbook, “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking”, coauthored with Edward B. Burger, won a 2001 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. He has won many teaching awards, including the Mathematical Association of America’s 2007 Deborah and Franklin Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. He is interested in bringing authentic understanding of significant ideas in mathematics to all people, and has developed and taught an acclaimed class that presents higher-level mathematics to liberal arts students.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Anyone interested in participating can contact the UL Lafayette Mathematics Department at 337 482 6702, or send an email to Dr. Roger Waggoner, rwag@louisiana.edu .


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,500 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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