Abstract: Since 2006, Towson University’s Department of Mathematics has been involved
with Baltimore City Middle Schools via a local organization: Middle Grades Partnership (MGP).
In this sabbatical talk, I will describe how my earlier participation as an MGP program director developed
first into an advisory role for MGP programs across Baltimore and culminated in a professional development
series (funded by MHEC Grant #ITQ 12-106) for middle school teachers. The talk will include a discussion
about lesson experiments and learning from teaching, a focal point of the work with the group of middle school
teachers that continued through the 2012-2013 academic year.
On Monday, April 16, 2012,
Dr. Xiaoyin Wang
gave a sabbatical lecture on Bayesian dominance hierarchies of predictors' relative importance.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012,
Dr. R. Michael Krach
gave a sabbatical talk on A middle school experience: Sabbatical #2.
Mathematics "What-Is..." Seminar
This seminar focuses on short talks aiming to explain various
mathematical concepts in the spirit of the "What Is..." series of short notes in
the Notices of the AMS. Its latest meeting took place on Friday,
October 19, 2012. The speaker was Dr. Alexander
Munson, who gave a talk on Clifford Algebras.
Clifford algebras are used ubiquitously in cosmology, quantum field theory, general relativity,
topological algebra, algebraic K-theory, and category theory, cutting across many branches of math and
physics. Clifford algebra defines spinors, which are used to define spins on fundamental particles such
as the Higgs boson.