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FSU to Host Annual Mathematics Symposium

“Teaching, Learning, Exploring” will be the theme of the 38th Annual Mathematics Symposium at Frostburg State University. The symposium, designed to serve mathematics educators at all levels, will be held on Friday, April 1, from 8:45 until 2 p.m. in the Lane University Center.

The program, which usually brings to campus more than 100 mathematics teachers from the tri-state area, will have a different format this year. The four featured speakers will present at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The speakers, all leaders in the field of mathematics education, include J. Michael Shaughnessy, Diane J. Briars, Brian Hayes and Karen S. Norwood.

Shaughnessy is the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has taught mathematics content courses and directed professional development experiences for mathematics teachers at all levels. He has authored or co-authored over 70 articles, books and book chapters on issues related to teaching and learning in mathematics education. His principal research interests have been in the teaching and learning of statistics and probability and in the teaching and learning of geometry.

Briars is the president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and is a mathematics education consultant and co-director of the Algebra Intensification Program. She has also served as the mathematics director for the Pittsburgh Public School System. She has served as a member of many national committees, including the National Commission of Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, and in leadership roles for NCTM, The College Board and the National Science Foundation.

Hayes is a senior writer for American Scientist and has been writing the column “Computing Science” for the magazine since 1993. He has been a visitor at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. Currently, he is an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.

Norwood is an associate professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University and has served as the director of Education at the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. Norwood has published a kindergarten through sixth-grade mathematics series with Harcourt. Her current research area is students’ conceptual understanding of functions.

A registration fee is required. For more information about attending the symposium, contact the FSU Mathematics Department at 301-687-4384 or e-mail Karen Parks at

The Mathematics Symposium is co-sponsored by the FSU Mathematics Department and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is supported by grants from the FSU Office of the Provost, the FSU Faculty Development Subcommittee and the FSU Foundation.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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