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DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
**The Department Staff will be working remotely**
SKYE HALL 208
Tel: (951) 827-3113
Fax: (951) 827-7314
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Co-sponsored by UCR Math’s Interdisciplinary Center for Quantitative Modeling in Biology and the Lorentz Center In Leiden, The Netherlands, Dr. Mark Alber co-organizes the Summer School “Modeling of Shape and Size in Biological Development”
Students are encouraged to participate in online activities including listening to review talks and working on introductory projects. These activities will culminate in intense training and exchange program from 24 to 28 August, 2020.
A follow up Special Session to be held at the 2021 Annual SMB Meeting, June 13-17, 2021at UCR as well as a Workshop at the Lorentz Center sometime in 2021-22 are planned.
The Summer School focuses on mathematical multiscale models of animal and plant development and plant growth. School participants will work with models rooted in the cellular level, i.e., models making links between cellular processes such as cellular growth and division, cell movement and interaction with the extracellular matrix (ECM), mechanical or chemical signaling between cells, etc., leading to organ shape development and growth at higher spatial scales.
Graduate students will be exposed to state-of-the-art examples of multiscale modeling in development. They will get hands-on experience with the development of mathematical and computational models as well as model calibration using experimental data. They will also develop in teams simple, but novel example models to answer open scientific questions proposed by the speakers ahead of time. Students will be expected to already have some experience in modeling but will be asked to work with a method that is new to them.
Dr. David Weisbart Shares His Experience With Online Teaching
Dr. David Weisbart has been conducting online teaching at UCR Mathematics for several years. David is the PI for one ILTI grant and co-PI for two. In the video here he shares his advice and insights on how one may run online teaching.
Representing Mathematics in Science through the AAAS:
Dr. Michel Lapidus
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has been working to “advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people”.
To this end their goals to:
- Enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public
- Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use
- Strengthen support for the science and technology enterprise
- Provide a voice for science on societal issues
- Promote the responsible use of science in public policy
- Strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce
- Foster education in science and technology for everyone
- Increase public engagement with science and technology
- Advance international cooperation in science
In light of these goals the AAAS elects members of the scientific community to represent and pursue these goals. To this end, the AAAS and its members have seen fit to elect Dr. Michel Lapidus of the UC Riverside Mathematics Department as a Council Delegate for Mathematics. In this role Dr. Lapidus will share his wealth of experience and knowledge as a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at UCR, the American Mathematical Society’s Associate Secretary for the Western Section and now as elected part of the AAAS.Considering his current positions at UCR, AMS and AAAS, Dr. Lapidus’ reflects, “…I hope to be able to help repay my debt to them all in taking on this new function. I also hope that this will eventually enable us to establish new ties between the AAAS, the AMS and other sister organizations sharing the same general humanitarian and scholarly goals, and more importantly, also between their members and their supporters.”
The Advanced Mathematics Program is a summer supportive program for students considering to major in mathematics. The program aims to create a learning environment for transitioning math majors especially those who are female, underrepresented minorities, and from low income backgrounds in order to increase diversity in graduate students and the career prospects of our undergraduate students. Participation in the summer program will prepare the students for the core curriculum of the math department. In addition to students from UCR, the summer program will be available to transfer students from the community colleges to the math department to help our incoming transfer students. The summer program, with its emphasis on underrepresented minorities, will certainly contribute to UCR’s mission to diversity.
When learning calculus at college level, students often encounter difficulties overcoming word problems, or extracting mathematics from the context of a certain subject. The instructors also encounter time limitations to teaching with sufficient depth, coverage and illustrations.
The Microtutorials in Mathematics project team at UCR has conceived a new approach to producing supplementary instructional materials. It produces a collection of microtutorials as supplementary instructional and learning materials. The intent is to assist the students and instructors to overcome such difficulties and pressures, with the help of online learning. The students could use them freely on any topics of their choice. The videos are produced with follow-up questions to enable instructors to flip their classrooms if desired.
Providing educational success to underrepresented and first-generation students is an important part of UCR's mission.
The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences - Math Alliance - is a community of math sciences faculty and students with the following goals:
- To increase the number of doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences among groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in those fields.
- To improve placement of students from these groups in doctoral programs in disciplines that recruit undergraduate mathematics majors.
- To increase the number of Phds from these groups who enter the professoriate in the mathematical sciences as well as other appropriate professions.
- To increase funded research collaborations among faculty members at the universities with mathematical sciences doctoral programs and faculty members at colleges and universities focused on undergraduate students.
- To foster the growth of a community of mathematical scientists that promotes a diverse workforce.
If you are interested in becoming a Math Alliance Scholar, please feel free to contact Dr. Fred Wilhelm. The benefits include access to Math Alliances Facilitated Graduate Applications Process and possible funding to go the the Alliance's Field of Dreams conference.