Alissa Abad, TCNJ Math & Stat alumnus, on Tuesday, November 24th at 12:30 am in SCP 229

**Title:** A New Matrix Invariant

**Abstract:
**I’m a TCNJ Alum from the Class of 2012. I will share my experience working

with youth at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and City Year New

York, and how these experiences shaped my desire to become a secondary

education math teacher. I am currently a teaching fellow with Math for

America Los Angeles and I just started teaching 6th grade in East LA, so I

will gladly answer questions about what to expect and what not to expect in

the beginning years of teaching.

Pizza will be served!!

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Dr. Kardos

Dr. VanderSandt

Dr. Marcus

Dr. Navard

Regina Littwin

and special guest Asst. Dean Leonard

This event is super fun, and the participants need your help! Each participant is given three saves, where they can call on students for support. Please come to support your professors, staff, and assistant dean! The competition is in SCP229.

]]>Teo Paoletti, Montclair State University, on Tuesday, November 10th at 12:30 am in SCP 229

**Title:** A New Matrix Invariant

**Abstract:
**In this presentation, I discuss my journey from an undergraduate mathematics education major at TCNJ to my current position as a first year Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Montclair State University. I describe how my middle and high school mathematics teaching career spurned a a strong interest in students’ mathematical understanding, which led to my leaving teaching to study this further. I provide a brief summary of my graduate studies and present some findings from my dissertation study in which I intended to support students in developing powerful function and inverse function understandings.

Counts toward the Colloquium Requirement

Sponsored by TCNJ CSTM

]]>Patrick Rault, SUNY Geneseo, on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:00 am in SCP 229

**Title:** A New Matrix Invariant

Dr. Rault was the recipient of both the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the MAA and the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Faculty Mentoring Award.

]]>Cynthia Curtis, The College of New Jersey

How can anyone do research in math? Isn’t all of math already known? What does Professor Curtis do when she isn’t teaching class? What is topology? Why do mathematicians care about knots? Can studying knots really be math if there are no numbers?

Come find out at 11am on October 21 in P229!

]]>This talk counts as a colloquium requirement for Math Education majors. It is sponsored by TCNJ CSTM.

]]>Brendan Kelly, who graduated from TCNJ in 2008 with a degree in Mathematics, returned to campus on September 8th to give a talk to department students and faculty. His talk, titled “How many ways can I get to the coffee shop?” centered around how posing good questions is critical to the problem-solving process. He explored the importance of asking good questions, and showed techniques that help empower students to ask those good questions.

Brendan was the 2015 recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard University.

]]>**Closed Geodesics on Surfaces**

A light ray traveling on a surface traces out a geodesic path. The search for closed goedesics on surfaces goes back more than a hundred years, and has given rise to a beautiful interplay between geometry, analysis, and topology. We will introduce basic differential geometry of curves and surfaces in 3 dimensions, and some ideas that have been developed over the last century to prove the existence of closed geodesics. For example, every closed, convex surface has at least 3 simple closed geodesics.

The application deadline for the Women and Mathematics Program is February 19, 2016. The program is sponsored by the NSF and is open to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral women in the field of mathematics. This is an intensive program which includes lectures, seminars, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics of interest to women mathematicians. For more information and an application, please go to the Women in Mathematics website.

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