The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works -- and share enticing details about the upcoming 2021 National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation's capital to represent NGCP at the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021. We will also hear from Kirsten Bohl of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI); she coordinates the many moving parts of the National Math Festival.

Alissa CransDr. Alissa S. Crans has been recognized nationally for her enthusiastic ability to share and communicate mathematics, having been honored with the Hasse Prize for expository writing on mathematics, as well as with the 2011 Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching by a beginning college or university mathematics faculty member. She has been invited to speak at MoMath, two National Math Festivals, various lecture series for general audiences, and numerous mathematical days for undergraduates. She is known for her active mentoring and supporting of women, underrepresented students, and teachers at all levels, as well as her dedication to helping students and the general public increase their appreciation and enthusiasm for her discipline. She proselytizes about math in settings that range from the public library to “Nerd Night Los Angeles” to public school classrooms.  She is a professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University, where her research interests lie in the field of higher-dimensional algebra and are supported by the Simons Foundation

Emille Davie LawrenceEmille Davie Lawrence is a Term Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of San Francisco. She earned her B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Georgia. She has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an Assistant Professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research focuses on topological properties of spatial graphs, and she is involved in several national programs aimed at broadening participation in the mathematical sciences. Emille enjoys speaking about mathematics to people of all ages and believes strongly that mathematics should be accessible to everyone. Her non-professional life is filled with music and other performing arts, and spending meaningful time with her husband and two children.


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