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  1. 3 Ways to Get More Women Into Tech

    We read this article today and thought more people ought to see it. We especially liked the part that says,  “We have found that by pairing theory with real-world applications, particularly in introductory technical courses, we can capture the interest and enthusiasm of more students...

  2. Applied mathematics may be underrepresented

    Years ago when I was teaching at a small liberal arts school, Albion College, Albion MI, I decided to venture out and teach an Operations Research course (piece of advice, NEVER start an OR course with linear programming as it is a quagmire of opportunities from which you can never extricate...

  3. Colleges disappearing

    We have been working on building emailing lists to contact folks around the country (indeed, world) about our Student Competition Using Differential Equation Modeling – SCUDEM to be held on 21 April 2018. We are trying to line up host sites for SCUDEM 2018 and so we are working on...

  4. What do you do on your first day of class?

    I invited my son, Doan Winkel, to share what he does in his Entrepreneurship class on the first day of class. Doan is The John J. Kahl, Sr., Chair in Entrepreneurship, at John Carroll University in Cleveland Heights OH USA.  Here is what he does. ---------  ****...

  5. This says it all - student feedback

    Just check this out from Math in the City at University of Nebraska home page. First line under Student Feedback: "I liked the fact that we didn't know what we were capable of doing until we did it." This says it all. Makes it worthwhile. End of Blog Entry  

  6. Grateful to MAA FOCUS

    We are very grateful to Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, Editor of MAA FOCUS, for publishing our article, Let's Do It:  Using Modeling in the Classroom, in the April/May 2017 issue of the magazine. The piece can be found (along with all the other newsy and rich articles in ALL the other...

  7. How to Run Effective Meetings

    In our profession of faculty members (most folks who are reading this blog) we attend our share of meetings - I can hear the groans in the ether coming across the miles and into the speakers of my desk computer! Well, Adam Bryant, who writes the weekly Corner Office column in The New York...

  8. Mindfulness at Work

    In a helpful piece entitled "Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required," in the New York Times, Job Market section of 24 April 2016, Matthew E. May suggests that we can do just that and furthermore it will make us a better contributor at work and a person richer in...

  9. Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist.

    Lyell Asher, an Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College, has written a very fine piece, "Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity.  Resist." in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 February 2017 issue, pp. B3-B5. The theme of the article surrounds his assignment...

  10. The UMAP Journal

    In a recent correspondence with Paul Campbell, of Beloit College, Beloit WI, who is the  Editor of The UMAP Journal, Paul said that he hoped SIMIODE community members would take note of the opportunity to share modeling activities in the journal's Model Reality Check section. One...

  11. What makes it great?

    My wife and I attend many musical events each year. One series we like is entitled, "What Makes It Great." These lecture/concerts are held in the Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, New York City. Each of the four events is two-part. For the first hour or so...

  12. A sock came back from "the other side"

        I had four pairs of compression socks per my doctor's suggestion so that circulation in my legs would be better. They are not cheap, but do they make me more comfortable as they keep down the swelling. Several months ago one of the socks went over to "the other...

  13. "I don't ask questions any more . . .

    . . .  because  I don't like the answers I get."  That is what a woman of a certain age said to the receptionist at the doctor's office today while I was waiting in the waiting room. I got to thinking about what causes us "not to ask...

  14. The real meaning of what we produce and do

    Tonight my wife and I attended a lecture performance on Dimitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 as a part of the “What Makes It Great” series offered by Rob Kapilow at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. We tend to shy away from twentieth century music because of it...