October 2013 Archives

Claremont Discourse Lecture: "Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists"

October-2013-CUC.jpgTues., October 29th, 4:15 PM,
Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists: A Discussion of Techniques to Broaden Participation in Mathematics

Panelists: Deanna Needell (CMC); Blerta Shtylla (Pomona); Mohamed Omar (HMC); Dagan Karp (HMC); Chris Towse (Scripps); Dave Bachman (Pitzer). Facilitated by Talithia Williams (HMC)

In order for the United States to maintain a competitive edge in science, mathematics, and engineering, we must encourage and train the next generation of scientists. Even though they are the fastest growing segment of the population, minorities remain underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. If our national priority is to grow a strong and talented science and technology workforce, then we must cultivate talent in underrepresented populations. During this discussion, the panelists -- all faculty at the Claremont Colleges -- will share techniques that have been effective in reaching minority populations and discuss ways that the 5 undergraduate colleges can seek to broaden participation in mathematics.

Learn more about our Panelists:

Talithia Williams
Title: Assistant Professor, Harvey Mudd College
• Serves on the Board of Directors for SACNAS, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Hispanics, Chicanos and Native Americans in Science;
• Serves on the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America as a Governor for Minority Interests;
• Co-organizes and hosts Sacred SISTAHS math and science conference focused on empowering young African American girls by introducing them to successful academic and professional role models.

David Bachman
Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
• As a graduate student David led an "Emerging Scholars Workshop," a program designed by Dr. Uri Triesmann to help well-qualified students from underrepresented groups succeed in Calculus.
• Professor Bachman subsequently designed a special precalculus through Calculus III sequence at Pitzer based on the earlier work with Dr. Triesmann's program.
• For 2 years he ran the Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences' "Gateway to Exploring the Mathematical Sciences" (GEMS) program, an outreach program for middle school students from areas with low socio-economic status.

Dagan Karp
Title: Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
• Faculty Sponsor of the Claremont SACNAS Chapter and corresponding student organization;
• 2010 Organizer of SUMS, the Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Mathematical Sciences;
• Co-organizer of the 2011 HMC Mathematics Conference on Broadening Participation in the Mathematical Sciences
• Member of the Human Resources Advisory Committee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. HRAC oversees MSRI's efforts to broaden participation in mathematics;
• Co-founded and co-edit, the blog, e-Mentoring Network in the Mathematical Sciences. about mentorship and broadening participation in mathematics. It has an active Facebook group where US mathematicians of all ranks from students to senior professors connect and share tips and perspectives.
• Finally, near and dear to our hearts, Professor Karp is a co-Founding Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics

Deanna Needell
Title: Assistant Professor in the Mathematical Sciences department at Claremont McKenna College.
• Professor Needell is an Academic Mentor with Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS);
• Mentor with the Vertical Integration of Research and Education program at Stanford;
• Professor Needell has been the recipient of awards including the Simons Foundation Collaboration grant, 2012 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, and ScienceWatch Fast-Breaking paper award.

Mohamed Omar
Title: Assistant Professor
• Recently joined the Claremont Colleges from Caltech
• Instructor at the "Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving" program that takes gifted rising 8th graders from low-income homes in the Bronx and gives them a free 3-week intensive mathematical experience in Upstate New York
• Academic Coordinator and Graduate Student Mentor for the Canada/USA Mathcamp; guiding mentors to set the program's tone.

Blerta Shtyella
Title: Assistant Professor of Mathematics
• Professor Shtyella came to Pomona from Mt Holyoke College;
• Her research interests include mathematical and computational biology
• She is a Project NeXt Fellow;
• I'd like to hear much more about her role as Mathematics Library Liaison at Mt Holyoke;

Chris Towse

Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
• Awarded an NSF grant to run the Claremont Colleges Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site 2009-11
• Three time recipient of the Mary Johnson Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching
• Served as a Program Chair for the Southern California-Nevada section of the Mathematics Association of America

Water, Power, and Technology: The Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913-2013


Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections Exhibition:
"Water, Power, and Technology: The Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913-2013"

Exhibit on display now through December 20, 2013
Honnold/Mudd Library, inside North Entrance

In November 1913, the City of Los Angeles completed construction of the first Los Angeles Aqueduct. In commemoration of the centennial, Special Collections staff culled its vast Water Resources Collection for exhibit materials on this technological marvel and the controversies that surrounded its construction. Come see how the City of Los Angeles grew in the shadow of the desert; how a semi-arid landscape was transformed into lush gardens. See who envisioned such a feat and why they chose Owens Valley as the aqueduct's source - and what happened when they did. The photographs, schematics, and reports detailing the construction reveal the many challenges and debates that have continued since 1913. As the exhibit makes clear, this initial aqueduct project did not slake the city's thirst for water and led to the massive state-wide system in place today. Located in Special Collections gallery space, inside north entrance, exhibit is open during library's normal operating hours. Co-curated by Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, Environmental Analysis Program, Pomona College and Lisa L. Crane, Western Americana Librarian, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.

Related Program:
"Water, Power, and Technology: The Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913-2013" Virtual Tour

Char Miller, Pomona College
Thursday, October 31st, 4:15 PM
Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

In relation to Special Collections exhibit, "Water Power, and Technology: The Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913-2013", Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College, will give a talk about the Los Angeles Aqueduct and provide a "virtual" tour of the exhibit.

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
Phone: 909.607.3977
E-mail: spcoll@cuc.claremont.edu

Solidarity in the 1980's Sanctuary Movement


The Sanctuary Movement was a religious and political campaign that began
in the early 1980s to provide safe haven for Central American refugees
fleeing civil conflict. This event offers two personal perspectives on the
Sanctuary Movement through the stories of two women who experienced it:

Please join us as Maria Guardado & Darlene Nicgorski
reunite to tell their stories 30 years later.

October 23rd, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Maria Guardado is one of the foremost Salvadoran activist in the United States. She began her political activism in 1966 when she worked on her first presidential campaign in opposition to the government in El Salvador. In January 1980, she was targeted for her activism and captured by paramilitary forces and tortured. She fled El Salvador and received political asylum in the United States in 1983, assisted by members of the Sanctuary Movement.

Darlene Nicgorski was a leader in the Sanctuary Movement for Central American refugees in the United States in the early 1980s. She assisted refugees fleeing political unrest and persecution in Central America to find sanctuary in the United States. She was arrested for her activities and was a defendant in the Arizona Sanctuary Trial of 1985-1986.

Light refreshment will be served.

FMI: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library

Prof. Claudia Strauss, Anthropology, Pitzer |
Wed., October 9th, 4:15PM, Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

We cannot make sense of the way the American public think about issues like immigration reform or the government's role in health care if we analyze opinions in terms of standard liberal/conservative ideologies. This talk draws on anthropological interviews to show that people form opinions from a patchwork of conventional discourses that cross ideological lines.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz, 909-607-3986, ext.73986

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