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Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts

The Sixteenth Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting
in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis

Dr. Reva Kasman, Salem State University
"From Arithmetic to Proof: Creating Mathematicians in the Elementary School Classroom"

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Abstract: Traditional mathematics learning tends to begin with the presentation of a polished result which is then applied to carefully chosen illustrative examples. But this format hides the true nature of a mathematician's work, which is creative, exploratory, messy, and meandering. Long before mathematicians prove a useful theorem, they play with examples, cultivate their intuition, and make a lot of false starts in their search for something that is plausibly true.

How does the mathematical experience change for elementary students when they function as a community of mathematicians? In this talk I will share work from a project which brings mathematical argument about the four arithmetic operations into 2nd - 5th grade classrooms. We will explore what it means for young students (and their teachers) to engage in the earliest stages of creating conjectures, searching for evidence and counterexamples, and ultimately supporting their claims with representation-based proofs.

Bio: Dr. Kasman is the winner of the 2017 NES/MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching and the 2016 winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Salem State University. She earned her Ph.D. in geometric group theory at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her current scholarship is focused on teaching and working with pre-service and in-service elementary and middle school teachers. Reva is a co-author of But Why Does It Work?: Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom with Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, Virginia Bastable, and Traci Higgins, and she is a co-author of a chapter ("Guided Discovery in a Discrete Mathematics Course for Middle School Teachers") in the Mathematical Association of America's Resources for Preparing Middle School Mathematics Teachers (Cheryl Beaver, Laurie Burton, Maria Fung, and Klay Kruczek, Editors) with Mary Flahive. Reva has been a summer faculty member at Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) since 2014 and a co-director of the Career Mentoring for Women (CaMeW) workshop.

Photo: Reva Kasman


  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. -- Dinner, Faculty/Staff Dining Room, 3rd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Dr. Kasman's Presentation, Alumni Room, 3rd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center
  • 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. -- Reception, Alumni Room, 3rd Floor, D. Justin McCarthy Center

Buffet Dinner: Assorted dinner rolls with margarine and butter; Tossed salad with Ranch dressing and Balsamic vinaigrette, Italian Marinated Chicken Breast, Pasta with Roasted Vegetables; Steamed Fresh Summer Squash and Zucchini with Fresh Garlic and Herbs; Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake with Strawberries; Water; Coffee, Decaf, and Hot Tea.
Reception: Assorted sweet treats with Coffee, Decaf, and Hot Tea.

Price: $23.25 per person

Make checks payable to: Framingham State University Mathematics Department.

A poster for the event is available here. More information and a downloadable registration form are available at the Preskenis Dinner website. More information about Ken and the history of the Preskenis dinner is available here.

Deadline for dinner reservations: April 16, 2018
The Preskenis Lecture and Reception are free and open to all; reservations are not required for the Preskenis Lecture or Reception.

Contact: Sarah Mabrouk by e-mail or by phone (508-626-4785).

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Twenty-fifth Leonard C. Sulski Memorial Lecture and Dinner

Dr. Carl Pomerance, Dartmouth University
"What we still don't know about addition and multiplication"

Monday, April 23, 2018

Abstract: How could there be something we don't know about arithmetic? It would seem that subject was sewn up in third grade. But here's a problem: What is the most efficient method for multiplication? No one knows. And here is another: How many different numbers appear in a large multiplication table? There are many more such problems, largely unsolved, and for which we could use some help!

About the speaker: Carl Pomerance is John G. Kemeny Parents Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College. After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972, he taught at the University of Georgia from 1972-1999, and then worked at Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies as a member of the Technical Staff from 1999-2003. Since 2003, he has been a professor at Dartmouth. His research interests are algebra, number theory and cryptography.
Professor Pomerance has written eight books on various aspects of cryptography and computational number theory, and he has published numerous important research articles in mathematical journals. He was named the George Polya Lecturer of the Mathematical Association of America for 1993-1995 and has given several other prestigious special lectures over his career.
Among his numerous honors, Professor Pomerance was awarded the Chauvenet Prize by the MAA in 1985, the Deborah and Frank Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the MAA in 1997, and the Levi L. Conant Prize by the American Mathematical Society in 2001. His Sulski Lecture will be aimed at a general mathematical audience.


  • 4:00 p.m. -- Refreshments, Smith Labs Atrium
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Lecture, Smith Labs, Room 154
  • 6:00 p.m. -- Appetizers and Cash Bar, Hogan Campus Center Suite B
  • 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner, Hogan Campus Center Suite B

Choice of Entrees: Poached Salmon, Chicken Marsala or Vegetarian (Please indicate your choice when you send your check.)

Price: $15.00

Make checks payable to: College of the Holy Cross

Send registration to:

Professor Tom Cecil
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610-2395

phone: (508) 793-2719
Deadline for registration: April 13, 2018

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