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Southern California-Nevada Section
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Last week to Pre-register!
Register now for our Fall Section Meeting
Where? Scripps College in Claremont CA
When? Saturday October 27, 2018.
Contributed Paper Session (NEW submission deadline Wed Oct 17 12noon)
and invited addresses by:
Stacy Brown, Cal Poly Pomona
Carol Schumacher, Kenyon College (Section Visitor)
Edray Goins, Pomona College
Jennifer Switkes wins the 2018 MAA Section Teaching Award!
Professor Jennifer Switkes of California Polytechnic University Pomona is the winner of this year’s Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and a nominee for the national MAA’s 2019 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Dr. Switkes is recognized for bringing her educational core values of excellence, honor, integrity, love, and purpose to all students, and specifically to traditionally underserved students.
Dr. Switkes makes extensive use of projects in all her courses, and always includes some content which forces the students to address issues not specifically asked for. Students extend and apply the concepts and algorithms that have been learned in class to large-scale and hands-on problems. The inclusion of a research component allows the students to challenge themselves and gives them an opportunity to see how mathematical research can be conducted. As a former student describes her experience with Dr. Switkes’ methods, “During this time we expanded a recently developed iterative numerical integration technique to higher dimensions, programmed the method in MATLAB, and used difference equations to derive closed-form formulas for specific examples. Working on this project with Dr. Switkes introduced me to the extensive community of mathematics by presenting our work at five undergraduate research conferences and publishing a paper in The Mathematical Scientist. This was my first research project, and it sent me on a trajectory to become a research intern at MIT and subsequently to be accepted to MIT’s Ph.D. program.”
Professor Switkes’ teaching efforts in mathematics extend well beyond Cal Poly Pomona classrooms--she has a missionary dedication in her desire to volunteer to teach underserved
student populations. A few years ago she began teaching calculus at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, CA through the Prison Education Project. She developed strategies to focus the students’ attention on the big ideas on calculus, but she didn’t even know if she would have the same students week after week.
The MAA Southern California-Nevada Section recognizes the great positive impact Dr. Jennifer Switkes has had on mathematics education and is honored to present her with the Secton Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Did you know...
...that the SoCalNv Section of the MAA had its first meeting in 1925? Read about SoCalNv MAA Section History (pdf) in this article written for the Spring 2000 meeting program by Ernie Solheid.
Help Write Our Section History!
Do you have a special memory of an MAA Southern California Section meeting, event, or
personality? Please share it with Ernie Solheid esolheid @ fullerton.edu.