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Spring 2016 SoCal-Nev Section Meeting

When? Saturday, April 29, 2016
CSU Northridge

Call for Nominations for the 2017 MAA Section Teaching Award

Bruce Yoshiwara, Section Secretary

Preliminary nominations for the 26th annual MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is November 4, 2016.

If you have an eligible and qualified colleague in your department, we urge you to nominate her/him so that s/he may be considered for the award. The initial nomination consists of a one-page form together with a one- to two-page description of the candidate's qualities and teaching successes.

From the preliminary nominees, the selection committee will choose two to three semifinalists. Each nominator will then be asked to complete a full nomination packet for the semi-finalist. The full packet will be required only for semi-finalists and will be due by early January of 2017. (Full nomination requirements may be found by following the Guidelines and Nomination Form link on the MAA's Haimo Award page.)

Upon receipt of the full nomination, semi-finalists will automatically become finalists. Each finalist will receive an official letter of commendation from the Chair of the Section, which will be copied to the candidate's department chair and dean. The selection committee will choose the winner from the pool of finalists. Finalists who are not selected will automatically have their full applications considered the following year for the Section award.

The recipient of the award will be recognized and given the opportunity to give a talk at a future meeting of the MAA Southern California-Nevada Section. The awardee will also be the official Section nominee for the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Successful nominees are individuals who are widely recognized for their extraordinarily successful teaching effectiveness and for teaching that has had influence beyond their own institutions. To be eligible, nominees must be current MAA members who teach mathematical science courses at least half-time during the academic year and have at least seven years experience teaching at the college or university level. Because the Section Award winner will be forwarded for consideration for the national Haimo award, successful nominees will have an extended record of teaching success. (For greater detail on eligibility requirements, please go to the MAA's Haimo Award page.)

The Preliminary Nomination deadline is Friday November 4, 2016.

Questions? Contact Bruce Yoshiwara at yoshiwbw@faculty.laccd.edu.

Initial nominations may be sent electronically Bruce Yoshiwara at the email address listed above.

Shirley Gray wins the 2016 MAA Section Teaching Award!

Shirley Gray

Our 2016 Section Teaching Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics goes to Dr. Shirley B. Gray of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).

Dr. Gray has a long record of teaching excellence. Students and colleagues alike remark on her "infectious enthusiasm." She has established connections across disciplines, with academic colleagues in computer science and engineering, as well as industry representatives. One of her colleagues describes her teaching in this way: "...she approaches teaching with great enthusiasm, passion, and commitment. She has a relaxed, informal teaching style, and skillfully makes use of different types of media and teaching techniques..." A key example of her innovative class activities is her annual math field trip to The Huntington Library in Pasadena, by arrangement with the Huntington's Curator of Manuscripts, to view original first editions. Dr. Gray is credited for her work in helping to bring the Archimedes Palimpsest to The Huntington. Dr. Gray is also known as the "driving force" behind the widely recognized National Curve Bank. This online resource has received multiple support grants (from the NSF and the Beckman Foundation) and has been recognized by Caltech, the College Board, and the MAA's Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL). Dr. Gray has many more teaching accomplishments and the strong, warm support of past students and colleagues at the local, regional, and national level.

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.


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