Dr. Mike Gagliardo, Associate Professor of
Mathematics, received the 2009-2010 Excellence Award in
Teaching and a grant from the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning to teach the
Mathematics and Reasoning course using inquiry techniques.
Congratulations to Paul Crettenden, assistant professor of
mathematics, who co-wrote a paper entitled, "Analytical Development of the Far
Zone Radiation Integral for an Arbitrary Planar Spiral Antenna," along with
Richard J. Barton, Michael J. Havrilla and Andrew J. Terzuoli. The paper will
appear in April 2010 in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine.
Spiral antennas are useful in that they can receive a broad frequency range of
AM and FM signals without power amplification.
Mike Nancarrow, associate professor of mathematics, participated as a
mathematics panelist for the discussion 'Defining Mathematics and the Importance
of its Multidisciplinary Applications' during Edward Waters College’s 2nd Annual
Math, Science and Engineering Conference on April 17, 2009. The panel featured
mathematics faculty from all of Jacksonville's institutions of higher education.
Congratulations to Paul Crittenden, assistant professor of
mathematics, who coauthored a paper entitled "A Novel Method for Determining
R-card Sheet Impedance Using the Transmission Coefficient Measured in Free-Space
or Waveguide Systems" in IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements
Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr.
Mike Nancarrow co-presented a workshop entitled “Using Technology to
Enhance Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics” on May 13, 2008 at
Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Nancarrow was accompanied by Dr. Sanjay
Rai, instructional dean of Science Engineering and Mathematics at Montgomery
College. Nancarrow and Rai introduced participants to a variety of ways to
employ the TI-89 graphing calculator and other computer algebra systems in
undergraduate mathematics classes. Demonstrations and instruction focused on
topics in college algebra, calculus and differential equations.
Dr. Pam Crawford, chair of the department of mathematics,
presented a paper entitled "S3: Sand, Surf and Slopes-Integration of Marine
Science (and Computing Sciences) into Precalculus," at the American Mathematical
Society and Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) joint meeting on January
9, 2008 in San Diego. Crawford, who co-authored the paper with Dr. Daniel
McCarthy, assistant professor of biology and Ms. Anne Acker, instructor of
computing sciences, also served as a facilitator for the MAA's two-day
mini-course entitled, "A Beginner's Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning in Mathematics," held at the meeting.
Paul Crittenden, assistant professor of
mathematics, has co-authored an article that appeared on July 27, 2007 in the
International Journal of Remote Sensing. In the article, a two-scale
unified full-wave approach is used to evaluate the backscatter cross sections
for vertically and horizontally polarized waves. For more information or to
order a copy, go to http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a780978254?words=crittenden&hash=2435865675
Dr. Sanjay Rai, former professor of mathematics at JU, and now the
instructional dean at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., invited mathematics
professors, Dr. Pam Crawford, Mike Nancarrow
and Marilyn Repsher, to present three workshops to mathematics
faculty from all three campuses of Montgomery, May 13-16, 2007. The professors
demonstrated how they developed innovative and active learning in mathematics.
Dr. Crawford gave the first workshop on College Algebra and Precalculus, Dr.
Nancarrow presented Calculus I and II, and Dr. Respher presented the third on
Calculus III and Linear Algebra. The JU professors had prepared a book of
laboratory investigations appropriate for these courses. Nearly forty faculty
members attended and were evidently very enthusiastic and satisfied. Dean Rai
wants the faculty members to return in the next academic year to meet with the
attendees and discuss their experience with the materials.
In March Dr. Pam Crawford, associate professor of math, had
an article, "Choosing Appropriate Derivative Techniques," published in March
2007 issue of Focus, a monthly publication of the Mathematical
Association of America. The article was the result of a lecture she gave in
January 2006 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical
Society and the Mathematical Association of America.
Dr. Crawford presented “Student Engagement in the History of
Mathematics,” in the contributed paper session on "The Scholarship of Teaching
and Learning in Mathematics" at the 2007 Joint Meetings of the American
Mathematical Society/Mathematical Association of America held in New Orleans in
January 2007. Dr. Crawford also assisted organizers of the mini-course "A
Beginner's Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in
Mathematics" at the conference and guided workshop participants in transforming
a teaching problem of their own into a problem for scholarly investigation.
Drs. Michael Nancarrow, Marilyn Repsher,
Pete Ryan, Bob Hollister, and Ben
Wehrung (all full-time members of the department of mathematics)
attended the Joint Meetings.