|UW Mathematics||Autumn 2009|
Message from the Chair
NSF Research Training Grant
Gunther Uhlmann: Academy Fellow
Mathematics Honors Luncheon
Chad Klumb: Sophomore Medalist
Solutions to 1,000 Year Old Problem
NSF CAREER Grant
2009 Mathematics Department Outreach
As in previous years, the Departmentís outreach this past year had a wide range of levels, scope and visibility. As always, the most spectacular were Math Day, which brought 1200 high school students from around the state to campus on March 24 for an array of lectures and activities, and SIMUW (Summer Institute in Mathematics at the University of Washington), which brought 24 high school students to campus for a full six weeks of high intensity mathematics during the summer. You can find details about these events in some previous years at www.math.washington.edu/newsletter. Another large-scale summer event was the annual Northwest Math Interaction (see photo below), a week of multi-faceted geometry learning aimed at secondary teachers from all around the state. If you want to see a face light up, talk with any of the teachers who have been there, and if you want to see kids doing some interesting geometry projects, check out their classes.
On a different level entirely, an outreach effort that dates back to the nineties is bearing fruit. Since 1998, the Department has supported the development of an organization bringing together faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the state who teach mathematics to future teachers. The group, called WaToToM (Washington Teachers of Teachers of Mathematics) has grown over the years in stature, cohesion and voice. As a result, when the state put together the Washington State Education Coordinating Council last year, WaToToM was given a seat on the council. So the original outreach to universities and colleges has now enabled those colleges and universities to reach out together to the stateóa nice development!