Watch Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani is the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. She is the first woman in the prize’s 80-year history to earn the distinction. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

From the AMS: As part of the May12 initiative, Celebrating Women in Mathematics, ZALA films has kindly agreed to provide one free screening per person or group of the film “Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani” from April 1 to May 15, 2020. Register to watch this beautiful film.

Let’s Talk About SETs

From the PhD + epsilon blog: Let’s discuss student opinion forms, course evaluations, student evaluation of teaching forms, whatever term you use. Article after article year after year highlight how toxic they are. More recently the emphasis has been on how they differ according to instructor gender and race—though it’s really the STUDENTS, not the forms, that are biased.

(See previous DINAMICS posts about bias in teaching evaluations here.)

Dare to Share

From the e-Mentoring Network: … I think what motivates me the most to continue making these videos is filling the void of underrepresented mathematicians sharing non-standard undergraduate mathematics material on YouTube. Representation is such a critical force in empowering underrepresented students to realize their excellence. In a math culture where underrepresentation is often entangled with a deficit mindset, we need resources that reflect a different narrative. Resources that show underrepresented mathematicians engaging in creative, challenging and interesting mathematics happily.

Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education 2020 Public Summit

From the AMS: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education will hold a public summit aimed at identifying and elevating promising practices for preventing sexual harassment in higher education, October 19-20, 2020, hosted by the University of Wisconsin System at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

AMS to Feature Diverse Mathematicians

From the AMS: On the AMS web page, we are going to feature mathematicians with a range of social and physical identities: race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, parenthood, first-generation status, disability, professional status, etc. Students, this includes you! If you are willing to be featured, please send the following information to education@ams.org:

  • Your name as you’d like it to appear
  • Webpage for your name to link to (optional)
  • A brief sentence about who you are professionally
  • A brief sentence about who you are personally
  • A headshot, along with a statement that we have your permission to use this photo on the website

We look forward to meeting you!

Clemson Faculty Member Awarded CAREER Grant to Study Experiences of Latinx Youth in Math

From Clemson’s Newsstand: Carlos Nicolas Gomez, assistant professor in Clemson’s College of Education, recently received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program grant, often referred to as the NSF CAREER award. Gomez will use the five-year grant to characterize and analyze the developing mathematical identities of Latinx students transitioning from elementary to middle grades mathematics.