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Modeling Across the Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Peter R Turner Clarkson University

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Currently Dean of Arts & Sciences having previously served as Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and before that on the faculty at the US Naval Academy and the University of Lancaster, UK. Received both B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Sheffield University. Much of my recent scholarly activity has been in the area of STEM education focusing on preparation and retention, and on initiatives for more relevant applied mathematics education in the high school - college transitional years.

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Jeffrey Humpherys Brigham Young University

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Currently a professor of Mathematics at Brigham Young University, where he has served on the faculty since 2005. He received his Ph.D.
> in Mathematics from Indiana University in 2002 and was an Arnold Ross Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University from 2002-2005. Since then, he has won several grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award in 2009. His current research interests are in nonlinear and stochastic dynamical systems, numerical analysis and scientific computing, healthcare analytics, actuarial science, and network science.

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The SIAM-led Modeling across the Curriculum program has, so far, held two workshops in 2012 and 2014. This paper describes some of the main outcomes of this initiative and the workshops.In this particular paper the focus will be firmly on the undergraduate education aspects. The overarching goal of this initiative is to "Engage and keep young people in stem disciplines, from k-12 through undergraduate (and graduate) studies, and into the workforce." The extensive use of Modeling both within the mathematical education of students and in cross-disciplinary team-teaching situations is seen as a natural way of motivating students' interest in mathematics and its relevance to all STEM disciplines. This approach also addresses some of the observations in the PCAST Engage to Excel report that much of the traditional mathematics curriculum is not well adjusted to the needs of 21st century scientists and engineers. The first workshop report made several major recommendations, including "Develop modeling-based undergraduate curricula." The second Modeling Across the Curriculum Workshop extended the work of the first by using three working groups, one of which was devoted to develop explicit pathways to address effective strategies for influencing undergraduate STEM education. While the program primarily concerns mathematical content, it specifically addresses a much broader view of STEM education, requiring cooperation across multiple disciplines.

Turner, P. R., & Humpherys, J. (2016, June), Modeling Across the Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25741

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