STEM Alliance Spring 2016 Meeting


Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 11:30am


Spartan Rooms B&C, International Center

The Spring meeting focused on Math courses and initiatives at MSU to highlight the importance of math for all STEM programs of study. The purpose of this meeting is to share information about math reform initiatives, both current and in development, and promote dialogue between faculty about how we prepare students for success in subsequent STEM courses.



11:20 a.m.             Registration begins, Lunch available

11:40 a.m.             Lunch - Welcome and Overview

                                    Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Dean, College of Natural Science (CNS)

11:45 a.m.             Overview

  • Who takes which math sequence and how are they doing? (5)

Cori Fata-Hartley, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Coordination, CNS

  • Calculus for the Life Sciences, HHMI Calculus Reform Project

Aklilu Zeleke, Professor & Robert Bell, Associate Professor, Lyman Briggs College (10)

  • Math reforms efforts at MSU (10)

Keith Promislow, Chair, Department of Mathematics


12:15 p.m.            Lightening talks on math initiatives (3-5 min ea/25 total)

Faculty, Department of Mathematics

  • Center for Instructional Math: Andy Krause & Tsveta Sendova
  • MTH 100/103E: Pavel Sikorskii & Julie Cioni
  • MTH 124: Teena Gerhardt & Ben Schmidt
  • MTH 132: Ryan Maccombs
  • MTH 133: Willie Wong
  • MTH 299: Russell Schwab


12:40 p.m.            Roundtable discussions – (45 min. total)[Two 20-minute breakouts]                               

1:25 p.m.               Wrap-up and announcements