AM Seminar: Centering Learning and Community: Approaches for Higher Education

Presenter: Julie Simons, Associate Professor, California Maritime Academy

Description: Higher education is facing a substantial amount of disruption in the coming years, due to rapidly changing technology in education and in industry; COVID-related educational gaps; and challenges in the diversity, equity, and inclusion landscape. Nowhere are these challenges more clear than in STEM classrooms. We will talk about strategies to modernize pedagogy and curriculum as well as support students and faculty in mathematics in the midst of this upheaval. Solutions for the classroom must be both sustainable and equitable for students and instructors, and it is important that applied mathematics courses leverage both computational and pedagogical tools when appropriate. We will see some tangible ways to accomplish this during a teaching demonstration about eigenvalues and eigenvectors using Jupyter Notebooks and Desmos. Beyond our classrooms, approaches to curriculum development should leverage institutional strengths and intentionally design programs to both address students' needs during their college experience, but also after they graduate and pursue a variety of career paths.

Bio: Professor Julie Simons is an applied mathematician specializing in cellular motility, modeling, and computational simulation. After obtaining her B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley in mathematics with a minor in statistics, she earned her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. There, she studied multiscale modeling of bacterial chemotaxis. She completed two postdocs, one in mathematics and ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine and another in mathematical models for flagellar motility at Tulane University. She is currently an associate professor of mathematics at CSU Maritime Academy, where she has focused on STEM education; undergraduate research projects in biofluids; and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Hosted by: UCSC Applied Mathematics Department

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Meeting ID: 983 8894 4058
Passcode: 544756

Monday, February 12 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

Engineering 2, E2-599
Engineering 2 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students


Academic, Science & Technology

Applied Math Department, Baskin School of Engineering
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