I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983 and instantly fell in love with it.  I received my BA in mathematics at Cal in 1992 and then left for UCLA for graduate school.  LA was a bit of a shock...but it really was a fun place to live.  I received my Ph.D. in mathematics in 1998, specializing in probability.  From there it was finally back up to the North Bay and Sonoma State. 

I am no longer Chair of the SSU Academic Senate or Chair of the Educational Policies Committee.  Yahoo!  But I'm still committed to my goals: work through strategic planning to bring academic priorities (priorities involving your quality of life in the classroom, while doing other academic work with your professors, and other things directly related to your education) to the forefront of campus spending.  Sound boring?  Sound frustrating?  I haven't given up yet, though am about ready to.  I yearn for the day when I can spend the whole day thinking about math!  

Currently, I’m developing curriculum and other classroom materials that attempt to use technology in a meaningful way to learn statistics and calculus.  I’m in the process of redesigning a mathematical programming class, and last year wrote the second edition of a manual on using Excel in a business statistics course.

I am also an instructor for the  Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at The George Washington University.  Currently I am teaching a Mathematical Statistics course using resampling and simulation.  A few years ago I taught a class in queueing theory.  The program's participants are women math majors from around the country who have just completed their junior year in college.  If you are eligible, I strongly encourage you to apply!  What an incredible program--I met the most fascinating people, went on great field trips, sat through interesting lectures, and generally enjoyed myself in DC and Virginia.  Check out the link above to apply for next summer.

I was a 1999/2000 Project NExT fellow  (NExT stands for 'New Experiences in Teaching').  Project NExT is a fabulous program for junior mathematics faculty across the nation who are interested in important issues in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics.  NExT is a program of the Mathematical Association of America .  For more information, or if you'd like to apply to Project NExT, see the Project's home page .


 

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