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Fall 2016 Conference, Monterey, Dec 9-10, 2016

The 44th Annual Fall Conference was held in Monterey on Dec, 9-10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa.

Student Poster Winners

Spiros Michalakis

CMC3 invites community college mathematics students to participate in student poster session at our Fall conference. We encourage all types of posters that present some aspect of mathematics (math history, math education, problem solving, mathematical modeling, algebra, calculus, topology, statistics, etc), and provides guidelines for your poster and information on how they will be judged.

This year’s winning poster was Optimizing Volume of a Hanging Mass by Christian Eckhart, Mark McCullough, and John Stevens of Lake Tahoe Community College. Their advisor was Larry Green.

Friday Keynote Speaker: Spiros Michalakis, Caltech
Mathematics 2.0

Is space and time fundamental, or are both concepts derived from powerful, yet abundant, quantum correlations underlying the very fabric of reality? We will touch upon a few examples of "mechanisms of emergence", those hidden-in-plain-sight mathematical assumptions that have the power to transform abstract mathematical spaces into highly structured "physical" spaces, where laws of physics emerge from randomness and spacetime manifests from a shapeless, timeless and completely random vector living in a large Hilbert space. To build intuition about these quantum correlations, we will discuss the development and gameplay of Quantum Chess and see why the "quantum realm" is the best place to look for superpowers.

Spiros Michalakis

Spiros holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis. Currently at Caltech, he splits his time between research on quantum many-body physics and outreach to the public. He has worked with Google to design qCraft, a mod introducing quantum mechanics into the popular video game, Minecraft. His collaboration with Jorge Cham, creator of PHD Comics, has produced popular animations on different aspects of quantum science, such as Quantum Information and Topological Quantum Computing. Spiros is also a science consultant for Hollywood, introducing the "quantum realm" in the superhero movie, Ant-Man. He recently convinced Stephen Hawking to play Quantum Chess against Paul Rudd in a viral video narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos
A Tale of Two Internets

There are two internets. There is the internet students use in their home lives and the internet they use in their school lives. The school internet is often dreary and the home internet is often engrossing. Students often learn more on the personal internet also. So why is the math education internet so dull and so uneducational so often? What lessons can we draw from the home internet and how can we apply them to all of our classes, and particular to developmental math?

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future. He lives in Mountain View, CA

Other Events

There will be a pre-conference orkshop titled Enriching Mathematical Learning and Improving Student Success: An Introduction to Carnegie Math Pathways, Statway and Quantway, 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Big Sur Room.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Presentations provided can be found below.

  Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room
Common Assessment Initiative - Status Update and Competency Mapping
Amy Beadle
Common Assessment Initiative
Open Educational Resources in California Community Colleges
Dolores Davison
Academic Senate for CCC
Assessment for a Growth Mindset: Experiences With Concept-Based Grading
Phil Smith, Gary Kersting
ARC, NCMC
Teaching or want to teach online? Mathematics support group for all!
Barbara Illowsky
CCC Online Ed Initiative
Presentation
Room
Pre-Statistics: A Student Panel
Hal Huntsman
City College of San Francisco
Mathematical Reasoning and Proofs in Two Year STEM
Dean Gooch
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Impact of the Common Core Standards on Mathematics in Community Colleges
Andres Marti
SFUSD
Presentation Handout
Adjunct Panel
Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg
Organizer
Room
Epistemology as Learning Tool: When Do You Know Something?
Brian Palmer
Hartnell College
New Approach to Developmental Math: Success in One Semester
William Newhall
Truckee Meadows CC
Acceleration and STEM Pathways
Jenny Freidenreich
Diablo Valley College
Presentation
Learning how to Learn Mathematics
Wade Ellis
West Valley College
Presentation Handout 1 Handout 2 References
Room
Understanding Black Holes With Calculus I
Marc Frodyma
San Jose City College
Presentation I II III IV
The Higher the Hat, the Higher the Standing
Shawn Wiggins
City College of San Francisco
Deriving Kepler's Laws from Newton’s Equations
Joel Siegel
Sierra College
An Investigation of Elliptic Curves
Coleman Dobson
CSULA
Room
Get Your Math Classes Into the Hands of Your Students
Heather Schmidt
CCC Confer & 3C Media Solutions
Innovation + Inspiration = Engaging + Connecting with Students
Ken Rand and Johnny Perez
Hartnell College
Lights! Camera! Action!
Chris Brown
3C Media Solutions, Palomar College
No Session
Room
Statistics: A Window to Diversity
Mahtash Esfandiari & Safaa Dabagh
UCLA
#1 Really is Number One
Charles Barnett
Las Positas College
Presentation
Derivation of Normal Distribution and Other Interesting Facts
Ronald Fischer
Evergreen Valley College
No Session

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