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North Central College hosts AMC 8 math contest

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.
North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below Nov. 15.

Oct. 3, 2011—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below. Students who are either home-schooled or enrolled in area junior high schools are invited to participate. The contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., Naperville.

Google internship leads to job offer for computer science, math major

North Central College student Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

Oct. 13, 2011—North Central College computer science and mathematics double major Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

McMahon presents session at ACI Teacher Induction Academy

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, gave a presentation for K-12 teachers at the ACI Teacher Induction Academy at Concordia.

Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, co-presented “A Reasoning-Based Approach to the Algebra Strand of the Common Core Standards” for K-12 teachers at the Associated Colleges of Illinois Teacher Induction Academy at Concordia University in River Forest on Sept. 23.

Wilders and Van Oyen publish article on symmetry of math and art

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders and Professor of Music Larry Van Oyen publish article on art and transformations in math class.

Lawrence Van Oyen (photo, right), professor of music, and Richard Wilders (left), Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art.

McMahon leads workshop at school in Chicago

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-leads session on teaching math to staff at Chicago elementary school.

Mary McMahon—associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator—co-facilitated a workshop titled “Teaching Mathematics Using the Common Core Standards: What’s Really Changed?” to the staff at Goldblatt Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 2.  

Darrin Vogt, education certification student who completed his certification at North Central College in 2010, was a participant and is in his second year of teaching physical education at Goldblatt.

Chinese CDC looks to Gao for answers

Linda Gao, professor of mathematics with Maria Gommel ’13 and Sam Jaros ’12
Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox.

Research assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox. This summer, Linda Gao, professor of mathematics, hosted a representative of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Dapeng Yin, M.D., an epidemiologist who works for the agency in Beijing, visited North Central for five weeks to consult with Gao. She has been using mathematical models to research trends of the spread of the disease and the cost-benefits of various vaccination strategies in China.

Sarah Bikukcius

As an aspiring educator, Sarah Bikulcius finds that North Central is preparing her well to become a mathematics teacher at a high school or middle school.

“At North Central, you make connections,” she says. “The professors here know people and are really good at networking. My advisor knows everyone, which gets my name out there.”

Sarah gained experience student teaching at nearby Waubonsie Valley High School, where she met North Central alumni working as teachers. Sarah says her North Central education sharpened all her skills—not just mathematics and education, but communications as well.

“I’ve learned English is important because as a teacher I will have to write a lot of things, like letters to parents,” she says.

After graduating from North Central Sarah plans to secure a position teaching mathematics and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in education.

“North Central helped me obtain a better perspective of what is out there,” she says. She enjoyed experiences like studying abroad in Costa her junior year. “Costa Rica completely changed my life. It was completely out of my comfort zone. I was a homebody. But once I got there, I wasn’t even homesick.”

McMahon gives talk on Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators.

July 12, 2011—Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation titled “Math and the Common Core” on June 24 at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators, held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. The annual summer institute includes presentations, keynotes and skill-building workshops that focus on teaching diverse students with varying learning styles in high-need schools.

The objective of McMahon’s presentation was to give teachers a familiarity with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

Six faculty and administrative staff members are recognized by for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

June 28, 2011—North Central College recently recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service "above and beyond the call of duty." Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations.

The administrative staff award recipients are:

Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium held in May

Math department inaugurates Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and first of many mathematics-related colloquia featuring talks by Google software engineer, students.

Nearly 90 students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed hearing two talks as part of North Central’s Inaugural Pi Mu Epsilon Prime Time Mathematics Colloquium on May 25. The first talk, titled “The Mathematics of Google,” was presented by Shaun Cox, software engineer with Google. Following his talk, students and faculty were initiated into the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

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