Consortium of Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP)

*Mathematics Across the Disciplines*

The National Science Foundation has funded seven major projects in a
program entitled,"Mathematics Across the Disciplines." The purpose
of the program is to change the way undergraduate education is designed
and executed. The NSF criteria called for institution-wide reform
and models for changing the culture at the schools awarded grants under
the program.

The seven projects currently underway will be described. One
of the projects is entitled, "Project Intermath," a consortium of 15 schools
led by West Point and COMAP. The objectives of Intermath include developing
"Interdisciplinary Lively Applications Projects," initiating an Interdisciplinary
Modeling Contest, and six major curriculum projects.

Products from Project Intermath will be demonstrated.

Special Mathematics Colloquium:

*Initiatives of the Consortium of Mathematics and
its Applications*

Thursday, December 3, 1998

4:00 p.m., Natural Resources 101

pre-colloquium tea from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.,

Basement of the Library Foyer

COMAP was originally funded by the
NSF in 1975 to develop modules entitled Undergraduate Mathematics Applications
Projects (UMAPs). Today, COMAP is leading a wide range of K-16 activities.
In this talk we will discuss the

mathematical contest in modeling, the interdisciplinary contest in
modeling, the high school contest in modeling, and Math Serve, a contest
recognizing voluntary efforts by the mathematical sciences resulting in
social good. We will discuss undergraduate curriculum projects including:

For All Practical Purposes, Against All Odds, Principles and Practices
of Mathematics as well as curricula currently under development:
a high school modeling curriculum, interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum
projects being tested by Project Intermath, and an undergraduate methods
course for secondary educators.

Dr. Frank Giordano is the Director of Undergraduate Education at the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP ). He is the Project Director of the mathematical contest in modeling and a new high school contest in modeling, currently being designed and tested. He is a Principal Investigator for Project Intermath, an interdisciplinary project

funded by the NSF, designed to recognize voluntary efforts by mathematical scientists resulting in social good.

Dr. Giordano is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated
from the United States Military Academy in 1964, and later served 21 years
on the faculty there. He has co-authored texts in mathematical modeling,
differential equations, and calculus.