Thursday, December 3, 1998

7:00 p.m., Founder's Hall 118

Frank Giordano
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.