Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm moving my blog to

Dear Readers,

Over the last few years I've been exploring how to run my own blog and website. Now with the examples and encouragement of many friends who have really inspirational blogs (like Research in Practice and the Mathbabe) as well many more blogging acquaintances and others who tweet, post amazing things on Facebook and Google+, I've decided to move my News from the Math Wizard posts over to my website at

I will be using my webpage for several purposes and several audiences: continued news from the math wizard, as well as posts related to my work in mathematics and in education. And perhaps more.

I hope you will follow me to!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Teachers' Math Circle Talk at Math Fest

Photo Credit: Rusty Rogers

I'm excited to announce that I'll present the demonstration Teachers' Math Circle Class at MathFest!

For those not in the know, MathFest is the biggest and best national summer math conference, organized by the Math Association of America (MAA). There will be many activities sponsored by the Special Interest Group on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST) including two contributed papers sessions, a math wrangle and demo classes for students and teachers.

My demonstration class will be my talk on Nim and Jim, which I blogged about here in April. Every time I presented this activity about impartial games it gets better and more interactive. So if you've seen it before, you'll have a lot of fun, but if you've never seen it, then you're guaranteed to have a great time!

MathFest this year is August 4-6 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Math Babe and the Science Babe

Two interesting blogs that I follow are called, respectively, The Science Babe and mathbabe. No, neither of these blogs are prurient websites that are weak on content. Instead, they both seek to reclaim the terms from websites that are.

The Math Babe is none other than Cathy O'Neil, a Ph.D. Number Theorist who left academia about four years ago for industry. She blogs not only about being a female mathematician, but also the mathematical techniques and tools that she is acquiring right now in industry. I do hope that she blogs about Number Theory too, although it's exciting to read about how she is mastering Python and R.

A recent post that I find interesting is about Working with Larry Summers. Summers was the president of Harvard University between 2001 and 2006, who resigned in disgrace after the bad publicity generated in part by his comments about women's aptitude in mathematics. After this, he worked at D.E. Shaw, which is where Cathy got to work with him. His project there was apparently to chase dumb-money. Any profit involved was at the cost to pension funds that many of us hope to retire on. Yuck!

Now, how about the Science Babe? Let's save that for another post!