Includes keynote on congressional gerrymandering
The keynote speaker, Diana Davis, is a visiting professor from Swarthmore College. Gerrymandering, the drawing of congressional districting lines for political advantage, has been in the news a lot recently. Mathematicians have been instrumental in creating tools to identify when a districting plan is gerrymandered; a mathematician helped Pennsylvania throw out its gerrymandered plan, and a group of mathematicians contributed important supporting evidence in the March 2019 U.S. Supreme Court case about gerrymandering in Maryland and North Carolina. Davis explains how geometry and statistics can help detect gerrymandering. Attendees will have a chance to try their hands at gerrymandering and at using some of the tools that mathematicians have developed to measure the problem.
In addition to the keynote, there will be more than 30 breakout sessions in precalculus, calculus, algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, instructional strategies, technology integration and general interest. The target audience is mathematics teachers from grades 9 through 14. There will be nine or 10 open sharing sessions for teachers to interact with colleagues on selected topics of interest for this audience. Register and select the conference. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch are included.