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Featured from our Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Nebraska alumna Joyce Yen of the University of Washington speaks to UNL mathematics faculty and students on Oct. 17, 2019.

Alumni News: 'I like being a connector' - Joyce Yen

The satisfaction that first came from solving problems in mathematics now fuels Joyce Yen in her pursuit to solve issues in equity, diversity, and inclusion at the faculty level. Yen is the director of the University of Washington’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that works to improve the academic climate for women not only at Washington, but also across the nation. Since 2003, Yen has helped lead 13 grants, worth a total of more than $6.7 million, to advance women faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics. Read More

Jim Lewis speaks at the Aug. 30 STEM CONNECT grant announcement.

STEM CONNECT: Scholarship targets low-income, underrepresented students

More than 120 low-income Nebraska students will benefit from a new five-year, $3.56 million grant from the National Science Foundation while they pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with Southeast Community College and Western Nebraska Community College to build out the state’s STEM workforce through a new grant, STEM Career Opportunities in Nebraska: Networks, Experiential-learning and Computation Thinking. Applications are now being accepted from students who will be first- and second-year students in the fall of 2020, and STEM CONNECT hopes to offer up to 62 scholarships between the three institutions. Read More

Mathematics graduate student Justin Nguyen assists students in Math 106: Calculus I in Fall 2019 in the newly renovated Louise Pound Hall.

Active-learning strategies proving integral to calculus success

Active learning is transforming calculus at universities nationwide—and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping to lead the movement. Active-learning strategies encourage the student-led questioning, reasoning, and communication of key mathematical concepts, with instructors promoting engagement and building on student thinking. Since 2016, Nebraska’s Department of Mathematics has expanded its implementation of active-learning strategies from pre-calculus courses into Calculus I, Calculus II, and business calculus. Read More

Kristie Pfabe and Meggan Hass present on Nov. 22, 2019, on teaching Intermediate Algebra together at the Lincoln Correctional Center in the summer of 2019.

‘I teach differently now because of teaching in a prison’

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Lincoln Correctional Center, inmates at LCC earned college credit in an Intermediate Algebra course in the summer of 2019, taught by Nebraska alumna Professor Kristie Pfabe of Nebraska Wesleyan and Meggan Hass, a UNL mathematics graduate student. Read More

Ten members and two instructors of the Afrimath summer 2019 cohort gather for a photo with Nebraska’s Michelle Homp (far left) and program founder Masake Ly (far right).

Afrimath adventure: Homp returns to expand impact of Primarily Math

Thanks to the Joyce Broady Clark Outreach Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation, a scholarship to benefit young women and other underrepresented students in mathematics, Michelle Homp’s work to bring the Primarily Math program to mathematics teachers in Africa has been expanding. After Homp’s trip to Senegal, Africa, in 2018, she met with fund founder Gwinneth Berexa, the great-granddaughter of Broady Clark, a 1907 College of Arts and Sciences alumna, to thank Berexa for her support. Berexa fully supported Homp’s goal of returning to Africa to reach teachers outside of the SABS. In July of 2019, Homp again visited Dakar, where she was joined by Moussa Faye and Denis Ndour, teacher participants from 2018, to lead a new group of 12 teachers. Read More