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Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.

Statistics Students Conduct Poll

Students in statistics classes often read in their textbooks about surveys: how to conduct them, how to avoid potential bias, and how to interpret the results. This fall, students in Mr. James Devilbiss’s MATH 112 Applied Statistics and EDUC 595 Teaching Probability and Statistics classes got a chance to practice those things in real life. On Election Day, November 4th, Frederick County voters will elect their first County Executive (the results may be in by the time you read this newsletter). In the summer, Frederick News Post reporter Bethany Rodgers and Assistant Managing Editor Rob Walters contacted the Hood Mathematics Department and asked if we would like to collaborate on the first-ever Hood-FNP political poll. We enthusiastically agreed and started planning how to involve Hood students. In the end, students from the two classes listed above, plus some extra volunteers from calculus classes, spent three evenings at the FNP offices, eating pizza and calling county residents on the phone. The students reported that it was a fun and instructive activity, despite the many frustrations – out-of-date phone numbers, people who hung up on them, or people more interested in talking about Ebola. The results of the survey were published in the newspaper on Monday, October 27th, indicating that the results were very close, and that in fact the sample was too small to be statistically significant. But this informal survey indicated that Democratic candidate Jan Gardner was a few points ahead. Pick up a copy of the Frederick News- Post and see if we were correct! 

Two Mathematics Lectures in November

Association for Women in Mathematics Seminar

Blood, Brains, and Ebola
A Mathematical Exploration of Physiological Processes

Dr. Talitha Washington
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Howard University

Monday, November 10th
3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Hodson 316

In the human body, many physiological processes can be better understood via dynamical systems modeling. In the blood, calcium homeostasis is achieved through mechanisms that are synchronized to maintain a specific level of calcium in the blood. In the brain, transduction of a signal via a neuronal network determines the propagation of information. In the cell, the Ebola virus replicates itself so that it can spread throughout the body. This talk explores modeling these phenomena as well as ways in which dynamical systems may contribute to biological discoveries.

Dr. Talitha Washington is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Evansville and The College of New Rochelle, and a VIGRE Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut, and completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Board of Advisors for the National Institute for Mathematics and Biological Synthesis.

Annual Mathematics Education Lecture
In conjunction with the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Implementing Research-Based Special Education
Practices in the Algebra Classroom
Lecture, Discussion, and Dinner

Dr. Tricia K. Strickland
Assistant Professor of Education
Hood College

Tuesday, November 18th
5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Whitaker Campus Commons

This talk will focus on how research-based practices such as class wide peer-tutoring, explicit instruction, graduated instructional sequence, technology, and graphic organizers can be implemented in the high school Algebra classroom to help all students, including those with disabilities, succeed. Overviews of the strategies will be interspersed with time for discussion, questions, and dinner.

Professor Strickland received her undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Baltimore, her master's degree in Special Education from George Mason University, and her doctorate in special education with a concentration in mathematics education from the University of Maryland. Professor Strickland spent 12 years teaching middle and high school students with diverse learning needs. Prior to teaching, she worked with children with emotional and behavioral disorders in residential facilities. Professor Strickland is especially interested in instructional practices and interventions that assist students with high incidence disabilities access the general education curriculum and have a positive school experience.

You must RSVP by November 10th to attend the dinner:

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