Consider the question: “How can we better inspire our students to study and succeed in mathematics?”
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Victor Donnay, will present his experiences in using issues of civic engagement, particularly environmental sustainability, as a motivator. He will discuss a variety of ways to incorporate issues of sustainability into math and science classes ranging from easy to adapt extensions of standard homework problems to more elaborate service learning projects. He will share some of the educational resources that he helped to collect as chair of the planning committee for Mathematics Awareness Month 2013 – the Mathematics of Sustainability, as well as his TED-Ed video on Tipping Points and Climate Change. He has used these approaches in a variety of courses including Calculus, Differential Equations, Mathematical Modeling, and Senior Seminar.
Dr. Donnay will present “Connecting Mathematics and Sustainability” at the Math+Science+x seminar on Friday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in E243, with coffee and malasada to start at 9:30 a.m. Math+Science+x Seminars are sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Math and Science departments.
This presentation is sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, which brings seasoned scholars and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, and indigenous arts, traditions, and cultures to UH West Oʻahu for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and the community.
Dr. Victor Donnay is the William Kenan Jr. Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Environmental Studies program at Bryn Mawr College. Through his work in connecting math and sustainability, Dr. Donnay became Director of Bryn Mawr’s Environmental Studies program and was also Chair of the college’s sustainability committee.