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UVM professors invited to US Department of Education mathematics forum

Release Date: 10-08-2008

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Dr. Kenneth L.
GrossDr. Kenneth L. Gross, UVM professor of mathematics in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), facilitated a US Department of Education (DoE) National Mathematics Advisory Panel, Oct. 6-7, 2008 in Washington, DC, together with members from the UVM Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI), including team leaders Drs. Judi Laird and James Burgmeier, also in the CEMS Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

"UVM is honored to have Professors Gross, Laird and Burgmeier serve in these national capacities," says CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "Their personal contributions, as well as their collective work to make the Vermont Mathematics Initiative a nationally recognized model for contextualized mathematics teacher training, continue to impact math and science instruction around the world."

The National Mathematics Advisory Panel is charged with reviewing the best available scientific evidence and making recommendations toward improving national mathematics education with a focus on readiness for and success in algebra and mathematics education in grades K–8. This US DoE forum is the first in a series discussing recommendations of the panel concerning teachers and teacher education, learning processes, instructional materials, and standards of evidence (research policies and mechanisms). Recommendations were first made in the Panel's final report, Foundations for Success, issued on March 13, 2008.

UVM's Gross was one of three in the nation who received the 2007 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, a prestigious national award for teaching college mathematics instituted in 1991 by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to honor extraordinarily successful teachers whose teaching has influenced students beyond their own institutions.

Gross was also the recipient of the MAA Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. His accomplishments include co-founding a weeklong summer enrichment program for high school mathematics students aimed at girls and rural Vermonters, and the founding of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, a Master's program designed to train K–6 teachers to act as mathematics leaders in their schools and districts.