# Gateway to Mathematical Sciences: Lectures on Instruction

The Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME) and the Department of Mathematics have partnered to sponsor a new seminar series “Gateway to Mathematical Sciences: Lectures on Instruction,” which will focus on developments in curriculum, instruction, and assessment which are changing the student experience in first-year courses in the mathematical sciences. The seminar series is part of a broader initiative between PRIME and the Departments of Mathematics; Statistics and Probability; and Computational Mathematics Science and Engineering focused on increasing student success in gateway courses in the mathematical sciences. Funding for the seminar is provided by the Connected Mathematics Project Endowment.

The first speaker in the series will be Jim Lewis, who is the Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Jim’s talk is titled *Active Learning Mathematics: Nebraska’s Story* and focuses on work in the Department of Mathematics at UNL to improve student learning and student success in precalculus mathematics courses, and to assess the effectiveness of changes in how mathematics is taught to beginning college students. The talk is scheduled for 3-3:50pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Room C304 Wells Hall. For more details see https://www.math.msu.edu/Seminars/SemesterView.aspx?seminarId=1245.

The seminar series will continue after Jim’s talk with the following speakers:

Patrick Rault, November 3, 2015

Jim McClure, November 10, 2015

Jim Fowler, February 23, 2016

David Bressoud, March 15, 2016

Angela K. Kubena, April 5, 2016

Hyman Bass – TBD