Yoshinobu Named Teaching Innovator by Chronicle of Higher Education
Professor Stan Yoshinobu was recognized for his work in developing workshops to help college math instructors learn to use a teaching method called inquiry-based learning, which has been shown to improve learning, reduce math anxiety, and close the gender achievement gap in math classes. This focus earned him a place on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s first-ever list of Teaching Innovators.
Students Expand the Frontiers of Mathematics with Faculty Mentors
Student researchers and their faculty mentors explored mathematical concepts ranging from quadratic infinite trees to the Game of Life.
Kato, Todorov to Retire in June
Professors Goro Kato (pictured above) and Todor Todorov, will retire at the end of this academic year with 65 years of teaching mathematics between them.
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Jean (Jeannie) Marie McDill
The Cal Poly Mathematics Department lost a treasured friend and colleague on Dec. 8, 2017, when Professor Emeritus Jean Marie McDill passed away. She taught in the Cal Poly Mathematics Department from 1973 until her retirement in 2001.
Letter from the Chair
In his final letter as department chair, Joe Borzellino details how the Frost Fund is already making an impact on the Math Department. He also introduces new arrivals and bids farewell to upcoming retirees.
Faculty Publications, Grants, Awards and Presentations
From orbifold substructures to gender equity in STEM, mathematics faculty contributed to the discipline and the profession in many ways in 2017-18.
Thank You to Our Generous Donors
We greatly appreciate the generosity of all the corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals who donated to the Mathematics Department. Private support funds visiting speakers, travel to conferences and other exceptional Learn by Doing opportunities for mathematics students.
Putnam Exam Results
The official Cal Poly team placed in the top 15 percent at the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Zoe Cooperband was the top finisher for the Mustangs with 18 points.
Students Attend Professional Mathematics and Math Education Conferences
The future of mathematics education got a little brighter this year as teachers-to-be attended multiple professional events and workshops with their faculty mentors. Students also attended and presented at the regional Mathematical Association of America Conference.
Department Welcomes New Staff
Kristina Wong (pictured at left) and Melissa Sunata — both Cal Poly alumni — joined the Math Department front office this year.