Jan 062014

Dr. Tim Fukawa-ConnellyAlyssa Faria

Dr. Tim Fukawa-Connelly

Lawrence Academy is pleased to announce a public presentation on “Exporting Creativity and Innovation from the Classroom to Reality and Un-reality” by by visiting mathematicians and educators Dr. Tim Fukawa-Connelly and Dr. Adam Boucher. The free and open-to-the-public talk is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on the Groton, Massachusetts campus.

In their two-part presentation, the professors will talk first about ways of thinking mathematically that go beyond arithmetic, algebra, and geometry; argue for the primacy of these ways of thinking; and illustrate them in the K–12 setting. The second half of the talk will explore how combining simple ideas can lead to complex phenomena which can unlock the mysteries of the worlds around us—both real and fantasy.

Dr. Fukawa-Connelly, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Drexel University, previously served as an assistant professor of Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire and has also taught at Prospect Hill Academy in Cambridge, Mass., and Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His doctorate in mathematics education at the University of Maryland was preceded by a master’s degree in mathematics and Spanish at Miami University (Ohio), and a bachelor’s degree in history, mathematics, and Spanish at the University of Portland. He has lectured widely and is published in a variety of journals, including Mathematics Teacher, Educational Studies in Mathematics, the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, and For the Learning of Mathematics.

Dr. Boucher is a lecturer in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at the University of New Hampshire. He teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate-level applied mathematics that utilize inquiry and discovery-based learning paradigms to help students explore advanced mathematics. He has published work regarding the mathematical modeling of the quantification of drug interaction and the mathematical theory of locomotion. He formerly taught as a visiting assistant professor at Bennington College and an instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his PhD in mathematics.

As participants in the J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Program, the two mathematicians will spend dedicated time in the classrooms with students over the course of two days, in addition to providing a public lecture. An endowment that supports the program, established in 2010 by the longtime former faculty member for whom it is named, provides the means for Lawrence Academy to bring such professionals to the campus to offer students first-hand experiences in a variety of fields.

For more information about the visiting scholars or the program, email Assisstant. Head of School Rob Moore at rcmoore@lacademy.edu.