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ACEMS Public Lecture: The Mathematics of Evolution Within Species

Title: The Mathematics of Evolution Within Species

Speaker: Professor Robert Griffiths

Date: Monday 16 September 2019

Time: 6-7pm (Light refreshments from 5:30pm)

Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000

 

Understanding the process of evolution within species is a fundamental topic in biology, but also in mathematics.

By studying and utilising the random nature of how gene frequencies change over time, mathematics has made significant contributions to our understanding of within species evolution. Moreover, these studies have motivated deep results in mathematics itself, for example in quantifying properties of random permutations.

This talk will give a non-technical overview of the two-way interaction between mathematics and population genetics.

This talk is targeted at a general audience, including high school students. No mathematical knowledge is required.

Refreshments will be provided 30 minutes before the presentation.

Please register your interest at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acems-publiclecture-the-mathematics-of-evolution-within-species-tickets-70453758087

About the speaker:

Professor Robert Griffiths is currently Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and has made significant contributions to mathematical population genetics, including in diffusion processes and ancestral inference.

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2019 Symposium: Capabilities and Capitals: Implications for Students’ Persistence and Success at University

Registrations open until 8 November

This symposium will bring together key thinkers and scholars who have applied the capability theory (Sen 1992, 1993) and capital theory (Bourdieu, 1986, 1993) across disciplines to consider how this framing may assist us to reconceptualise student persistence.

We know little about how learners draw on ‘internal capabilities’ (Nussbaum, 2011) when persisting in university; these capabilities are not innate but develop in interaction with the individual’s environment (social, cultural, familial and political). To contribute alternative perspectives on the issue of student participation and retention, this symposium deliberately shifts attention away from deficit views of student cohorts and instead utilises the Capability Approach and Capital Theories to understand the ways in which students successfully navigate higher education and reach graduation.

Held over two days (21 and 22 November, 2019), this symposium will be of interest to HE researchers/scholars, equity/widening participation stakeholders, academic staff, policy makers, not-for profit/community organisations.

Further information: For more details and to register: https://heaccessforall.com/symposium-2019/program-and-speaker-details/

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Transitions: One Journey, Many Pathways

This three day international research conference focuses on the journey schools and teachers make as they reimagine and redevelop their learning spaces.

In Australia and many other countries, school design is being transformed with new flexible, innovative learning environments. Research is showing innovative learning environments are not a magic cure, but evidence is mounting that they constitute a powerful tool that – if used well – improves student educational experiences. We can now say schools (and teachers) navigate a transformative journey as they re-imagine their learning spaces.

What is involved in making the journey from traditional to innovative learning environments? What is the latest research telling us about how teachers can be supported on this journey?

The program will feature research presentations by graduate and early career researchers, educators and designers along with workshops, discussions and school tours. This event aims to connect research with practice and is ideal for teachers, school leaders, architects and policy makers involved in designing or refurbishing schools or developing teaching practices that use space to support innovative learning.

When: 2nd – 4th October

Where: Melbourne University

More information here

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International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ISSOLTL 19

When: 9-12 October

Where: Atlanta, Georgia, UAS

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is helping to change the direction of higher education around the world. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University is proud to be hosting ISSOTL 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta’s dynamic fusion of traditional southern charm with a culturally diverse, inclusive community serves as the perfect backdrop for ISSOTL 2019. The theme, SoTL Without Borders: Engaged Practices for Social Change, aims to examine global teaching practices in a meaningful way in the heart of the city of Atlanta.

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Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES) Conference

This free one-day event will bring together educators from the University of Sydney and other institutions to share good practice around personalising student learning through SRES. Whether you’ve never heard of SRES or are an experienced user, you’ll get something out of hearing how educators are engaging students, fostering positive relationships, and providing timely personalised feedback and support using relevant data.

I used to give students feedback once at the end of 12 weeks. Now with SRES, I give better feedback every week, in half the time.

From in-class grading and feedback to personalised web portals; from peer feedback and self reflection to getting to know your cohort; from fostering positive attendance patterns to identifying and supporting at risk students; from leveraging Canvas data to powerful personalised emails – SRES has something that every educator can use.

Within our faculty, SRES has helped change in how we look at student data and how we can better use it.

Through SRESCon, we hope to help even more educators use the right data the right way to improve students’ learning experiences and outcomes, all while saving time and improving quality. SRES is freely available to institutions other than Sydney.

Key details

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 9:00 am

Venue: The University of Sydney, main campus (Camperdown)

Cost: Free (registration essential)

We welcome attendees from any institution. A Zoom option will be made available for remote attendees.

 

More information here

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Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Monday 19 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Julia Polak (Melbourne)

Title: Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

Abstract: Kaggle is a data modeling competition service, where participants compete to build a model with lower predictive error than other participants. Several years ago they released a reduced service that enables instructors to run competitions in a classroom setting. This paper describes the results of an experiment to determine if participating in a predictive modeling competition enhances learning. The evidence suggests it does. In addition, students were surveyed to examine if the competition improved engagement and interest in the class.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

Seminar recording: will be available from the seminar website afterwards

This is a joint seminar with the Melbourne MSLC Occasional Seminar series

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EdTechPosium 2019

Where: ANU, Canberra

When: Monday 28th – Tuesday 29th October

More information here

EdTechPosium is a two-day conference that is held annually in Canberra to share, network, collaborate, and learn new ideas about enhancing education through technology. It is an opportunity for university teachers and learning professionals to learn from each other and from others interested in educational technology in schools, government, private providers, libraries, museums, galleries, and vocational education.
This year the conference is hosted by the Australian National University (Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October 2019), and this year’s theme is “Place, Purpose, Possibilities”. We welcome proposals for presentations and workshops around this theme.
Proposals for presentations and workshops are invited until Monday 19 August 2019.
Registration: now open, with earlybird discount until 30 August. See the website for details of our six highly engaging expert keynotes and the draft program.

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Mathematics: The Greatest Show – 2019 MANSW Annual Conference

Location: Crowne Plaza, Terrigal –

Time: September 20-22, 2019.

The keynote speakers are Matt Parker and Doug Clarke.

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15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project

Location: Maynooth University, Ireland

Date: 4–9 August 2019

Theme: ‘Theory and Practice: An Interface or A Great Divide?’

For information contact Alan Rogerson: alan@cdnalma.poznan.pl

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International Congress on Maths Education (ICME)

When: 12 – 19 July, 2020

Where: Shanghai, China

More information here

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International Conference on Learning

When: 13 – 15 July 2020

Where: University of Valencia

More information here

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Nordic Conference on Maths Education (NORMA)

Where: Oslo

When: 2 – 5 Jun 2020

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Greek Association of Researchers in Maths Education (GARME)

Where: University of Cyprus

When: 6 – 8 December

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AMS International Meetings

The AMS joins a host society from another country once a year to organize these meetings for members of the mathematical community both in the U.S. and abroad.

The scientific program of these meetings includes plenary talks of general interest and focused special sessions featuring current research in specific areas. In addition, these meetings offer new opportunities for broadening research contacts.

Next International Meetings

  • July 5 – 9, 2021, Grenoble, France
    AMS-SMF-EMS Joint International Meeting
  • July 19 – 23, 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2021 (MCA2021), the third Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA)

More information here

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Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Monday 19 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Julia Polak (Melbourne)

Title: Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

Abstract: Kaggle is a data modeling competition service, where participants compete to build a model with lower predictive error than other participants. Several years ago they released a reduced service that enables instructors to run competitions in a classroom setting. This paper describes the results of an experiment to determine if participating in a predictive modeling competition enhances learning. The evidence suggests it does. In addition, students were surveyed to examine if the competition improved engagement and interest in the class.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

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Teaching mathematics with online tools and an ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Daniel Mansfield (UNSW)

Title: Teaching mathematics with online tools and an ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites

Abstract: NUMBAS is a free, open source and highly versatile mathematics assessment package. At UNSW it has been used to create formative assessments that have improved student outcomes, and are highly regarded by the students themselves. This talk will give a brief overview of how NUMBAS is used at UNSW, followed by a demonstration of how to take advantage of the unique features of online teaching when writing a question. The question will be on first year permutations, but framed in the historical context of a real ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

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Promoting resilience through the Teaching Philosophy Statement (Repeat)

Tuesday, July 30. 9.15am

Resilience in university teachers has emerged as an important field of study. Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) is evolutionary, offering teachers the opportunity to grow their resilience. This session will provide participants with the tools to create and/or refine their TPS as well as provide insights learned from current research that can be applied to building this resilience (Schönwetter, D.J., Ruge, G., McCormack, C., Kennelly, R., & Gareau-Wilson, N.).

Join visiting HERDSA scholar, Professor Dieter Schönwetter from the University of Manitoba who will work with you in developing this important tool

Location
Flinders University at Victoria Square; Teaching Room 6.15, 182 Victoria Square; Adelaide, SA 5000

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-promoting-resilience-via-the-teaching-philosophy-statement-tickets-651541

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Preparing for and supporting challenging (struggling) learners

Monday July 29, 2.00pm

Recognising the causes of learners’ behaviours may affect instructors’ attitudes and responses to disruptive situations. In this workshop we will explore strategies for preventing, identifying and effectively managing destructive conflict cycles, power struggles, bullying, harassment and non-compliance in RHFS teaching contexts.

This is the second in a series of HERDSA sponsored workshops for the HERDSA South Australian Branch run by visiting academic Professor Dieter Schönwetter, Associate Dean Academic, University of Manitoba.

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-preparing-for-supporting-challengingstruggling-learners-tickets-65154548

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Promoting resilience through the Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday 29th July @ 0915am;

Resilience in university teachers has emerged as an important field of study. Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) is evolutionary, offering teachers the opportunity to grow their resilience. This session will provide participants with the tools to create and/or refine their TPS as well as provide insights learned from current research that can be applied to building this resilience (Schönwetter, D.J., Ruge, G., McCormack, C., Kennelly, R., & Gareau-Wilson, N.
Join visiting HERDSA scholar, Professor Dieter Schönwetter from the University of Manitoba who will work with you in developing this important tool.
This event will take place at Flinders University at Victoria Square Room 10.3 Adelaide SA

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-promoting-resilience-via-the-teaching-philosophy-statement-tickets-651532

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AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Wednesday 24 July 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Glen Wheeler (Wollongong)

Title: A model for team research projects and a conference poster session for students transitioning to maths at university

Abstract: After a curriculum transformation, a new subject was created in the transition space from high-school to university for mathematics and cognate degrees. This new subject is compulsory and serves many purposes. The centrepiece event in the subject is a team poster presentation event at the end of the semester. Teams present not only their research project, but also individual projects that have been honed through two iterations earlier in the semester. These two iterations are partially anonymously peer-graded, and reflected upon as an assessment task. In this talk I will describe the current scaffolding, support and layering of assessment that facilitates teams in being able to present a research project at the end of semester. I will then use Brookfield’s four critical reflective lenses to analyse the process, and identify several open problems.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

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