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Dr Rhonda Faragher - University of Queensland

'Functional' mathematics in an electronic age: Implications for classroom practice

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Dr Rhonda Faragher is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive and Special Education at The University of Queensland. With a background in secondary mathematics teaching, Dr Faragher developed her interest in supporting students with learning difficulties to a focus on Down syndrome following the birth of her daughter in 1996. She has undertaken research in mathematics education across the lifespan working closely with practitioners to develop practical strategies for learning mathematics. She chairs the Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Group of IASSIDD, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and is a board member of the IASSIDD Academy, a trustee of Down Syndrome International and a board member of Down Syndrome Australia. She is a past president of QAMT. Dr Faragher has received a number of awards for her work including the 2016 ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Staff Excellence.

Professor Christine Franklin - Statistics Ambassador American Statistical Association

A Personal Journey to Statistical Literacy at the School Level

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Professor Christine (Chris) Franklin is the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Statistics at the University of Georgia and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has been recognized with numerous teaching and advising awards at UGA. She is the co-author of an Introductory Statistics textbook with Alan Agresti and Bernhard Klingenberg, co-author of the textbook Statistics Reasoning in Sports with Josh Tabor and has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Chris was the lead writer for the American Statistical Association Pre-K-12 Guidelines for the Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Framework. She chaired the writing team of the ASA Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) report.

Chris completed her term serving as the Advanced Placement Statistics Chief Reader in July 2009. She has been honored nationally by her peers with the Mu Sigma Rho National Statistical Education Award, the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) biennial lifetime achievement award, and the ASA prestigious Founders Award. She was a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar, spending six months at the University of Auckland, New Zealand working with statistics educators on the project, “Implementing K-12 Statistics Standards: Comparing Practices in New Zealand and the United States”.  She also spent time with mathematics and statistics educators at the University of Tasmania.

After 36 amazing years as statistics faculty in higher education, Chris retired from the University of Georgia in June 2016. In fall 2016, Chris begins serving as the K-12 Statistics Ambassador for the American Statistical Association.

Dr Peter Neumann - Oxford University

Inspiring Teachers

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Dr Peter M. Neumann is a university mathematician.  He was born in 1940 in Oxford, but his school years were spent in Hull, East Yorkshire.  In 1959 he returned to Oxford to read mathematics and has been a member of The Queen’s College and of Oxford University ever since.

In 1962 he married Sylvia Bull, with whom he has three children and ten grandchildren. Shortly after the wedding his parents, Drs Bernhard and Hanna Neumann migrated from Manchester to Canberra to work at the ANU as professors of mathematics.  Hanna was instrumental in the foundation of the AAMT and Bernhard served as its first President. Peter holds BA, MA, DPhil and DSc degrees earned (mostly) from Oxford, and an honorary DSc degree from the University of Hull.

He has collected a few prizes from time to time for his research, his writing and his teaching. His research has been in Algebra (mostly the theory of groups) and its history. He has written close to 100 papers and a few books. As a teacher he covered most of the undergraduate pure mathematics syllabus—anything of interest to himself and to students—and supervised 40 doctoral students. In retirement he continues to teach in his College and his University. He now also works with schoolchildren aged between 10 and 17.

He was appointed OBE for services to education in 2008. He contributed to the foundation of the UK Mathematics Trust and served from 1996 to 2004 as it first chairman. In his time he has also served as Vice-Chairman of the London Mathematical Society, President of the British Society for History of Mathematics, and President of the Mathematical Association—one of the UK sister organisations of the AAMT.

Dr Chris Wetherell - Radford College Canberra

Colour by Numbers

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Dr Chris Wetherell is Head of Mathematics in the secondary school of Radford College in Canberra, where he has been teaching for ten years.  After a foray into electrical engineering at The University of Adelaide, Chris soon realised that his passion for abstract mathematics would not be satiated by a career in management – which is somewhat ironic, given his current role.  It was through tutoring undergraduate students at The Australian National University, as well as developing and delivering information literacy courses for graduate students, that he discovered a new passion for sharing his interest in mathematics with others.  And so a move to secondary teaching, via the University of Canberra, beckoned.  While undertaking his Graduate Diploma in 2006, Chris taught Specialist Mathematics in the inaugural ANU Senior Secondary College (now ANU Extension), a position he later returned to for a further six years. 

More recently, Chris has worked as a volunteer for the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), which is responsible for developing enrichment opportunities such as the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) and the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition.  Initially a state moderator of the secondary papers for the AMC, in 2014 he was invited to join the AMC Problems Committee and was also appointed ACT State Director for the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee; the latter arm of the AMT oversees, among other things, the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and, ultimately, is responsible for the selection and preparation of the elite students who represent Australia in the annual International Mathematical Olympiad.

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