Thursday Think Speaker Series

The MƒA Thursday Think Speaker Series brings accomplished speakers who dive into cutting edge topics in STEM education to MƒA. A unique part of our professional course offerings, these talks, held on a Thursday of every month throughout the school year, invite MƒA teachers and their colleagues, as well as other educators and the general public to learn and engage with these thought leaders and professionals in mathematics, science, and education.

Upcoming Events

April 15 -- Math Anxiety: Who Has It, Why It Develops, and How to Guard Against It

Sian BellockFeaturing Sian Beilock, Ph.D.

Basic math skills are important for success in school and everyday life. Yet many people experience apprehension and fear when dealing with numerical information, termed math anxiety. Perhaps not surprisingly, math anxiety is associated with poor math performance. In this talk, Sian Beilock explores the cognitive, neural, and social antecedents and consequences of math anxiety, revealing some surprising insights into its onset, risk factors, and elimination.

May 6 -- The Story Collider

Featuring MƒA Master Teacher Storytellers

Story ColliderSince 2010, The Story Collider has brought true and personal stories about science to life through their many live shows as well as their weekly podcast. The knowledge gained has been instrumental in teaching scientists how to use narrative in their work to show that science is now, more than ever, a vibrant and integral part of all of our lives, and that everyone — regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality, or education — has a story to tell about how it has impacted them. At this Thursday Think, you’ll hear from MƒA Master Teacher storytellers as they share the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, classrooms, and beyond. Some of the stories will be heartbreaking, others will be hilarious, but they will all be true and very personal.


Previous Speakers

Florian KrammerCOVID-19 Vaccines: What Do We Know Four Months Into Vaccine Rollout?

Featuring Florian Krammer, Ph.D.

Jess PhoenixVolcanology: Danger, Discovery, and Delight

Featuring Volcanologist Jess Phoenix

Erich JarvisSinging in the Brain

Featuring Neurobiologist Dr. Erich Jarvis

Dr. Robert Berry IIIExamining Identity, Agency, Positionality and Authority in Mathematics Teaching

Featuring National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) President Dr. Robert Berry

Chris EmdinWhen Content Meets Context: Toward a Revolution in STEM Education

Featuring Professor Chris Emdin

Mona ChalabiMade You Look: Statistics Through Data Visualization

Featuring Data Editor of Guadian US Mona Chalabi

George HartHands-On Puzzles

Featuring Mathematician and Sculptor Dr. George Hart


For speaker inquiries or speaking opportunities, contact Jennifer Cody, Program Officer for Engagement and Communications.