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.
April 15 -- Math Anxiety: Who Has It, Why It Develops, and How to Guard Against It
Featuring 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
Since 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.
COVID-19 Vaccines: What Do We Know Four Months Into Vaccine Rollout?
Featuring Florian Krammer, Ph.D.
Volcanology: Danger, Discovery, and Delight
Featuring Volcanologist Jess Phoenix
Singing in the Brain
Featuring Neurobiologist Dr. Erich Jarvis
Examining Identity, Agency, Positionality and Authority in Mathematics Teaching
Featuring National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) President Dr. Robert Berry
When Content Meets Context: Toward a Revolution in STEM Education
Featuring Professor Chris Emdin
Made You Look: Statistics Through Data Visualization
Featuring Data Editor of Guadian US Mona Chalabi
Featuring Mathematician and Sculptor Dr. George Hart
For speaker inquiries or speaking opportunities, contact Jennifer Cody, Program Officer for Engagement and Communications.