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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

Fall Conference at Monterey, December 8-9, 2023

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The 51st Annual Fall Conference will be held in Monterey on December 8-9, 2023 at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The theme of the conference is "Belonging" as our conference keynotes will explore what it means for our students to feel like they belong in STEM and Mathematics.

Information on conference registration and hotel reservations can be found below.

The conference begins with check-in from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Friday, which will be followed by a dessert reception from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, the Friday Night keynote presentation is from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm followed by BINGO Night from 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm. The break-out sessions will take place on Saturday, with the Saturday Keynote following lunch.

Call for Student Posters

CMC3 invites community college mathematics students to participate in student poster session at our Fall conference. We encourage all types of posters that present some aspect of mathematics (math history, math education, problem solving, mathematical modeling, algebra, calculus, topology, statistics, etc), and provide guidelines for your poster and information on how they will be judged.

If you would you like to take part in the student poster session submit a proposal.

Conference Registration

Early-bird registration for the conference has ended; please register on site. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. On-site registration costs are as follows:

  • Full-time Faculty (membership is current) $300
  • Adjunct/retired/speaker (membership is current) $200
  • Non-member registration full-time $360
  • Non-member registration adjunct/retired/speaker $260
  • Student $10 (does not include lunch)
  • Membership $60 (includes spring webinar series)
  • Saturday Keynote Lunch Only $70 (limited availability)

Memberships and conference lunches are non-refundable. Conference fees are refundable less a $20 processing fee until Nov. 22, 2023. After this date, only 50% of the conference fee will be refunded. Refund requests may be made by contacting the Membership Chair.

Hotel Reservations

The 51st Annual Fall Conference will be held in Monterey on December 8-9, 2023 at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the CMC3 rate has expired. At this time, rooms will be booked at the hotel's standing rate. To reserve your room, call the hotel or reserve your room online.

Invitation to Exhibitors

CMC3 welcomes all vendors who want to set up a booth to fill out the conference exhibitor form.

Friday Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Brigitte Lahme, Dr. Omayra Ortega, and Dr. Ben Ford
STEM at a Tipping Point

What would it mean for a mathematical sciences department to fully embody "Serving" in its campus's Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) designation? Whom are we serving, who is left on the margins, and what is the department doing to counter prevalent practices in the mathematical sciences that lead to wildly unrepresentative participation?

Over the past three years, Sonoma State STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) departments, led by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, have been engaged in department-wide efforts to change STEM culture and embrace "Serving" in our Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation.

Transformative Inclusion in Post-Secondary STEM: Towards Justice (TIPS Towards Justice) is named in recognition that STEM professional communities have reached a tipping point—putting to rest tired arguments about where the problems lie and who is responsible for addressing them, finally accepting a measure of responsibility for exclusive, dehumanizing practices and identity within our communities.

We maintain that the academic department is the most potent site for reform that can change stubborn inequitable outcomes and fundamentally change students' experiences in higher education. Is your department on the verge of such a shift?

Lahme Ortega Ford

Ben Ford is a Professor (since 1998) in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Sonoma State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Oregon, and his mathematical research area is representation theory and algebraic combinatorics. For over 20 years he has worked extensively with TK–12 schools and teachers through the California Mathematics Project: North Coast. He was on the writing team for the recently-adopted California TK–12 Mathematics Framework.

Brigitte Lahme is a professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Sonoma State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1999 and spend 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona before joining Sonoma State University as an assistant professor in 2002. From 2013-2019 Dr. Lahme served as department chair.

Dr. Lahme's scholarship is in the area of mathematics education. She was a writer for Illustrative Mathematics, which designs high quality K-12 curriculum (as an OER) and she is co-author of several college level mathematics textbooks.

During her time as chair, the Math and Stats Department implemented a complete revision of the math placement system for incoming students to ensure that students are well supported to succeed in their required GE math courses. Most recently the department has embarked on a project to create a path for STEM departments to become truly "Hispanic serving", supported by an NSF grant for which Dr. Lahme is serving as the PI.

Omayra Y. Ortega is an Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics at Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, California. She earned her Ph.D. (2008) and an M.S. (2005) in applied mathematics and computational sciences from the University of Iowa, where she also was awarded her Masters of Public Health. She earned a B.A. in music and in pure mathematics from Pomona College in 2001. Dr. Ortega has directed the Mathematical Epidemiology Research Group (MERG), an undergraduate research group, since 2007. Her scholarly interests reflect her expertise in mathematics: mathematical and computational biology, mathematical epidemiology in developing countries, infectious disease epidemiology, the participation of women and minorities in sciences, and most recently; data science.

Dr. Ortega has organized an annual Sonia Kovalesky High School Mathematics Day at several institutions including the University of Iowa, ASU’s West campus, Pomona College, and Sonoma State University in recognition of the day's namesake, Sonia Kovalevsky, who was one of the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. These events continue in the spirit of the Association for Women in Mathematics' (AWM) funded events that ran through the early 2000's and extends the original event to additionally honor Ruth Gonzalez, the first Latina to receive a PhD in Mathematics, and Euphemia Lofton-Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics.

Dr. Ortega is currently the President of the National Association of Mathematicians Inc. (NAM), a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with a mission and purpose of promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities. She previously served as the editor of the NAM newsletter from 2018-2021 and was one of the NAM contributors to the MAA Math Values Blog. Dr. Ortega is very active in the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). In her free time Dr. Ortega enjoys travel, the outdoors and the fiber arts.

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pamela E. Harris
Dreaming of Mathematics

After emigrating to the United States from Mexico at the age of 12, Prof. Pamela Harris completed her high school education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this talk, Prof. Harris tells us her life story, taking us through the fears of being an undocumented first-generation college student and the challenges she overcame as a Latina with a passion for mathematics. Her talk will focus on how she found support networks, mentors, and the development of her identity as a scientist. She will also share how communities can help support underrepresented minorities and undocumented students achieve their full potential as they navigate academic spaces.

Dr. Pamela Harris Photo by Akira Harris.

Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American mathematician and serves as Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her B.S. from Marquette University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Pamela E. Harris's research is in algebraic combinatorics and she is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed research articles in internationally recognized journals. An award winning mathematical educator, Dr. Harris was the 2022 recipient of the MAA Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, the 2020 recipient of the MAA Northeast Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, the 2019 MAA Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member, and the 2019 Council on Undergraduate Research Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division Early Career Faculty Mentor Award, and the 2022 MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Excellence in Mathematical Education. She has supervised the research of over 120 undergraduate students, a majority of whom identify as members of groups historically excluded in higher education, has served as a research faculty mentor for undergraduate research programs at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, and she is a trained Entering Mentoring Workshop Facilitator. She is the President and co-founder of Lathisms: Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences, cohosts the podcast Mathematically Uncensored, and is a coauthor of the books Asked And Answered: Dialogues On Advocating For Students of Color in Mathematics, Practices and Policies: Advocating for Students of Color in Mathematics, and Read and Rectify: Advocacy Stories from Student of Color in Mathematics.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Provided presentations can be found below.

Room/Session Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Regency I
AB705, AB1705, & Advocacy
Improving Math Student Success in the New Learning Environment: A Discussion on AB705 and AB1705
Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Evan Hawkins, Ellen Cesaretti-Monroy
FACCC, FACCC, (Senior Consultant) Assembly Committee on Higher Education
Presider: Cortney Schultz
How Can We Meet the Requirements of AB 1705 (and 705) Without Compromising Student Learning and Achievement?
Dustin Bill Acres, Ian Onizuka
Porterville College
Presider: Enna Elizarrarás
Mathematicians as Data Leaders Advocating for Long-Term Student Success
Erik Reese, Ginni May
Moorpark College, Sacramento City College, ASCCC affiliates
Presider: Leslie Banta
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Regency II
A Few Good Examples: For Introductory Statistics
James Sullivan
Sierra College
Presider: Lisa Nussdorfer
Sustainability Problems
Sara Jones
Santa Rosa Junior College
Presider: Lori Lewis
The Social Construction of Mathematical Difficulty
Patrick Morriss
Foothill College
Presider: Chantal Cimmiyotti
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Regency III
Technology & Data Science
Foundations of Data Science at Community Colleges
Eric Van Dusen, Kseniya Usovich, Shawn Wiggins
UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley, City College San Francisco
Presider: Sonny Mohammadzadeh
Student Poster Contest

AI supporting math classes for learning, not cheating!
Barbara Illowsky, Peter Relan
De Anza College
Presider: Ana Elizarrarás
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Regency IV
Mentoring Community College Math Students Through Transfer
Eddie Tchertchian
Los Angeles Pierce College
Presider: Steven Davis
Mathematics in Native American Cultures
Leslie Banta
Mendocino College
Presider: Tracey Jackson
Bridging Success: The Evolution and Impact of the Puente Math and Science Initiative
Melva Alvarez
Presider: Sandy Hauk
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Regency V
Calculus & Math Enrichment
Supporting Calculus students post-AB1705 - A data driven pilot at City College of San Francisco
Katia Fuchs
City College of San Francisco
Presider: Darryl Allen
Strategies for Overcoming the Calculus Barrier: An Intersegmental Approach
Larry Green, Frank Bäuerle, Dr. Hongde Hu
Lake Tahoe CC, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay
Presider: Cheryl Balm
Indigenous Mathematical Knowledge Through AIMC
Donna Fernandez
Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles
Presider: Manny Kang
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Regency VI
Math Appreciation
Ramanujan's Brainstorming Results
Kruti Darji
Santa Rosa Junior College
Presider: Jennifer Long
Romancing the Triples
John Martin
Santa Rosa Junior College
Presider: Kirby Bunas
Japanese Puzzle Boxes
Dean Gooch
Santa Rosa Junior College
Presider: John Martin
No Session
Closing Ceremony ‐ Regency Main Ballroom

Future CMC3 Conferences

Information about future conferences is available. For additional conference information, contact the Conference Chair. For registration information contact the Membership Chair