UTA Department of Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium

Date/Time/Room: Friday (4/20/2007) at 2:30pm in 304 Pickard Hall

Speaker: Dr. Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director
The Charles A. Dana Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Texas at Austin


"On Innovation in American Mathematics Education"

Abstract: With the emergence of rich data sources on education achievement, it's now possible to systematically and rapidly locate new practices worthy of attention for improving the performance of US mathematics students. I'll describe some of these innovations with a special focus on those that have shown promise in large urban districts. The talk will also explore the mythology of pervasive failure which dominates media coverage of US education. The presentation is designed both for researchers and those with a general interest in improving mathematics education.


Uri Treisman is professor of mathematics and executive director of the Charles A Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Uri chairs the Chancellor's Advisory Panel for Mathematics in New York City and the steering committee of the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network--a coalition of 13 large urban districts seeking to improve PreK-12 mathematics teaching and learning. He is a member of the leadership team of the National Research Council's Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) and chairs its Design Working Group. He was a founding board member of AVID and of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) and has served as Chief Juror for a Department of Defense-sponsored study of mobility in military families and its effects on their children's education. From 1995 to 2004 he served as president of the board of the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). He served as the vice-chair of the Governor's Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service under Governors Richards and Bush.

For his work on nurturing minority student high achievement in mathematics, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992. In December 1999, he was named as one of the outstanding leaders of higher education in the 20th century by the magazine Black Issues In Higher Education. In February 2006 he was named "2006 Scientist of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to mathematics. In all his work, he is an advocate for equity and excellence in education for all children.