This is a professional support group of UST math professors working with Twin Cities middle school math teachers to enrich their knowledge of mathematics and enhance their teaching.

Seven dinner meetings are scheduled for the academic year 2014-15.

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Meetings will be held:

October 2, 2014

November 6, 2014

December 4, 2014

January 8, 2015

February 5, 2015

March 5, 2015

April 16, 2015

**Organizers**

**UST Math Faculty**

Kroschel, Brenda

Loe, Melissa Shepard

Shakiban, Cheri

**Minneapolis Public Middle School Teachers**Patty DeJarlais (Keewaydin)

Chris Wernimont (Anwatin)

**Identity/Mission (informal)**

In the summer of 2010, we initiated a professional support group of 24 members, consisting of UST math professors and Twin Cities middle school math teachers. At a summer retreat and dinner meetings throughout the year, we discuss mathematics, solve problems, and work to enhance the teaching of middle school mathematics. We are part of the expanding national Math Teachers' Circle Network.

**Financial Supporters**

University of St. Thomas

and

Dr. Sue Chaplin's STEM grant from the NSF

**Past Topics and Speakers**

10-Jan-13 Twin Cities Member Meeting

7-Feb-13 Sunil Chetty (College of St. Benedict and St. John's University) and Seth Leavitt: Modular Arithmetic and Solving Polynomial Equations for N

7-Mar-13 Lisa Rezac

11-Apr-13 Molly Leonard Tun

2-May-13 Pavel Belik, Augsburg College

19-Jan-12 Mellisa Loe and Kurt Alpers Number Puzzles Beyond Sudoku

16-Feb-12 Brenda Kroschel and Suzanne Horne Mathematics of String Art

19-Apr-12 Cheri Shakiban and Daniel Bernal Quipos

7-May-12 Melissa Loe and Chris Sullivan Discrete Math

4-Oct-12 Cheri Shakiban and Chris Wernimont Mathematics and Symmetry

1-Nov-12 Brenda Kroschel and Carr Kpanyor Graph Theory and Matrices

13-Jan-11 Lisa Rezac Coding and Crytography

10-Feb-11 Heekyung Youn Binomial Theorem and the Normal Distribution

10-Mar-11 Brenda Kroschel Exploding Dots

14-Apr-11 Tracy Biebelnieks Game Theory

13-Oct-11 Brian Loe The Mathematics of Soap Bubbles

17-Nov-11 Cheri Shakiban and Chris Wernimont Fractal Geometry

14-Oct-10 Melissa Loe Euler Characteristic

11-Nov-10 Cheri Shakiban, Patty DeJarlais Pascal's Triangle, the Sierpinski Triangle, and the Tower of Hanoi