A couple of weeks ago, I participated in two Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) events. Both of them made me think about how I present visual material to students and how I want students to approach visual information in my classes. With MIT Spark and Columbia Splash coming up, I found those experiences valuable and wanted to reflect on them a bit. Continue reading
I saw 59 dance performances in 2017! In the rest of this post, I’ll break down that number a bit, mention some of my favorite pieces, and talk about what I’m excited to see in the near future. Continue reading
One of the 2017 RIPS students, upon hearing that this was my tenth Joint Meetings, asked if I enjoy it more every year. The question surprised me because I’ve never thought about the years relative to each other that way. I’ve thought a lot about how my experience of the meetings has changed — I wrote about that last year, for example — but I don’t tend to ask myself whether I enjoyed a particular year more than another.
I’ve been trying to pick favorites, but it’s hard exactly because my idea of why I’m at the conference has changed so much. I loved 2011, for example, but I was much less social then. From my point of view now, my experience in 2011 lacked something that’s key to my current enjoyment of JMM, but it wasn’t what I was seeking then.
So instead of trying to evaluate how much I enjoyed this JMM, I started thinking about the parts of this year that will stand out most for me. I came up with the following:
- Giving a talk in an education session;
- Presenting myself as an atmospheric scientist at JMM;
- Judging the undergraduate poster session;
- Talking to an undergraduate who cited my work.
Those are all things that were new at this JMM. I was already an atmospheric science student last year, but that wasn’t my identity at the Joint Meetings as much as it was this time around. I also think three of these show a shift away from an undergrad role. That shift started in past years when I helped at the BSM table or went to education sessions, but even last year I was still in some undergrad spaces. I gave a talk on work I did as an undergrad, and I was in the undergrad poster session. This year I was very much “on the other side.”
Today was the last day of JMM 2018. It was a good day (better than I expected, in fact). I’ll do a full recap post in a few days, but it was another fun meetings, and I’ll miss it. I’m already looking forward to Baltimore next year (and to at least one of SIAM and MathFest this summer). Continue reading
All the talks I went to today were in teaching sessions. I spent time in sessions on inquiry-based learning, teaching ODEs, and teaching number theory. I also gave my talk today and judged a poster session! Continue reading
I think this is going to end up feeling like a fairly chill JMM for me. I think I’ve made the transition to caring much more about people and conversations than about sessions… Continue reading
JMM started today! This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It doesn’t feel like I did much today because I mostly went to longer talks, but looking back, there was a lot of math. Continue reading
After a couple of days at the AGU Fall Meeting, it’s not as overwhelming as I worried that it would be. The conference center and poster hall are huge, but other than that, it doesn’t feel like I’m at a conference three times larger than any other I’ve been to. There’s a lot of cool science, and obviously I’m loving getting to eat Cajun food. Continue reading