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Scholarly Activities

The faculty members of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are involved in many scholarly activities resulting in refereed journal publications, refereed conference proceedings, grant awards, workshops, and presentations at conferences or other institutions. The faculty are also very interested in working with students on internships and research projects.  Below are some recent scholarly activities of our department members.

 

Refereed Journal Publications

  • May, Robert, "Double coset algebras," Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, Volume 218, Issue 11 (Nov. 2014), 2081-2095.
  • Shoenthal, David, "Fourier Series as a Unifying Topic in Calculus II," PRIMUS, Volume 24, Issue 4 (2014), 294-300.
  • Timmerman, Maria, "Making Connections: Elementary Teachers' Construction of Division Word Problems and Representations," School Science and Mathematics, Vol. 114, Issue 3 (March 2014), 114-124.
  • Shilling-Traina, Leah N. and Stylianides, G.J., "Impacting prospective teachers’ beliefs about mathematics," ZDM, Volume 45, Issue 3 (May 2013), 393-407.
  • Shilling-Traina, L.N., "Making the "impossible" possible in the classroom: Cultivating persistence in problem-solving," Virginia Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Winter 2012), 14-16.
  • Donnelly, Suzanne, Fink, Alix, Fink, Mark, Lunsford, M. Leigh, Rhoten, Melissa, and Scheitlin, Kelsey, "Full Immersion: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed as an Environment for Learning Science in a Civic Context," Science Education and Civic Engagement, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer 2012), p. 34-41.
  • Webber, Robert, "Using Spreadsheets to Help Students Think Recursively," PRIMUS, Volume 22, Issue 5 (2012), 365-372.
  • Smith, Wendy Hageman, "Developing Mathematical Reasoning Through Collaborative Discovery," Virginia Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2012), 4-7.
  • Abrams, William P. and Lunsford, M. Leigh, "Mathematical Vignettes in a University-Controlled Freshman Seminar, or 'Oh - That's Cool!'," PRIMUS, Volume 21, Issue 3 (2011), 274-282.
  • May, Robert D., "Representations of certain generalized Schur algebras," Journal of Algebra, 333 (2011) 180-201.
  • Lunsford, M. L. and Poplin, P., "From Research to Practice: Basic Mathematics Skills and Success in Introductory Statistics," Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 19, Number 1 (2011).
  • Lunsford, M. L.  and Fink, A. D. D., "Water Taste Test Data," in the Datasets and Stories section of the Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 18, Number 1 (2010).
  • Lewis, Virginia Vimpeny, "Pascal and Fermat Divide the Stakes," CHANCE Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 4 (2009), 51-54.
  • Fink, A. D. D. and Lunsford, M. L., "Bridging the Divides: Using a Collaborative Honors Research Experience to Link Academic Learning to Civic Issues," Honors in Practice, National Collegiate Honors Council, Volume 5 (2009), 97-113.

Grant Awards

  • Lewis, Virginia, Prinicipal Investigator on the grant PREP: Proportional Reasoning Enhancement Project, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.  Funded by the Virginia Department of Education for $243,606.  The grantis designed to provide professional development for seventy grades 6-8 teachers to further develop their proportional reasoning and increase their productive use of formative assessments to analyze students' understanding of rational numbers and proportional reasoning in 2014-15.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Principal Investigator on the grant Teaching the 2009 Mathematics SOL in Grades 3-5 Across Southern Virginia, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.  Funded by the Virginia Department of Education for $239,804. The grant will allow Longwood mathematics education faculty and Longwood mathematics specialist graduates to work with 100 mathematics teachers in grades 3-5 throughout Southern Virginia in 2012-2013. Resources
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Principal Investigator on the grant Teaching the 2009 K-3 Mathematics SOL in Southern Virginia, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.  Funded by the Virginia Department of Education for $133,177. The grant will allow Longwood mathematics education faculty to work with 40 mathematics teachers in grades K-3 throughout Southern Virginia in 2010-2011.  Resources
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Longwood Principal Investigator. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Researchreceived funding forthe grant Teaching the 2009 Grades 7-8 Mathematics SOL in Southern Virginia, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, funded by the Virginia Department of Education. The grant will allow Longwood mathematics education faculty to work with 24 mathematics teachers in grades 7-8 throughout Southern Virginia in 2010-2011.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Longwood Principal Investigator. Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices received funding forthe grant Teaching the 2009 Grades 4-6 Mathematics SOL in Southern Virginia, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, funded by the Virginia Department of Education. The grant will allow Longwood mathematics education faculty to work with 36 mathematics teachers in grades 4-6 throughout Southern Virginia in 2010-2011.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Longwood Co-PI on University of Virginia's grant The Virginia Algebra Project, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, funded by the Virginia Department of Education from 2008 - 2010. The grant will allow the creation of graduate mathematics courses designed for middle school teachers seeking the Algebra I endorsement. The grant will also allow Longwood mathematics and mathematics education faculty to work with teachers seeking the Algebra I license in 2009-2010.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Longwood Co-PI on Virginia Commonwealth University's grant Researching the Expansion of K-5 Mathematics Specialist Program into Rural School Systemsfunded by the National Science Foundation for $4,714,277 over a five year period starting Fall 2009. The grant will allow Longwood to modify our Mathematics Specialist program so that it can be offered in a blended environment (combination of distance learning and in-person sessions) and devise and implement support programs for Specialists working in remote environments where they might not have the support of in-system Mathematics Supervisors and the support of other coaches within their school system. In addition, we will undertake research determining the impact of Mathematics Specialists/coaches utilizing 21 pairs of schools in a treatment control experiment.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon and Smith, Wendy, Co-Principal Investigators on the grant Algebra Functions and Data Analysis (AFDA) for Southside Virginia, a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, was funded by the Virginia Department of Education for $125,000. The grant will allow Longwood mathematics and mathematics education faculty to work with 40 high school mathematics teachers in Southside Virginia in 2009-2010.
 

Refereed Conference Proceedings and Posters

  • Blaheta, Don, "Reinventing homework as cooperative, formative assessment." Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2014, pp. 301--306.
  • Lewis, Virginia, "Virginia Middle School Math Assessments: Why Do Students Make Incorrect Choices?" Poster Presentation at the Research Presession of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 24, 2012.
  • Marmorstein, Robert, "Open Source Contribution As An Effective Software Engineering Class Project." Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science, June 27-29 2011, pp. 268--272.
  • Pendergrass, M. and Lunsford, M. L., "Bayesian Inference Using Data from a Real Galton Board," a Peer-Reviewed Contributed Beyond Poster at the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, May 19-21, 2011.

Presentations

  • Abrams, William, Discovering Concepts in Calculus II, Mathfest, Portland, OR; August 8, 2014
  • Lewis, Virginia* & Timmerman, Maria, It Just Depends: Games and Simulations for Exploring Compound Events, NCTM Conference, New Orleans, LA; April 11, 2014 *primary speaker
  • Smith, Wendy* & Shilling-Traina, Leah, A Successful Secondary Methods Class ELL Unit, NCTM Conference, New Orleans, LA; April 11, 2014 *primary speaker
  • Timmerman, Maria, Using Multiple Division Representations: When Do I Keep a Remainder?, VCTM Conference, Harrisonburg, VA; March 14, 2014
  • Eisenman, Miriah, Hincker, Cathy, & Lewis Virginia,’Frog Hoppin’ Good Time Down the Double Number Line, VCTM Conference, Harrisonburg, VA; March 14, 2014
  • Shilling-Traina, Leah, Using Fun Problems to Introduce Definitions in the Elementary Classroom, VCTM Conference, Harrisonburg, VA; March 14, 2014
  • Blaheta, DonReinventing homework as cooperative, formative assessment, ACM-SIGCSE, Atlanta, GA; March 7, 2014.
  • Wears, Thomas* & Gills, Joseph, The Geometry of Curves and Surfaces in the Heisenberg Group, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD; January 17, 2014. *presenter
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh* & Poplin, Phillip, The Scarlet Letter: How we repented and came to value purposeful assessment, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD; January 15, 2014. *presenter
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh* & Poplin, Phillip, The Scarlet Letter: Assessment with a Purpose, MathFest 2013, Hartford, CT; August 2, 2013. *presenter
  • Shoenthal, David, Arms Race Examples in Intro ODEs, Fall 2012 MD-DC-VA MAA Sectional Meeting, October 27, 2012.
  • Smith, Wendy Hageman, How Does Applying A Constructivist Theory of Teaching Affect Student Outcomes and Attitudes in the Post-Secondary General Education Math Class?, Fall 2012 MD-DC-VA MAA Sectional Meeting, October 27, 2012.
  • Shilling-Traina, Leah, Prospective Teachers' Challenges In Teaching Reasoning-and-proving In Their Mentor Teachers' Classrooms, 2012 AERA Meeting, Vancouver, BC, April 16, 2012.
  • Smith, Wendy Hageman, The Impact of Post-Secondary Teaching Methods in Gen-Ed Math Courses, Spring 2012 MD-DC-VA MAA Sectional Meeting, April 14, 2012.
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh, π=4,Hampden-Sydney Math and Computer Science Colloquium, March 27, 2012.
  • Shilling-Traina, Leah, Passing the Math Praxis, SVEA Convention, March 24, 2012.
  • Lewis, Virginia, Student Answer Choices on the Middle School SOL Mathematics Assessments, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Spring Conference. March 10, 2012.
  • Hall, Jacqueline Anderson, "I CAN PROVE IT"--Using Proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem to Bolster Confidence for the Math-Anxious Liberal Arts Mathematics Students, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA, Jan. 6, 2012.
  • Pendergrass, Marcus & Lunsford, M. Leigh, Galton Meets Bayes: Prior Beliefs Inform the Scientific Method,Spring 2011 MD-DC-VA MAA Section Meeting, April 16, 2011.
  • Shilling-Traina, Leah, Putting the "U" In REUs, and a Little Math, Too, Hampden-Sydney Math and Computer Science Colloquium, April 12, 2011.
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh* & Fink, Alix D. Dowling, Introductory Statistics and Science: A Collaborative Teaching Approach, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 9, 2011. *presenter.
  • Hall, Jacqueline Anderson, Teaching Basic Number Theory from the Sieve of Eratosthenes, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 9, 2011.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, "Practicing What We Preach" in Multivariable Calculus,Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 7, 2011.
  • Timmerman, Maria & Lewis, Virginia, Southside Virginia Collaborative for Mathematics Professional Development, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2010 Fall Academy.  Sweet Briar College, VA.  October 2010.
  • Shoenthal, David, Student Success in Face-to-Face Versus Online Finite Mathematics Class, Mathfest, Pittsburgh, PA, Aug. 6, 2010.
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh & Poplin, Phillip, Basic Mathematics Skills and Success in Introductory Statistics (or Could You Pass Intro Stats?), Monday Blackwell Talks at LU, March 1, 2010.
  • Marmorstein, Robert, Recent Trends in E-Mail Harvesting, Monday Blackwell Talks at LU, Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Combining Mathematics History with a Greece Tour,Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 14, 2010.
  • Webber, Robert, Visualizing the Gradient, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, CA, January, 2010.
  • Timmerman, Maria, Measurement and Geometry: What is the van Hiele model?,2009 PCTM - LU Fall Conference, October, 2009.
  • Smith, Wendy, Algebra as an Abstraction of the Real Numbers,2009 PCTM - LU Fall Conference, October, 2009.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, Money: Whole Numbers or Decimals?,2009 PCTM - LU Fall Conference, October, 2009.
  • Shoenthal, David, A Geometric Complexity Problem in a Length Space, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC, Jan. 8, 2009.
  • Emerson-Stonnell, Sharon, and Markey, Robert, Coordinating Tutoring with the Calculus I Classroom, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC, Jan. 8, 2009.
  • Hageman Smith, Wendy, A Constructivist Theory of Teaching Mathematics: from concept to context, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC, Jan. 7, 2009.
  • Lunsford, M. Leigh and Poplin, Phillip*, Basic Mathematical Skills and Success in Introductory Level Statistics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC, Jan. 6, 2009. *presenter.