NYU GSTEM Staff
The Principal Investigator is Matthew Leingang, a Clinical Associate Professor of Mathematics at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Prof. Leingang has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University. Prof. Leingang’s background is in research math, but his professional career has been devoted to mathematics education. Prior to joining the faculty at Courant, he was appointed as a Preceptor in Mathematics at Harvard University, teaching undergraduates and coordinating the service-level curriculum, and teaching talented high school students during the summer.
Since arriving at NYU in 2008, Prof. Leingang has assumed responsibility for organizing the undergraduate program, including 7,000 students per academic year at the service level, and was appointed the Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in 2010. A father of a 10-year old daughter (and a 6-year old son), Prof. Leingang is particularly committed to ensuring that talented girls, such as his daughter, receive the encouragement and opportunity to participate and excel in mathematics and the sciences.
Mark Saul, NYU G-STEM consultant, directs the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. He grew up in New York City (in the Bronx), got his BA from Columbia University and Ph.D. from New York University. He then spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12.
For 12 years, he directed the prestigious Research Science Institute, an internship program for high-ability high school students at MIT. He has also served as Senior Scholar for the John Templeton Foundation, guiding their portfolio in gifted education. Prior to that he was a program director for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included programs in mathematics curriculum, in teacher professional development, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award, the nation’s highest honor for work in the classroom.
Internationally, he initiated a student exchange program between Russian and American students, as well as an “Intel/Westinghouse” style competition for students of mathematics in China. He has given talks and led workshops in 20 countries, and has done consulting work in Taiwan, China, Bulgaria, Botswana, South Africa, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and India. He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council.
Saul has done curriculum development with the Educational Development Center and developed an internship program for high-ability students in Shanghai. His publications include numerous articles and books, including a elementary text on trigonometry, co-authored with I.M. Gelfand, a translation and ‘reader’s companion’ for Jacques Hadamard’s Elementary Geometry, and “The Peak in the Middle”, a guide for work with mathematically gifted middle school students, published by NCTM.
Christine Keefe, the NYU GSTEM Program Director, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to promoting environmental and social justice. When she’s not working with GSTEM, she serves as the Executive Director of We Grok It, an organization dedicated to STEM literacy and social justice. A native of New York City, Christine draws on her prior experience as a cognitive ecologist, science teacher, evaluation consultant, and STEM evangelist to develop impactful scientific research learning opportunities. Her nationally-adopted curricula and activities use evidenced-based teaching and learning techniques, local history, and current affairs to engage students with the world around them. In revealing STEM principles present in everyday scenarios, Christine works towards a world where all individuals are empowered to critically assess their environment and advocate for a healthy, sustainable world.
NYU GSTEM Advisory Board
Daniela Buccella is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. She conducted undergraduate research under the direction of Prof. Roberto Sánchez-Delgado at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. In 2003 she moved to Columbia University, where she pursued her doctoral degree with Prof. Gerard Parkin, studying transition metal complexes as models for hydrodesulfurization catalysts. After completion of her Ph.D., she worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing new fluorescent probes for the detection and quantification of mobile zinc in biology.
Prof. Buccella’s research explores the interface of Inorganic Chemistry and Biology, focusing in the design and application of highly tailored chemical probes for the recognition of metal ions and metalloenzymes, as well as the use of metal complexes and supramolecular constructs for the selective binding and analysis of important biological targets.
Glenn Ellison is the Gregory K. Palm Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1992. His research interests include game theory, industrial organization, learning, large population and spatial models, technology adoption, geographic concentration of industries, mutual funds. Go to http://economics.mit.edu/faculty/gellison/cv for additional details.
Charlene Morrow is Co-Director of the SummerMath and SEARCH Programs and a faculty member in the Psychology and Education Department at Mount Holyoke College. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University and worked in settings that range from urban and rural community mental health centers to directing a college counseling center to teaching psychology before coming to Mount Holyoke in 1986. SummerMath and SEARCH are four-week mathematics programs for high school women of all backgrounds. SummerMath is designed to strengthen confidence, problem solving skills, and mathematical understanding. SEARCH is intended to give talented girls the opportunity to see beyond high school mathematics and to study topics not usually encountered until college.
Dr. Morrow investigates student mentoring and approaches to learning mathematics that work especially well for girls and women. More recently she has been working in the area of art and mathematics, both creating works of art and writing about artworks that can be analyzed mathematically. She has presented and written extensively on these topics. She is the co-author of a book, Notable Women in Mathematics. She is a past president and executive director of Women and Mathematics Education. She has also chaired the equity committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Jim Morrow is Co-Director of SummerMath and Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Mount Holyoke College. Among the courses that Morrow taught at Mount Holyoke: Math 120, Explorations in Geometry, Calculus I, Calculus II, Education 204, Learning and Reflecting on Mathematics, Math 251: Bridge to Higher Mathematics, and Quantitative Reasoning.
Robert Tobias recently retired as a Clinical Professor of Teaching and Learning and as Director of the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the NYU Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development. He served the New York City public schools for 33 years as a teacher, researcher, and assessment specialist, retiring in 2001 as Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability. At the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, Tobias facilitated research and evaluation for the Department of Teaching and Learning. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College, and an M.A. in Psychology from Temple University. His research interests include: Assessment, Accountability in Education, and Teacher Education.
Dan graduated from MIT in June 2004 in mathematics, got masters’ degrees in mathematics and teaching mathematics from the University of Illinois, and is now back in Boston starting Learning Unlimited, a new nonprofit organization to bring ESP to colleges across the country. He has been teaching for ESP since Splash 2000, has directed Splash twice, and was Chair of ESP for one and a half years. He has been teaching advanced mathematics to high school students for years at Canada/USA Mathcamp, and taught for a semester at the Boston Math Circle. He now teaches online at the Art of Problem Solving. He also taught the introductory computer science course at MIT for two semesters.
In addition to his mathematical experience, Dan has done a fair bit of theater. He has taken classes in acting and playwrighting and has had three student groups productions of his plays, one of which he directed. He is an avid reader and watcher of plays, and enjoys going up to Chicago frequently to see the latest in innovative theater.