Matthew Leingang

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.

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Daniela Buccella

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

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

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

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

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 Zaharopol

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.