**Joel** started at SDSU right after graduating from Carlsbad High School in 2010. From that time on, he dedicated his studies to the single subject teaching credential program for mathematics at SDSU. His main inspiration stems from his high school calculus teacher, Mr. Rosen. Highlight of his studies at State was being awarded the Steven Michael Rogers Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics. This award validated his choice of career path. In the fall, Joel will begin his teaching credential at SDSU. Upon completion, he desires to either teach in Carlsbad and be involved with surf and skate PE, or pursue teaching at Hoover High School. Joel is the recipient of the Outstanding Baccalaureate Award presented by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. He graduated on May 16, 2014 receiving a B.A. in Mathematics. We wish Joel good luck and continued success in his career aspirations.

Joel’s selection of his **Most Influential Faculty **was Dr Chris Rasmussen

Additional awards and recognition were presented to graduates and faculty at the

Annual Commencement Awards & Social on May 6th. Awards included:

*Baccalaureate Degree Awards*

Outstanding Baccalaureate Candidate in Mathematics & Statistics

JOEL ROBERT BERNABEO

**B.A. Mathematics, Single Subject Teaching Credential**

**Academic Excellence in Mathematics
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**Academic Excellence in Statistics
KIERAN GREGORY SPRUNK
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*Master’s Degree Awards*

**Academic Excellence in Mathematics
LILJANA GJORGE HRISTOVA &**

**Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education
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Academic Excellence in Statistics

**PETER RANDOLPH TRUBEY & PETER TUAN-PING WANG
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**Favorite Faculty Award presented by Student Affairs
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**Graduate Teaching Assistants**

**Spencer Bagley**, Ph.D., Mathematics & Science Education**
Christian Junginger**, MS Statistics

**Congratulations and best wishes to all of our
Department of Mathematics & Statistics Awardees
and the Graduating Class of 2014.
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Cystic Fibrosis is a severe disease that is effects around 30,000 people in the United States and has a median age of death around 38 years. While the disease affects the entire body, death is usually the result of respiratory failure, making lung health critically important. Our research focuses on developing a method for analyzing MRI images so they can be used as a sensitive and noninvasive technique for measuring lung health. MRI images show water content in the image. Within a healthy lung, water is observed from lung tissue and blood; however within a CF lung water can also be present due to high levels of mucus.

Theresa’s work focuses on isolating mucus within the lung and quantifying its volume. Her project identifies moving mucus within the lung through image registration and the comparison of images. She isolated a small region within the lung and used a three step process for the registration. First she found the center of intensity and did a translational registration. Second she used an iterative process in Matlab to create an affine transformation. Third she found the intermediate point of these transformations and used that for the final registration.

Theresa has been working with Professor Salamon from the Department of Mathematics at SDSU and Professor Rebecca Theilmann from the Department of Radiology at UCSD.

Theresa presented her talk at the CSU Student Research Competition on Friday 2 May 2014.

]]>**Joseph Barr ** *
*examines history and origins of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and recounts his personal journey from statistics to industry to teaching machine learning and running R on Unix clusters.

Read more:

April 2014 blog. **Learning and Teaching Machine Learning**

March 2014 blog. **Identity Fraud and Analytics**

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The journal will contain insights on mathematics education from introductory courses such as caluclus to higher level courses such as linear algebra, all the way through advanced courses in analysis and abstract algebra. It will also be a venue for research that focuses on graduate level mathematics teaching and learning as well as research that examines how mathematicians go about their professional practice. In addition, the journal will be an outlet for the publication of mathematics education research conducted in other tertiary settings, such as technical and community colleges. It will provide the intellectual foundation for improving university mathematics teaching and learning and it will address specific problems in the secondary-tertiary transition.

The journal will be published three times per year with 4-5 papers per issue.

Editors-in-Chief:

Karen Marongelle, PhD, Portland State University

Chris Rasmussen, PhD, San Diego State University

Mike Thomas, PhD, University of Auckland

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Dr. Shen will deliver his presentation entitled “Global warming: How do we know it’s real?” on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. in AL 201. The lecture is open to the university community and to the public, free of charge. Seating is limited, however, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The University Research Lecture Series is sponsored by Graduate and Research Affairs and the University Research Council in recognition of SDSU faculty who make outstanding research and teaching contributions.

Dr. Shen started his career at SDSU as a Professor in 2006, after serving as McCalla Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research tackles problems of great significance and breadth including climate change and uncertainty, for which he has developed and used a range of mathematical and statistical tools. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents the conclusions of a multi-national, multi-disciplinary series of working groups approximately every 6 years. These reports are viewed by many as the authoritative general assessment for both academics and the public of our understanding of the status, drivers, and consequences of climate change.

In 1994, Dr. Shen developed a new approach, the spectral optimal averaging (SOA) method for estimating uncertainty in climate change assessment based on both observational data and models, which in turn was adopted by the IPCC in 2001 for the first quantification of uncertainty on the observed rates of climate warming. Rather than presenting their findings as absolutes, the IPCC provides estimates of certainty for their findings in an effort to provide to the public an indirect measure of confidence in their conclusions.

Dr. Shen has made several methodological contributions to a wide range of application areas, such as space-time signal detection for identifying carbon dioxide factor in the global average surface air temperature, and probabilistic assessment of cloud cover for stochastic climate models, which treat climate variables as random variables.

Dr. Shen maintains a highly interdisciplinary research program and has collaborated with meteorologists, oceanographers, agricultural scientists, computer scientists, and hydrologists. He has held visiting positions at various institutions and governmental labs, including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, and the University of Tokyo. In addition to pursuing excellence in advanced education and research, Dr. Shen cares about K-12 education. He recently worked with a local elementary school to protect vernal pools in the Carmel Mountain Preserve. He also donated desks and chairs to the one-room elementary school he attended in his remote Chinese mountain village. He successfully lobbied the Chinese government to invest the US dollar equivalent of $50 billion from 2007-2012 to provide free Grades 1-9 education to children in socially and economically disadvantaged rural areas of China.

Dr. Shen has been a consistent author of refereed papers with 99 papers in top journals including Nature Geoscience, J. of Geophysical Research and J. of Climate, as well as being the author of three books, numerous government technical reports and conference proceedings. Recognition of his research program is also evidenced in the continuous funding of his research since 1988 by highly competitive federal programs such as NSF, Dept. of Energy, NOAA, or NSERC of Canada.

His strong history with graduate education includes not only seven Ph.D. students, 20 MS students, but also serving as a supervisor for three Ph.D. and four MS students. His contributions in service include national roles such as President of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, VP of Canadian Mathematical Society, as well as many international recognitions including his work to help establish the SDSU Confucius Institute and to develop the SDSU Xiamen Summer School in Global Climate Change and Emerging Infection Disease in China.

Dr. Welter invites you, your students, and the community to participate in this year’s lecture program presented by one of our most outstanding faculty members.

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CRMSE Innovation Lab Coordinator Bohdan Rhodehamel works with local children at the 2013 Science Expo.

By Clarissa Slagle

The National Science Foundation has awarded San Diego State University’s Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education and the Balboa Park Learning Institute a four-year, $1.5 million grant that will start an initiative called the InforMath Collaborative.

The program will bring together university researchers and staff from multiple Balboa Park museums to design and implement new programs that connect visitors with mathematics in creative ways.

“We want to show people that math can be fun and integrated everywhere,” said Molly Kelton, co-director of the collaborative and CRMSE researcher. “Most people don’t think of math as creative and we want to dispel that stereotype.”

Bringing art and science together

The program is set to begin in mid–March, with pilot programs the public will be able to participate in. From these programs, researchers will be able to review and analyze data to prepare for a more extensive launch in September 2014.

“We are really excited to get to work with all the different museums in Balboa,” Kelton said. “We are looking forward to bringing art and science education together for these museums.” Participating museums include the Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Natural History Museum. “This is the first large-scale, multi-institution initiative of its kind giving mathematics, science and art professionals an opportunity to learn from each other and together come up with new and more expansive ways to draw the community into the park,” said Lisa Silagyi, director of the Balboa Park Learning Institute.

About CRMSE

The Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who are advancing mathematics and science education at local, state and national levels. The center supports collaboration between faculty in the College of Sciences and College of Education at San Diego State University. Members of the center are engaged in research, curriculum development and dissemination, publications, presentations and leadership roles in the San Diego community.

About Balboa Park Learning Institute

The Balboa Park Learning Institute is a professional education program and learning community for staff and volunteers in arts, science and cultural institutions. It was launched by the 27-member institutions of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership in 2008 as part of collaborative efforts to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence.

Friday, January 3, 2014

SDSU NewsCenter

http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news.aspx?s=74635

December 2nd, 2013

UTSanDiego

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/02/balboa-park-learning-institute-sdsu/

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**Fall Western Sectional Meeting, Tucson, Arizona. October 27-28, 2012

Event: Special Functions, Combinatorics, and Analysis, III. Approximate # of attendees: 275 speakers, (23 in Special Functions, Combinatorics, and Analysis).

**Joanne Lobato** gave a talk at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association. This conference, held in San Francisco, April 27 through May 1, 2013, hosted more than 15,500 educational researchers. Joanne gave an overview of the state of research on the transfer of learning in the session titled, “*The Transfer Showcase: Exciting Contemporary Advances About and Educationally Central Phenomenon*.” The talk also served as a tribute to Dr. Randi Engle’s research in this area. Sadly, Professor Engle lost her battle with pancreatic cancer six months to this session that she organized.

At the same Annual Conference,** Chris Rasmussen** and Jessica Ellis presented their paper entitled, “*Who are the students that switch out of calculus and why*?” Jessica Ellis is in her third year of the joint SDSU-UCSD Mathematics and Science Education Doctoral Program. In this paper, Rasmussen and Ellis analyzed data from a large, national survey to examine the characteristics of STEM (*science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)* intending students who begin their post secondary studies with Calculus I and either persist or switch out of the Calculus sequence, and hence either remain or leave the STEM pipeline. This year U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan addressed attendees at the Annual Meeting. He spoke to an overflow crowd of more than 1,300—and many others via live streaming—about the challenges inherent in designing and implementing effective standardized testing and other learning assessments. More highlights of the meeting can be found at http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/AERAiHighlightsiEnewsUpdate/AERAHighlightsMay2013/tabid/14874/Default.aspx

**Sam Shen **organized a Special Session at the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, January 9-12, 2013. The session title was “*Environmental Mathematics: Evaluate the Past Climate Changes and Model the Future Climate Variations*.” Sam also made a presentation entitled “*Trends, hottest and coldest years, climate regimes, decadal variations, and uncertainties of the United States temperature and precipitation since 1895*.” This year’s AMS JMM had an emphasis on mathematics roles in climate science. The conference had over 20 sessions on climate mathematics and statistics. The United States program of Mathematics for Planet Earth (MPE) was launched at the meeting on January 9. Sam is an active member of MPE.

The Seventh IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing was held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, CA September 16-19, 2013. Semantic Computing is an emerging field that addresses computing technologies to drive scientific discovery from diverse data sources based on semantics (meaning, intention). So-called “big data” is a centerpiece of the semantic information, including structured data, video, audio, text, social media, device digital footprints, etc.

SDSU reps attending the conference included George Manning Richardson, Colleen Chen, Joe Barr, and Dr. Richard Levine. Not pictured, Afrooz Jahedi and Mahroo Ehsani.

Data Science Workshop

One day of the conference was devoted to a special session on Data Science. The morning session consisted of a workshop on data analytics, lead by SDSU graduate students. The workshop focus was on introducing modern statistical machinery and associated computing technologies (particularly programming languages R and Python) for handling and analyzing massive data sets. Computational Statistics PhD student G. Manning Richardson introduced regression and boosting methods, Statistics Masters students Mahroo Ehsani and Afrooz Jahedi introduced support vector machines, and Computational Sciences Masters student Colleen Chen introduced neural networks. These workshop modules were centered around big data applications, illustrating to the audience the implementation and strengths of these methods for classification and predictive purposes.

The afternoon session organized by SDSU Adjunct Professor Joe Barr featured talks by industry and university analytics experts. As part of the session, SDSU Professor Rich Levine presented his collaborative work on random forest machinery for detecting glaucomatous progression.

Articles published by students in IJSC

The research of the SDSU students in the session will be featured in an upcoming issue of the IEEE sponsored *International Journal of Semantic Computing:*

- G. Manning Richardson, in collaboration with SDSU Professors Janet Bowers (Math Ed), Mark Jawron (Computational Linguistics), and Rich Levine (Statistics), present an application of topic models for organizing and teasing information from micro-blogs (e.g., Twitter).
- Afrooz Jahedi and Mahroo Ehsani, in collaboration with SDSU Statistics and Computer Science Professor Joe Barr, present a tutorial on support vector machines, with particular focus on financial classification problems.
- Colleen Chen, in collaboration with SDSU Psychology Professor Ralph-Axel Mueller, present a novel application of support vector machines to classify brain images for the likelihood of autism.
- Recent Computational Statistics PhD program graduate (Summer 2013) Lucie Sharpsten, in collaboration with SDSU Statistics Professor Juanjuan Fan, develop classification tree methods for predicting glaucomatous progression.

The Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) is formally one in Computational Science with Concentration in Statistics, offered by SDSU and Claremont Graduate University (CGU). SDSU Professors Richard Levine and Jose Castillo founded the program, in collaboration with CGU Professor John Angus, in 2006, and began admitting students in 2007. The JDP has achieved its desired steady-state of about 15 doctoral students.

Photo: Drs. Levine, Wilson, and Duncan

**Jonathan Wilson **becomes the first official graduate, having defended on February 25, 2013. Dr. Wilson worked under the supervision of Professor Kristin Duncan on opinion pooling, particularly developing methods to elicit individual beliefs, aggregate consensus opinions, and drawing forecasts for decision makers. He published in the journal *Chance *an application of his work to studying prediction markets. His pooling methodologies appear in an article in the journal *Risk Analysis *and a paper submitted for publication in the journal *Information Sciences*. Dr. Wilson currently works as Manager of Analytical Services at Petco Animal Supplies in San Diego.

Photo: Drs. Levine, Fan, Sharpsten, Bailey, and Angus (CGU)

**Lucie Sharpsten** defended her dissertation on July 16, 2013. Dr. Sharpsten worked under the supervision of Professor Juanjuan Fan on developing random forest methods for predicting glaucomatous progression. She studied at SDSU as an ARCS Scholar**.** Her initial work will be published in the *International Journal of Semantic Computing*, with a series of manuscripts submitted for journal publication to follow in the remainder of the year. Dr. Sharpsten currently works as a Statistician in the Department of Ophthalmology in the UCSD School of Medicine.

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Eleven San Diego State University students participated in a two-week SDSU study abroad program at Xiamen University in China. The Summer School on Climate Change is focused on global climate change and vulnerability of natural resources and was led by Sam Shen (mathematics) and Chun-Ta Lai (biology). SDSU Mathematics and Statistics students attending were Nathaniel Fitzgerald, Jordan Hilbert, Daniel Michaelis, Andrew Miller, and Carina Mueller.

The SDSU students were matched with 14 Xiamen University students. Program participants attended classroom lectures, group discussions, field trips to heritage park, mangrove and coastal ecosystem sites and numerous cultural and social events.

Each SDSU student formed a team with one or two Xiamen University students and worked together on a variety of projects, ranging from red tides to the ecology of the Chinese White Dolphin, a critically endangered species of humpback dolphins that were commonly seen in Xiamen Bay.

Each team produced a written report and made a group presentation on the research topic at the end of the program.

**SDSU Areas of Excellence**

Climate and Sustainability Studies is one of the four SDSU Areas of Excellence. Shen and Lai are among the core members of the Sustainability Area of Excellence.

**The Chinese host university**

Xiamen University is one of the top ranked universities in China and is the Chinese partner university of the SDSU Confucius Institute, which is a platform facilitating SDSU’s students and faculty exchange with China. In 2012, SDSU’s Confucius Institute was ranked top in the 30 among the more than 500 Confucius Institutes around the world.

The two SDSU programs, Summer School on Climate Change and the SDSU Confucius Institute, have received recognition at both SDSU and Xiamen University and are regarded as its exemplary international programs.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sustainability story: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news.aspx?s=74357