LAWRENCE SHIRLEY*
Professor of Mathematics--Towson University
---Alberta, rest in peace
(memorial)---
Shirley A Shirley (1920-2015) obituary
granddaughters: Maya Rose Sweet
(current photos)
Isla Lauren Abena Shirley (current photos--password
protected)
Welcome! (each item below has many relevant links)
How to CONTACT ME MY FAMILY CURRICULUM VITAE (short narrative biography)
MY SPECIAL INTERESTS
Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Graduate Studies
MoveOn.org
Astronomy Africa and the World Culture
News: Time magazine, NPR
World Relief and
Support:
UNICEF,
Oxfam,
Save the Children, Doctors without
Borders, Darfur
support
MY PAST
(-1988)
Roots, Family, and Education
Life in West Africa
Arizona Centennial 1912-2012
MY PRESENT (at Towson University)(1989-)
Towson University homepage
Mathematics
Dept homepage
My
Mathematics Dept faculty page
Mathematics Placement Test information Towson UTeach
Teaching
(MATH 204)
(SEMS 250)
(MATH 602)
Ethnomathematics
(ICEM-4) and other
Scholarly Activity ICME-12 ICME-13 CBEm4
Administrative and Professional Service
Graduate
College homepage
SPECIAL INTERESTS
Here are a few links, all connected with some of my professional and personal interests. Others are included in my biography below.
Mathematics and Mathematics Education----mathematics organizations and programs
Links to professional organizations (conferences, publications, membership, further related links, etc.):
International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
------ICMI on FaceBook
------ICME-12 was held in Seoul, Korea, July 8-15, 2012. Topic Study Group 36 was "The Role of Ethnomathematics in Mathematics Education" (co-chairs: Lawrence Shirley and Pedro Palhares). ICME-13 will be in Hamburg, Germany, July 24-31, 2016. The Topic Study Group on Ethnomathematics will be chaired by Milton Rosa and Lawrence Shirley
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
------Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, March 2008 [press release]
Math is More A group looking for a coordinated effort to improve mathematics education nation-wide.
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (North American Study Group on Ethnomathematics)
------Fourth International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEM-4) (at Towson, July 25-30, 2010) ICEM-5 was in Maputo, Mozambique, July 7-11, 2014. ICEM-6 will be in Colombia in 2018.
------Journal of Mathematics and Culture
TODOS: Math for All
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science
African Mathematical Union
------African Mathematical Union Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa (AMUCHMA)
Monthly MathsJam meetings (usually in pubs) around the world (mostly in UK, but also in Baltimore)--to talk mathematics, puzzles, and other geeky stuff
A collection of math blogs (with rankings)
Towson University mathematics education programs:
------Mathematics Department
------Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Concentration
------Master of Science in Mathematics Education
Mathematics-related sites of the Maryland State Department of Education:
------general (press releases, publications, addresses, directory, etc)
------school improvement (state assessment program information)
------school performance reports
------Common Core Standards(webpage from MSDE with links)
----mathematics history and news
See MathWorld Headline News for recent developments in mathematics research.
A good source for information on history of mathematics and more than 2000 biographies of mathematicians, with related topics Similarly, here is a collection of biographies of about 130 women mathematicians and this offers information on mathematicians of the African diaspora.
------------and also mathematicians of the day.I have an Erdös number of 5. I am a co-author with Amy Ksir, whose Erdös number is 4.
Convergence--a web magazine of mathematics, history, and teaching, from the MAA
----ethnomathematics and mathematics culture
The Ethnomathematics Digital Library.
A collection of ethnomathematics links from ISGEmYou can find words for one to ten in over 5000 languages(!) here.
RadicalMath looks at blending mathematics content and issues of social justice. Rethinking Schools looks more generally at bringing social issues in the classroom. Similarly, the Algebra Project considers algebra and the opportunity to learn mathematics as civil rights.
Here is a growing file of examples of mathematical fiction of all types (novels, movies, tv, etc.), with some reviews from a mathematical point of view.Mathematics Awareness Month comes every April. For 2015, the theme is "Math Drives Careers".
--three math/geek humor blogs: Spiked Math, Math-Fail, xwhy, and GaussFacts
xkcd an intellectual (mostly STEM) comic (new every Mon, Wed, Fri)My presentations on "Numbers and Culture" and "Number Words", with some interesting number-related links
----mathematics content
Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics is an excellent resource on mathematics content.numberphile (videos about interesting number facts)
Interlinked proofs of fundamental mathematics: the Metamath Proof Explorer
Many useful formulae, mostly math but some chemistry and physics also.
Index of world units and measures (including mudu and tiya); more general index of all kinds of sizes; measurement units
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013--a collection of articles, etc. on applications of mathematics in various earth studiesThis link has info and lists on Mersenne primes and perfect numbers (latest updates--48th found in Jan 2013, first since April 2009). Here are lists of primes, twin primes, etc.
PI: This is a lot of pi--playing with the strings of the digits. Here is an article with some mathematical background on strings of pi digits . Pi has now been calculated to ten trillion decimal places (reported in October 2011). This is a collection of long decimal expansions of several famous irrational numbers. Here is a page of binary digit pi. AND: Find strings of digits in pi.
--Here is a pi chant
--Here is a video of calculating pi with pies.
--In 1897, the Indiana legislature considered legislation to make pi = 3, but wisdom prevailed and the bill was voted down.
--In 1 Kings 7:23 in the Bible, a round water container is described as "ten cubits from one brim to the other" and "thirty cubits did compass it round about" which implied pi=3, but Biblical scholars have argued the width of the brims affects the result.
--And: count the letters of each word in this poem to get pi to twenty decimal places:
Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can't relate.Here's a way of visualizing BIG numbers by counting pennies. Also, be sure to follow some of the links at the end for terminology and more sense of BIG numbers.
"ten coolest math results" For all kinds of lists (not just math), see listverse.com
----teaching mathematics
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse is a huge and growing collection of lesson ideas, documents, etc. on mathematics and science education (it is now a subscription site).
The link to the Math Forum@Drexel offers a rich search facility for more mathematics education resources, problems, homework help, etc.
A good collection of resource links--history, recreation, fun, etc.
A large collection of mathematics and science resource links (from Crucial Cloud Hosting)
This is a great collection of virtual manipulatives for various mathematics topics at all levels of K-12.
Two websites from the Smithsonian Institution on history of mathematics education: math teaching tools and teaching math and science in the Age of Sputnik
These are two wide-ranging collection of links: Science Gems--Mathematics, from K-3 up through many topics at university-level and beyond, and Cool Math Sites
Here are several pages aimed at kids, but interesting to mathematics teachers and others: manipula-math; math.com; figure-this; math goodies; "fun facts" of mathematics; cut-the-knot; mobile math games, Math Blaster; and CoolMath. This has activities for money and mathematics.
Math made fun: a resource for parents
You may say you don't like worksheets, but these are very well done--for PreK to HS, with many topics at each level, a total of more than 4000 PDFs--at Math Worksheets (an obvious name!)
Here is a resources website from Britain, with materials for students and teachers for K-12 nrich maths
A collection of websites of various applications of calculatorsHere is Mathematically Sane, promoting rational reform of school mathematics, and a blog, Rational Mathematics Education
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My own work in mathematics education: teaching, scholarly activity, and ethnomathematics...and my course webpages:
----MATH 204 Concepts of Mathematics for Teachers I
----MATH 323 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
----MATH 301/501 History of Mathematics
----MATH 428 Senior Seminar in Mathematics Education
----MATH 602 Cultural and Philosophical Background of Mathematics
----MATH 602-Howard County
----MATH 602-Southern Maryland
----SEMS 250 Perspectives in Science and MathematicsTowson University's Graduate College
---Programs
---Program Directors
---Admission Application
---Catalog
---Thesis Guidelines
---Graduate Assistantships (application; openings; FY2013 GA Request Form , Graduate Assistantship Handbook)
---Fellowships
---Graduate Faculty ( list, application form )
---Alumni Association Grad Fellowship
---Commencement , Graduation Application
---Writing/Statistics/Research Help Center
---Graduate Studies Committee
---Graduate Students Association (calendar, travel/research grants ) Office in Psychology Building, room 203
---my administrative work in the Graduate CollegeAmerican Association of State Colleges and Universities
Maryland Higher Education Commission (Programs and Program Approvals)
University System of Maryland (Academic Programs)
Carnegie classifications of universities
Boyer model of types of scholarshipnews from Inside Higher Education
AstronomyHere is the astronomy picture of the day.
A trip from Earth (Mt Everest) to the edge of the known universe (video)
The World of Science (with sections on Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Scientific Biography).
Much information on the newly-named largest dwarf planet Eris (formerly 2003-UB-313) (from the discoverer's own website). This is the object that is bigger than Pluto and pushed the debate that removed Pluto from the list of planets.
The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) page has news updates from current projects [Mars Rovers, Cassini-Huygens (at Saturn)]NASA has reports on current and upcoming missions [ New Horizon(to Pluto)] and other space news (NASA TV online--if it is showing)
Here is a live view of the earth from the International Space Station, with a map showing the real-time location of the ISS
This link tells when you can see the ISS passing overhead
I am a member of the Planetary Society, whose link offers astronomical pictures and other resource materials on space.
This link goes to the Space Telescope Science Institute (in Baltimore), the home of the Hubble Telescope. It has information, news, activities, and pictures from Hubble.
Here is current information on comets. Less current: Halley's Comet (get ready! it will be back in 2061!) Here is a 2003 photo of Halley, with more links.Lunar phases for 1800 to 2199
...And this is a page on eclipses (maps, timetables, etc). Here is a world map of light pollution and this is a world map of city lights
This allows you to get a picture of the Earth centered wherever you want or with other locational features.Bad Astronomy debunks errors and myths, clarifies facts, and includes interesting notes.
This should be everything you need to know about the solar system and another general collection of astronomical information: the Electronic SkyThis provides a collection of models of the solar system. On a bigger scale, here is a best-guess sketch of our galactic neighborhood and an Atlas of the Universe (actual locations--NOT an observational sky map; see the next items for that).
This is a great interactive sky map, including current locations of the sun, the moon (with correct phase), and planets--and with zoom capability. Photopic Sky Survey
And here is a guide to the night sky this week and related links. Here is a collection of more online planetarium and sky map services, notably, Sky View Cafe . Here is SkyTonight, a collection of news and observation information.
Here are basic almanac data
Time and date: a good resource for localizable data on time, calendar, time-zones,sun/moon, etc.
"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi" (There is always something new from Africa)
---Pliny the Elder (Rome, 23-79 CE)Information about Africa: country info, politics, culture, food, African Studies, conferences, other Internet resources, K-12 materials, links to Africa, etc.
This is a good source of African news from AllAfrica.com.
Africa Action informs and lobbies on African issues.
Save Darfur: how you can help stop genocide
Here are some pages about Ghana (each with more links): from Penn State African Studies; Ghanaian cooking; and adinkra. Here is a dictionary of Ghanaian slang (Twi and English) (I had more links, but several have closed; I will look for replacements).
Helping to get global education into K-12 classrooms: Global Education News
This goes to the Africa-America InstituteThe Partnership for Higher Education in Africa encourages support for African universities. The webpage also has many useful links. The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation, with help from a matching grant from the MacArthur Foundation, is supporting four universities in Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello, Ibadan, Bayero, and Port Harcourt.
The World Factbook has almanac-like data on all countries.The public radio program from PRI, BBC, and WGBH: "The World" and the public radio (PRI) environment program: "Living on Earth
WorldMapper--world maps with country areas proportional to measures of interest.
A world of one hundred people (video)Here is a world map of population
How far is it? (distances between any two places in the world) ; bearings and distance (but needs latitute/longitude)General physical information about the Earth: Earth-at-a-Glance
Up-to-the-second changing estimates of many world statistics from WorldometersI have visited such diverse places as Timbuktu, the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, Copacabana/Ipanema Beaches, the Ginza, the Alhambra, Budapest, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bagdad (Arizona!), the Grand Canyon (most recently in August 2007), and the Sydney Opera House In summer 2009, I visited China and saw the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the terracotta warriors, Shanghai's Pudong, and other places. In summer of 2010, Stonehenge was added to this list, and 2012 took me to Loch Ness in Scotland. I was in Soweto in 2014.
This world map has the countries I have visited colored red
visited 35 states (15.5%)
Create your own visited map of The World or Like this? try: Facebook testMore of my personal Africa links. Jeff & Lauren's Ghana travel (July-August 2005) blog
Culture
I often wear bola ties, reflecting my Arizona heritage.I support National Public Radio, and in particular, I am a member of Your Public Radio, WYPR in Baltimore. These links have program info and links to news, features, and music.
The kid in me still likes the comics in the newspaper. My favorites: Peanuts, Doonesbury, Mother Goose and Grimm, For Better or For Worse (FBoFW), Pearls before Swine, and Garfield. Here are old Calvin and Hobbs.
Here's some info on Beethoven. Here are all nine symphonies. (I observe his birthday on Dec 16).
Simon and Garfunkel lyrics
Here is a free on-line language translator (English/Spanish/French/Russian/German)Common phrases in hundreds of languages
I am a member of Towson United Methodist Church, (TUMC) where I chaired the Worship Work Area committee 2002-07 and served as chair of the Parish-Staff Relations Committee 2009-10. I am currently a member of the Stewardship Committee and occasionally serve as an usher or liturgist. Here are "unbound Bible" (an online searchable Bible in various translations and languages) and a searchable online Qur'an. The Metanexus Institute is an organization devoted to advancing research, education and outreach on the constructive engagement of science and religion. Here is the webpage of public radio's "On Being" program with Krista Tippett. In Washington, I like to visit the National Cathedral.Peacemakers: Matthew 5:9 (Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God), Qur'an 49:10 (Make peace between your brethren and be careful of (your duty to) Allah that mercy may be had on you.), Isaiah 2:4 (they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more) Peace Corps, the Carter Center, American Friends Service Committee
MY PAST
Roots, Family, and Education
I am originally from Arizona (see Arizona Highways), growing up in Flagstaff and Mesa. Arizona celebrated its centennial of statehood on February 14, 2012. My father's family had moved from Virginia to South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and Arizona between the late 1700s and early 20th century. The Shirley Association genealogical website shows my great-grandfather, Joseph Jonathan Shirley, and four generations before him. My mother's family had lived mostly in upstate New York for several generations (some genealogy references). My ethnicity is mostly Anglo-Saxon from my father's side and a mixture of Anglo-Saxon, Dutch-German, and one-eighth Irish from my mother's side. My late wife, Alberta, was Akan (Akuapim) and Kyerepong (Guan) from her mother's side and Fante from her father's side.My late father, Robert Shirley, was a journalist, working at the Arizona Daily Sun (in Flagstaff) and then, for 27 years, as editor of the Mesa Tribune.
My mother Shirley A Shirley, passed away on January 11, 2015, at age 94. She had been a homemaker, but also managed at the school bookstore of Carson Junior High and volunteered at the Mesa Southwest Museum (now the Arizona Museum of Natural History) and, for over thirty years, at the Banner Mesa Medical Center until it closed in 2007. Both of my parents served in the Army in Europe in World War II.My brother, Don Shirley, is a free-lance writer (theatre, travel, etc.) in Los Angeles. He formerly wrote for the Theater section of the Los Angeles Times and was the theatre critic for the (now-closed) L.A. City Beat and L.A. Stage Times (on hiatus). He now reviews theatre for L.A. Observed. His wife, Ellen Switkes, led the storytelling program, Cornucopia, in Los Angeles; she continues to work with story-telling and tutoring.
Here is information on my late wife and our children.
[See also my
CV/resume
and/or my
short narrative biography]
MY FAMILY
In March of 2010, I was widowed, after almost 36 years of marriage, with the passing of my wife, Alberta. I have two grown children and a grown step-daughter. The photo on the left (from 2007) has me and my wife in front, our daughter and son-in-law and our son and daughter-in-law behind us. The photo on the right (Dec 2013) shows our four-generation line: my mother, myself, my daughter, and generation four--my granddaughter.
-------Photos (and service announcement) of Alberta
My late wife, Alberta Ohenewah Shirley,
came from
Koforidua,
Ghana
[several Ghana sites seem to have shut down, but I
hope to have new ones listed soon; this is on
Koforidua].
A few months before her death, she was honored on her 20th anniversary of being employed as a crew trainer
at our local
McDonald's
restaurant. Earlier, she was a baker--helping in her mother's bread
business in Koforidua, and then supplying small cakes to many shops and
kiosks in Zaria/Samaru, Nigeria. She passed away on March 21, 2010,
after suffering from liver cancer.
My son,Jefferson Kodwo Robert Shirley,
earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in
Mathematics Education from
Michigan
State
University
(his very old
website has old family photos) and did additional graduate work at the
University of California at Berkeley. In 2008, he completed an
MBA degree at
San Jose State University. He
gained tenure in the mathematics faculty at
De Anza College in
"Silicon Valley" of northern California
(old DeAnza site)
(here is his
blog). In 2005, he was in Ghana and contributed to a travel
blog (photos). He and
Lauren
Hall-Lew (blog) were married in December 2006 (here are some
photos;
and nearly the full set--about 300!).
They now live in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Lauren teaches sociolinguistics
at the University of Edinburgh and he
is a
Senior Advisor for Visiting Students.
In March 2014, they adopted a 1 1/2-year-old girl,
Isla (born August 21, 2012;
password-protected photos; more information
on her later). Their cat,
Geordi,
now lives in Towson with me.
My daughter,
Emily Abena Juliana Sweet
(an old
blog from 2008),
is the Director of the
La Petite
pre-school at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center,
which she led to accreditation by the
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
She is a graduate of
Towson University,
with a B.S. in
Family Studies. In August 2004, she married
Jamaar Sweet,
with a
wedding in Hawaii.
(Here are
photos).
Jamaar is a program specialist at a home for troubled youths and also does
kung fu. Their daughter,
Maya, was born May
1, 2008, and had to have heart surgery at 6 days old. She
is now doing fine.
(early photos)
(most recent)
The first two photos below were when she was about an hour old (with Dad and Mom); and
about six months (with Grandpa).
The third photo is our family after Alberta's
memorial service in Ghana in August 2010. The last is as Maya started kindergarten at
Roland Park
Elementary-Middle School in August 2013. She is a fan
of the Disney princesses
and the My Little Ponies.
My wife's daughter, Takyiwah Afua Matilda Adisi, is the mother of four and lives in Koforidua, Ghana. She has a taxi business and also runs a business of selling bottled water and renting party supplies.
Lawrence H. Shirley
Mail:
Towson University
Department of Mathematics
8000 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
Phones:
410-704-3500
(with voice mail) [note that my old 3817 extension is
no longer in use]
Home: 410-825-1328 (with answering machine)
FAX:
410-704-4149
(be sure to indicate the message is
for me)
E-Mail:
LShirley@towson.edu
(this is the most reliable way to reach me)
---alternative email (but not checked as regularly):
LawrenceHShirley@gmail.com
---any old email
address which includes the word "saber" is now out of use
New personal webpage: http://lawrencehoytshirley.com--but it doesn't yet have any content!
Here is a
map
that shows Towson University and
also my home (marked with an arrow) at 854 Bosley Avenue, Towson MD 21204-2610
Here are
directions
to
Towson University and a
campus map
As of January 1, 2016, I am retired from Towson University. As my last classes, in Fall 2015, I taught MATH 204 Mathematics Concepts and Structures (for teachers) and two sections of SEMS 250 Perspectives in Science and Mathematics. I may do part-time teaching in Fall 2016.
All links were checked and updated as necessary on 1 March 2012.
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(most are for conference presentations unless
otherwise indicated)
costumes for math history
ethnomath
ethnomathematics (similar to ethnomath (above) but with history and more links)
ethnomathematics in global education programs--for ICEM-3
ethnomath looks back and looks forward--for ICME-11
geometryafrica
global
ICEM-4
(original and current page for the ICEM-4 conference of July 2010)
-----[the other--obsolete--page is
http://icem-4.org ]
impossible
index
(this page)
kids
math 204 (Concepts of Mathematics for Teachers I)
math301
("History of Mathematics" course page)
math 323 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
math602
("Cultural and Philosophical Background of Mathematics" course page)
math602China
(similar to the regular MATH 602 course page, but modified for 3-week pattern
and Chinese offering
math602indep
(similar to the regular MATH 602 course page, but arranged for the independent
study offering)
math602ten-week
(similar to the regular MATH 602 course page, but arranged for a 10-week
pattern of 3:45 classes)
math602southernmaryland
(also the 10-week format, but straddling the holiday break--for southern
Maryland)
math602revised10week (arranged for nine class meetings)
sems250 (Perspectives in Science and Mathematics)
mathedhist
numbers
number words
puns
(collected from various sources)
resume
(a brief c.v.)
seniorseminar
(course page for MATH 428)
world-in-math-class
worldtour
my
about.me page
LawrenceHoytShirley.com
My
Mathematics Dept faculty page
my LinkedIn page
my Facebook
profile page;
facebook.com/lawrence.shirley
ICEM-4 Facebook page
My Xanga page
my Peace Corps Connect page
Geordi's CatBook homepage
Lawrence Hoyt Shirley
Larry (with a "w")
547
(read it upside down!)
Yelrihs
Ecnerwal
Really, when is rec?---Where is clan lyre?---Nearly his crewel (anagrams, but not very good!)
Daddy/Dad/Grandpa
Wכfa Yaw (Akan-Twi, from Ghana: Uncle
Yaw=Thursday male)
薛立人
(Xue Li Ren)
(Mandarin name,
given by students, from a phrase about kindness by Confucius)
Bahago(Hausa for left-handed, from northern Nigeria)
Lahai (Mende name, from Sierra Leone)
Λόρενς Σίρλυ
(Greek script: Lawrence Shirley)
Лoренc Ширлй (Cyrillic script:
Lawrence Shirley)
(Arabic script: Lawrence Shirley--right to left)
لورانس شيرلي
(Hebrew script: Lawrence Shirley--right to left)
לורנס שירלי
로렌스 셜리
(Korean script: Lawrence Shirley)
लाव्रेंस शिरली (Devanagari [Hindi] script: Lawrence Shirley)
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African News
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mathematician's birthday
Number-a-Day
new Mersenne Prime?
xkcd and
three
math/geek humor blogs: Spiked Math,
Math-Fail, and
GaussFacts
Calvin and Hobbs
election polling: five-thirty-eight blog
my FaceBook Home
Google-Plus
Jeff's blog
Jeff's FaceBook
Jeff's new blog
Emily's blog
Emily's Facebook
Maya photos
Maya's Care Pages
Lauren's new blog
Lauren's Facebook
Jamaar's FaceBook
twitter
My TU
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