Associate Professor Michelle Andipatin is the Deputy Dean of Research in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Her background is Psychology and she specialized in Research Psychology. She works in the area of women’s health, gender issues and qualitative research. Her talk will highlight how numbers have taken such prime space during this pandemic and obscured the stories behind the number.
Ashwin Kamaldien is a Stellenbosch University second-year Industrial engineering student with a passion for mathematics, health/fitness and art (in all forms). He has struggled with mathematics (particularly in his first year) and has learned to appreciate the science for more than just a means to an end. His topic is the obstacles and challenges around learning mathematics during a pandemic.
A video poem by Aishwarya Viswamitra
Dr. Ben Blum-Smith is currently a part-time faculty member of Eugene Lang College’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a Visiting Academic at the New York University Center for Data Science. He has worked as a middle and high school teacher and then as a mathematics professional development specialist, before training as a research mathematician. He will discuss COVID-19 quarantine teaching as an experiment in non-coercion. How do we go about getting students to do what we want them to? Where are the opportunities to acknowledge our students' autonomy?