Dr. Vaibhav Vaish is a researcher (specialising in Algebraic Geometry) and a teacher of mathematics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali . Having had a long convoluted journey to the subject (that began with the mathematical olympiads, but passed through electrical/electronics engineering, computer science, and briefly even the world of finance) he has an off-centric, perhaps eccentric view of the subject. He will be talking generally about why mathematics is a science, on the boundary-less nature of the subject, and more specifically about what it can mean during a pandemic.
Gaelle Wormus describes her personal journey into the world of meditation and explores the opportunities that it provides during a time of disruption and uncertainty.
JP le Roux is the Head of the Mathematics Department at Cedar House School. His research interests include assessing for mathematical proficiency. He has led discussions on new and effective approaches to assessments with online learning. He will talk on how to assess for more than procedural fluency during remote learning. This will focus on the complexities and opportunities of adapting classroom-based assessment and learning.
We spoke to Professor Ellen Langer, mother of mindfulness, about all things mindful in this time of uncertainty. This discussion focusses on coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic and accepting the uncertainty that comes with the disease. She also discusses how mindfulness relies on the appreciation of uncertainty and that by recognizing this we become more mindful. She highlights the current ‘crisis’ as the time to find new opportunities, conduct our affairs in new ways and explore what works for us. Lastly, she emphasizes making peace with where we are at, and refraining from approaching numbers and statistics as absolute.