Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sad News

I just received the following message from Walter Whiteley:

Our colleague in Mathematics Education, Professor Margaret Sinclair, passed away earlier today, at home surrounded by her family. Margaret Sinclair is survived by her husband, her five children, and a number of grandchildren. There will be an obituary in the Toronto Star tomorrow - with details on the visitation, and funeral.

Margaret graduated from our MA in Mathematics for Teachers program (where I first met her) while a full time high school teacher and then completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at OISE/U of T, while working as a vice-principle in a high school. Margaret then came to York in the Faculty of Education, where she received Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor. In her too brief time at York, Margaret had a major impact on a number of programs - including co-developing the Mathematics for Education program in the Mathematics Department, and also developing closer collaborations at the Graduate Level designed to help the MA in Mathematics for Teachers become a better pathway for others to a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.

Margaret Sinclair contributed so much, and held the promise of many more contributions to her students, her colleagues, and to York University. She showed great energy, organization and dedication in all the tasks she accepted - ad the results were impressive.

I spoke with Margaret briefly on Saturday on the phone - just before flying to Europe for a workshop.
Margaret Sinclair will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Walter Whiteley

Friday, February 10, 2012

Summer 2012

Summer courses have been posted and registered students should have received an announcement from Primrose about the courses offered by the Mathematics & Statistics department.

Summer 2012 - May 7 through Aug 3 - running Tuesdays & Thursdays - 6-9pm - CC 318 - Hongmei Zhu
Math 5300: 6.0 Computation in Mathematics for Teachers

In addition, the faculty of education is running one of the cross listed courses:

Summer 2012 - May 2 through June 27 - running Wednesdays - 5-9pm - YL 234 - Ami Mamolo
Math 5840: 3.0 Learning Environments in Mathematics