Collaborative Modeling Center
We are pleased to announce that the Collaborative Modeling Center will be opening Fall 2015. A website is currently under construction for the center – but here is the mission statement.
The collaborative modeling center is a physical space and supportive community that focuses on interdisciplinary research and educational research containing mathematical, computational, visual, and/or physical models. Our goals are:
- To build a community of faculty, staff, and students from a range of disciplines all committed to providing an inclusive, dynamic, and creative space;
- To provide space and support to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations that involve mathematical, computational, visual, and physical models;
- To develop innovative science and modeling curricula;
- To increase the visibility and importance of quantitative skills at Hampshire College.
This fall, Christina Cianfrani (Hydrology), Jason Tor (Microbiology) and I will be pioneering an innovative integrated sciences curriculum for first year students centered around the Kern Center on campus (soon to be certified living building). Here is our Integrated Sciences First Year Program flier.
My Vision for Hampshire’s Mathematics Curriculum
My goal is to radically change the way we think about the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. Instead of viewing the curriculum as linear and static and catering only to mathematics majors, I want us to design a curriculum that is nonlinear, dynamic, innovative, and inclusive to students with all interests. We should be focusing on creating narratives within and between our courses. We should focus on building excitement around the beauty of mathematics, the use of mathematics in cutting edge fields, and the power that mathematics can have in our lives. We should focus on the big picture, on concepts, and let go of some of the details (that are mostly available online for students to find anyway). Because there is such momentum surrounding Mathematical Biology, it provides a wonderful opportunity to explore some of these ideas.
Throughout the last three years I have laid the foundation for a Mathematical Modeling Program that is inclusive to a broad spectrum of students, empowers students to address important and relevant questions, and overlaps substantially with other areas of Natural Science. The Mathematical Modeling Program consists of courses, independent studies, divisional work, and several different areas of research.