On-Campus Event Highlights
2013-2014 STEM Speaker Series
This Is Her Career on Estrogen
Tue., September 24, 2013 2pm in Room 1610 Des Plaines
Dr. Pauline Maki, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of Women's Mental Health Research, University of Illinois at Chicago
How are cognitive performance and mood affected by gender and the sex steroid hormones estradiol and progesterone? Learn about Maki’s recent research addressing the impact of menstrual cycles and menopause on mood and cognitive functions. Discover how she has applied these findings not only to her own career, but to the career trajectories of women in general.
On Music and Mathematics
Tue., October 22, 2013 2pm in Room TBA Des Plaines
Dr. David Kung, Professor of Mathematics, St. Mary's College of Maryland
What does math have to do with music? More than you might think! Discover how these decidedly different disciplines are connected in this engaging lecture, featuring live musical examples on violin. Learn how abstract algebra plays a role in Bach's magnificent canons and fugues; understand the mathematical principles behind the clarinet’s ability to play so much lower than the flute; and unearth the connection between Calculus, differential equations, and our ability to hear timbre.
Engaging Girls in STEM: Why it’s Important and How to Do It?
Sat., November 2, 2013 Check-in at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am in Room 1610 Des Plaines.
Gerry Oberman, Ph.D., Midwest Liaison, American Association of University Women (AAUW), National STEM Task Force
Stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Get an update on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in STEM, and learn what parents and teachers can do to encourage girls to pursue careers in these exciting and rewarding fields and help increase the diversity of representation in all STEM areas. Free and open to the public. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) available. RSVP Sponsored by the Northwest Suburban Branch of AAUW, Center for Promoting STEM, and Oakton Student Government. For more information contact Gloria Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., October 28, 2013 2pm in Rooms 1608 & 1610 Des Plaines and Room C120 Skokie
Oakton students are welcome to participate in this one-hour competition. The level of competition questions is precalculus mathematics. Questions are from a standard syllabus in College Algebra and Trigonometry and may involve precalculus algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability; questions that are completely self-contained may be included as well. All questions are short-answer or multiple choice (multiple choice questions will have at least 4 response choices). No partial credit is awarded. Each student who participates in the competition will receive a certificate of participation. To be eligible for an Oakton award, a student must enroll in a credit course.
Students are permitted to use any scientific or graphics calculator that does not have a QWERTY (i.e. typewriter) keyboard. No books, mathematical tables, computers or questions are permitted during the test.
At the discretion of the moderator, students arriving before the end of the first hour may be allowed one full hour. Students who have classes until 2:50pm may be admitted at 3:00pm. The earliest time that a student can leave the competition room is 3:05pm.
The administration of this math competition shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in accordance with Oakton procedures. Please contact Dorota Zak at email@example.com by Oct. 11, 2013 if you require accommodations.
Sample tests may be found at AMATYC Math League.
The top five contestants from Oakton who participated in both fall and spring semester competitions will automatically be entered into the national competition for an AMATYC scholarship. See AMATYC SML Rules for entry into national competition and award details.
For additional information about this competition at Oakton, contact Dorota Zak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM and Oakton Student Government Association.
STEM 200 Students Symposium
Tue., Dec. 3 from 3:00p to 5:00p in Room 1625 Des Plaines
Wed., Dec. 4 from 3:00p to 5:00p in Room 1610 Des Plaines
Oakton students present about their findings in STEM research projects. To help us order enough refreshments, register here.
7th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM
New Date: Nov. 8, 2013 at 8:30am to 5:00pm at Illinois Science + Technology Park, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie, IL (just over a 1/2 mile north of Oakton's Skokie campus)
and 7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
This year's Conference will introduce latest research on recruiting and retaining STEM students, partucularly the underrepresented in STEM. We will also spend some time exploring the latest STEM fields including nanotechnology, RFID, and GIS and introduce related curriculum.
Contact Gloria Liu at email@example.com for a copy of the powerpoint presentation.
Other STEM-related activities may be found online.
Many Thanks to:
Oakton's Student Government Association who voted to support the 2013-2014 STEM Lecture Series. This will allow CP-STEM to bring STEM speakers to campus and offer hands-on workshops.
Oakton's Educational Foundation who awarded the Center for Promoting STEM a grant in 2013-2014 to provide an internship stipend to students who successfully complete STEM research course, present their findings, and spend a minimum number of hours on the project.
Take a closer look at the most promising family-friendly policies and examine some of the steps Oakton is taking to become more family friendly. For information, contact Gloria Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.635.1738.
Geared toward department chairs and deans, this presentation explains the benefits of instituting family-friendly policies and finding ways to retain women in the workforce. Reduce legal liability by avoiding gender bias and learn how to avoid discrimination lawsuits. For information, contact Gloria Liu at email@example.com or 847.635.1738.
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
Room 2166, Des Plaines