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2014 Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting will be on Oct 10th -11th held in Northfield, MN, graciously hosted by Carleton College as part of the celebration of QuIRK's 10-year anniversary.

The annual meeting will include four workshops, two plenaries, and ample opportunities for collaboration and discussion via a hybrid conference-unconference approach.

Coinciding with our annual meeting, there will also be an AALAC (Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges) funded workshop called "Enhancing Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum". The two day AALAC workshop will include 4 panel discussions open to NNN members covering the following topics:

A. The challenges of integration of QR into non-STEM disciplines
B. Scaffolding QR assignments with the help of academic support staff
C. Using QR to enhance critical thinking in writing assignments
D. Assessing QR assignments individually and institutionally

This tentative schedule will be updated as speakers and locations are confirmed.
More details can be found here: 2014 Annual Meeting Schedule (Acrobat (PDF) 192kB Aug12 14).

Friday October 10th
Locations TBA

8:00- 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Unconference planning

9:00- 10:30 Unconference discussion time

10:50- 12:00 Keynote Speaker: Jake Porway, hosted by Carleton as a part of QuIRK's 10-year anniversary

12:00- 1:30 Lunch with Jake Porway (additional fee, limited to first 20 registrants); OR lunch on own OR with unconference discussion group

1:30- 2:45 Plenary Speaker: Neil Lutsky. "Cut to the QUIC: What is the Essence of Quantitative Reasoning and How Can We Assess It?"

3:00- 4:15 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Workshop with Kate Follette and Don McCarthy. "Fun Math is Not an Oxymoron: Quantitative Brain Teasers and Other Unthreatening Ways to Infuse Your Course with Numbers"

AALAC Workshop I. Details forthcoming

Alternate unconference discussion time

4:30- 5:45 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Workshop II

AALAC Workshop II: Details Forthcoming

Alternate unconference discussion time

6:30- 8:00 Dinner at Carleton (included in registration); opportunity for continued discussion and networking

8:00- 10:00 Optional Movie screenings The Geometry Project

Saturday October 11th
Locations TBA

8:00- 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00- 11:00 Morning Concurrent Sessions

Workshop III

AALAC Workshop III: Details forthcoming

Alternate unconference discussion time

11:15- 12:30 Morning Concurrent Sessions

Workshop IV

AALAC Workshop IV (starts at 11:00)

Alternate unconference discussion time

12:30- 1:45 Lunch at Carleton (included in registration); opportunity for continued discussion and networking

2:00- 3:15 NNN Board Meeting;
NNN Board meetings are open to observers. If you are interested in being more involved in the organization–either formally or informally–please do join us!

3:30- 5:00 AALAC working groups report out / Alternate discussion time

Registration

To register, please follow this link. Note that breakfast Friday and Saturday mornings, dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday are included in the registration fee. An option for having lunch on Friday with Jake Porway as the guest is available to the first 20 registrants for an additional $20 fee.

Full conference registration + Friday lunch with Jake Porway, NNN members: $120
Full conference registration + Friday lunch with Jake Porway, non-members: $150
Full conference registration + Friday lunch with Jake Porway, student rate: $80
Full conference registration (without Friday lunch), NNN members: $100
Full conference registration (without Friday lunch), non-members: $130
Full conference registration (without Friday lunch), student rate: $60.

Getting Here & Staying Here

Carleton College is located in Northfield, MN, approximately 45 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Options for getting to Northfield include:

Northfield Metro Express Bus
Eco Trans Shuttle Service
Archer Limo Service
First Choice Shuttle

For your convenience, here is a list of some of the area hotels, recent rates, and their distance from the conference location.

1. Archer House, $89.99-$179.99+tax - .2 miles; [link http://www.archerhouse.com
2. Country Inn and Suites, $145+tax - .5 miles; http://www.countryinns.com/northfield-hotel-mn-55057/mnnorthf
3. AmericaInn Lodge & Suites, $89.99+tax - 1.6 miles; http://www.americinn.com/Hotels/MN/Northfield
4. America's Best Value Inn, approx. $70-90+tax - 2 miles; http://www.americasbestvalueinn.com/reservations.cfm?state=MN&city=Northfield&submitted=1




Past Events

2013 Annual Meeting

The 2013 Annual Meeting was held in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with Project Kaleidoscope of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

More information about the meeting can be found here

Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire

November 8-10, 2012, Kansas City, MO

The NNN partnered with Project Kaleidoscope and the Association of American College and Universities for this conference on pedagogy in STEM, including quantitative literacy. Check out the conference website for details.

2012 Annual Meeting

October 12-14, New York City
This year's conference drew over 100 NNN members to explore the worlds of journalism, finance, business, and citizenship. The conference opened on Friday night with a dinner at Lehman College in the Bronx. Andy Serwer, Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine, delivered the keynote address at the dinner. The conference continued on Saturday at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College in Manhattan with 32 concurrent sessions offered throughout the day: 28 half-hour presentations and 4 longer panels.

For more details about the meeting, see Annual Meeting 2012 Press Release (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 18kB Oct25 12).

Powerpoint slides from the meeting are available here: QL at Work: Navigating the Worlds of Journalism, Finance, Business, and Citizenship


2011 Annual Meeting

October 14-16, Asheville, NC
The 2011 NNN conference and board meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in conjunction with the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Summit. NNN President Emeritus Bernie Madison delivered the Summit's plenary address. Several others from the NNN's board and membership presented in conference talks (Microsoft Word 49kB Sep7 11) on quantitative literacy on Friday and Saturday. The NNN's Annual Board Meeting was held Sunday morning.

Direct Measurement Video project launches expanded video collection
Posted: Jul 25 2014
Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that students can use to explore and apply physics concepts. What sets these videos apart from others is that students can measure distances, time, angles, and other variables right off the videos, allowing for a wide variety of quantitative and theoretical exploration.
CUNY awarded $600K NSF grant for QR Alliance
Posted: Oct 4 2011
The NSF has awarded $600,000 over 3 years for "Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE): A Project of the CUNY Quantitative Reasoning Alliance." NICHE will foster the infusion of QR instruction and assessment into undergraduate courses in several disciplines and lead to the development of an online course to be housed at SERC.
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2010 Annual Meeting

October 8-10, Carleton College
The Board Meeting immediately proceeded the 2010 QuIRK-PKAL Workshop

2009 Annual Meeting

May 1-2, University of Washington, Bothell

NSF Projects Supporting QL Education Workshop

April 30-May 1, University of Washington, Bothell prior to the 2009 NNN Annual Meeting


2008 Annual Meeting

May 15-17, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH


MAA's MathFest

July 31-August 2, 2008, Madison, WI

Panels on Quantitative Reasoning include:

2008 QR Assessment Workshop

October 10-12, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Workshop jointly sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope and Carletons's QuIRK Initiative


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