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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.

Friday October 10th
Locations TBA

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

The unconference planning will consist of presenting topics for discussion to the group and allowing members to select what topics they would like to be involved in and when. Inspiration for this model comes from Barcamps and Birds of a Feather style conferences as a means of giving the opportunity to participants to get the most out of the conference for their needs. We'll continue adding details about this process as the schedule gets updated.

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

Founder & Executive Director of DataKind; Host of National Geographic channel's The Numbers Game

Jake Porway uses big data to tackle big social problems. As the founder of DataKind, he connects—and acts as an accessible bridge between—data scientists and not-for-profit companies, which often don't have the know-how or resources to benefit from data analysis. A former New York Times Data Scientist, Porway wants all of humanity to benefit from the gains of big data.

With DataKind, "We're connecting nonprofits, NGOs, and other data-rich social change organizations with data scientists willing to donate their time and knowledge to solve social, environmental, and community problems," Porway explains. Porway was named a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and he currently hostsThe Numbers Game on the National Geographic channel, in which he tackles one of life's most daunting topics each episode (such as how to live longer, combating road rage, the best negotiation methods), and reveals the surprising science behind them.

Irrepressibly curious, Porway is both a scientist and a coder, equally excited to pioneer the next machine learning algorithm as his is to optimize the code to run it. He hopes to make machines smarter—and he looks for new ways to help machines make sense of things, for the greater good.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.

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 Tentative Plenary

3:00- 4:15 Workshop I / AALAC I / Alternate unconference discussion time

4:30- 5:45 Workshop II / AALAC II / 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 Workshop III / AALAC III / Alternate unconference discussion time

11:15- 12:30 Workshop IV / AALAC 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 has not been set up yet. Please check back in a few weeks. **

Full conference registration, NNN members: $100
Full conference registration, non-members: $130 (The non-member rate includes a membership in the organization through October 31, 2015.)
Full conference registration, student rate: $60.

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.

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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