Our paper focused on issues concerning the introductory college mathematics sequence with an emphasis on students interested in the life sciences, and concentration on the time after the publication of BIO2010. It also explored the potential uses of books targeted at introductory mathematics courses for life science majors today. As relevant background, we looked at the evolution of the way that calculus has been taught over the past 50 years, including at the high school level. We also explored the implications of changes in technology and course delivery, such as online education. As we discussed different books and introductory course ideas, we focused on the needs of biology students, inclusion of real-world problems and models, the role of technology, and the impact of data science. Our paper dealt with 8 issues: Section 1 provided some personal background with calculus dating back to the 70’s, and changes in calculus prior to BIO2010. Section 2 introducesd goals for an introductory mathematics sequence and evaluates the calculus sequence in light of those goals. Sections 3-7 discussed various issues that will help to understand issues and challenges for introductory mathematics for the life sciences: Calculus in high school (Section 3), equity issues relative to calculus and other math topics (Section 4), the impact of online education (Section 5), math as a stumbling block for college students (Section 6), and the increasing importance and value of teaching data science (Section 7). Section 8 reviewed the development of books in light of these issues and challenges. The last section (Section 9) summarizes conclusions.
Education Subgroup (EDUC)
MS01-EDUC: Highlights of the Special Issue of BMB on Mathematical Biology Education
Organized by: John R Jungck (University of Delaware, USA), Raina Robeva (Randolph Macon College, USA), Louis Gross (University of Tennessee, USA) Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The second session is MS02-EDUC.
- Midge Cozzens (Rutgers University, USA) "Introductory College Mathematics for the Life Sciences: Has Anything Changed?"
- Melissa Aikens (University of New Hampshire, USA) "Advances and Challenges in Undergraduate Biology Education"
- Raina Robeva (Randolph Macon College, USA) "Changing the Nature of Quantitative Biology Education: Data Science as a Driver"
- Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (George Mason University, USA) "Conneccting with teachers through Modeling Mathematical Biology"
MS02-EDUC: Highlights of the Special Issue of BMB on Mathematical Biology Education
Organized by: John R Jungck (University of Delaware, USA), Raina Robeva (Randolph Macon College, USA), Louis Gross (University of Tennessee, USA) Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The second session is MS01-EDUC.
- Shernita Lee (Virginia Tech, USA) "Mathematical Biology: Expand, Expose, and Educate!"
- Luis A. Melara Jr. (Shippensburg University, USA) "The Case for Undergraduate Research Journals"
- Meredith Greer (Bates College, USA) "Paying Our Dues: The Role of Professional Societies in the Evolution of Mathematical Biology Education"
- Kristin Jenkins (University of Texas at Austin, USA) "Building community-based approaches to systemic reform in mathematical biology education"
MS07-EDUC: Windows and Mirrors: Latinx Women in Mathematical Biology
Organized by: Vanessa Rivera Quinones (Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (LATHISMS), Puerto Rico), Alicia Prieto Langarica (Youngstown State University, United States of America)
- Vanessa Rivera Quinones (Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (LATHISMS), Puerto Rico) "Life is a cooperative game: The interplay of individual behavior in group cooperation"
- Malena Espanol (School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University, United States of America) "An Edge-preserving Iterative Method for Electrical Impedance Tomography"
- Selenne Bañuelos (California State University Channel Islands, United States of America) "A Mathematical Model with Combination Phage-Antibiotic Therapy and Immune System Response"
- Alejandra Herrera Reyes (Centre for Mathematical Medicine & Biology, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, United United Kingdom) "Identifying unique observations in super-resolution microscopy with a spatiotemporal model"
MS08-EDUC: Using modelling in mathematical biology as an educational tool: from schools to higher education
Organized by: (Natasha Ellison, University of Sheffield, UK), Alexander Fletcher (University of Sheffield, UK), Nick Monk (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Joanna Wares and Marcella Torres (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Richmond, USA) "Making Sense of COVID-19: Mathematics and Data Science Activities Across the Curriculum"
- Padmanabhan Seshaiyer (George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA) "Educational frameworks for upskilling the next generation workforce in mathematical biology"
- Perry Hartland-Asbury (Radley college, UK) "Modelling Mathematics in Secondary Schools"
- Thomas Woolley (Cardiff University, UK) "Interactive mathematical biology: how to create your first shiny app"
MS13-EDUC: Recent Perspectives on Mathematical Education
Organized by: Stacey Smith? (The University of Ottawa, Canada) Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The second session is MS14-EDUC.
- Kara Allum (Oxford University, United Kingdom) "Maths is for everyone: why interdisciplinary and DEI focused approaches should be the basis of high school outreach"
- Kathleen Hoffman (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) "Extending Quantitative Reasoning in the Biological Sciences"
- Shelby Scott (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA) "Things I learned as an interdisciplinary graduate student"
- Glenn Ledder (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) "A Teaching Module for Mathematical Epidemiology Using Matlab or R"
MS14-EDUC: Recent Perspectives on Mathematical Education
Organized by: Stacey Smith? (The University of Ottawa, Canada) Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The second session is MS13-EDUC.
- Elissa Schwartz (Washington State University, USA) "Remedying the Leaky Pipeline"
- Suzanne Lenhart (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA) "BioCalculus Assessment Tool"
- Amanda Laubmeier ( Texas Tech University, USA) "Application-driven projects in differential equation and modelling courses"
- Stacey Smith? (The University of Ottawa, Canada) "Teaching While Trans"
Sub-group contributed talks
CT02-EDUC: EDUC Subgroup Contributed Talks
- Aneequa Sundus Indiana University, Bloomington "PhysiCell Training Apps: Cloud hosted open-source apps to explore different modules of agent-based multicellular simulations"
- Chonilo S. Saldon Zamboanga del Norte National High School, Philippines "Remodeling students' attitudes and performance in Calculus through the use of Biomathematics modules"