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 AACC Celebrates Community College Day at NSF, Treisman Gives Keynote Address 

5/6/2008

AACC celebrated Community College Day at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on April 16, 2008. Community College Day is an annual event hosted by NSF to celebrate the two-year college's role in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center University of Texas, Austin. In his address entitled "Nurturing our Students' Highest Aspirations: Reflections on College Teaching's Pleasures and Challenges," Dr. Treisman reflects on his own experience as a community college student and the teachers who helped him create a pathway to his career. He describes his early research that led to the creation of mathematics and science support programs on several hundred campuses and the ongoing research that is now transforming these programs. He puts forward a set of challenges for those who want to insure that community colleges remain a vehicle for community development and for students seeking both upward mobility and intellectual challenge.

Click here for video of the keynote address by Dr. Uri Treisman, "Nurturing our Students' Highest Aspirations: Reflections on College Teaching's Pleasures and Challenges."


Treisman Bio:

Philip Uri Treisman, is a professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and executive director of the University's Charles A. Dana Center, an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. His research and professional interests include education policy, mathematics and science education, and community service and volunteerism.

Professor Treisman has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts to strengthen American education. For his research at the University of California at Berkeley on the factors that support high achievement among minority students in mathematics, he received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In December 1999, he was named as one of the outstanding leaders in higher education in the 20th century by the magazine Black Issues in Higher Education. In February 2006, he was named "2006 Scientist of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University for his outstanding contributions to mathematics.

Professor Treisman is actively engaged in designing programs that strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics and science from elementary to graduate school. He serves on the Carnegie–Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, launched in 2007. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Mathematical Sciences Education Board and on its Coordinating Council for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education. He now serves on the Leadership Team of the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), a nonprofit organization created by the National Academy of Sciences whose mission is to create new knowledge to solve urgent problems of American education.

Professor Treisman is a founder and chair of the steering committee of the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, a coalition of 15 large urban districts seeking to improve prekindergarten–12 mathematics teaching and learning. He is a founding board member of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education and has served on the policy and priorities committee of the Education Commission of the States. He was a founding board member of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), an award-winning program that nurtures students' high academic achievement and college-going aspirations.

Professor Treisman is especially proud of his service on the National Advisory Committee of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). He is currently serving on the Science Advisory Board of MCEC's Living in the New Normal Initiative, which is charged with developing effective strategies for addressing the stressors related to the deployment of a parent and the trauma associated with a parent's illness, injury, or death.

Professor Treisman studied horticulture and landscape design at Pierce College and worked as a landscaper. Encouraged by Jack Stutesman, a mathematics professor at Los Angeles Community College, he enrolled there and studied mathematics before transferring to what is now California State University, Northridge. With the encouragement of faculty there, he transferred to UCLA, receiving a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Mathematics and M.A. simultaneously. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

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