Therese Shelton

Notable Achievements

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was active at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, with national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), and more. It is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world. The meetings were held in Denver, CO, January 15–18, 2020.

  • Sarah Friday ’21 and Jordan Smith ’20 presented “Diagonalizing the Undiagonalizable,” research based and expanding on a 2019 SCOPE project with Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura. Aaron Waclawczyk ’21 was a coauthor who helped extend the SCOPE work. The presentation was in the AMS contributed-paper session on algebra and algebraic geometry.
  • Daniela Beckelhymer ’20 presented her mathematics capstone project titled “The Costs and Rewards of Pursuing Different Postsecondary Degrees“ as part of the undergraduate poster session. Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr supervised the project.
  • Marr presented “Choose Your Own Adventure: An Analysis of Interactive Gamebooks Using Graph Theory” in the MAA contributed-paper session “Tell Me a Story: Connections between Mathematics and Performed or Print Narrative.” D’Andre Adams ’21 and Beckelhymer are coauthors.  The presentation was based on their 2017 SCOPE research and their subsequent publication.
  • Marr  coorganized the MAA contributed-paper session on re-envisioning the calculus sequence with coorganizers Robin Cruz, College of Idaho; Tom Halverson, Macalester College; Joel Kilty, Centre College; Alex M. McAllister, Centre College; and Chad Topaz, Williams College.
  • Marr  was a coauthor of the talk “Calculus: Origins, Reforms, and New Directions” with Robin Cruz, College of Idaho; Tom Halverson, Macalester College; Joel Kilty, Centre College; Alex M. McAllister, Centre College; and Chad Topaz, Williams College.
  • Marr and Assistant Professor of Mathematics John D. Ross presented the preliminary report “A Re-Envisioning of the Calculus Sequence for the Modern Student” with coauthors Joel Kilty, Centre College, and Alex M. McAllister, Centre College.
  • Ross  presented “Exploring Big Ideas in Calculus 1 through Bite-Sized IBL Lessons” in the MAA contributed-paper session on inquiry-based learning and teaching.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton copresented “Building Community through Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE)” in the MAA poster session on projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education. Her coauthors were the coprincipal investigators of their NSF grant: Brian Winkel, SIMIODE and emeritus professor from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Richard C. Harwood, Newberg University; Audrey Malagon, Virginia Wesleyan University; and Patrice Tiffany, Manhattan College. The NSF grant partly funded Shelton’s attendance. Shelton served on the SIMIODE Board of Contributing Advisors, as well as participated in a meeting of her NSF grant coprincipal investigators.
  • Shelton  coorganized the AMS special session “Wall-to-all Modeling Activities in Differential Equations Courses.” Her coorganizers were Janet Fierson, La Salle University, and Brian Winkel, SIMIODE.
  • Shelton  participated in the meeting of the national MAA Committee on Sessions of Contributed Papers.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Safia Chettih presented the preliminary report “A Combinatorial Model for an Honest ∞-Operad” in the AMS special session on computational and categorical methods in homotopy theory. Her coauthors were L. Bonatto, University of Oxford; A. Linton, University of Southampton; S. Raynor, Macquarie University; M. Roberston, University of Melbourne; and N. Wahl, University of Copenhagen.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics John M. Osborn also attended.
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Expertise

Mathematical Modeling, especially with Differential Equations and especially as related to biological systems. Technology as a pedagogical tool. Dynamical Systems; Functional Analysis.
Assessment of Student Learning and of Math Programs.

 

Honors & Awards

National Science Foundation Grant 2018-2021 “Building Community  Through Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE)” Co-Principal Investigator with B. Winkel, P. Tiffany, A. Malagon, C. Harwood. NSF 15-585 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR).   $450,000. 

Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award 2015

Southwestern University Nominated for SU Teaching Award * 2015-16 * 2013-14 * 2012-13 * 2010-11

Southwestern University’s Nomination for the 2019 Faculty Mentoring Award in Mathematics and Computer Sciences by the Council for Undergraduate Research

Affiliations

Professional: American Mathematical Society, Association of Women in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, Texas Association of Academic Administrators of Mathematical Sciences, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Professional Leadership 

MAA Committee on Session of Contributed Papers 2018-2021. 

MAA Congress member as Representative of the Texas Section 2019-2022. 

MAA Congress Recorder Feb 2020 - Jan 2022.

 

Therese Shelton received her PhD and MS from Clemson University in 1987 and her BS from Texas A&M University in 1982.

She believes mathematics is a language which allows one to examine and express phenomena from our world as well as in a wider context. 

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    Honors & Awards

    National Science Foundation Grant 2018-2021 “Building Community  Through Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE)” Co-Principal Investigator with B. Winkel, P. Tiffany, A. Malagon, C. Harwood. NSF 15-585 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR).   $450,000. 

    Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award 2015

    Southwestern University Nominated for SU Teaching Award * 2015-16 * 2013-14 * 2012-13 * 2010-11

    Southwestern University’s Nomination for the 2019 Faculty Mentoring Award in Mathematics and Computer Sciences by the Council for Undergraduate Research

    Affiliations

    Professional: American Mathematical Society, Association of Women in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America, Texas Association of Academic Administrators of Mathematical Sciences, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

    Professional Leadership 

    MAA Committee on Session of Contributed Papers 2018-2021. 

    MAA Congress member as Representative of the Texas Section 2019-2022. 

    MAA Congress Recorder Feb 2020 - Jan 2022.

     

    Therese Shelton received her PhD and MS from Clemson University in 1987 and her BS from Texas A&M University in 1982.

    She believes mathematics is a language which allows one to examine and express phenomena from our world as well as in a wider context. 

  • 2019 Shelton, T.,  T. Laurent and B. Agyemang-Barimah. “Pharmacokinetic Models for Active Learning of Differential Equations.”  PRIMUS, (2019) 29:7, 742-767, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1484398.

    2019  Shelton, T., E.K. Groves and S. Adrian. “A Model of the Transmission of Cholera in a Population with Contaminated Water.” CODEE Journal: Vol. 12, Article 5. DOI 10.5642/codee.201912.01.05.  https://scholarship.claremont.edu/codee/vol12/iss1/5

    2019  Ross, J., T. Shelton. “Supermarkets, Highways, and Gas Production: Statistics and Social Justice.” PRIMUS, DOI 10.1080/10511970.2018.1456497.  Print Volume 29, Number 3-4, 2019, p328-344.

    2018 Classroom modeling scenarios with T. Laurent and B. Agyemang-Barimah. SIMIODE, “1-130-AspirinAbsorption,” “1-131-CaffeineElimination,” “1-032-DigoxinElimination.”

    2018  “Mathematical Modeling Projects: Success for All Students” PRIMUS, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2016.124932. Print Volume 28, Number 4, 2018, p318 - 334. 

    2017  “Injecting Inquiry Oriented Modules into Calculus” PRIMUS, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2016.1211205. Print Volume 27, Number 7, 2017, p669-680.

    2013  Kyle CH, Plantz AL, Shelton T, Burks RL  “Count Your Eggs Before They Invade: Identifying and Quantifying Egg Clutches of Two Invasive Apple Snail Species (Pomacea).” PLoS ONE 8(10): e77736. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077736.  

  • PEER-REVIEWED PUBLISHED CLASSROOM MODULES

    2018  with T. Laurent and B. Agyemang-Barimah.  Each modeling scenario has a Student Version and Teacher Version of the same work that is available exclusively to registered teachers. 

    • “1-130-S-AspirinAbsorption,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4963, Student Version, and “1-130-T-AspirinAbsorption,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4962 Teacher Version.
    • “1-131-S-CaffeineElimination,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4976, Student Version, and “1-131-T-CaffeineElimination,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4967 Teacher Version.
    • “1-032-S-DigoxinElimination,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4993, Student Version. “1-032-T-DigoxinElimination,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/4994.

     

    NATIONAL EXPERT CLASSES PRESENTED - PEER-REVIEWED by MAA Committee with Participant Feedback

    2018 “Starter Kit for Teaching Modeling-First Differential Equations Course.” Minicourse co-presenter with B. Winkel, SIMIODE & Emeritus U.S. Military Academy West Point; R. Farley & P. Tiffany, Manhattan College. JMM, San Diego, CA.

    2017 “Examples and Experiences in Teaching a Modeling-Based Differential Equations Course.” Workshop co-presenter with B. Winkel, SIMIODE & Emeritus U.S. Military Academy West Point; R. Farley & P. Tiffany, Manhattan College. MathFest, Chicago, IL.

    2017 “Teaching Modeling-First Differential Equations–Technology and Complete End Game Efforts.” Minicourse co-presenter with B. Winkel, SIMIODE & Emeritus U.S. Military Academy West Point; R. Farley & P. Tiffany, Manhattan College; J. Paynter, U.S. Military Academy West Point.  JMM, Atlanta, GA.

    2016 “SIMIODE: A Modeling Approach to Differential Equations.” Minicourse co-presenter with B. Winkel, Emeritus U.S. Military Academy West Point; R. Farley & P. Tiffany, Manhattan College.  * MathFest, Columbus, OH.

  • Some recent scholarly works:

    2019 “DE and Social Justice: A Cholera Model with Bacterial Reservoir ” co-authored with E.K. Groves and S. Adrian.  MathFest, Cincinnati, OH. 

    2018 “Incorporating Biology Topics into Mathematics Undergraduate” co-presented with E.K. Groves, SU class of 2017, graduate student at North Carolina State University. MathFest, Denver, CO.

    2018 “An Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Capstone.” SIAM ED-18, Portland, OR.

    2017 “Pharmacokinetic Models for Active Learning” co-presented with T. Laurent, St. Louis College of Pharmacy & B. Agyemang-Barimah, SU class of 2017. MathFest, Chicago, IL.

    2017  “Supermarkets, Highways, and Oil Production: Statistics and Social Justice” with J. Ross. JMM, Atlanta, GA.

    2016 “SIMIODE: A Modeling Approach to Differential Equations” co-presented with J. Sieben & R. Abbasian from Texas Lutheran University. TxMAA, Nacogdoches, TX. 

    2016 “Active DE with Inquiry and More”  JMM, Seattle, WA.

    2015 “Injections of IBL.”  Poster.  Legacy of RL Moore / IBL Conference, Austin, TX.

    2015  Invited NExT panelist to discuss “Explorations into Preparing a Successful Tenure Portfolio”, Washington, D.C.

    2015 “Working to Improve Student Success in Calculus I Through Pre-calculus Support” co-presented with A. Marr. JMM,  San Antonio, TX.

    2015 “POGIL Flu for Calculus: Influenza Data to Help Students Investigate Antiderivatives, Accumulations, and FTC” JMM, San Antonio, TX.