# News » Archives » February 2018

## Flipping the Classroom

### February 07, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

An experiment with flipped classrooms – video lecture viewing for homework and group problem-solving in class-in lower-level mathematics classes has heightened student engagement and learning. Enabled by new technologies, including a Lightboard that facilitates recording lecture, the strategy makes teachers’ expertise available to students when they need it most. Group work ensures positive peer pressure to complete before-class assignments, builds knowledge as they teach each other, and develops leadership.…

## Bruce Williams

### February 05, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

On January 11, 2018 the Department lost a vibrant friend and colleague when Bruce Williams passed away. He came to the Department in the fall of 1975 and remained a valued member until his promotion to Emeritus in the spring of 2015 due to declining health. Even then he came to talks whenever possible and was eager to talk about the Department with anyone who visited. Throughout his time here he worked tirelessly to advance the Department's standing in the College, the University and the world. He was first and foremost a topologist but he had a broad range of mathematical interests which only seemed to increase as his health failed. He will be missed by all who knew him.…

## Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Mathematics

### February 02, 2018 • Categories: Announcements

Claudia Polini has been appointed the Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Mathematics for a three-year term. In this capacity, she will oversee and help teach the freshman Glynn Math Sequence offered every year by the department. Dr. Polini is highly accomplished as both a researcher in commutative algebra and a teacher at all levels. She currently serves also as the director for the Center of Mathematics at Notre Dame…