Welcome to Newsletter 94! Here in Florida we have been completely entrenched in all things “spring” – though this is easy to do since we did not experience any version of a season that resembled winter. In reality, I cannot believe it is already March, as my “To Do” list stays perpetually filled with things I should have already completed – like NL 94!
That aside, it really has been a busy year already. There are several HPM-related activities that have taken place or that are onging, and many of them are described or advertised in this installment of the HPM newsletter. In my comments below, I mention two additional items which are not included in separate annoucements that you will read about in this newsletter. As well, I would like to update you on the evolving structure of the HPM Group.
First, approximately 25 colleagues participated in the Thematic Working Group (12 TWG 12), “History in Mathematics Education,” at CERME 10 (1-5 February 2017, Dublin, Ireland). Included in the seven ‘working sessions’ at the conference were presentations on 16 papers and 2 posters, which you can find in their pre-converence form here: https://keynote.conference-services.net/programme.asp?conferenceID=5118&language=en-uk. Additionally, Michèle Artigue and Uffe Thomas Jankvist led participants in a discussion of the forthcoming ERME chapter on TWG 12 (http://cerme10.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/TWG12_ERME_Book_Chp17_History_Draft.pdf).
In reflecting on CERME 10 I was reminded that working in the field of history in / of mathematics education energizes me in two ways. In the one sense, I enjoy coming together and seeing familiar faces and reconnecting with them about shared ideas and further following their work. On the other, I am energized by the newcomers (not necessarily new to the field, but perhaps new to the HPM community or activities) whom I get to meet and to learn about the exciting work and scholarship taking place around the world. I believe the working group activities were well received by participants of TWG 12, and I thank Renaud Chorlay (France) and Katalin Gosztonyi (Hungary) for their leadership during the working group at CERME 10.
Secondly, I wanted to make sure that I reminded you all that the International HPM Group is an affiliated study group of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), which is an official commission of the International Mathematics Union (IMU). The ICMI leadership encourages members of the affiliated study groups to remain informed by subscribing to the ICMI News. You can read more about the ICMI News here: http://www.mathunion.org/index.php (and at the bottom of the page you will find directions for subscribing to the ICMI News).
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the shape of the formal operating structure of the HPM Group. Over the past several months I have been in contact with Advisory Board members and the previous Executive Committee (2012-2016), and after conducting a vote of the Advisory Board members I have established the Executive Committee for the 2016-2020 term and updated the Advisory Board membership. I have also established an Honorary Advisory Board (HAdB), but at the time of this writing I am still waiting to hear back from all of the inaugural invitees. Consequently, I hope to announce the first HAdB in the July newsletter (NL 95).
You will find the updated Advisory Board at the end of this newsletter (pp. 26), and I hope that you will join me in welcoming three new members:
Michael N. Fried (Israel),
Helder Pinto (Portugal), and
Leo Rogers (UK).
The Executive Committee (ExC) for the 2016-2020 term is:
Évelyne Barbin (France), Fulvia Furinghetti (Italy), Uffe Thomas Jankvist (Denmark), Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Denmark), and
Costas Tzanakis (Greece).
I should also state that for the next major HPM-related conference activities (ESU-8, HPM 2020, and ICME-14), there were will be additional ExC members who will serve as liasons to the Group (for example, Bjørn Smestad will serve in this capacity for ESU-8).
As I write this, I realize I have much to learn and to do to serve the HPM Group in the best way possible. One of the reasons I asked the Advisory Board to vote on five members to comprise the Executive Committee was because I felt I needed additional assistance in learning about how best to serve the HPM community. The Advisory Board is also a vital component of informing and guiding the Chair and the HPM Group, and consistent and timely participation is a critical contribution of an Advisory Board member. There are exciting decisions that need to be made in the coming months, related to the smooth running of ESU-8, as well as to begin planning for HPM 2020. I ask for your support in these activities, and welcome your comments and active participation.
Florida State University, USA
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