Camille Palmer developed her technical skills from the first day of basic sewing class
at Stephens. A six-week summer internship at Jerell, a Dallas-based manufacturer
of apparel, opened her eyes to the possibility of making technical design her
This provocative question has become
the standard opening gambit in my math teaching. Students’ responses
include: climate change, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, Asian flu, energy dependence,
over population, animal extinctions and pollution. I go on to explain
that a major goal of our math course will be to see how mathematics
can be used to address these important societal issues. All to often,
mathematics courses focus exclusively on the mathematical content
without making linkages to such larger issues.
In 1998, voters in a focus group were asked to close their eyes and imagine what a governor should look like. "They automatically pictured a man," says Barbara Lee, whose foundation promoting women's political advancement sponsored the survey. "The kind you see in those portraits hanging in statehouse hallways."