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2019 Featured Speakers

Maria Hernandez

“Opening Doors: Improving the Shared Practice of Our Profession”

Maria Hernández teaches mathematics at The NC School of Science and Mathematics. She has taught a variety of courses ranging from Algebra to Modeling with Differential Equations and Complex Systems.  Maria provides professional development for teachers in local, national and international arenas and serves as an NCTM representative to the NCTM/SIAM Joint Committee on Modeling Across the Curriculum. She also serves on The US National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and has served as a member of the Park City Math Institute’s International Congress and the organizing committee for the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Conference.

In 2009, Maria received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and in 2013, The UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Maria hopes to support underrepresented students in gaining access to quality STEM education through her work with Teachers2Teachers Global, The NC Hispanic Education Summit and The Women and Mathematics Math Mentoring Program. Her work is focused on using mathematical modeling, discovery-based activities, and technology to engage students as active learners and creative problem-solvers.

Helen Moore

"Using Mathematics to Predict Which Cancer Patients Will Respond to Immunotherapy"

Dr. Helen Moore graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in mathematics in 1995 from Stony Brook University. Her original work in differential geometry focused on shapes that minimize volume under certain constraints. Over a period of 11 years in academia, she won two teaching awards and received a National Science Foundation grant for her research. While at Stanford University, she began collaborating with faculty in the medical school, and shifted her use of optimization techniques to apply them to therapies for cancer, HIV, and hepatitis C.

In 2006, Dr. Moore entered the biopharma industry. She first worked at Genentech, and then Pharsight/Certara in California. Dr. Moore moved to the east coast in 2014 to work for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ, and moved near Boston, MA in 2018 to work for AstraZeneca. Dr. Moore was recently selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, with over 14,000 members), with the following citation: “For impactful industrial application of mathematical modeling in oncology, immunology, and virology. For mentoring, teaching, and leadership.”

Kyndall Brown

“Teaching Mathematics for Access, Equity, and Social Justice”

Kyndall Brown has  30 years of experience in mathematics education. He was a secondary mathematics teacher in LAUSD for 13 years, teaching at both the middle and high school levels. He has been a professional development provider for over 20 years, serving as a mathematics resource teacher for the Los Angeles Systemic Initiative in LAUSD, and as mathematics teacher consultant for and director of the UCLA Mathematics Project (UCLAMP). He is currently the Executive Director of the California Mathematics Project, a statewide network of professional development organizations.

Kyndall Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC Irvine, masters degrees in computer-based education and mathematics education from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D.  from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He also has a single subject credential to teach mathematics in the state of California.

Kyndall Brown regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences on various topics related to mathematics education. He writes articles for mathematics education publications. His research interest is the impact of culture and identity on the ways that African-American adolescents learn mathematics.