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Dr. Gloria Ford Gilmer

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President

Math - Tech Inc.
 
Background

Employment History

  • President of the Executive Board
    International Study Group on Ethnomathematics
  • Research Associate
    U.S. Department of Education
  • Mathematician
    U.S. Army

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • M.A. degree , mathematics
    University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. degree
    Morgan State University
  • Ph.D. , curriculum and instruction
    Marquette University
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bxtchplease.tumblr.com, 26 Jan 2013 [cached]
Gloria Ford Gilmer: Why she kicks ass
She was the 1st African American woman to publish a non-Ph.D.-thesis mathematics research paper (1956). She was the first Black female on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America (1980-82). She co founded the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, the Ethnomathematics Organization (1985). She was the first woman to ever deliver a major National Association Of Mathematicians lecture (1992). One of her areas of study is Ethnomathematics; the study of mathematical ideas involved in the cultural practices of a people. Dr. Gilmer along with some other researchers discovered that mathematical patterns are very much entwined in and unique to various cultures. She conducted a study on the mathematics behind the hair braiding techniques of people within the African American community. She wanted to answer the question: "What can the hair braiding enterprise contribute to mathematics education and conversely what can mathematics education contribute to the hair braiding enterprise?", she also looked at the tessellations of braids and weaves on the scalp. You can read about her research in the mathematical patterns in African American hairstyles here. She is a president of Math-Tech Inc. which uses educational research findings to develop effective mathematics programs for women and other minorities. She has been a major influential figure for the advancement of African Americans in the Mathematical Community.
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One of the myths long perpetrated about women in society is that they do not have the capacity for excelling in the field of hard science or mathematics-never mind the examples of a Marie Curie. A modern example of a myth-buster in that area is Gloria Gilmer.
A rare individual who is "familiar with levels of mathematics education from nursery school to the Ph.D. level," Gilmer is the president of the Milwaukee-based Math- Tech, a technical firm that develops programs to effectively teach research findings to women and minorities.
Born in Baltimore, she earned a B.S. degree from Morgan State University and M.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in mathematics. She earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Marquette University.
Gilmer was the first black woman to serve on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association and serve as a research associate for the U.S. Department of education. She also was the first woman to give the National Association of Mathematicians' Cox-Talbot Address.
In 1985, Dr. Gilmer co-founded and served as the first president of the executive board of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics.
Utilizing the term coined by Brazilian mathematician and educator, Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, etnomathematics is the study of the "mathematical practices of identifiable cultural groups."
Gilmer's reputation is worldwide, having served as a member of the U.S. mathematics delegation to the People's Republic of China in 1983; spoken before the Sixth International Congress on Mathematical Education in Budapest, Hungary in 1988, and been part of the mathematics educators' study tour of the former Soviet Union in 1988.
In addition to serving on the mathematics faculties of no less than six historically black colleges or universities, Gilmer also has served the nation as a mathematician working with exterior ballistics with the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Todd Mundt
toddshow.org, 20 Mar 2002 [cached]
Todd is joined by Gloria Gilmer, founder of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics.
"The mathematics itself is in the ...
www.semissourian.com, 15 Jan 2008 [cached]
"The mathematics itself is in the styling," said Gloria Gilmer, an educational consultant who has previously taught math at several colleges."You can't help but look at these hairstyles and see the geometry."
Gilmer, a founding member of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, wasn't as interested in hairstyles as she was in exploring how different cultures integrate math concepts into everyday life.
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"Nobody ever tells you math is natural," Gilmer said.
Gloria Ford Gilmer: Why ...
icandaze.tumblr.com, 23 Jan 2013 [cached]
Gloria Ford Gilmer: Why she kicks ass
She was the 1st African American woman to publish a non-Ph.D.-thesis mathematics research paper (1956). She was the first Black female on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America (1980-82). She co founded the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, the Ethnomathematics Organization (1985). She was the first woman to ever deliver a major National Association Of Mathematicians lecture (1992). One of her areas of study is Ethnomathematics; the study of mathematical ideas involved in the cultural practices of a people. Dr. Gilmer along with some other researchers discovered that mathematical patterns are very much entwined in and unique to various cultures. She conducted a study on the mathematics behind the hair braiding techniques of people within the African American community. She wanted to answer the question: "What can the hair braiding enterprise contribute to mathematics education and conversely what can mathematics education contribute to the hair braiding enterprise?", she also looked at the tessellations of braids and weaves on the scalp. You can read about her research in the mathematical patterns in African American hairstyles here. She is a president of Math-Tech Inc. which uses educational research findings to develop effective mathematics programs for women and other minorities. She has been a major influential figure for the advancement of African Americans in the Mathematical Community. via Quirky Black Girls
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