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Gloria Ford Gilmer

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International Study Group on Ethnomathematics

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www.frostillustrated.com

Gloria Gilmer
Frost Illustrated: Gloria Gilmer Gloria Gilmer Gloria Gilmer 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.


www.eyebeam.org

Dr. Gloria Gilmer, founding president of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, is glad you asked.Link


www.semissourian.com

"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. (Advertisement)"Nobody ever tells you math is natural," Gilmer said.


mathgateway.maa.org [cached]

"You can't help but look at these hairstyles and see the geometry," said Gloria Gilmer, a college teacher and educational consultant in Milwaukee.Gilmer has studied and written about mathematical patterns in African American hairstyles.Gilmer, a founding member of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, investigates hairstyles as a way explore how different cultures integrate mathematical concepts into everyday life."Nobody ever tells you math is natural," Gilmer told the Peoria Journal Star.Gilmer's work is part of ongoing efforts by some math educators who believe students would be more interested in mathematics if they saw how it applies in daily life."Schools should have never segregated math from the arts," Gilmer said.Most hairstylists have no idea how much math they are using, Gilmer said.She sees algebra in the formulas they use to figure out how much false hair they need for weaves and hair extensions.She sees physics in the methods they choose to attach hair weaves.But it is the geometry of the braided designs that is the most obvious mathematical concept on display.Gilmer found that braiders often mimicked shapes and designs found in nature: honeycombs, pineapples, or spirals.


www.brookscole.com [cached]

The International Study Group on Ethnomathematics was founded in 1985 by math educators Gloria Gilmer, Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, and Rick Scott.


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