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Lynn Arthur Steen

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Professor of Mathematics

The Long Island Consortium for Interconnected Learning
199 Chambers Street
New York, New York 10007
United States

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Background

Employment History

Education

  • several honorary degree
  • PhD , mathematics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD Degree , mathematics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The Long Island Consortium for Interconnected Learning
www.licil.org, 25 May 2014 [cached]
Lynn Steen, Professor of Mathematics, St. Olaf College and retiring Executive Director of the NRC's Mathematical Sciences Education Board;
MAA Presidents: Lynn Arthur Steen
math.maa.org, 14 Aug 2012 [cached]
Lynn Arthur Steen, 41st MAA President
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Lynn Arthur Steen
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Lynn Arthur Steen, 1985-1986 MAA President
Lynn Arthur Steen, a former mathematics professor at St. Olaf College, is known for his leadership and service in the mathematics community, contributions to mathematics education, and expository writing.
Presidency: 1985-1986
As president of the MAA, Steen wrote a column titled "from the President's desk . . ." in several issues of the MAA's news magazine, MAA FOCUS. These columns capture his vision for the MAA's future and his involvement with issues of mathematics education and mathematics policy.
Steen emphasized MAA efforts to promote the visibility of mathematics outside the mathematics community, often involving the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Congress. The first National Mathematics Awareness Week was held April 14-20, 1986, due in large part to the MAA's efforts in promoting public understanding of mathematics. Near the end of Steen's term, the NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences established the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which has since grown to include more than five dozen mathematics REU sites throughout the country.
Education and Career
Steen earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics, with a minor in philosophy, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1961. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and subsequently joined the faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Before his 30-year tenure as a full professor began in 1975, Steen was already noted for his mathematical writing.
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Steen won the Lester R. Ford Award for outstanding expository papers twice, for "Highlights in the History of Spectral Theory" (1973) and "Conjectures and Counterexamples in Metrization Theory" (1972).
He served as editor of the MAA's Mathematics Magazine with Seebach from 1976 to 1980 and has held numerous other editorial positions and leadership positions. Steen earned the MAA's prestigious Gung and Hu Distinguished Service to Mathematics Award in 1992.
In recent years, Steen's professional interests have centered on quantitative literacy and both secondary and postsecondary mathematics education. He has published extensively on these topics.
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MAA Officers Records, Lynn Arthur Steen, President at the Archives of American Mathematics
David Bressoud's Launchings from the CUPM Curriculum Guide
www.maa.org, 1 June 2005 [cached]
[7] Steen, Lynn Arthur, editor, Math & Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines , Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC, 2005. www.maa.org/mtc/projectreport.html
StatLit Papers
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Opinion article by Doug Smith in the LA Times (1/31/2010) with comments by Steen and Schield.
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Lynn Steen (Past President of Mathematics Association of America)
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Evolution of Numeracy and the National Numeracy Network by Bernard L. Madison and Lynn Arthur Steen, Numeracy, Vol.
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Reflections on Quantitative Literacy by Lynn Steen July, 2001 Reflections on Quantitative Literacy (Getting To Work) by Bernie Madison MAA 7/2001
2011 – Carnegie Commons
commons.carnegiefoundation.org, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
In advance of his visit, Madison directed us to reading material that included an article written with Lynn Arthur Steen of St. Olaf College, Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of Mathematics and Democracy, published by the electronic journal of the National Numeracy Network, Numeracy: Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy.
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In the introduction, Steen explains that when the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation- sponsored report, Mathematics and Democracy (M&D), was released in 2001, it became clear that "numeracy mattered for citizenship as much as for science; that effective strategies for analyzing problems were very similar across different contextual domains, and that civic rationale for quantitative literacy was both more urgent and more compelling than scientific ones.
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In 1997, quantitative literacy was defined as "five different dimensions of numeracy: practical, for immediate use in the routine tasks of life; civic, to understand major public policy issues; professional, to provide skills necessary for employment; recreational, to appreciate and understand games, sports, and lotteries; and cultural, as part of the tapestry of civilization."(Steen, L.A., (1997).
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Mathematics and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy, prepared by The National Council on Education and the Disciplines, Editor: Lynn Steen, 2001 "Why Numeracy Matters? formal papers of the National Forum on QL, December, 2001 (published proceedings of the National Forum: Achieving QL: Urgent Challenge for Higher Education (2004)) Steen summary of the National Forum on QL, December, 2001 (MAA Focus) Calculation vs. Context: Quantitative Literacy and Its Implications for Teacher Education, Editor: Bernard Madison and Lynn Arthur Steen, published and distributed by the Mathematical Association of America, (2008)
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