Gloria Ford Gilmer

President at International Study Group on Ethnomathematics

International Study Group on Ethnomathematics
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Last Updated 9/15/2008

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B.S. degree  - Morgan State University

M.A. degree  - mathematics , University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D.  - curriculum and instruction , Marquette University


Board of Governors  - Mathematical Association of America

Board of Governors  - The Mathematical Association

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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.

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

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"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.

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