Academics

Janet Beery

Professor, Math/Compt Science

Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 1989; A.M., Mathematics, Dartmouth, 1985; B.A., Mathematics and English Literature, University of Puget Sound, 1983.

Office: Math & Computer Science , Appleton Hall #203

Phone: 909/748-8620 Campus Ext. 8620

E-mail: janet_beery@redlands.edu

Portrait

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics history, especially early modern European mathematics history and especially the mathematics of Thomas Harriot (1560-1621)
  • Teaching general education mathematics history courses and teaching mathematics history courses for mathematics majors and minors
  • Using mathematics history in the teaching of mathematics.
  • Interactive teaching methods in undergraduate mathematics, and especially in calculus, linear algebra and discrete mathematics courses

Professional Background Highlights

Janet Beery is professor of mathematics at the University of Redlands, where she has taught since 1989, the same year she earned the Ph.D. in group theory from Dartmouth College. She has taught nearly every mathematics course offered at her university, including Mathematics Through Its History, a popular interdisciplinary course she created and co-teaches with 2–6 mathematics majors per offering. Dr. Beery writes and speaks widely on the history of mathematics and especially on the mathematics of Thomas Harriot (1560-1621). She is editor of the MAA online journal, Convergence, on mathematics history and its use in teaching, and was secretary-treasurer of the MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group (HOM SIGMAA) from 2005 to 2009. From 2002 to 2008, she served on the College Board AP Calculus Examination Development Committee. From 2006 to 2008, she also was College Board Advisor for AP Calculus, developing instructional materials for AP Calculus teachers, among other duties.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Finite mathematics
  • Calculus sequence (including First Year Seminars)
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Graph theory
  • Linear algebra
  • Probability theory
  • Number theory
  • History of mathematics
  • Real analysis
  • Point set topology
  • Abstract algebra
  • Senior research seminar
  • Directed studies in related fields

Like most of her colleagues in the mathematics program, Dr. Beery has taught nearly every mathematics course offered at the University of Redlands and regularly advises student research projects. For ten years, she has offered with mathematics major co-teachers, Mathematics Through Its History, a hands-on, interdisciplinary general education course. She plans to teach a mathematics and theater course with theater professor Victoria Lewis in May of 2011, and is interested in connections between mathematics and art.

Degrees Held

Dr. Beery earned a bachelors degree with majors in mathematics and English literature from the University of Puget Sound in 1983 and the A.M. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1985 and 1989, respectively.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Fellow (Instructor), Dartmouth College, 1987-89, 1985-86
  • Instructor, University of Puget Sound, 1986-87
  • Teaching Fellow (Teaching Assistant), Dartmouth College, 1983-85

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Meritorious Service Award, 2010
  • Editor, Loci: Convergence, and Associate Editor, Loci, online journal of Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL), 2009–present
  • University of Redlands Innovative Teaching Award, 2008
  • MAA Committee on Sections, 2009 – present
  • MAA Centennial Committee, Subcommittee on History of MAA, 2009 – present
  • MAA Beckenbach Book Prize Committee, 2005-2009 (Chair, 2007-09)
  • Advanced Placement Calculus Examination Development Committee, College Board, 2002-2008
  • College Board Advisor, Advanced Placement Calculus, 2006–2008 (included AP Calculus Professional Development Liaison, AP Central Content Advisor for Calculus, AP Calculus Course Audit Liaison, and other duties. Publications edited include Special Focus: Approximation in Calculus, Special Focus: Infinite Series, 8 AP Calculus Curriculum Modules, and 8 additional articles for the AP Central website.)
  • Secretary-Treasurer, MAA History of Mathematics Special Interest Group, 2005-2009
  • Newsletter Editor, MAA Southern California and Nevada Section, 2003-present
  • Student Chapters Coordinator, MAA Southern California Section, 1998-2003
  • Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum Guidelines Writing Team, MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM), 2001-02 (published by MAA as Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004)
  • Writing Team Leader, Historical Modules Project, MAA and National Science Foundation (NSF), 1999-2002 (published by MAA as Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, 2005)
  • University of Redlands Faculty Research Grants, 2001-2009 (and 1990)
  • University of Redlands Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999
  • University of Redlands Innovative Teaching Award, with Mathematics Department, 1998
  • University of Redlands Hewlett Foundation Grants, 1996-2001
  • Co-Project Director, with M. Scherer, R. Cornez, A. Koonce, and D. Winter, Classroom Computer Laboratory for Upper Division Mathematics Classes, National Science Foundation (NSF) Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, July, 1995 - June, 1997
  • Project Director, Calculus and Linear Algebra Classroom Computer Laboratories, NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, May, 1993 - October, 1995

Publications

Books:

"Thomas Harriot’s Doctrine of Triangular Numbers: the ‘Magisteria Magna’," with J. Stedall, European Mathematical Society, 2009

"Lengths, Areas, and Volumes, with C. Dolezal, A. Sauk, and L. Shuey, in Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics" (11-volume set on CD), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), 2005

"Negative Numbers," with G. Cochell, C. Dolezal, A. Sauk, and L. Shuey, in "Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics" (11-volume set on CD), MAA, 2005

Articles:

Formulating Figurate Numbers, "BSHM Bulletin: Journal of British Society for History of Mathematics," July, 2009

Sums of Powers of Positive Integers, "Convergence" (online journal of Mathematical Association of America Mathematical Sciences Digital Library), 2009

Review of "Thomas Harriot’s Artis Analyticae Praxis by Muriel Seltman and Robert Goulding," "BSHM Bulletin: Journal of British Society for History of Mathematics," March, 2009

‘Ad Calculum Sinuum’: Thomas Harriot’s Sine Table Interpolation Formulas, "Proceedings of Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics" (2008), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2009

Navigating Between Triangular Numbers and Trigonometric Tables: How Thomas Harriot Developed His Interpolation Formulas, "Proceedings of Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics" (2007), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 2008

Institute in the History of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching: Ten Years After,
- FOCUS: "Newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America," November, 2006;
- "International Study Group on Relations Between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics Newsletter," July, 2006;
- as IHMT 10-Year Anniversary, "Bulletin of Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathemastics," November, 2006;
- as Institute in the History of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching Marks 10th Anniversary, "Mathematical Association of America History of Mathematics Special Interest Group Newsletter," June, 2006

Reviews of A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685 and The Greate Invention of Algebra: Thomas Harriot’s Treatise on Equations by Jacqueline A. Stedall, Historia Mathematica, May, 2006

Calculus Exploration: Concavity and the Second Derivative, in "Instructor’s Manual for Calculus: Single and Multivariable" by Calculus Consortium at Harvard, Wiley, 2005

Thomas Harriot’s Treatise on Figurate Numbers, Finite Differences, and Interpolation Formulas, in "Proceedings of Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics" (2004), Cambridge University, UK, 2005

Thomas Harriot’s Communication of Mathematics via Symbols, Tables, and Page Layout, in "History and Pedagogy of Mathematics" (HPM) 2004 Proceedings, International Study Group on Relations Between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2004

Pollution Police, or How to Determine Spectroscopic Selection Rules, with J. Selco, "Journal of Chemical Education," February, 2004

Saving a Drug Poisoning Victim: A Kinetics Simulation, with J. Selco, "Journal of Chemical Education," May, 2002

Interdisciplinary Lively Application Project: Pollution Police, with J. Selco, in "Tools for Teaching: Modules 2000-2001", Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP)

Interdisciplinary Lively Application Project: Saving a Drug Poisoning Victim, with J. Selco, in "Tools for Teaching: Modules 2000-2001," COMAP

Presentations

Navigating Between Triangular Numbers and Trigonometric Tables: How Thomas Harriot Developed His Interpolation Formulas, MAA Annual Summer Meeting (MathFest), Madison, Wisconsin, August, 2008; and Joint Conference of British Society for History of Mathematics and Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, July, 2007

Thomas Harriot’s Pythagorean Triples: Could He List Them All?, MAA Annual Summer Meeting (MathFest), Madison, Wisconsin, August, 2008 (article with same title to appear in the book "Mathematical Time Capsules," MAA, 2010)

Formulating Figurate Numbers, Quadrennial Meeting of International Study Group on Relations Between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM), Mexico City, July, 2008

Mathematical Puzzles and Games, American Association of University Women (AAUW) 8th Grade Girls Mathematics and Science Day, University of Redlands, with E. Doolittle, February, 2008; March, 2007; February, 2006; January, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Mathematical Association of America (Special Interest Groups: History of Mathematics, Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics)
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • British Society for the History of Mathematics
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • American Mathematical Society, 1988-2001
  • Reader (of rare books and manuscripts) at Huntington Library, British Library, etc.

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