Featured Speakers

We are pleased to present our 2018 featured speakers


Steve Leinwand, Principal Research Analyst, AIR

"Moving from Good to Great:  Glimpses of Research-affirmed, Amazingly Effective Mathematics Teaching"

This fast-paced, example-laden presentation will explore a set of specific mathematics classroom teaching practices that appear to significantly enhance the quality and quantity of student learning.  We’ll look at these practices from the perspective of reflecting of what we already do, what we used to do and stopped doing, and what we don’t do for a range of valid and invalid reasons.




Paul Nahin, Professor Emeritus, University of New Hampshire

"How Euler Became a Math Superstar (and How You Can Become One Too!)" 






Thomas Dick, Professor of Mathematics, Oregon State University

"Believe it or Nought - Strange Tales from the History of Mathematics" (Presented in persona as Georg Horatio (GH) Ossaphat from Theopholus Punnaval Institute)

Through my historical studies I have uncovered a number of surprising unknown anecdotes regarding mathematical figures through history that are quite enlightening and revelatory - from Archimedes to Zeno and several in between, at least alphabetically.  Amazingly, there will even be discussion of some mathematics itself.






 Roderick Russell, Mentalist 

 "Magic and Merriment" 

 One of only 50 living sword swallowers in the entire world, Roderick Russell has been described as strangely sophisticated,  successfully blending suggestion and psychology with his own personal mind-over-body techniques to present a show that  bravely pushes the limits of the possible - both physically and mentally. Presenting the most dangerous and bizarre feats with  wit, charm and style, Roderick also deftly navigates deep into the minds of the audience to create the most personal and  profound type of theater experience. Call him a sword swallower. Call him a mentalist.