Since the fall of 2018, the STEM Center has been hosting Brown Bag lunch talks from a variety of noted scholars in STEM Education. The fall 2019 series wrapped up on December 4th with Kate Melhuish, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics from Texas State University. In the presentation, Dr. Melhuish provided an overview of the work done by the Math Habits Tool (MHT) research group including how the MHT tool is used to capture important types of student mathematical discourse and how that data is used to provide a unique exploration of the interactions between teachers and students. Other speakers in the series were Yeping Li from Texas A&M University and Katharine Tillman from UT's own Department of Psychology.
The STEM Center is planning to announce a new series of speakers for the spring semester and invites interested students, faculty, and staff to attend these Brown Bag lunch talks. Sharing research and encouraging new collaborations between scholars is a fundamental method of promoting improvements in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.