This "Introduction to Mathematics Profession" class is
M. Peszynska, with participation by other Mathematics Graduate
Faculty, and guests.
Students who complete this class will have satisfied the Ethics
component of graduate study required by Graduate School.
Class content: We will dicuss the ethics of the
profession and more generally "responsible conduct of research", and
how this is applied in our field of mathematics. There will be also
meetings with Dr Swisher and Dr Beisiegel to discuss teaching issues.
We will also discuss career options for mathematicians, developing
skills and techniques to identify/ apply/ compete for/ and suceed in
(i) academia, (ii) government, (iii) industry, and other careers. We
will touch upon mathematical writing and presentations, and techniques
for research using library and online tools.
As we continue towards Spring, we will talk about how to choose an
major professor/adviser who would guide you through the rest of your
graduate study. There will be a few visits from Mathematics Graduate
Faculty and other professionals who would present research and career
opportunities in their area. We will ALSO include visits of Mathematics
Meetings: We will meet on Wednesdays noon
in STAG 112.
Grading is on S/U basis.
Attendance in all but one class
meetings is required for an S grade. In extenuating circumstances (when
more absences are inevitable), please contact the Instructor.
The class will be run as a "flipped" classroom: reading of some
materials will be assigned, and students are expected to come to the class
meetings prepared for discussion.
The materials and HW will be posted/sent by email, and HW will be
usually due weekly by Friday afternoon. It is the student's
responsibility to read the materials ahead of the meeting.
Active participation in discussions and class activities is
required. This will include answering to polls, emails, and similar,
as dictated by class schedule.
Special arrangements for students with disabilities: please contact the instructor and Services for Students with
Disabilities prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss
accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for
accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS
should contact DAS immediately at 737-4098.
Course drop/add information is at
Student Conduct: All students are expected to obey to OSU's student
conduct regulations, see
OSU's Statement of Expectations for Student Conduct
at this link
and specifically the information about Academic or Scholarly
Dishonesty beginning on p.2. In particular, please consult the
definitions of (A) CHEATING, (C) ASSISTING, and (E) PLAGIARISM, as
well as recommended handling.
Topic: Ethics in Mathematics, Part 1. Read
Ethics Guidelines, and Chapter 13 from O'Leary's book. We will
discuss part IV later.
Discussion: contemporary issue in which you think
mathematics/mathematicians are involved and in which ethical questions
HW Assignmentdue Fri 1/19/18 by 5:00pm. (a) Give an
example of ethics violation for parts I, II, III. (b) Describe your
own (or someone else's) experience in which you feel the guidelines
were not followed, or would not apply.
Topic:What does doing research (in mathematics) mean? Is
(most of) research (in mathematics) innovative or incremental?
Discussion: based on
See also http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/learning/drivers-of-research
HW Assignmentdue Fri 1/26/18 by 5:00pm. Which core
class would you take the further your understanding of at least three
of Millenium problems. See, e.g., the fields described in
Are the Millenium problems the most important in mathematics research?