News and events

  • Colloquium Talk: Vitali Vougalter

    Department of Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium Talk

    Vitali Vougalter

    University of Toronto

    Department of Mathematics


    Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    15:00 – 16:00



    On the well-posedness of the magnetic, semi-relativistic Schrodinger-Poisson system



    We prove global existence and uniqueness of strong solutions for the Schrodinger-Poisson system in the repulsive Coulumb case with relativistic, magnetic kinetic energy

  • Congratulations to Professor Xioajian Xu and Professor Chantal Buteau

    We congratulate Professor Xu and Professor Buteau who were both recently promoted to Full Professor.

  • Our Prospective Math Teachers Integrating Programming in Niagara School Classrooms

    As part of a new experiential learning component to MATH 3P41, the MICA III course for future math teachers taught by Professor Chantal Buteau, students paired with Niagara Catholic District School Board teachers in order to develop and implement programming-based math activities in the classroom.

    The collaborative initiative with Niagara Catholic falls under, and is partially funded by, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Knowledge Network, for which Buteau is a Brock representative.

    For the full article in Brock news:

  • Condolences to the family of Darrell Short

    It is with profound sadness that the Department of Mathematics and Statistics wishes to let our students, former students and other members of the Brock community know that Darrell Short passed away on Tuesday April 17th at the age of 61. Darrell has been with us for over 37 years as a Teaching Assistant, helping and inspiring countless students in a multitude of courses. His contributions to the Department were immeasurable, touching the lives of students, faculty and staff members alike.

    The Department would like to extend its condolences to Darrell’s family. He will very much be missed by all of us. It simply won’t be the same place now that he has passed.

    Darrell’s obituary is available via this link.

  • OAME Golden Section Spring Conference

    Golden Section of OAME, Brock University’s Faculty of Mathematics
    and Science, Faculty of Education, and Department of Mathematics


    The OAME Golden Section Spring Conference

    Ahead by a Century . . . Strategies for Keeping You on the Cutting Edge

    Thursday April 19, 2018

    Session A: 4:00pm – 5:15pm

    A1: Teaching Mathematics Through Inquiry/Project Based Learning
    Presenter: Gillian Berard & Mary Vetere, NCDSB

    A2: The Great Escape!
    Presenter: Laura Cronshaw & Jaime Rootes, NCDSB

    A3: How Problem Solving Supports Differentiated Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom
    Presenter: Melissa Wigglesworth & Kim Cruise, NCDSB

    A3.14: Special Education Through the Lens of the Renewed Mathematics Strategy
    Presenter: Anthony DiToro, NCDSB

    A4: Creating a Thinking Classroom . . . One Step at a Time
    Presenters: Tricia Brenneman, Elizabeth Pattison, DSBN

    A5: Ideas for MAT 1LK and MAT 2LK
    Presenter: Pamela Chun, DSBN

    A6: A Fresh Look at Diagnostic Assessments (Grade 9)
    Presenter: Jeff Martin, NCDSB

    A7: I Want to Learn Geogebra . . . Help!!!
    Presenter: Angelo Lillo, DSBN

    Session B: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

    B1: Mathematics Through a Leadership Lens
    Presenter: Chris Moscato, NCDSB

    B2: Fractions in Pieces
    Presenters: Susan Ume, NCDSB

    B3: Growth Mindset in the Primary Mathematics Classroom
    Presenters: Luana Kent, NCDSB

    B4: Creating a Thinking Classroom . . . One Step at a Time
    Presenters: Tricia Brenneman & Elizabeth Pattison , DSBN

    B5: Strands? Expectations? Categories? How Do I Record Marks When I Spiral With Activities?
    Presenters: Alison Pridham & Deanna Ward , DSBN

    B6: Breaking Away from a Workbook in MEL3E/4E
    Presenter: Danielle Grebenc, DSBN

    B7: MCF3M – The Middle Child
    Presenter: Jennifer Corbett, DSBN

    Registration Information

    All registration will be done electronically at

    Sign in, click on Choose Conference, then click on Online Registration for Golden Mini-Conference 2018.
    If you have questions regarding registration, please e-mail:
    Other questions can be directed to: or

    For more information, click for the full poster

  • Brock-NCDSB Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom

    Brock-NCDSB Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom

    April 20, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

    Brock University room TH 253

    We are happy to invite you to attend the Brock-NCDSB Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom event at education which our MATH 3P41 future mathematics teachers will briefly present the programming-based mathematics tasks developed in collaboration with NCDSB teachers.

    This new collaborative initiative falls under the Ontario Ministry of Education-funded Mathematics Knowledge Network (, more particularly as part of the Computational Thinking group ( For Brock University, it is an experiential learning component newly integrated to one of its course offering (i.e. MATH 3P41).

    KEYNOTE by Dr George Gadanidis (UWO)

    Co-Director of Mathematics Knowledge Network and a Canadian leader in the area of computational
    thinking in school mathematics education.


  • Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock: Dr. Anjali Khirwadkar

    Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock

    Season 2017- 2018

    Elementary School Mathematics Education in India:
    Implications for Teacher Training programs for
    Mathematics Teachers

    April 2 @ 10:00 in TA403

    Dr. Anjali Khirwadkar
    Faculty of Education (Brock University)


    Abstract: Education in India is undergoing a change as per the global demands and expectations
    from the future citizens. There are efforts to bring in quality in teaching Science, Mathematics in
    the country by harnessing the advantages of the technology. More recently, two prominent policies
    of the Indian government—the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2001 and the Right to Education
    (RTE) Act, 2009 have seen education priorities rise amongst the countrymen. It is essential that
    children right in the primary and elementary stage develop interest in learning mathematics. It is
    the teacher who can bring change in inclination towards learning mathematics. This paper
    highlights some key factors to be considered in teacher preparation program in the country
    especially for training mathematics teachers.


    For information, contact: Chantal Buteau: or Joyce Mgombelo:

  • Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock: Dr. Joyce Mgombelo

    Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock

    Season 2017- 2018

    Collective Learning: Re-thinking the Environment, Artifacts and
    Classroom Interactions

    March 19 @ 10:00 in TA403

    Dr. Joyce Mgombelo
    Faculty of Education, Brock University

    Dr. Joyce Mgombelo is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Brock University. Her
    research program focuses on: mathematics cognition; identity; and ethics- based on principles of
    human cognition. This work is developed from the theoretical perspectives of enactivism, complexity
    science and psychoanalysis. Mgombelo’s most recent work includes the SSHRC funded collaborative
    research projects, “Educating for the 21st Century: post-secondary students learning ‘progmatics’
    (computer programming for mathematical investigation, simulation, and real-world modeling)” and
    “Advancing research methodology in mathematics education for collective learning systems” as well
    as the Canada Global Affairs collaborative development project, “Capacity Development for
    mathematics teaching in rural and remote communities in Tanzania”

    Abstract: Over the past two decades, a group of Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group
    (CMESG) members have been working on understanding the ways in which mathematics learning
    occurs in classrooms viewed as collective systems. That is, how mathematics classrooms can be seen
    as complex systems in which agents spontaneously interact and adapt to each other, organizing and
    sustaining learning processes in a collaborative way. In this presentation I will offer a discussion about
    how artifacts such as classroom boards play a vital role in the coordination of behaviours or actions in
    a mathematics classroom viewed as a complex system. The source of inspiration for this discussion
    comes from studies in cognitive stigmergy which have led to a better understanding of how (human)
    agents in a complex system communicate indirectly through their environment which is articulated,
    and is typically composed of artifacts, which build up the social workspace, or field of work.

    All undergraduate(including teacher candidates) students, graduate students , and faculty, from Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education are welcome!


    For information, contact: Chantal Buteau: or Joyce Mgombelo:

  • Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock: Dr. Mina Sedaghatjou

    Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock

    Season 2017- 2018

    Finger Counting in the Era of Touchscreen-Based Technology

    12 February @ 10:00 in TA403

    Dr. Mina Sedaghatjou
    Faculty of Education, Brock University

    Mina is serving as an assistant professor (ILTA) in faculty of education at Brock University.
    Mina’s research reflects broad interests in the areas of mathematics and STEM education, and use
    of technology in teaching and learning augmented by the role of collaborative and sensory
    engagements. Mina is also serving as a research associate in STEM education and computational
    thinking in the Faculty of Education at Western University.

    Abstract: In this presentation, I will describe how the use of touchscreen-based technology can enable young children’s sensory engagement in learning mathematics through introducing a novel iPad application called TouchCounts. TouchCounts connects touchscreen-based technology with finger-counting and encourages the child to use their fingers to summon objects (numbers) and associate specific gestures to numerical operations. Drawing upon Nemirovsky’s perceptuomotor integration theoretical lens and other foundational aspects of Husserlian phenomenology, the study reports on a preschool child named Alex developing mathematical tool fluency and expertise. Overall, this case study demonstrates that one-on-one multimodal touch, sight and auditory feedback via a touchscreen device can serve to assist in a child’s development of number sense.

    All undergraduate(including teacher candidates) students, graduate students , and faculty, from Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education are welcome!


    For information, contact: Chantal Buteau: or Joyce Mgombelo:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Henryk Fuks and Dr. Mei-Ling Huang

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics wishes to congratulate Dr. Mei-Ling Huang and Dr. Henryk Fuks. At the 2017-2018 Faculty of Mathematics and Science awards, Dr. Huang received the Dean’s Distinguished  Scholar Award. Dr. Fuks was awarded the Distinguished Research Award for Faculty. Congratulations to them both!

    For more details, please see the story in the Brock News.