Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald's home page
Office (828) 262-2363
Department Fax 265-8617
Mailing address Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald, 121 Bodenheimer Drive,
Department of Mathematics,
326 Walker Hall,
Appalachian State University,
Boone, NC 28608
I am a professor in the
Mathematics, Interim Director of
and Sexuality Studies for Spring 2018, and Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Lecturer for 2017-2018.
Appalachian State University is in
the northwestern mountains of
North Carolina. A winner of a 2005
Award for distinguished teaching, the 2010
Appalachian State University
Wayne D. Duncan Award for
Excellence in Teaching in General Education,
the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences
Teacher of the Year, and a 2018 Association for Women in Mathematics Service Award, in 2010 I
was also inducted into the
Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Teachers. I
co-edited the 3-volume
of Mathematics & Society, which was named a
"Best Reference 2011" by Library Journal.
I received my Ph.D. from the
Department of Mathematics at the
University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia, and my B.S. in math from the
Department of Mathematics
at Union College
in Schenectady, NY. I was born in Charlotte, NC, but grew up in Buffalo, NY. For more information, see
my academic cv and
recent talks and a short biography.
1120105: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4040: Senior Capstone on Gender and Mathematics
4140: Differential Geometry
4141: Differential Geometry Capstone
5500: Independent Study in Differential Geometry
5600: Directed Research: Motivation and Standards-Based Engagement
5600: Directed Research: Classification Systems
For students, the best way to contact me is
or as an ASULearn Forum Message
Previous courses (and student research).
Bender's Big Score: Greenwaldian Theorem
Bite My Shiny Metal X (DVD
Since 2011, I have been associate editor of the
for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
which is published 6 times per year.
I am creating a table of
contents and searchable database and
Alice Silverberg and I co-edit the media column.
Popular Culture in
Teaching, Scholarship, and Outreach: The Simpsons and Futurama in
Mathematics Education: A Spectrum of Work in Mathematical Sciences
Departments (eds. Jacqueline Dewar, Pao-sheng Hsu, and Harriet Pollatsek).
Springer's Association for Women in Mathematics Series. Vol. 7, 2017.
Association for Women in Mathematics:
How and Why It Was Founded, and Why It's Still Needed in the 21st Century, with Anne M. Leggett and Jill E. Thomley,
The Mathematical Intelligencer September 2015, 37(3), pp. 11-21.
Women in Mathematics Badge for Girl
Committee on the Undergraduate
Program in Mathematics (CUPM)
geometry study group report, with Gerard Venema, William Barker and Frank
Mathematical Achievements of Women and Minority Mathematicians into
Classrooms, in "From Calculus to Computers: Using the Last 200 Years of Mathematics History in the Classroom" (eds. Richard Jardine and Amy
Shell-Gellasch), MAA Notes, Volume 68, 2005, pp. 183-200.
project assignment, references for students,
and Mon Feb 18- Mon Feb 25 for
the mathematics discussed after each student presentation.
NCCTM Centroid Columns
on Women and Minorities in Mathematics -
Incorporating Their Mathematical Achievements Into School Classrooms
Futurama πk - Mathematics in the
Year 3000, with
Tom Georgoulias, and Marc Wichterich,
Math Horizons, Vol 11, Num 4, April 2004, pp. 12-15.
PRIMUS Special Section on
Popular Culture in the Mathematics Classroom, guest editor with Andrew
Nestler, Vol XIV,
Num 1, March 2004, pp. 1-39.
Taking Full Advantage of Sketchpad 4 - Why You Can't Live Without It,
with Brian Felkel,
ICTCM Proceedings, November 2003, pp. 85-89.
Sketchpad 4 Classroom Activities and
Coffee Cooling on A
TI-CBL Unit and in Maple, with Bill Bauldry,
ICTCM Proceedings, November 2001, pp. 151-154.
Related Web Resources.
Use of Letter Writing Projects in Teaching Geometry, PRIMUS,
Vol X, Num 1, March, 2000, pp. 1-14.
Scholarship in Geometry, Mathematics and Society, and the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
PRIMUS Special Issue
Judy Holdener and I are currently
co-editing a special issue of PRIMUS on
the creation and implementation of effective homework assignments.
Women in Mathematics:
Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America
Janet Beery, Jackie Jensen-Vallin, Maura Mast and I co-edited
Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America, which was published by Springer in 2018.
Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society
Jill Thomley and I co-edited the
of Mathematics & Society, which was published
by Salem Press in 2011 and
named a "Best Reference 2011" by Library Journal in 2012.
Research in Riemannian Geometry
Rubik's Cube games on spheres - my research description aimed at
undergraduate math majors.
Diameters of Spherical
Alexandrov Spaces and Constant Curvature One Orbifolds,
Indiana University Mathematics Journal,
49(4), Winter 2000, pp. 1449-1479.
Expansion of the Heat Kernel for Orbifolds, with
Emily Dryden, Carolyn Gordon and David Webb,
Michigan Mathematical Journal, 56(1), July 2008, pp. 205-238.
"Asymptotic expansion of the heat kernel for orbifolds" with Emily Dryden, Carolyn Gordon and David Webb, Michigan,
Math. J. 66(1), 2017, pp. 221-222.
||Diameters of 3-Sphere
Bill Dunbar, Jill McGowan and Catherine Searle,
Differential Geometry and its Applications, 27(2), March 2009, pp. 307-319.
Select Publications in Mathematics Education,
Popular Culture as it Pertains to Mathematics, and Women and Minorities in
Select Talks and Workshops
Recent Abstracts and a Short Biography
Good News, Everyone! Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and
Various Locations, and
Media Coverage and Articles
Geometry of the Earth and Universe Labs:
From the Classroom to Current Research,
Creative Visualization Labs,
session of talks organized with Cathy Gorini and Mary Platt,
Joint Mathematics Meeting, Baltimore, MD, January 18, 2003.
What is a Mathematician? Math is Not Only a Young Man's
Women in Math: Combining the Disciplines of Mathematics, Women's
Studies and History, MathFest 2000.
Rubik's Cube Games on Spheres: Geometry of Orbifolds
My mathematical ancestors
The Mathematics Genealogy Project
In my spare time I like to travel, hike and conduct genealogy research (I also enjoy popular culture, as you can probably tell from some of my scholarly interests). In addition to my own personal genealogy, I like to give back to the broader community and it is based on this that I
am a faculty affiliate of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Peace Studies.
I am the project coordinator of the
Bialobrzegi ShtetLink and the
Book of Remembrance of the Community of Bialobrzeg
JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy.
These projects strive to research and preserve information
about small Jewish communities
that were destroyed in World War II. My
great-grandmother lived here (it was the Russian empire back then!)
in the late 1800s.
Some of what I really like about mathematics is also what I enjoy about
genealogy - the sense of exploration, discovery and aha moments that come
with lots of patience and effort.
I am married to
Landsberg. We both happen to be on IMDb:
My Erdos Bacon number
is 6-7 or infinity, depending on what/how you count.
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