20202022 Activity Report for Philip B. Yasskin
Research
Publications and writings
Below, author names of students and postdocs I
(co)supervised are marked with an asterisk*.
Papers Published

"Can we Observe the Torsion of the Connection in the Geometry of the Universe?",
in The Sounds of Science — a Symphony for many Instruments and Voices,
ed. by R. Allen & S. Lidström,
Physica Scripta 95 No.6 062501, 3637 (2020)
(with G. Alexander, R. E. Allen, A. Atala, W. P. Bowen, A. A. Coley,
J. B. Goodenough, M. I. Katsnelson, E. V. Koonin, M. Krenn, L. S. Madsen,
M. Månsson, N. P. Mauranyapin, A. I. Melvin, E. Rasel, L. E. Reichl,
R. Yampolskiy, A. Zeilinger and S. Lidström)
Papers Accepted for Publication

"Enhancing usability in AR and NonAR educational technology:
An embodied approach to geometric transformations",
HumanComputer Interaction International (HCII) 2023. Accepted.
Samantha D. Aguilar, Heather Burte, Zohreh Shaghaghian, Philip Yasskin,
Jeffery Liew, and Wei Yan,
OnLine Textbook in Development

P. Yasskin, D. Meade, M. Barry*, A. Crenwelge*, G. Keiffer, D. Migl*,
J. Martinsen*, A. Rao*, M. Weihing*, S. Mahato*, C. Van Huyck*
"MY Math Apps Calculus",
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/MYMACalc/
OnLine Calculus Text, 2014present 2022.
Sample at
"MY Math Apps Calculus  Sample",
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/
with
M. Atanas*, D. Banerjee*, B. Bordovsky*, J. Bufton, M. Cahill*,
L. Collins*, E. Corpus*, K. Davis*, D. DeHaven*, F. Doe*, A. Dongol*,
W. Frendreiss*, A. Green*, L. Hoffman*, C. Johnson*, T. Johnson*, L. Knudsen*,
T. Lamb*, B. Lin*, W. L. Lowery*, M. Milanowski*, P. Miracle*, S. Mohon*,
V. Musser*, N. Parish*, T. Partin, N. Pochareddy*, S. Saravanan*, Parth Sarin*,
C. Scrudder*, Jacob Schmidt*, E. Sharma*, D. Shatalov*, A. Shung*, L. Solitare*,
M. Sprintson*, P. Tranbarger, B. Wang*, S. Whitman*, B. Yan* & S. Yang*,
Software Packages Written and in Development

P. Yasskin, D. Meade, L. Collins*, M. Barry*, M. Weihing* & C. Van Huyck*,
"MY Math Apps Lessons",
Converting the Maplets for Calculus from Maple and Java to Sage, HTML5,
JavaScript, MathLex and Threejs, 2012present 2022.

P. Yasskin & C. Van Huyck*,
"TAMU Math Circle Apps",
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/MathCircleApps/MContents.html
Creating a collection of Online Activities for use by Math Circles, 2020present 2022.
Invited Conference Talks

"MYMathApps Calculus and Edfinity",
AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings,
Edfinity Booth
Denver, CO, January 1617, 2020

"Maple at TAMU SEEMath",
Maple Ambassadors Conference,
Online Video and Questions via Zoom, Nov 6, 2020

"Toilet Paper Folding",
International Math Buffet: 24 hours of math puzzles, stories and art!
Sponsored by the Juila Robinson Math Festival
Online Video via Zoom, March 11, 2021

"The TAMU Math Circle Apps Website",
See
Math Circle Apps
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample/MathCircleApps/MContents.html
MAA MathFest,
Invited Paper Session on "Games in Math Circles"
(with C. Van Huyck and J Goldstein)
Sponsored by the SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers
Online via Zoom, Aug 6, 2021

"MYMathApps Calculus",
Maple Conference, 2021  Maple in Mathematics Education and Research,
Online Video and Questions via Zoom, Nov 25, 2021
Conference Link:
https://www.maplesoft.com/mapleconference/2021/agenda.aspx
Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8L7X2qbbjk
Contributed Conference Talks

"MYMathApps Calculus",
See
MYMathApps CalculusSample
https://mymathapps.com/mymacalcsample"
MAA MathFest,
Contributed Paper Session on
"Innovative Ideas in Teaching Mathematics  Lessons from the Pandemic and its Aftermath"
Philadelphia, PA, August 6, 2022
Did not attend due to the pandemic.

"You Too Can Put Manipulatable 3D Graphics in Your Webpage",
Maple Conference, 2022  Maple in Mathematics Education and Research,
Online Conference, Nov 23, 2022
Conference Link:
https://www.maplesoft.com/mapleconference/2022/fullprogram.aspx
Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlhM7oja_Q&list=PLlcD7K2JXjTB5YRCJP26ZYlYM_w10N398&index=8&t=918s
Invited Poster Sessions

"Building Better Books & Outreach Activities",
NSF Broader Impacts & Education Plan Seminar & Expo,
Online, TAMU Feb. 5, 2020

"Building Better Books & Outreach Activities",
NSF Broader Impacts & CAREER Education Plan Expo & Seminar,
TAMU Feb. 3, 2021
Undergraduate Seminar Talks

"Dropping Cell Phones",
TAMU Math Club/Pi Mu Epsilon talk, Mar 3, 2020 (cancelled due to pandemic).

"Map Coloring",
TAMU Math Club/Pi Mu Epsilon talk, Nov 1, 2022
Invited Talks for Middle and/or High School Students

"Gerrymandering", Guest Lecture,
K12 Geography and GIS Summer Computing Camp,
College of Geosciences
College Station, TX, July 6, 2021.

"Counting Diagonals", Invited presentation to Math Club,
College Station High School,
College Station, TX, Oct 12, 2022.
Invited Talks for Elementary School Students

"Rational Tangles", presentation to GT students
Pecan Trail Intermediate School,
College Station, TX, Feb 23, 2022.
Other Conferences Attended

TAMU "Academic Innovation",  Conference on using technology in the
classroom, Feb 7, 2020.
Funding

"Strengthening Mathematics Instructions for Elementary & Middle Schools",
NSF, Division of Undergraduate Education,
Award Number 1852942
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program:
Aug 1 , 2019  July 31, 2024, Award Amount: $1,191,842.
PIs: Y. Li, S. Nite
CoIs: L. Kelly, P. Yasskin, & R. Howe
Program Officer: Steven Turley, (703) 2922207.

"Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Teaching and Learning Spatial Transformations in STEM Disciplines",
NSF, Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL)
Award Number 2119549
Grant Period: Oct 1, 2021  Sept 30, 2024. Award Amount: $849,971.
PI: W. Yan,
CoPIs: P. Yasskin, F. Quek, H. Burte, D. Song, and
CoI: J. Liew
Program Officer: Michael Davis, (703) 2927166.
Funding Applications  Pending

"Collaborative Research: Augmented Reality (AR) Learning Environment for
Middle School Students to Visualize and Embody STEM Spatial Transformations",
submitted to NSF DRK12 program, $1,200,000 (TAMU, NonLead Institution),
PI/CoPIs: W. Yan, P. Yasskin, D. Song, H. Burte, and J. Liew,
submitted on 10/02/2022, with UTEP (Lead Institution).

"Collaborative Research: AIPowered Informal Learning for Transforming
Geometry with Hispanic Teenagers",
submitted to NSF AISL program, $1,000,000 (TAMU, NonLead Institution),
PI/CoPIs: W. Yan, P. Yasskin, D. Song, H. Burte, and J. Liew,
submitted on 01/10/2023, with UTEP (Lead Institution).
Funding Applications  Unfunded

"AR/AIPowered Communication Strategies for Improving Housing in
Underserved Communities and Advancing Education Towards Environmental
Justice, Sustainability, and Resilience",
Texas A&M University XGrant, 2021,
PI: W. Yan,
CoPIs/COIs: H. Burte, M. Clayton, F. Quek, D. Song, J. Vanegas, X. Ye,
P. Yasskin, M. Dixit, J. Liew, Z. O'Neill, E. Price, Z. Zhang,
TAMU, $1.5M (Finalist: 224 1page proposals, 78 preliminary proposals,
28 final proposals, 8 funded)
Service
National Activities
 2020


SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB
Business meeting, Joint Math Meeting, Denver, CO, January 17, 2020.

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers
Replacement Interim Program Director: Jan 2020  Jan 2021.
Joint Math Meeting, Denver, CO, January 1519, 2020.

Program

Business meeting, January 15, 2020.

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers Special Presentation:
Math Wrangle
Organizer with E. Keppelmann

Julia Robinson Math Festival:
Organizer with T. Clark, M. Saul, H. Rosario
Facilitator at a table.

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Math Honor Society
Advisors' Breakfast Business meeting, Joint Math Meeting, Denver, CO,
January 17, 2020.
University Activities
 2021


"Gerrymandering", July 6, 2021
Guest Lecture at
K12 Geography and GIS Summer Computing Camp
College of Geosciences
College Activities
 2021


Physics Festival, April 10, 2021.
Online, Presented activities on "Two Person games".
 2022


Physics Festival, April 2, 2022.
Supervised displays on "Conway's Rational Tangles",
"Platonic Solids, Can You Build Them?", "Topology Puzzles" and "Two Person Games".
Departmental Activities
 Multi Year


Faculty Advisor, Math Club, 19861995, 1999present 2022

Faculty Advisor, Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honor Society, 19861995, 1999present 2022

Faculty Advisor, Mathematical Association of America, Student Chapter, 199?present 2022
 2020


Helped organize Math/Stat Fair (under T. Carter), Feb 22, 2020.

Assisted at 14th Annual Integral Bee, Mar 4, 2020.

Accompanied 4 students to the Joint Mathematics Meeting, Denver, Co,
January 1519, 2020,
with M. Papanikolas

Letters of Recommendation:
Faculty: 1
Former Students: 2
Graduate Students: 2
Undergrad Students: 8
High School Students: 2
Elementary School Students: 1
 2021


Helped organize Math/Stat Fair (under T. Carter), Feb 27, 2021. Online.

Letters of Recommendation:
Graduate Students: 1
Undergrad Students at A&M: 5
Undergrad Students at other Institutions: 1
High School Students: 2
Middle School Students: 1
 2022


Helped organize Math/Stat Fair (under T. Carter), Feb 26, 2022.

Assisted at 15th Annual Integral Bee, Mar 9, 2022.

Assisted at 10th Annual Derivative Bee, Oct 24, 2022.

High School Math Contest, Nov 12, 2022.
Helped grade the Power Team Exam.

Letters of Recommendation:
Faculty: 1
Undergrad Students at A&M: 13
Undergrad Students at other Institutions: 1
Elementary School Students: 2
Departmental Outreach to the Community Activities (National during the Pandemic)
 2020


TAMU Math Circle

Spring CoOrganizer with Junehyuk Jung, Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu, Kristopher Watkins,
and John Weeks.
Saturday meetings 2:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from surrounding area
Meetings: Jan 25, Feb 1,8,15,29, 2020.
Presented talks: Feb 1,15,29, 2020.
Meetings cancelled after Feb 29, 2020 due to pandemic.

Fall CoOrganizer with Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu, Joshua Goldstein.
Saturday meetings 12:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from Bryan/College Station,
Texas, US, Canada
Online Zoom Meetings due to pandemic.
Meetings: Oct 3,10,17,24,31, Nov 7,14,21, Dec 5,12 2020.
Presented talks: Oct 3(3 sessions),10(2 sessions),31(helped with Buzz Contest), Nov 14,21, 2020.

Funding source: Registration Fees about $4000, College of Science $5805

Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEEMath)

CoDirector with David Manuel of
SEEMath, July 13  23 & 25, 2020
Online Zoom Meetings due to pandemic.

2 week program for 49 gifted middle school students
15 College Station
17 Texas outside College Station & Bryan
17 US outside Texas
20 Davidson Scholars or near equivalent

with 14 Instructors, 16 Senior Counselorts, 19 Junior Counselors

Funding source: Registration Fees about $4000, College of Science about $5,000

River Bend Elementary School STEAM Night,
College Station, TX, Feb 11, 2020.
TAMU Math Club hosts a displays of fun Math activities.
 2021


TAMU Math Circle

Spring CoOrganizer with Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu, Joshua Goldstein.
Saturday meetings 12:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from Bryan/College Station,
Texas, US, Canada
Online Zoom Meetings: Jan 21, Feb 6,13, Mar 6,13, Apr 17,24, May 8,15, 2021.
Presented talks: Jan 21, Feb 6,13, May 8, 2021.

Fall CoOrganizer with Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu, Peyam Tabrizian, Joshua Goldstein.
Saturday meetings 12:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from Bryan/College Station,
Texas, US, Canada
Online Zoom Meetings: Sept 11,18,25, Oct 2,9,23, Nov 6,20, 2021.
Presented talks: Sept 11, 2021.

Funding source: Registration Fees about $4000, College of Science $5805

Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEEMath)

CoDirector with David Manuel of
SEEMath, July 19  29 & 31, 2021
Online Zoom Meetings due to pandemic.

2 week program for 72 gifted middle school students
29 Bryan/College Station
22 Texas outside Bryan/College Station
17 US outside Texas
4 Canada
17 Gifted Certification such as Davidson Scholar

with 15 Instructors, 20 Senior Counselorts, 24 Junior Counselors

Funding source: Registration Fees about $4000, College of Science $3510
 2022


TAMU Math Circle

Spring CoOrganizer with Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu,
Peyam Tabrizian, Joshua Goldstein.
Saturday meetings 12:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from Bryan/College Station,
Texas, US, Canada
Online Zoom Meetings: Feb 5,12,19, Mar 5,26, Apr 9,23,30, May 14 2022.
Presented talks: Feb 5 (3 times), Feb 19, 2022.

Fall CoOrganizer with Guoliang Yu, Wencai Liu,
John Weeks, Nick Treuer, Kun Wang, Sherry Gong.
Saturday meetings 2:005:00 of gifted 5th  12th grade math students from local area.
InPerson & Online Zoom Meetings: Sept 24, Oct 1,8,22,29, Nov 5,19, Dec 3,10, 2022.
Presented talks: Sept 24, Oct 8, Nov 5, 2022.

Funding source: Registration Fees $100 per student,
College of Science $3000, Math Dept $1000

Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEEMath)

CoDirector with David Manuel of
SEEMath, July 11  22, 2022

2 week program for 50 gifted middle school students from the local area

with 13 Instructors, 10 Senior Counselorts, 11 Junior Counselors

Funding source: Registration Fees $100 per student, Math Dept $1000

"Rational Tangles", presentation to GT students
Pecan Trail Intermediate School,
College Station, TX, Feb 23, 2022.

River Bend Elementary School STEAM Night,
College Station, TX, Feb 24, 2022.
TAMU Math Club hosts a displays of fun Math activities.

"Counting Diagonals", presentation to Math Club,
College Station High School,
College Station, TX, Oct 12, 2022.
Teaching
Classes taught
 2020


Spring 2020
Math 172, 501, Math/Science Mathematics II (Calculus 2)
32 students (Completed Online)

Spring 2020
Math 172H, 200, Math/Science Mathematics II Honors (Calculus 2)
20 students (Completed Online)

Fall 2020
Math 251, 517, Engineering Mathematics III (Calculus 3)
103 students (Online)

Fall 2020
Math 251, 519, Engineering Mathematics III (Calculus 3)
103 students (Online)
 2021


Spring 2021
Math 172, 501, Math/Science Mathematics II (Calculus 2)
37 students (Online)

Spring 2021
Math 172H, 200, Math/Science Mathematics II Honors (Calculus 2)
16 students (Online)

Fall 2021
Math 171, 503, Math/Science Mathematics I (Calculus 1)
38 students

Fall 2021
Math 221, 504, Math/Science Mathematics III (Calculus 3)
35 students

Fall 2021
Math 221, 505, Math/Science Mathematics III (Calculus 3)
34 students
 2022


Spring 2022
Math 172H, 200, Math/Science Mathematics II Honors (Calculus 2)
19 students

Fall 2022
Math 171, 502, Math/Science Mathematics I (Calculus 1)
39 students

Fall 2022
Math 171, 504, Math/Science Mathematics I (Calculus 1)
29 students
Courses & Electronic Textbooks under Development

"MYMathApps Calculus 1" online calculus text for
Math 171, Math/Science Mathematics I
Math 151, Engineering Calculus I
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/MYMACalc/MYMACalc1/MContents.html,
(with D. Meade, M. Barry*, A. Crenwelge*, S. Mahato*, J. Martinsen*,
A. Rao*, J. Schmidt*, C. Van Huyck*, D. Banerjee*, M. Cahill*,
A. Dongol*, L. Hoffman*, C. Johnson*, T. Johnson*, B. Lin*,
P. Miracle*, L. Solitare*, B. Wang*, S. Whitman* & B. Yan*),
2018present 2022
Webbased, fully hyperlinked with animations and randomized activities
Pilot tested by Yasskin: Math 171, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

"MYMathApps Calculus 2" online calculus text for
Math 172, Math/Science Mathematics II
Math 152, Engineering Calculus II
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/MYMACalc/MYMACalc2/MContents.html,
(with D. Meade, G. Keiffer, M. Barry*, A. Crenwelge*,S. Mahato*,
J. Martinsen*, A. Rao*, J. Schmidt*, C. Van Huyck*, M. Weihing*,
D. Banerjee*, M. Cahill*, E. Corpus*, D. DeHaven*, A. Dongol*,
L. Hoffman*, C. Johnson*, T. Johnson*, L. Knudsen*, B. Lin*,
P. Miracle*, S. Mohon*, V. Musser*, N. Pochareddy*, S. Saravanan*,
B. Wang*, S. Whitman*, B. Yan* & S. Yang*), 2014present 2022.
Webbased, fully hyperlinked with animations and randomized activities
Pilot tested by Yasskin in Math 152/152H/172, Spring 2014, Spring 2016,
Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021,
Spring 2022, Spring 2023
Pilot tested by Michael Anshelevich: Math 172, Fall 2020
Pilot tested by Erika Ordog: Math 172, Spring 2021
Pilot tested by David Manuel: Math 172, Spring 2022, Spring 2023
Pilot tested by Alan Demlow: Math 172, Spring 2022
Pilot tested by Rob Rahm: Math 172, Spring 2022

"MYMathApps Calculus 3" online calculus text for
Math 221, Math/Science Mathematics III
Math 251, Engineering Calculus III
https://www.math.tamu.edu/maple/maplets/MYMACalc/MYMACalc3/MContents.html,
(with D. Meade, M. Barry*, A. Crenwelge*,S. Mahato*, J. Martinsen*,
D. Migl*, A. Rao*, J. Schmidt*, C. Van Huyck*, M. Weihing*, M. Atanas*,
W. Frendreiss*, L. Hoffman*, C. Johnson*, W. L. Lowery*, J. Parker*,
E. Sharma*, A. Shung*, M. Sprintson* & B. Wang*), 2014present 2022.
Webbased, fully hyperlinked with animations and randomized activities
Pilot tested by Yasskin in Math 251/251H/253H/221/221H, Fall 2015, Fall 2016,
Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Pilot tested by Rob Rham: Math 221 Spring 2020
Pilot tested by Tian Yang: Math 221 Spring 2022
Supervised Graduate Students in Computer Science Course

Fall 2022  6 students in CS 606:
Kai Chih Huang, ChiaYuan (Scott) Chang, Po Han (Bryan) Hou, Li Yuan Hsu,
XianJi (Jimmy) Chen, Eric Yeh
CS 606 is a project based course where students learn to develop a website.
I provided a website that needed development and worked with them to build
specifications and deliver a product.
Supervised Undergraduate Research

2020  12 students: Matthew Atanas, William Frendreiss, Catherine Johnson,
Logan Knudsen, Beau Lin, Wyatt Lowery, Shiva Mahato, Stephen Mohon, Akash Rao,
Jacob Schmidt, Mark Cahill (from U. Texas), Luke Hoffman (from U. Texas)

2021  11 students: Matthew Atanas, Jonah Bufton, Catherine Johnson,
Logan Knudsen, Kevin Le,
Beau Lin, Wyatt Lowery, Shiva Mahato, Akash Rao, Jacob Schmidt, Bryan Yan

2022  15 students: Jonah Bufton, Isaac Campos, Diego Castellanos,
Logan Knudsen, Kevin Le, Wyatt Lowery, Rena Nakada, Grant Oxford,
Joshua Rojas, Jacob Schmidt, Coby Scrudder, Andrew Sorescu,
Luke DuaneTessier, Preston Tranbarger, Scott Whitman
Supervised Middle and High School Students doing Calculus

2020  3 students: Devkumar (Krishno) Banerjee (8th), Bryan Yan (12th),
Leo Solitaire (8th)

2021  3 students: Devkumar (Krishno) Banerjee (9th),
Leo Solitaire (9th), Jameson Parker (8th)

2022  3 students: Devkumar (Krishno) Banerjee (10th), Trevor Johnson (8th),
Leo Solitaire (10th),
Supervised Elementary School Students doing Calculus

2020  5 students: Avek Dongol (5th), Trevor Johnson (6th),
Phoenix Miracle (5th), Jameson Parker (6th), Scott Whitman (5th)

2021  5 students: Avek Dongol (6th), Trevor Johnson (7th),
Phoenix Miracle (6th), Abhinav Srinivas (6th), Scott Whitman (6th)

2022  4 students: Avek Dongol (7th),
Phoenix Miracle (7th), Abhinav Srinivas (7th), Osher AhnClifford (9 years old)
© Copyright P. Yasskin 2023
Last revised Mar 20, 2023