Research | Economics | Math | Education
Renowned for her work in environmental science, economics, and mathematics, Graciela Chichilnisky is proud of the impact of her contributions to the fields. Some of her most notable achievements include proposing and designing the carbon credit emissions trading market underlying the Kyoto Protocol, and being a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Prize. She also co-founded Global Thermostat, LLC, in 2010, is the company’s CEO and managing director, and is an active scientist who serves as a special adviser to several U.N. organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. She previously founded and headed two successful technology companies in the financial telecommunications area, based on the IP she created, patented, and sold in Japan and in the U.S.
On the academic side of the spectrum, Dr. Chichilnisky currently works as a visiting professor at Stanford University, and was a senior advisor to the president at the University of Arizona, and a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Australia, as well as a professor of economics and mathematical statistics, the director of the Columbia Center for Risk Management and the Program on Information and Resources, a UNESCO chair, and a university senator at Columbia University. Prior to these positions, she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Economics and a fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development at Harvard University, a professor missionaire at the University des Antilles et de la Guyane, a distinguished guest professor at the University of Nankai and Beijing Normal University in China, and a visiting scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. She also taught at the University of Essex, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and the University of Sienna in Italy.
EDUCATION | Mathematics
Skilled in mathematics, Patricia Creel Baltzley is celebrating more than four decades of excellence in the field. She has been an adjunct professor at Montana State University and board chair for Gardiner Public Schools since 2013, and an independent consultant in mathematics education since 2012. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Baltzley was the director of Pre-K-12 mathematics, a grades 6-12 mathematics supervisor, and a K-12 mathematics specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools, and a mathematics program developer for the Center for Social Organization of Schools at John Hopkins University. Additionally, she garnered experience as a mathematics teacher for the board of education at Carroll County Public Schools and Notre Dame Preparatory School and an accountant trainee for MBNA Limited, as well as an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland, Morgan State university, Loyola College Maryland, Western Maryland College, John Hopkins University, and Notre Dame College.
In her community, Ms. Baltzley has been the professional learning co-director for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics since 2015, the president of the Maryland Council of Supervisors of Mathematics from 2000 to 2005, and the president of the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 1991 to 1993. She has also a volunteer for the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton from 1986 to 1995, and the president of the organization from 1982 to 1986. She maintains affiliation with the ASCD, the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Learning Forward.
MathEMATICs | EDUCATION
Growing up, Elizabeth Petty had a variety of mentors who shaped her career and who she is today. Her mother, an elementary school teacher, first sparked her interested in education, and her father, a computer programmer, introduced her to the joys of math. Her high school math teacher, Beverly Smith, then showed her how her passions could be used, as did her college math education professor, Dr. Sharon Crumpton. Under their tutelage, Dr. Petty blossomed, earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Belmont College in 1991, a Master of Education from Belmont University in 1995, and a PhD (ABD) in mathematics education from Vanderbilt University in 1998. She also became a licensed professional teacher in the state of Tennessee and a national board certified teacher in adolescent and young adulthood mathematics.
Now, Dr. Petty is using her background to serve as a numeracy and data coach at Meigs Middle Magnet School, where her responsibilities lie in working with teachers to refine their practice. Her goal with the institution is to develop ways to help individual students succeed and reach their potential. Dr. Petty’s work has always been student-centric; her main interest is seeing students go as far as they can go, and she considers her greatest achievement to be the accomplishments of the more than 2000 people she has taught. She finds it particularly validating when she learns that former students are in careers that use math.
MATHEMATICS | EDUCATION
Math is embedded in the DNA of Dr. Nkechi M. Agwu. Her father was an economist and her mother was a mathematics teacher, and while she felt no pressure to follow in their footsteps, she ultimately found that she shared their passion. After decades of professional excellence, Dr. Agwu is renowned as an expert in ethno-mathematics, the history of mathematics, math and statistics education and curriculum, assessment development, gender studies and multicultural education.
Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Dr. Agwu has taught in both Nigeria and the United States, with 20 of those years at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City of New York. She continues to work at the school as a professor and former director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship to this day. Additionally, Dr. Agwu has accrued experience through teaching assistantships at the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University, and as an educational consultant for the Algebra Project and New Visions for Public Schools in New York City. In Nigeria, she served as a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic in Kaduna, and as a statistician at the Federal Office of Statistics in Enugu.
Mathematics | Education
Passionate about mathematics, Saundra Paschal has had a distinguished career teaching honors algebra II and pre-calculus to students at Lake View High School in the San Angelo Independent School District in Texas. Her dedication to her subjects extends to coaching the math team, coordinating the school’s university interscholastic league, and advising on books for publication, helping to create resources in the subjects of algebra and pre-calculus.
Ms. Paschal prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, with a minor in biology from Angelo State University in 1980. She proceeded to start out as a teacher’s aide, and quickly realized her natural ability for teaching students and her joy in helping them to succeed academically. She loves the look students get when they finally get what she’s teaching; she strongly believes that all students can learn anything, given the right effort into figuring out what triggers their interest. She attributes her success to her passion for teaching, her dedication to becoming an expert in her subjects, her patience, and the support she received from her own teachers when she was a student.