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NMSU College of Education professor to speak at Albuquerque TEDx event

Karin Wiburg, a New Mexico State University professor noted for her work in math education, is one of 12 presenters scheduled to speak at the TEDxABQ Education 2016 event in Albuquerque Friday.

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Karin Wiburg, co-director of the College of Education’s Institute for Equity in Mathematics and Science Education at New Mexico State University, has been selected to speak at the TEDxABQ Education 2016 event Friday. (Courtesy photo)

The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro Drive Northeast in Albuquerque. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $30 and registration begins at noon the day of the event.

TEDx ABQ Education 2016 will focus on access, fairness, responsiveness, justice and equity, and discuss how to honor the rich multicultural assets of New Mexico and families to provide greater equity in education.

Wiburg, the co-director of the College of Education’s Institute for Equity in Mathematics and Science Education at NMSU and a distinguished faculty member in Curriculum and Instruction, said selection of TED Talk speakers is based on recommendations and videos of sample talks. Speakers are also required to attend at least three professional coaching sessions before giving a talk.

“My interest over 40 years has been in making learning environments for all students engaging and satisfying,” Wiburg said. “I will be talking about how to make every student in New Mexico a successful math student.”

Since arriving at NMSU in 1993, Wiburg has written and received approximately $20 million in grants to support her research work. Over the last 10 years, a large focus of her work has involved working with school districts, mathematicians and educational researchers and practitioners to create new ways of teaching and learning math that has led to decreases in the achievement gap for underrepresented students.

Wiburg is also the principal investigator of the Math Snacks project, a collaboration between the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as NMSU’s Media Productions Department and the NMSU Learning Games Lab. Ted Stanford, associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NMSU, also serves as a co-principal investigator.

For more information about the event, visit http://bit.ly/1RlNOBO.