Dr. David B. Plaxco, assistant professor of mathematics at Clayton State University (Ga.), will serve as guest speaker at the first Arkansas Tech University Interdisciplinary Research Series event of the spring 2019 semester on Friday, Feb. 8.
Plaxco will offer a lecture entitled "Cubes Underscore Art" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall room 134. The event will be open to all members of the university community.
A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics, Plaxco taught eighth grade in Muscle Shoals, Ala., for two years.
He went on to earn his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Virginia Tech before investing two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oklahoma.
Plaxco's research focus is on undergraduate mathematics education.
"I am interested in how undergraduate students develop notions of mathematical proof…specifically, the various roles that their understanding of the concepts about which they are proving informs their proof activity and argumentation in the classroom," wrote Plaxco on his faculty web page at Clayton State. "I am also interested in helping preservice teachers (and anyone else interested in mathematics education) learn about how students think and learn to identify and adopt more effective ways to help students learn."