Anna Stokke to Receive 2017 PIMS Education Prize

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) announces that Anna Stokke has been selected as the winner of the 2017 PIMS Education Prize. Dr. Stokke is a professor of mathematics in the University of Winnipeg's Department of Mathematics and Statistics and holds degrees from Brandon University, the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta. As both a professor and a researcher, Professor Stokke is an active and passionate advocate of numeracy, math education and outreach. She is a co-founder of WISE, an organization dedicated to improving education in mathematics through strengthening both the curriculum and teacher training.

"Professor Stokke's promotion and advocacy for improvements in math education have inspired meaningful discussion and change surrounding the way math is taught. Her work has provoked important dialogue between the mathematics education and mathematics research communities,” said James Colliander, Director of PIMS.

Awarded annually, the PIMS Education Prize recognizes individuals in Western Canada and Washington State who have played a major role in encouraging activities that enhance public awareness and appreciation of mathematics, as well as fostering communication among various groups concerned with mathematical education at all levels.

Math has become a necessary decision-making and discovery tool in nearly every industry. Innovation in medicine, physics, marketing, environmental sustainability, computing and even art uses mathematical analysis and predictive models as a universal language, and the PIMS Education Prize awards the constant pursuit of mathematical sciences literacy.

The 2017 PIMS Education Prize will be awarded at the annual Changing the Culture Conference organized by PIMS at SFU, Vancouver at Harbour Centre, on Friday, May 19, 2017.