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Olof Steinthorsdottir elected convenor of International Organization of Women in Mathematics Education

Olof Steinthorsdottir has been elected convenor—president—of the International Organization of Women in Mathematics Education (IOWME).

The IOWME, established in 1987, is an international network of individuals and groups who are interested in the relationship between gender and mathematics, and are committed to achieving equity in education. An Affiliated Study Group of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction, the IOWME currently includes representatives of 45 countries from around the world. 

The organization meets every four years in conjunction with the quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education. Steinthorsdottir was elected in July 2008 in Monterrey, Mexico.

As convenor of IOWME, Steinthorsdottir will direct the activities of the organization for the next four years, including providing information to the members and encouraging and disseminating research related to women’s participation in mathematic, the quality of teaching mathematics, and strategies and programs to increase the participation of women in the mathematical sciences. She will work with the editor of the organization’s newsletter, which is published three times a year and serves as the main route of communication among the members.

In addition, she will be the organization’s contact person to the International commission on Mathematical Instruction. She will present a four-year report of the organization’s activities at th General Assembly meeting of the International Commission in 2012.

Steinthorsdottir was formerly a mathematics classroom teacher in her native country of Iceland. She joined the School of Education faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics education in 2003 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Her research investigates the role of gender and ethnicity in students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, teacher education, and the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary school.

The next convenor of IOME will be elected at the International Congress on Mathematical Education in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012.