Riverbend Community Math Center

During the event, we will talk with Amanda Serenevy, the creator and director of the highly successful Riverbend Community Math Center.


Full recording: voice, text chat, web tour


All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here: http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/events

Wednesday, October 20th 2010 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.


To join:
  • Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/math20event
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

About Riverbend Community Math Center

The Riverbend Community Math Center is a non-profit organization in the South Bend/Mishawaka area that started offering programs during the fall of 2006. Our mission is to promote interest and confidence in mathematics among people of all ages. With technology-related fields becoming increasingly important to our economy, people need more opportunities to learn that math can be fascinating and that it can lead to rewarding careers. Our organization provides several different types of programs including math tutoring, math enrichment programs, math circles, teacher workshops, and custom events with hands-on activities. We do not currently have a home location for our center, but we hope to open a building in the future.

The center offers free and open Math and Technology Academy, weekly after-school Math Studio, free Family Math activities, custom workshops and other events, Math Circles for students who love math, and a Math Circle Institute for organizers of circles.

Riverbend Communtiy Math Center-Brochure-1

Event Host

Amanda Serenevy holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Indiana University South Bend and a PhD in mathematics from Boston University. In 2007, she completed a PhD dissertation on the dynamics of networks of inhibitory neurons in the hippocampus. Amanda has published research on iterated matrix maps, and has additional research interests in geometric topology and mathematical origami.

Amanda has been active in math outreach for many years. She has presented hands-on math activities to a variety of audiences and has organized math fairs, math badge days for Girl Scouts, fractal workshops, and trainings for youth leaders and teachers. She also has experience working with college students as a tutor at the Pearson publishing company's call-in Tutor Center and as a math instructor at the University of Utah and Boston University. Amanda served as a teaching assistant and mentor for undergraduate math majors in the Summer Program for Women in Mathematics. During the 2002-2003 academic year, she and fellow graduate student Joyce Macabea obtained a grant to visit five universities with significant populations of minority students majoring in mathematics to tell the undergraduates there about research, graduate school, and careers in the sciences. Amanda has also been active with the Math Circle movement to connect mathematicians with young students interested in mathematics. Amanda served as a Math Circle instructor in Bob and Ellen Kaplan's Math Circle program in the Boston area. She continues to offer Math Circle classes in the South Bend area. In November 2006, Amanda accompanied a group of American mathematicians during a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg to learn about Russian math outreach programs.