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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Panel on Careers in Mathematics


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Bruce ‎Dearden
Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of North Dakota


I've been a Professor of Mathematics at UND since 1996. My PhD. is from Washington State University in 1982. My current research interest could be described as something like discrete dynamical systems in number theory. In teaching, I converted five years ago to Inquiry Based Learning methods of various types.

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Benton Duncan
Associate Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics
North Dakota State University

Benton Duncan grew up in Victorville, California. He earned a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska, completing his PhD in 2004. He has been at North Dakota State since 2004, and was recently named Chair of the Department. He is married and has four children.


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Sue Forster
Bismarck High School Mathematics Department Chair
Bismarck High School

Sue Forster is a math teacher and mathematics department chair at Bismarck High School in Bismarck, ND. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Dickinson State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Minot State University. In addition to teaching, Sue coaches the BHS Math Team and is active in NDCTM and NCTM. She is the 2005 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


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Daniel Leingang
Geomatics, Engineering, and Mathematics Department Chair
Bismarck State College

Dan Leingang serves Bismarck State College as an Associate Professor of mathematics and as the Chair of the Geomatics, Engineering, and Math Department. He studied mathematics at Concordia College in Moorhead, earned a M.S. in mathematics from the University of North Dakota, and is now working on the completion of a PhD in Educational Leadership (Higher Education emphasis) through UND. His recent work has focused on curriculum redesign and the expansion of the college teaching classroom with outcomes set on improved retention.


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Nate Speidel
Shiloh Christian School

Nate Speidel grew up in Hazen, North Dakota. He attended Bismack State College, Saint John's University (MN), and earned his Bachelor's degree in math education from the University of Mary. In 2010, he attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute through Columbia University and completed his master's degree in math teaching through Minot State University. Nate is currently in his 6th year of teaching mathematics at Shiloh Christian High School. He also enjoys chess, travel, playing music, coaching hockey, and longboarding.

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Heidi Super, Ph.D.
Chair Department of Biology
Minot State University

Dr. Super received a B. A. in biology from Carroll College, Helena MT in 1988. She then held a Graduate Research Fellowship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for one year (1988-1989) before going to the University of Chicago where she earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology in 1995. Dr. Super joined the Biology faculty at Minot State in 1999 after completing a three-year position as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton, MT.

Dr. Super is a molecular geneticist. Her focus is in cancer genetics, in particular in chromosome abnormalities associated with leukemias. Since many subtypes of leukemia are associated with specific recurring chromosome rearrangements, these chromosome abnormalities serve as markers for locating genes involved in tumor initiation or progression. Super studies one such gene, called MLL, which is mutated in as many as 70% of all infant and childhood leukemia cases. MLL is found on human chromosome 11 and is mutated through chromosome translocations with many other chromosomes. These translocations result in the formation of MLL fusion genes, which are expressed as abnormal MLL fusion proteins. Dr. Super's interests in MLL are varied, but she focuses her interest in three areas: 1) the mechanism behind the frequent translocations involing MLL in children with leukemia, 2) the correlation between treatment with chemotherapy agents and subsequent rearrangement of the MLL gene in secondary leukemias and 3)the characterization of the genes that MLL fuses with from other chromosomes.

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