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Betsy McCall
Works at Columbus State Community College
Attended Ohio State University
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  • Columbus State Community College
    Annually Contracted Faculty, 2013 - present
    I teach mathematics courses at the freshman and sophomore levels, as well as some remedial courses. Topics include everything from mathematics for health professionals, business math, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, liberal arts math, calculus, discrete math, linear algebra and differential equations. I teach both in a traditional classroom and in various distance learning formats such as fully online classes, or hybrid versions.
  • Private Tutor
    1988 - present
    I tutor most high school and college level mathematics courses, from algebra and geometry, through junior and senior level undergraduate mathematics.
  • Baker College
    Adjunct Faculty, 2008 - present
    Teaching introductory and intermediate algebra online. In the past, I have also taught English Comp I & II for them.
  • Columbus State Community College
    Adjunct Faculty, 2007 - 2013
    Teaching mathematics course, from beginning algebra through differential equations, with a focus on Calc II and above, as well as atypical courses like Liberal Arts Math.
  • DeVry University
    Adjunct Faculty, 2005 - 2011
    Teaching algebra through calculus courses, statistics, and introduction to computers online.
  • Robert Morris University
    Lecturer, 2004 - 2006
    Teaching mathematics courses from college algebra through Calc II.
  • Community College of Allegheny County
    Adjunct Faculty, 2003 - 2005
    Teaching mathematics courses from prealgebra through college algebra.
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mathematician, linguist, astronomer, writer, atheist, liberal, intellectual wanderer
Introduction

“Day” job: Mathematician, teacher.  Beginning algebra through differential equations: your usual community college fare.  Though I don't often do it much during actual daylight hours like a normal person.

Education: Education isn't everything, but I have master's degrees in applied mathematics, linguistics and management information systems.  I also have a bachelor's degree in classical and medieval studies, and another in philosophy waiting on paperwork.

Primary hobbies: writing (check out Janus for my latest science fiction novel), data-absorber (apparently I collect college degrees the way Jay Leno collects cars, not to mention I read non-fiction voraciously), crochet (I find it’s a good stress reliever and I do work too damn hard).  My primary scientific interest is in astronomy, especially planetary astronomy, and even more specifically, Triton.

What I post about:  Primarily, I post articles about science.  Lots and lots of science: from linguistics through particle physics.  However, not only science.  I'm also interested in civil liberties, and, well, it's hard to make a complete list.

Rules of Engagement: I want my threads to be welcoming to scientific discussion and scientific inquiry, particularly the posts on science.  I moderate my threads fairly ruthlessly to maintain that.  Asking questions is fine, but anti-science, conspiracy-riddled comments aren't really welcome.  Religion isn't on-topic in a discussion about science.  Spammy or trolling behaviour will lead to posts being culled from threads.  Subtle thinking is rewarded; being annoying won't be.  If you want to proselytize your particular views against well-established scientific views do it in your own posts; my threads and my followers aren't here for that.

Posting schedule: This varies wildly from day to day, because my schedule is a little weird.  It is what it is.

If that's not enough info, I do have a website you can check out.

What are you looking for?  There is a space below for specifying what I'm looking for here in social media, and the options are pretty terrible.  So, let me just say here: I'm looking for an intellectual peer.  Nothing else comes before that.  Don't bother with the rest if you can't do that first and foremost.

Bragging rights
People have told me all my life I'm not supposed to brag.
Education
  • Ohio State University
    Philosophy (BA), 2010 - 2013
  • Cleveland State University
    Classical & Medieval Studies (BA), 1995 - 1997
  • Cleveland State University
    Mathematics (MS), 2000 - 2002
  • Indiana University Bloomington
    Linguistics (MA), 1997 - 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Mathematics, 2002 - 2004
  • Nova Southeastern University
    MIS (MS), 2001 - 2003
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That's the way I feel!!
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A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers...
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+Patrick H - check it out! It'd be great if it were officially named Besbin :)
http://sacd.larc.nasa.gov/branches/space-mission-analysis-branch-smab/smab-projects/havoc/
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If you speak Mandarin, your brain works differently.
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+Betsy McCall sorry if my tone didn't show respect. My bad. I apologize. And I would be happy to treat you any coffee you would like.

But let's play, just for the sake of fun.
"Pero" is masculine, and it's a tree. "Pera" is feminine and it's a fruit. A child can be a "bambino" or a "bambina". And while the chair is a girl (sedia) the table is a boy (tavolo). Unless it's set for dinner, in which case it turns to a girl (tavol*a*). The remote past of "leggere" (to read) is "lessi, leggesti, lesse, leggemmo, leggeste, lessero" (one per person!). And you know that if you must be careful when you pronounce "leggere". It could be "to read" (lèggere) or "light", feminine plural (leggére). Going back to verbs, the irregular ones in Italian are more than 900. In English they should be almost 500 (not sure, can you confirm?). And in Italian you have one different word for each person, which means six per each tense. That time in school was a nightmare. It only got worse when I started to study Latin.
And back to the plural and singular. One finger is masculine (dito). Two fingers are feminine (dita), which however sounds like a singular feminine word (because of the Latin plural of the neutral form). Not the same for ears, which becomes feminne at the plural, but ends with an 'e' (orecchio, orecchie). One I quite like is the "bones". If you say the plural "ossa" (which is feminine) you refer to the human body bones. If you say "ossi" (which is masculine) you refer to the bones you give to your dog (I don't have any dog, so not sure they can appreciate this subtle difference in the language). And how about your bag? Is it a boy or a girl? It's a girl! Borsa. But if it's a big one, strangely becomes a boy: borsone. The same if becomes a smaller one: borsello. Or even a tiny one: borsellino. But if it's a cute one, that you change back to a girl: borsetta. I think that if we play like this we would need a very long coffee. Which in Italian stay the same at singular at plural: caffé. Looking forward to share a good cup with you!
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More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about the complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.
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On Mars, though, you wouldn't be competing with the sunrise.
schwit1 writes: Research and actual experience have found that adjusting to the slightly longer Martian day is not as easy as you would think. "If you're on Mars, or at least work by a Mars clock, you have to figure out how to put up with the exhausting challenge of those extra 40 minutes. To be exa...
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They have done simulations where they take clocks away from people, lock them in a room with no natural light and get a day/night cycle of about 25 hours.  Which is why this result seems odd to me if they aren't accounting for the effects of actual sunlight.
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Oops! In a happy accident, Comet Lovejoy just happened to be in the field of view of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the world’s most powerful digital camera. One member of the observing team...
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Lots of creators accidentally stumble upon their greatest inventions, from potato chips to stainless steel. Now, while trying to develop a pair of protective surgery eyewear, a Berkeley laboratory has inadvertently created a [...]
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...a genetic defect that pushes his red and green eye cones too close together muddying his vision of those spectrums...The glasses work by selectively removing certain wavelengths between the red and green cones that allow them to be in essence pushed apart again...

I see a congenital defect developing that makes the spatial and frequency domains difficult to distinguish.
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My Dean talked to us yesterday and used this myth to justify the administration's plans for... (it's a mess, so I won't say), but if there had been a table in front of me, I surely would have banged my head on it.
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I like both, but I grew up in a coastal valley.
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History curriculum needs to place a keen focus on decision-making and scrutiny, not just rote memorization of names and dates.
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New Horizons' Principal Investigator Alan Stern gives an update on the mission's progress toward Pluto.
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