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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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Well, duh.
New research finds the relationship between menstrual cycle and political views is weaker, less reliable than previously thought.
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Not a worry for Hillary... 
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We already knew cephalopods are amazing creatures—how many of us can go from colored to invisible in a blink? Hell, octopuses can even operate cameras. Still, sensing light with one’s skin is a pretty impressive trick, even for the rock stars of the invertebrate world.
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A majority of Senators wanted to stop a spy program that they never approved. They failed despite having more votes. And it only gets more bizarre from there.
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Love that last paragraph,

There’s a program that Congress never approved. The House weirdly had to vote to get rid of it. They did so. But the Senate had to follow suit, voting to get rid of the program that they never passed. And they failed even though 57 Senators were in favor. So an illegal program will continue, despite majorities in both houses of Congress casting votes to end what they never began.And the only reason their failure doesn’t matter is that legal provisions that don’t in fact authorize the program will soon expire. 
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Photo via YouTube/Shift Biohacks --  or ways to monitor, improve or even modify the human body -- are incredibly compelling. It's the stuff of sci-fi dream
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Convergence theory – which holds that the main Australian political parties will, over time, converge upon near-identical policy positions on most issues – was on full display during budget week.
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StartsWithABang writes: Imagine you wanted to know what your acceleration was anywhere on Earth; imagine that simply saying "9.81 m/s^2" wasn't good enough. What would you need to account for? Sure, there are the obvious things: the Earth's rotation and its various altitudes and different points. Su...
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The Senate provided a scene of remarkable drama in the ...
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The Senate refused to extend the NSA's mass surveillance of phone records by even a single day.
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+Alex Alaniz you know the store cards you have well think they have your address and name. It's the curse of the future it's time for everyone to make a code to meet in a public place and go to a safe place to talk. 
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Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer Matt Kramer suggests a handful of fantastic grapes that wine lovers are overlooking: Mencía, Blaufrankisch, California Syrah and Godello.
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Planetary scientists gather to verify the project which claims that an inflatable plane might be able to fly Venus.
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