# Vivian Cyrus

**Vivian Cyrus**- Professor, Mathematics

**Program/Dept:**Mathematics & Physics

**Degrees, Licensures and Certifications:**Ph. D., Mathematics

## Bio

Vivian Flora Cyrus is a professor of mathematics at Morehead State University. Cyrus graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science in 1986. After teaching high school mathematics in Florida for a few years, she returned to Kentucky and earned a master's degree in mathematics at Eastern Kentucky University, where she taught for 3 years, and a Ph. D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics at MSU since 1994 and enjoys teaching a wide variety of mathematics courses. Cyrus's favorite aspect of teaching is getting to know the students and helping them gain an appreciation for mathematics.

## Publications

- Vivian Cyrus and Ben Flora , “ Don’t Teach Technology, But Teach With Technology”, Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 93 No. 7, Oct. 2000 Pg. 564-567. Delta – K Mathematics Journal, January 2002. (Reprint)
- Douglas Lapp and Vivian Cyrus, “Using Data Collection to Enhance Student Understanding” Mathematics Teacher, Volume 93 Number 6, Sept. 2000 Pg. 504-509. Published in “Dealing with Data” professional development workshop materials from Texas Instruments, 2004. (Reprint)
- Christine Perry and Vivian Cyrus, “Understanding the Value of Pi”, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 16. No. 3, Oct. 2010. Pg. 180-186.
- Christie A. Perry and Vivian F. Cyrus, “A Visual Approach To Generalize Expressions”, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 19. No. 7, March 2014. Pg. 443-451.
- Book Revisions: “Schaum’s Outline of Abstract Algebra” Frank Ayers and Lloyd Jaisingh, McGraw Hill, 2004. Revised Chapters 2 and 9 and edited Chapter 10. 2002 – 2003.

## Presentations

- “Using the TI-92 in a Calculus Classroom”, presented at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Oct. 30, 1999 in Elizabethtown, KY.
- “Making Sense out of Irrational Numbers” at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Nov. 11, 2000 in Lexington KY.
- “Discovering Irrational Numbers” with J. Saxon:

- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Central Regional Meeting, Sept. 20-22 2001 in Columbus, OH.
- Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting, April 9-12, 2003 in San Antonio, TX.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Southern Regional Meeting Nov. 5, 2004 in New Orleans, LA.

- “Designing Professional Development for P-12 Mathematics Teachers” with J. Saxon at the AMS – MAA Joint Meeting, January 10, 2001 in New Orleans, LA.
- “Algebraic Ideas Investigated Using Technology” at the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Meeting, Sept. 14, 2002 in Louisville, KY.
- “Introduction to Geomaster through Classroom Activities”, with C. Perry at the Kentucky Council of Teacher of Mathematics Meeting, Oct. 25, 2003 in Union, KY.
- “Connecting Probability and Geometry” with J. Saxon at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting April. 7, 2005 in Anaheim, CA.
- “Promote Probability with Stimulating Simulations” with C. Perry:

- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting April 26-29, 2006 in St. Louis, MI.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Meeting Oct. 11-12, 2007 in Richmond, VA.

- “Making Sense of Area and Volume Formulas” with C. Perry at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting March 21-24, 2007 in Atlanta, GA.
- “Connecting Probability and Geometry” with C. Perry at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Meeting, Nov. 29-20, 2007 in Houston, TX.
- “All Around Circumference” with C. Perry at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting April 9-12, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

- “Generalizing Algebraic Expressions Using Picture Patterns” with C. Perry:
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting, April 22-24, 2010 in San Diego, CA.
- Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Oct. 1-2, 2010 in Somerset, KY.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Meeting, Oct. 10-12, 2012 in Dallas, TX.

- “What’s That Polygon in the Mirror” with C. Perry at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting, April 13 – 16, 2011, Indianapolis, IA.

- “Irrational Numbers: Where Are You?” with C. Perry:
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Meeting, April 17-20, 2013 in Denver, CO.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting. April 9 -12, 2014, New Orleans, LA.
- “MET II: Progress at MSU” with C. Perry and M. Dobranski at the American Mathematical Society National Meeting, Oct. 5-6, 2013 in Louisville, KY.

## Scholarly Grants/Professional Development Workshops

- Goals 2000 Workshop: Pike County, Floyd County and Pikeville Independent Schools, 2000. Co-facilitator.
- Pike County Middle School Mathematics Teacher Academies, 2000 - 2001. Co-facilitator.
- Pike County Reading Academy Consultant for Reading in the Content Grant, 2002.
- Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership, AMSP, 2002 – 2007. Co-facilitator.
- Lawrence County and Martin County Middle Grade Mathematics Teacher Workshops, 2006. Co-facilitator.
- Effectively Integrating the 3 R’s Math + Literacy IEQ Grant: 2006-2008. Co –facilitator.
- Math Science Partnership IEQ Grant: 2009-2011. Co –Facilitator.

## Contact

204D Lappin Hallv.cyrus@moreheadstate.edu

606-783-2937