Dr. Terrence Richard Blackman is a Mathematician(Number Theorist) and a Mathematics Educator. He is Asst. Professor(Mathematics & Mathemat- ics Education) in the Department of Education Research, Policy & Practice in the Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver. His primary responsibility at Morgridge is to develop content courses in mathematics that prepare prospective K-12 teachers to be able to meet the new and rigorous mathematics standards specified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to participate in the development of a doctoral program in Mathemat- ics Education that emphasizes research in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Terrence graduated Cum Laude with honors in mathematics from Brooklyn College and he holds M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, in mathematics, from The Graduate School of City University of New York. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, Dr. Blackman was a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where, in addition to his research, he taught the Freshman Calculus Class. He is a founding faculty member of the undergraduate degree program in mathematics at Medgar Evers College. He has over twenty years of experience in teaching undergraduate mathematics with an emphasis on Number Theory and the Calculus sequence.
Dr. Blackman’s research concerns aspects of the Jacquet-Langlands corre- spondence. One recalls that, among other things, this correspondence establishes that to any nonconstant eigenfunction of the Laplacian on a cocompact Fuchsian group there corresponds a nontrivial cuspform with the same eigenvalue on some non-cocompact but cofinite Fuchsian group. It is often desirable to make explicit these spectral corespondences by describing them in classical language. This approach has its roots in the 1950’s in the work of Martin Eichler and Atle Selberg. This area was reignited in the 1980s by the work of Dennis Hejhal and furthered by Jens Bolte and Stefan Johansson in 1999, Andreas Strombergsson in 2000 and Morten Risager in 2003. Terrence’s contribution to spectral correspondences of Maass waveforms(square-integrable eigenfunctions of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on certain Riemann surfaces with constant negative curvature and finite area) is in this tradition. These investigations are, broadly speaking, number-theoretic and they involve ideas associated with harmonic and complex analysis.
Terrence is also engaged with research on pedagogical issues which surround the teaching and learning of mathematics in urban, majority African American, settings. He is particularly concerned with the challenges and opportunities of the integration of technology, particularly those related to the use of Computer Algebra Systems, in this environment. He is actively engaged in the MathLynx project to facilitate access to mathematics via the web and to create and de- ploy intelligent math texts. He has presented this work at local, national and international conferences on the use of technology in mathematics education.
Dr. Blackman is a frequent public speaker on issues related to African American success in mathematics.