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Don Jordan

Professor, SC DoD Jr Sci & Hum Dir, SC Acad of Sci MESAS Dir
Center for Science Education

Phone Number: (803) 777 7007
Office: Sumwalt 321
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Dr. Jordan has approximately 76 semester hours of graduate work with emphasis on Modern Algebra, Topology, Modern Analysis, Numerical Analysis, and Linear Algebra. On a national level, Jordan served as President of the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS). The NAAS has a strong interest in the work of junior and collegiate academies of science and in encouraging young people interested in science. NAAS's (over 30,000 members) purpose is to provide an organization for the promotion of the common aims of the forty-five (45) state academies. He is the current NAAS representative for the South Carolina Academy of Science and the Editor of the NAAS National Newsletter. Dr. Jordan was elected to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) the largest science organization in the world. Dr. Jordan (February 1993) was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS honors as Fellow those of its members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science are scientifically or socially distinguished. Dr. Jordan won the distinguished researcher and scholar award for the College of Applied Professional Sciences in 1996, the highest honor a member of the College can obtain. In 1998 he was a finalist for the Teacher of the Year for the College of Applied Professional Sciences. In 1999 he was awarded the Mitchener Award of Excellence by the South Carolina Academy of Science for his work with students in South Carolina. Dr. Jordan, received the Order of the Silver Crescent from Governor of South Carolina Jim Hodges at the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science at Presbyterian College, March 31, 2000. The Order of the Silver Crescent is the highest award for dedication, commitment and leadership an individual can receive in South Carolina. He has authored a book on the metric system and established and directed the South Carolina Certified Metrication Program. He also headed a National Science Foundation program for increasing the access to careers in science, engineering and math for minority middle/elementary students in rural South Carolina. With support from the University of South Carolina and an Eisenhower grant from the Commission on Higher Education, he is also spearheading the creation of the S. C. Middle/Elementary Academy of Science, which will be the vehicle for involving middle school students and teachers in basic research projects and obtaining grants to fund those projects. Specific accomplishments include his leadership as Executive Director of the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science, and his creation in 1988 of a Trust Fund through SCAS/SCJAS to promote scientific research among middle school and high school students in South Carolina, and MESAS Director/Founder. Don M. Jordan received his Ph.D. in Linear Algebra from the Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina. Professor Jordan has developed several correspondence courses in mathematics in order to offer college credit to the student where cir­cumstances might prevent physical attendance on campus. In addition to his teaching, he has presented talks on his research in Linear Algebra and Math Education at various universities throughout the United StatesDr. Jordan received an award for best presentation, "Murder on the Coliseum Express", at the 12th annual conference of the International Congress for Individ­ualized Instruction at Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Jordan serves on six boards of science & math organizations (three national and three state). In addition, Dr. Jordan is the director of the USC Science and Engineering Fair, the founder of the SC Academy of Science Discovery Fair (A Public Awareness Program for Science and Mathematics in South Carolina). He is also founder and director of the Middle/Elementary School Academy of Science (a pioneering endeavor which established a state-wide network and is devoted to increasing the number of students, especially females and minorities, entering science professions). He is founder and coordinator of the nationally recognized South Carolina Certified Metric Specialist Program, chief trustee and author of the SC Academy of Science Trust Fund, and Eastern director of the United States Metric Association. Dr. Jordan also coordinates the U.S. metric transition efforts with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (office of Metric Programs) and is regularly called upon by NIST for ideas and advice. In June of 1999, he successfully co-sponsored a proposal to the State Legislature to fund the South Carolina Academy of Science at the level of $300,000 within five years, with first year funding at $75,000. This effort has resulted in an office for SCAS and a Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at USC, with emphasis on the young people of the state of South Carolina. "I sincerely want to be an excellent teacher, and I work each day to achieve this goal.In addition to my teaching goal, I strive to be something different to the students of The University of South Carolina--to provide an environment, which will make a student feel he or she is noticed. I would like to be involved in whatever ways possible for the betterment of science and mathematical education for all."