EPaDel Fall 2020 Virtual Section Meeting

Our fall meeting was held virtually on Saturday, November 7, from 8am -- 1pm.


Welcome: Announcements / technical issue resolution / social time
8:15 -- 8:30

Invited Speaker: Sarah Greenwald (Appalachian State University)
8:30 -- 9:10

Business Meeting: Announcements, awards presentations, section elections
9:10 -- 9:30

Contributed talks: Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty speakers
9:35 -- 11:10
Undergraduate abstracts (2 concurrent sessions)
Faculty/Grad abstracts (2 concurrent sessions)

Invited Speaker: Audrey Malagon (Virginia Wesleyan University)
11:20 -- 12:00

Social Activities: Student activity, faculty discussion
12:00 -- ??

Invited Speakers

Image of Sarah Greenwald Sarah Greenwald (Appalachian State University)
Popular Culture and Mathematics: Gender, Race, and Broader Implications

Mathematics and statistics are pervasive in modern society, but have you ever known anyone who asserted that they do not have the "math gene" or mistrusts science, statistics, or mathematics? Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society views mathematics and mathematicians. We'll analyze examples from a variety of shows and films and consider the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, and more. We'll also discuss ways to counter stereotypes and contribute to research in this area. At the same time we'll reflect more broadly on what mathematics has to offer, and the diverse ways that people can succeed in making an impact, including you!

Image of Audrey Malagon Audrey Malagon (Virginia Wesleyan University)
Votes of Confidence: Leveraging Mathematics to Ensure Election Integrity

Our democracy relies on fair elections in which every vote counts, voters can trust the outcome, and we have a peaceful transition of power after the election. Concerns about foreign interference in our elections, unreliable voting technology, and last minute changes during the COVID-19 pandemic make this election the most challenging in recent history. In this talk, we’ll examine key components of elections in America, issues in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and how mathematics can help ensure the integrity of our elections.

Student Activity

Students, get ready to turn your place upside down. In this virtual scavenger hunt, you'll be asked to find several math-related objects around your house/apartment and present them on your camera. The participant(s) that finds the most objects wins a prize!

Faculty Discussion

This is an informal discussion about experiences teaching in either a hybrid or online format. What strategies have you tried? What has been successful? What hasn’t worked as well as you hoped? Are there strategies you plan to try next semester, or issues that you haven’t resolved yet? Is there anything that you plan to continue implementing even after a return to face-to-face instruction? We hope this open discussion will not only help you learn about what others are doing, but also give you ideas of things you can try in your own classes.

Please feel free to bring your lunch, relax, and enjoy! All interested faculty/teachers and graduate students are welcome! If you’d like something to ponder ahead of time, we recommend the MAA Connect discussion on “What are your success stories” started by Tim Chartier in mid-October.