Florida Section Newsletter
The Mathematical Association of America
February 2002
Volume 23, Issue 2
 

Contents:

bulletPresident's Message
bulletPresident-Elect's Message
bulletGovernor's Report
bulletNominating Committee
bullet2002 Joint Annual Meetings
bulletAccommodations
bulletCall For Papers
bulletDirections
bulletFood Service
bulletProgram
bulletRegistration Form
bulletFormer Service Award Recipient,
Robert C. Meacham

 

bulletCampus News
bulletRollins College
bulletSt. Petersburg College
bulletStetson University
bulletUniversity of Central Florida
bulletUniversity of South Florida
bulletEmployment Opportunities
bulletProfessional Development Opportunities

 

President's Message
Florida Section
Mathematical Association of America

Chuck Lindsey

 
The MAA Florida Section Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, February 28, 2002 from 7:30-9:30 pm, in room W-20 (building W) on the Santa Fe Community College Northwest Campus.  The directions, regional map, and campus map can be found at http://www.spcollege.edu/central/maa/archives/feb02/#directions.  Our thanks goes to the Local Arrangements Committee for providing the maps.

Ann Watkins, President of the Mathematical Association of America, will attend as our guest.  As you may know from our Bylaws:

Meetings of the Executive Committee may be observed by any member of the Section, space permitting.  Prior notification to the President is necessary if an observer wishes to speak on a particular issue.

Let us know if you would like to attend and we will be glad to make arrangements.  The following is a brief outline of our meeting.

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Approval of Minutes for April 28, 2001 Executive Committee Meeting
  3. Treasurerís Report
  4. Governorís Report
  5. Newsletter Editorís Report
  6. President-Electís Report
  7. Committee Reports
  1. Site
  2. Nominating
  3. Membership
  4. Student Activities
  5. Awards
  6. Program
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business

If you happen to arrive in Gainesville early, we have dinner reservations for 5:30 pm at the Stonewood Tavern and Grill.  The directions given to me by Sandi Kirby are as follows:

bulletFrom I-75 take exit 76 (Newberry Road exit).
bulletHead east toward the University of Florida for about three miles.
bulletBefore 34th Street the restaurant will be on your left in a plaza that is next to a large movie theater.
bulletThe address is 3812 Newberry Road.

I look forward to our Annual Meetings and this year's certainly is no exception.

Chuck Lindsey, Florida Gulf Coast University
MAA Florida Section President, 2001-02
clindsey@fgcu.edu

 

President-Elect's Message
Florida Section
Mathematical Association of America

David Kerr

Greetings!  One of the tasks of the President-Elect is to provide a yearly report on the regional meetings of the Florida Section.  To this end, there are five regions in the state - Big Bend (Tallahassee area), First Coast (Jacksonville area), Central Florida (Orlando area), Suncoast (Tampa area), and Gold Coast (Miami area).  This past semester, three of the regions held meetings while the other two cancelled their plans in light of September 11.  The regions that held meetings were:

  1. Gold Coast - met on Friday, October 5 on the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade Community College.  In addition to several Contibuted Papers sessions, there were three keynote speakers at the meeting:
bulletDon Small from Westpoint who spoke on "A case for reforming College Algebra."
bulletBen Fusaro from FSU who spoke on "Environmental mathematics."
bulletLuis Prieto-Portar from FIU who spoke on "The engineering and design and construction of the World Trade Center twin towers."
  1. First Coast - met on November 17 on the campus of Jacksonville University.  In addition to three concurrent sessions of Contributed Papers, the plenary address was given by Marilyn Repsher from Jacksonville University who spoke on "Some thoughts on curriculum reform:  many questions, a few answers, opinions and biases."  Marilyn is the newly-elected Governor of the Florida Section and the 1999-2000 recipient of the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.  There were 50 people in attendance.
     
  1. Suncoast - met on Friday, December 7 on the Venice campus of Manatee Community College.  Sixty-nine people attended the meeting with eleven of them giving oral presentations in the Contibuted Papers sessions.  The plenary address that evening was given by Ignacio Bello from Hillsborough Community College who spoke on "Black beans and rice for the soul:  ramblings of a mathematics teacher."
     
Clearly, the regions of the Florida Section are vibrant and I know that many mathematicians are looking forward to participating in another round of regional meetings in the Fall Semester, 2002.

 

Governor's Report
Florida Section
Mathematical Association of America

Marilyn Repsher

Prior to the meeting in San Diego, the Board of Governors, by email vote, elected Celestino Mendez to be Governor-at-Large for Minorities. The Board also elected Claudia Carter Governor-at-Large for High School Teachers. Both terms expire in 2005.

The following is a summary of selected items from the meeting on January 5, 2002, in San Diego.

Since July 2001 there have been 1846 new applicants for individual memberships and 57 new institutional members.

Despite the volatile stock market, MAA investments have not done too badly. The software conversion significantly exceeded estimates, but the cost will be amortized over five years instead of three to accommodate this. Because of the anthrax problems, some book orders and dues are still missing in the postal system which may result in further budget problems. Some cost-cutting measures have been designed by the staff in case this happens. There will be a 4% increase in dues for 2003, but student dues will not be affected.

Despite the increased cost of the software conversion, it is believed that the cost-savings will more than compensate. We now own the database, and records will be much more accurate and changes will be timely.

Some extremely interesting new publications are available. Look for them at the Section meeting at Santa Fe. The journals will soon be available on-line, and it will soon be possible to order books on-line as well.

PREP, Professional Enhancement Programs, has a new slate of courses including knot theory, departmental assessment, a workshop for department chairs, distance learning, quantitative literacy, statistical methods, finite mathematics, history, and teaching future secondary teachers. Watch for the announcements in Focus.

John Kenelly was elected Treasurer of the MAA.

MathFest sites include Burlington, Vermont, August 1-3, 2002, Boulder, Colorado, July 31-August 2, 2003, and Providence, Rhode Island, August 12-14, 2004. After much debate, Albuquerque, New Mexico was approved for 2005.

Math Horizons continues to flourish, and Project NexT is continuing to grow.

The Board of Governors agreed to invite students to attend the meetings: a graduate student at the Joint Meetings and an undergraduate at MathFest. They will write reports for Focus.

 

Nominating Committee
Florida Section
Mathematical Association of America

June White, Chair

The Nominating Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of nominees for the 2002 election:

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President-Elect
Judy Jones
Valencia Community College

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Vice-President-Elect for Program
Lubomir Markov
Barry University

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Vice-President-Elect for Site
Stephanie Fitchett
Florida Atlantic University

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Student Activities Coordinator
Shrinivas S. Dalal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

With the officers who are continuing, this should give a good balance of private and public universities and community colleges.

June White
Department of Mathematics
St. Petersburg College
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL  34625
whitejune@spcollege.edu

2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

March 1-2, 2002

Hosted by Santa Fe Community College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Welcome to the 35th Annual Meeting of the MAA Florida Section and the Annual FTYCMA Meeting which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.  The conference will be located in buildings R, S, and W of the Northwest Campus with registration in building W.  (See the SFCC map for more details.)

The program promises to be interesting and informative with Ann Watkins and Tom Rishel as plenary speakers, several technology oriented workshops, and many presentations to choose from.

Overview of Meeting

Friday, March 1, 2002

8:30 - 9:20 Using WebCT Penny Haun, Hillsborough Community College
9:30 - 10:20 Creating Web Pages John Taylor, Hillsborough Community College
10:30 - 11:50 MathDL, The Mathematics Digital Library Lawrence C. Moore, Duke University and
MAA
1:00 Plenary Session
Fallacies in Elementary Statistics
Ann Watkins, California State University,
Northridge, President MAA
2:00 Papers  
6:00 Dinner and Speaker L.A. Prieto, Florida International University

Saturday, March 2, 2002

7:30 - 8:50 Governor's Breakfast  
9:00 Papers  
11:00 - 12:30 Plenary Session
Assessment at the Department Level
Tom Rishel, MAA
12:40 - 2:40 Luncheon and Business Meeting  

Don't let the deadlines for registration and reservations slip by.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Accommodations
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

Accommodations for the 2002 Joint Meetings of the Florida Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Florida Two Year College Mathematics Association.

Reservations are held in the name "Mathematics Conference at SFCC".

Best Western Gateway Grand (Rooms Held Until February 4)
4200 NW 97th Blvd (Exit 77)
Gainesville Fl 32606
(352) 331 Ė 3336
Double: $61
Deluxe King: $69

Cabot Lodge (Rooms Held Until February 14)
3726 SW 40th Blvd (Exit 75)
Gainesville Fl 32608
(352) 375 Ė 2400
Double: $67
King: $67

Courtyard by Marriott (Rooms Held Until February 14)
3700 SW 42nd Street (Exit 75)
Gainesville Fl 32608
(352) 335 Ė 9100
Double: $99
King: $99

Days Inn (Rooms Held Until February 14)
7516 W Newberry Rd (Exit 76)
Gainesville Fl 32606
(352) 332 Ė 3033
Double: $48
King: $48

Holiday Inn West (Rooms Held Until February 1)
7417 NW 8th Ave (Exit 76)
Gainesville Fl 32605
(352) 332 Ė 7500
Double: $82
King: $82

Call For Papers
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

If you would like to present a paper, please send all information to:

Marcelle Bessman
Department of Mathematics
Jacksonville University
Jacksonville, FL  32211
mbessma@ju.edu

Please submit a short abstract of your presentation including the following information:  name, address, phone number, e-mail address, whether student or faculty, title of presentation, length of time required, equipment needed (subject to availability), and a brief description of whether the emphasis will be on research, technology, pedagogy, etc.

Directions
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

Getting to the conference at the Santa Fe Community College Northwest Campus

From points north:

bulletTake I-75 south to exit 77
bulletKeep left at the fork in the ramp
bulletTurn left onto NW 39th Avenue and go about 1 mile
bulletTurn right onto NW 83rd Street and go about 0.6 mile

From points south:

bulletTake I-75 north to exit 77
bulletKeep right at the fork in the ramp
bulletTurn right onto NW 39th Avenue and go about 0.8 mile
bulletTurn right onto NW 83rd Street and go about 0.6 mile

For custom directions from your location, try MapQuest or MapPoint.

Gainesville Area Map

The conference will be held in buildings R, S, and W with registration in building W.

Santa Fe Community College

3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

 

Food Service
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

Conference Banquet:  (Friday, March 1)

This will be a buffet style dinner with a choice of three entrees, a vegetable medley, Caesar salad, and a cake assortment.

The entrees are as follows.

  1. Beef tips with mushrooms over rice
  2. Chicken Parmesan over orzo noodles
  3. Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
Cost:  Regular $14.00
Student  $  8.00

Governorís Breakfast:  (Saturday, March 2)

This will be a buffet style hot breakfast which includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuit and gravy, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee.

Cost:  $ 5.99

Conference Luncheon:  (Saturday, March 2)

The menu will entail Soup du Jour, an assortment of sandwiches, chips, and an assortment of cookies and brownies.

Cost:  $ 7.50

Program
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

Friday, March 1

Workshops   Technology Learning Center, Building W

8:30-9:20 Using WebCT Penny Haun, Hillsborough Community College
9:30-10:20 Creating Web Pages John Taylor, Hillsborough Community College
10:30-11:50 MathDL, The Mathematics Digital Library Lawrence C. Moore, Duke University and
MAA

 

1:00   Plenary Session   Room 001, Building R

Fallacies in Elementary Statistics

Ann Watkins
California State University, Northridge
President, MAA

 

Papers   Building W

  Room 63 Room 10 Room 64 Room 65
2:00 Fitchett, Stephanie
Florida Atlantic University, Using the Environment to Bridge Mathematics and the Sciences
Moore, Lawrence C.
Duke University and the MAA, The Mathematics Digital Library, MathDL
Smith, Jonathan J.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, A Mathematical Analysis of Bicycle Tire Configurations
Zhou, Li
Polk Community College, In the Beginning there was Euler
2:30 Rutledge, James
St. Petersburg College, Learn How to Enrich your Teaching / Learning Environment and Stimulate Student Interactivity with MERLOT
FTYCMA Business Meeting Hamrick, David J
Stetson University, Companion to Eulerís Pentagonal Number Theorem
Shatila, Baria
Jacksonville University, Helping Faculty to Integrate Technology in their Mathematics Classrooms
3:00 Coulter, Lisa
Osterman,
Stetson University, Mathematics, Music and the Arts: Making Finite Math Relevant to the Arts Major
FTYCMA Chairs Meeting Elliott, Abby Lee,
University of Central Florida, Sklarís Theorem
Rai, Sanjay and
Mike Nancarrow,
Jacksonville University, Mathematical Biology REU
3:30 Lipkin, Leonard J.
University of North Florida, More Questions about Calculus
  Davis, Michael
Stetson University, An Exploration of Falling Time Geometry
Unal, Hassan
Florida State University, An Examination of the Teaching of Critical Reflections
4:00 Ambrioso, Alexander
Hillborough Community College, Fair Representation as a Topic for Liberal Arts Mathematics
Hale, Margie
Stetson University, An Overview of Fuzzy Logic
Gates, Wess and
Edward Springer
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Computational Fluid Dynamics via Clustered Parallel Processing
 

 

6:00   Dinner and Speaker   Room 001, Building R

Building the World Trade Center (1969 - 1972):  A Collection of
Poor Quality Slides Shot by a Poverty-ridden Graduate Student

L.A. Prieto
Florida International University

 

Saturday, March 2

7:30-8:50   Governor's Breakfast   Room 001, Building R

 

Papers   Building W

  Room 63 Room 10 Room 64 Room 65
9:00 Agras, Norma
Miami-Dade Community College, Mathematics Curriculum in Florida: Technology-Propelled Changes
Friedman, Erich
Stetson University, Triangle Centers
Northup, Allison
Stetson University, A Survey of Semiregular Graphs
Yelverton, Paul
Houghton-Mifflin, ALEKS
9:30 Hochwald, Scott
University of North Florida, Pascalís Triangle, Bernoulli Numbers, Eulerís Formulas, and Eulerís Constant
Aggarwal, Shiv
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Some of the Mathematics that I Learned by Teaching Physics
Dobbs, Rachelle, and Robyn Roberson
Rollins College, Design and Implementation of Software-Testing Algorithms I
 
10:00 Markov, Lubomir P.
Barry University, On the Problem A=mP for General Triangles
Tong, Jingcheng
University of North Florida, Riemannís Integral Could and Should be Simplified
Tabatabai, Jeff
Rollins College, Design and Implementation of Software-Testing Algorithms II
SUS Chairs Meeting
10:30 Taylor, John T.
Hillsborough Community College, Active Learning Strategies with Turbo Hal
Kung, Sidney
Jacksonville University (retired), Some New Properties of Pascalís Triangle
Manchola, Maky
Miami-Dade Community College, Encryption Games in College
 

 

11:00-12:30   Plenary Session   Room 001, Building R

Assessment at the Department Level

Tom Rishel, MAA

 

12:40-2:40   Luncheon and Business Meeting   Room 001, Building R

 

Registration Form (PDF)
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA

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Please complete the following:

First Name Last Name
Institution Department
Mailing Address
City State Zip Code
Email Address
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Circle appropriate position designation:

Active Faculty: F1 - Pre-College F2 - Two-Year College  F4 - Four-Year College  F5 - Graduate School
Retired Faculty: FR Publisher:     P Industry:     I
Student: SG - Graduate S - Secondary SU - Undergraduate
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Indicate functions for which you are paying:

Pre-registration (Due by February 26)

Regular   $10.00    _______________
Student $  0.00

Governor's Breakfast

$  5.99    _______________

Luncheon

$  7.50    _______________

Conference Banquet

Regular $14.00    _______________
Student $  8.00    _______________

Total

$ _______________
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Send check (payable to "Florida Section - MAA") and application to:

Ken Pothoven
Department of Mathematics - PHY 114
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave. Tampa, Florida 33620-5700

Robert C. Meacham

Dr. Robert C. Meacham, a mathematics professor and founding faculty member of Eckerd College, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at the College Harbor Retirement Community. He was 81.

He came to St. Petersburg in the summer of 1960 for the first classes that fall at Florida Presbyterian College, which became Eckerd College in 1972.

During his 33 years at the college, Dr. Meacham served terms as president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors and as Florida governor of the American Mathematical Association.

A talented tennis player, he coached the Eckerd team for several years during the 1970s.

The son of a Presbyterian minister and a homemaker, Robert Colegrove Meacham was born in Moultrie, Ga., and grew up in Birmingham, Ala. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College).

As a Navy lieutenant in World War II, he served as a radar, torpedo and gunnery officer aboard the submarine Picuda during six war patrols in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. He received two Silver Star medals, a Bronze Star and letter of commendation.

After the war, with a master of science degree and a doctorate in applied mathematics from Brown University, he taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology and the University of Florida before coming to Florida Presbyterian.

In 1966, he studied the emerging field of computer science in Palo Alto, Calif., under a National Science Foundation grant.

He had served as an elder at Lakeview Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Katharine Miller Meacham; two daughters, Katharine Meacham, Asheville, N.C., and Laura Keane, St. Petersburg; a son, Andrew, St. Petersburg, a Times correspondent; a sister, Charlotte Parsons, Scituate, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002 at Griffin Chapel on the Eckerd campus. The family suggests contributions to the Meacham Mathematics Memorial, established in the name of Dr. Meacham and a son, the late Robert C. Meacham, c/o Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711; or to Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg, FL; February 20, 2002; Craig Basse

Rollins College

Faculty

Jay Yellen begins a regular faculty appointment in Fall 2002 as Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Rollins College.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics at Polytechnic University of New York and did his doctoral work in finite group theory at Colorado State University.   He has had regular faculty appointments at Allegheny College, SUNY at Fredonia, and Florida Institute of Technology, and he has held visiting positions at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Columbia University.  He is the coauthor, with Jonathan Gross, of "Graph Theory and Its Applications" (CRC Press, 1999) and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Rollins College.

St. Petersburg College

Faculty

Jim Rutledge gave a presentation on Mathematics and MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego and participated in the MAA Teaching Future Teachers workshop that followed the meetings.  He was delighted to see that Dr. Fredric Zerla, USF, received the MAA Award for Meritorious Service.

Stetson University

Student Senior Research

Five Mathematics Seniors and twelve Computing Seniors presented their Senior Research Proposals during Fall 2001. They will spend Spring 2002 completing their research, writing a comprehensive paper and presenting their findings to the department. Some are hoping to present their work at the March Meeting at Santa Fe Community College. The abstracts and complete drafts may be found here: http://www.stetson.edu/departments/mathcs/students/research

Restructuring the Mathematics Major

The Mathematics Major at Stetson University has been overhauled to keep pace with the growing demands of industry and academia for individuals with specific as well as broad ranging mathematical and computational skills. The concentrations have been picked from a myriad of possibilities with the following factors in mind: careers after graduation, current national and global trends, and the resources available at Stetson University. To learn more about this restructuring, please visit: http://www.stetson.edu/departments/mathcs/programs/math/tracks.shtml

Department Colloquium

In addition to the Mathematics Senior Research Proposals at the end of November, there were four talks in the department colloquium series. Spring 2002 promises to feature many exciting talks as well. All past, current, and future abstracts may be found here: http://www.stetson.edu/departments/mathcs/events/colloquium/

Annual Fall Picnic

The department enjoyed its annual fall picnic amidst the pristine surroundings of DeLeon Springs, FL. Pictures will be available soon and may be viewed at: http://www.stetson.edu/departments/mathcs/events/recreational

University of Central Florida

AMS Fall 2002 Southeastern Section Meeting

The Mathematics Department at the University of Central Florida will host The Fall 2002 AMS Southeaster Section Meeting , November 9-10.  Meeting # 982, Notices Program Issue: January 2003, Abstract Issue: 23/4 Deadlines Program.  For additional information, contact Dr. Piotr Mikusinski, piotrm@mail.ucf.edu.

Professor Peter Hilton

The Mathematics Department at the University of Central Florida is pleased to report that Professor Peter Hilton is serving as a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in our Department.  In March, Professor Hilton will be on a lecture tour in Michigan, speaking to four universities.    In June, Professor Hilton will give an invited talk at the Algebra/Topology seminar at the E.T.H., in Zurich, Switzerland.    The University on Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand has renewed Professor Hiltonís Erskine Visiting Fellowship.  He will be in New Zealand for six weeks, July/August 2002.  He will give several public lectures and two lectures each to the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Philosophy.

University of South Florida

Faculty

Natasha Jonoska has joined the editorial board of the journal New Generation Computing.

Mile Krajcevski has published the book "Tilings of the Plane, Hyperbolic Groups and Small Cancellation Conditions" in the Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society series.

Yuncheng You, with George Sell of the University of Minnesota, has published the book "Dynamics of Evolutionary Equations" in Springer's Applied Mathematics Series.

Fred Zerla received the Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America on January 7 at the Joint Meeting with the American Mathematical Association in San Diego.  The Certificate is in recognition of service to the MAA at the national level, or for service to a section.  Professor Zerla was nominated by the Florida Section.  The First such award was made in 1984.  The Certification notes:

Professor Zerla has, for several years, been advisor to student mathematical societies, including Pi Mu Epsilon and the University's student MAA chapter.  He was already an active MAA member when the Florida Section was founded in 1967 holding such offices as Vice-President for Programs, President, Local Arrangements Coordinator, and Governor.  In addition, he has served for many years as coordinator of the Suncoast Region, one of the most active and visible regions within the Florida Section.

Employment Opportunities

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University,  Floridaís oldest Catholic education institution in Benedictine tradition, currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 15 regional centers throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.  The School of arts and Sciences is seeking candidates for a proposed full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Mathematics for University Campus location, 30 miles north of Tampa, Florida.  The appointment will be at the Assistant professor level.   Normal, undergraduate, semester teaching load is 4-4.   PhD in mathematics is required and previous college teaching is preferred.  Opportunities exist for teaching mathematics in the summer session and/or on-line. Review of the applications begins immediately for anticipated start date of August 16, 2002. Letter of introduction shall document successful teaching experience and research interest, a current cv/resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.

Application materials to be submitted to:

Department of Human Resources, MC-2327
Saint Leo University
P.O. Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL   33574

Please refer to Assistant Professor Mathematics Position #02089.

Stetson University

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is pleased to announce three faculty positions beginning in Fall 2002. Two are in Computer Science and one is in Mathematics. Please visit the following link for the descriptions: http://www.stetson.edu/departments/mathcs/positions

Professional Development Opportunities

DIMACS Reconnect Conference 2002
Rutgers University, August 11-17, 2002

Rutgers University in New Jersey is sponsoring a "Reconnect" conference this upcoming August.  The goal is to "reconnect" faculty whose primary job is teaching undergraduates to the math and computer science research enterprise.  NSF is a major sponsor so most expenses are covered.  For more information consult the website http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/reconnect/2002/

Knot Theory
Wake Forest University, June 24-28, 2002
Organized and Presented by: Colin Adams, Williams College

Knot theory is a great topic for exciting students about mathematics. It is visual and hands on. Students can begin working on problems the first day with their shoelaces. Knot theory is also an incredibly active field. There is a tremendous amount of work going on currently, and one can easily state open problems. It also has important applications to chemistry, biochemistry and physics. This workshop is aimed at college and university teachers who are interested in knowing more about knot theory. There is no assumption of previous background in the field, however a familiarity with basic topology will help. The goals of the workshop are as follows:
  1. Participants will be able to teach an undergraduate course in knot theory.
  2. Participants will be able to do research in knot theory.
  3. Participants will be able to direct student research in knot theory.
Each day will be divided into a morning session when we learn about specific topics in knot theory and an afternoon session, when we conjecture wildly, throw around ideas, and do original research.

Information about the workshop presenter:

Colin Adams is the Francis C. Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He wrote "The Knot Book: an Elementary Intorduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots" and has taught an undergraduate course on knot theory many times. He has published over 30 articles on knot theory and related subjects. He has directed over 40 undergraduate students on research in knot theory and co-authored papers with a total of 33 different undergraduates. Adams received the Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award of the MAA in 1998, was a Polya Lecturer for the MAA 1998-2000,and is currently a Sigma Xi Lecturer.

For more information on this workshop and others, and an application form, go to http://www.maa.org/pfdev/pfdev_index.html

PREP WORKSHOPS

There are a variety of workshops being offered this summer under the MAA's PREP program.  The Knot Theory workshop above is a sample of those that can be found at http://www.maa.org/pfdev/prep/prep.html.

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