|Florida Section Newsletter
The Mathematical Association of America
Volume 23, Issue 2
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.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Approval of Minutes for April 28, 2001 Executive Committee Meeting
- Treasurerís Report
- Governorís Report
- Newsletter Editorís Report
- President-Electís Report
- Committee Reports
- Student Activities
- Old Business
- 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:
|From I-75 take exit 76 (Newberry Road exit).|
|Head east toward the University of Florida for about three miles.|
|Before 34th Street the restaurant will be on your left in a plaza that is next to a large movie theater.|
|The 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
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:
- 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:
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.
The Nominating Committee is pleased to submit the following slate of nominees for the 2002 election:
Vice-President-Elect for Program
Vice-President-Elect for Site
Student Activities Coordinator
With the officers who are continuing, this should give a good balance of private and public universities and community colleges.
Department of Mathematics
St. Petersburg College
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 34625
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.
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
Fallacies in Elementary Statistics
|Ann Watkins, California State
Northridge, President MAA
|6:00||Dinner and Speaker||L.A. Prieto, Florida International University|
Saturday, March 2, 2002
|7:30 - 8:50||Governor's Breakfast|
|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 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
Deluxe King: $69
Cabot Lodge (Rooms Held Until February 14)
3726 SW 40th Blvd (Exit 75)
Gainesville Fl 32608
(352) 375 Ė 2400
Courtyard by Marriott (Rooms Held Until February 14)
3700 SW 42nd Street (Exit 75)
Gainesville Fl 32608
(352) 335 Ė 9100
Days Inn (Rooms Held Until February 14)
7516 W Newberry Rd (Exit 76)
Gainesville Fl 32606
(352) 332 Ė 3033
Holiday Inn West (Rooms Held Until February 1)
7417 NW 8th Ave (Exit 76)
Gainesville Fl 32605
(352) 332 Ė 7500
If you would like to present a paper, please send all information to:
Department of Mathematics
Jacksonville, FL 32211
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.
Getting to the conference at the Santa Fe Community College Northwest Campus
From points north:
|Take I-75 south to exit 77|
|Keep left at the fork in the ramp|
|Turn left onto NW 39th Avenue and go about 1 mile|
|Turn right onto NW 83rd Street and go about 0.6 mile|
|Take I-75 north to exit 77|
|Keep right at the fork in the ramp|
|Turn right onto NW 39th Avenue and go about 0.8 mile|
|Turn right onto NW 83rd Street and go about 0.6 mile|
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
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.
- Beef tips with mushrooms over rice
- Chicken Parmesan over orzo noodles
- Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
|Student $ 8.00|
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
The menu will entail Soup du Jour, an assortment of sandwiches, chips, and an assortment of cookies and brownies.
Cost: $ 7.50
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
1:00 Plenary Session Room 001, Building R
in Elementary Statistics
Papers Building W
|Room 63||Room 10||Room 64||Room 65|
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
Polk Community College, In the Beginning there was Euler
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
Jacksonville University, Helping Faculty to Integrate Technology in their Mathematics Classrooms
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
Jacksonville University, Mathematical Biology REU
|3:30||Lipkin, Leonard J.
University of North Florida, More Questions about Calculus
Stetson University, An Exploration of Falling Time Geometry
Florida State University, An Examination of the Teaching of Critical Reflections
Hillborough Community College, Fair Representation as a Topic for Liberal Arts Mathematics
Stetson University, An Overview of Fuzzy Logic
|Gates, Wess and
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
|7:30-8:50 Governor's Breakfast Room 001, Building R|
Papers Building W
|Room 63||Room 10||Room 64||Room 65|
Miami-Dade Community College, Mathematics Curriculum in Florida: Technology-Propelled Changes
Stetson University, Triangle Centers
Stetson University, A Survey of Semiregular Graphs
University of North Florida, Pascalís Triangle, Bernoulli Numbers, Eulerís Formulas, and Eulerís Constant
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Some of the Mathematics that I Learned by Teaching Physics
|Dobbs, Rachelle, and
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
University of North Florida, Riemannís Integral Could and Should be Simplified
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
Jacksonville University (retired), Some New Properties of Pascalís Triangle
Miami-Dade Community College, Encryption Games in College
11:00-12:30 Plenary Session Room 001, Building R
the Department Level
Tom Rishel, MAA
12:40-2:40 Luncheon and Business Meeting Room 001, Building R
2002 Joint Annual Meetings
MAA Florida Section & FTYCMA
Please complete the following:
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|
Indicate functions for which you are paying:
Pre-registration (Due by February 26)
Send check (payable to "Florida Section - MAA") and application to:
Department of Mathematics - PHY 114
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave. Tampa, Florida 33620-5700
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
FacultyJay 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.
FacultyJim 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.
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 TheoryKnot 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:
Wake Forest University, June 24-28, 2002
Organized and Presented by: Colin Adams, Williams College
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.
- Participants will be able to teach an undergraduate course in knot theory.
- Participants will be able to do research in knot theory.
- Participants will be able to direct student research in knot theory.
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 WORKSHOPSThere 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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