Florida Section Newsletter
January 1996
Volume 17, Issue 2


bulletSection Executive Committee
bulletNominations for 1996 Election
bulletPresident's Message
bulletConference Announcements
bulletOhio State Short Courses
bullet7th International Conference on Fibonacci Numbers and Their Applications
bulletCampus News
bulletUniversity of Florida
bulletManatee Community College
bulletSaint Leo
bulletSt. Petersburg Junior College
bulletBarry University
bulletValencia Community College
bulletFlorida State University
bulletUniversity of South Florida
bulletProgram for Annual Meeting, March 1-2, 1996

MAA Florida Section Officers for 1995-96


Leonard Lipkin
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 646-2467 FAX: (904) 646-2563


Don Hill
Department of Mathematics
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(904) 599-3595
SunCom: 286-3595

Vice-President for Programs

Moana Karsteter
Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee, FL 32304
(904) 922-8229 FAX (904) 921-1261
SunCom: 292-8229

Vice-President-Elect for Programs

Joe Mott
Department of Mathematics
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Vice-President for Site Selection

Gerald Junevicus
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
(813) 864-8432 FAX (813) 864-8382

Vice-President-Elect for Site Selection

David Kerr
Department of Mathematics
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
(813) 864-8432 FAX (813) 864-8382


Ernest Ross/June White
12229 69th Terrace, North
Seminole, FL 34642
(813) 391-7159
FAX (813) 791-2542 (White)
(813) 791-2601 (Ross)

Newsletter Editor

Mark Anderson
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL 32789
FAX (407) 646-2479

Section Governor

Frederick Hoffman
Department of Mathematics
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(407) 367-3345

1996 Nominations

The Nominating Committee is happy to submit the following slate of nominees for the 1996 election: President-Elect Shiv Aggarwal, Embry-Riddle Vice President-Elect Charles Lindsey, for Program Florida Gulf Coast University Vice President-Elect Janice Campbell, for Site St. Petersburg Junior College Nominating Committee: Marilyn Repsher, Chair, Jacksonville University Gloria Child, Rollins College Maurice Nott, St. Petersburg Junior College Rama Rao, University of North Florida Kermit Sigmon, University of Florida

President's Message

We have an exciting meeting planned for March 1 and 2 in St. Petersburg. The meeting is co-sponsored by St. Petersburg Junior College and Florida Power Company. When I announced this collaboration at the national MAA Section Chairs Meeting in January, the reaction was enthusiastic. People there thought this was the first collaboration of its kind. I recently spoke with Margaret Wright, the president of SIAM, and she actively supports educational cooperation among industry, MAA, and SIAM. It appears that we are about to break new, fertile ground that will benefit the mathematical community and our students. We owe thanks to Ernie Ross, June White, and the rest of the gang at St. Petersburg Junior College for this opportunity.

In my last message, I requested input from the membership about several items. I'm sorry to say that I did not get much response. So, I'll ask again.


  1. Please let me know if you would be willing to serve on an MAA/Florida Committee. The hours are short, the value is great, and the personal return is satisfying. The officers want very much to get new people involved in the organization as committee members and as officers.
  2. Please let me know if you (that is, your department and school) would be willing to host our annual meeting. This is a wonderful chance for a department to receive positive publicity and to do a great service for the mathematical community.
  3. Please let me know your opinion of the process of election of officers: single or multiple-candidate slates; mail ballot or election at meetings, etc.
I look forward to your response to these items. My address is Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of North Florida, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224; phone (904) 646-2468; fax (904) 646-2540; email llipkin@unf1vm.unf.edu

And, I look forward to a huge turnout in St. Petersburg! See you there.

Len Lipkin

Conference Announcements

1996 Summer Technology
One Week Short Courses for College Faculty

The Ohio State University College Short Course Program organized by Bert Waits and Frank Demana is offering week-long courses at many colleges throughout the United States. Each short course participant will learn hands-on how to use the new TI-92 hand-held symbolic algebra computer and/or the TI-82 graphing calculator to enhance the teaching and learning of college and university mathematics. Mathematics reform materials consistent with the calculus reform movement, MAA recommendations, and the AMATYC Crossroads in Mathematics will be the focus of appropriate short courses. Applications, problem solving, group learning, pedagogy, implementation issues and testing issues will be featured in all short courses. The Calculator-Based Laboratory (CBL) system may be used to gather real data and connect mathematics with science.

Courses Offered
DEV Mathematics in the foundation area using the TI-82 and CBL (This includes pre-algebra, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra and data analysis.) July 15 - 19 Jacksonville University, Florida Your host, Debbie Adams, may be reached at (904) 745-7300.
ALGT College algebra, trigonometry, and data analysis using the TI-82 and CBL with an introduction to the TI-92 July 15 - 19 Jacksonville University, Florida Your host, Debbie Adams, may be reached at (904) 745-7300.
PCALC Precalculus and calculus topics using the TI-82 or TI-85 and CBL with an introduction to the TI-92
CAS-CALC Calculus enhanced with computer symbolic algebra using the TI-92 and CBL July 3 - 7 Rollins College, Florida Your host, Mark Anderson, may be reached at (407) 646-2323.

For information on dates and locations of all college sites please contact Bert Waits and Frank Demana at Ohio State c/o Ed Laughbaum at (614) 292-7223, or , or Room 342 Math Tower, The Ohio State University, 231 West 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

7th International Conference
On Fibonacci Numbers & Their Applications

The conference will take place at Technische Universitšt Graz From July 14 to July 19, 1996 and will be sponsored jointly by the Fibonacci Association and Technische Universitšt Graz.

Papers on all branches of mathematics and science related to the Fibonacci numbers and generalized Fibonacci numbers as well as papers related to recurrences and their generalizations are welcome. Abstracts are to be submitted by February 1, 1996. Manuscripts will be due by May 30, 1996. Questions about the conference as well as abstracts and manuscripts, which should be sent in duplicate following the guidelines for submission of articles found on the inside front cover of any recent issue of The Fibonacci Quarterly, should be sent to:


Professor Gerald E. Bergum
The Fibonacci Quarterly
Computer Science Department
Box 2201
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007-1596


Professor F. T. Howard
Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Box 7388
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7388

University of Florida

The Mathematics Department voted last year to move to Little Hall so that the entire department could be together. Currently, we are split between Little Hall and beautiful Walker Hall. The Mathematics Department began this historic move in December and the move is still in process in January. During the fall semester, we had a great time redesigning and renovating the third floor of Little. A new reception area was added and a new 800 square foot atrium was created which should accommodate 70 to 80 people for colloquia and meetings. All of the administrative staff and faculty from the second floor of Walker Hall have now moved to Little, leaving Mathematics faculty on the first and third floors of Walker. They will be moving to Little later in the Spring. Part of the challenge of the move comes from the redesign of the computer system, and this challenge is being met by system administrator Urvashi Shah.

In the third year of the State University System's Teaching Improvement Program (TIP),seven Mathematics faculty were recognized this fall for excellent teaching and received $5,000 raises: James Brooks, Frank Garvan, Jonathan King, Bernard Mair, Murali Rao, Christopher Stark and Andrew Vince. Over the past three years, the outstanding teaching of 22 Mathematics faculty has been recognized by this program.

We are pleased to welcome three new faculty members to our department this fall: Jan Cheah, Alexander Dranishnikov and Irene Hueter.

Manatee Community College

On April 13, 1996 the South Campus Math Faculty of Manatee Community College and the Sarasota County Teachers of Mathematics will jointly host the Third Annual Southwest Florida Drive-In Math Conference. The morning sessions will include workshops on Converge, Derive, Geometer's Sketchpad, Gyrographics, MINITAB and the TI-92 Graphing Calculator.

The presentations in the afternoon will include numerous items of interest to Elementary, Middle and High School teachers, and Community College instructors.

The cost is $5.00 and the deadline date for registration is Friday, March 29. All interested attendees may contact: Marjorie Thrall, Manatee Community College, 8000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293. Telephone: (941) 493-3504, ext. 2639.

Saint Leo College

This year, we have two new tenure-track faculty: Drs. Kevin Charlwood and Nikolaos Kodogianidis. They both received their Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the summer of '94. Kevin teaches math only, and Nikolaos teaches math and physics. Maria Soto retired last spring, but has rejoined us to teach precalculus this spring. We look forward to meeting many of you in March!

St. Petersburg Junior College

Bill Rice was a well-respected member of the Mathematics Department from 1958 to 1991. Bill died on December 27, 1995. He was chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1960 - 1976 and division director of the Science-Math division from 1976 - 1978. He was a leader in local and state mathematics organizations and served one year as president of the Florida Section of the Mathematics Association of America, the first community college faculty member to serve in that office.

Barry University

The Math Department had an interesting fall semester. Students and faculty participated in many activities and won some honors. Fr. Pedro Suarez, the chair has been asked to serve on the Center for Excellence Advisory Board of the Museum of Science in Miami. Dr. Eduardo Luna attended the IX Inter-American conference on Mathematics Education from July 31 - August 4 at Santiago, Chile and addressed the Plenary Session. Professor Carol Marinas participated in the Education Day at Barry University on November 14, attended the meeting of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics in West Palm Beach on Oct. 12-14 presented a talk f(g) Scholar: a New Advancement at the Florida Educational Technology conference in Ft. Lauderdale in November, organized a workshop of Dade County teachers to learn how to use Pagemaker for their business cards and a Christmas newsletter and also conducted a workshop on January 4 and 6, on learning the Freenet for the Broward County library system. Professor Carlos Segami along with Professors F. Gomez and R. Hull co-authored the paper Automated Acquisition of Knowledge from Encyclopedic Tests which was published in the IEEE International Journal of Artificial intelligence Tools. He also co-authored and presented the paper Automated Database Design from Natural Language with F. Gomez in the 1995 Goddard Conference on Space Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Information Technologies held in Maryland in May. Most of the faculty also attended the joint MAA/AMS meetings at Orlando.

The Barry University programming team consisting of the Computer Science majors, Daniel Bulli, Nelson Fonseca and Stefan Mueller obtained third place in the 1995 ACM division II Southeast Regional Programming competition. Several members of the MAA student chapter attended the joint meeting in Orlando in January.

Valencia Community College

Therlene Boyett became acting chair of the West Campus Mathematics department on January 3. A permanent chair will be appointed on July 1.

Florida State University

The FSU Mathematics Department has two new faculty members this year. Professor M. Yousuff Hussaini, Eminent Scholar Chair in High Performance Computing, comes to us from ICASE (Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering) where he was formerly the director. Professor Yousuff will direct an interdisciplinary program in Computational Science and Engineering. Professor Mika Seppala, formerly of the Academy of Finland, will direct our newly established program in symbolic computation. Also, visiting for the year are Loris Renggli, visiting assistant professor, from the Universite de Montpellier, France, and Ben Fusaro, visiting professor, from Salisbury State University, Maryland. Spring semester visitors are Paul-Jean Cahen, visiting professor, from Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, Philip Hall, visiting professor, from the University of Manchester, U.K., and Wolfgang Metzler, visiting professor, from J.W. Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Paolo Aluffi, John Bryant, Bettye Anne Case, Chris Hunter, Washington Mio, Warren Nichols and Dan Oberlin won TIP awards.

De Witt Sumners was a featured speaker at the SIAM annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. in October. (His picture graces the front page of the December issue of SIAM News.)

The course Theory of Life Contingencies, MAP 4175, has been added to the actuarial mathematics program at FSU. The content of this course is basic for the 6th examination in the series of the Society of Actuaries (or 4a of the Casualty Actuarial Society). At FSU we now support preparation for the first six examinations. Inquiries are invited.

Retired Professor Dwight Goodner passed away last September at the age of 82. Dwight served as one of the first Florida Section Governor. Several years ago, Dwight and his wife Mildred, established the Goodner teaching awards for TA's. This cash award is presented annually to male and female teaching assistants for excellence in teaching.

University of South Florida

Dr. Richard Austin was a member of the program committee for the MCTM meeting in Knoxville and presented a session on using Superitems in Assessment. At the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, he presented a session on informal geometry projects for teachers. He is also the current president of the Florida Association of Mathematics Educators.

Dr. Michaele F. Chappell presented Developing Algebraic Reasoning with Algebra Tiles at the Southern Regional meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Knoxville, TN, October 5-7.

Roberta Fuller has joined the mathematics education faculty at USF. She is completing her Ph.D. in mathematics education from Illinois State University. Her dissertation, Assessing Teacher Change in Beliefs, Knowledge and Practice, is being chaired by Dr. Cheryl Lubinsky. We welcome her to the faculty.

Dr. Betty Lichtenberg has been granted status as Professor Emeritus and was honored at the Honors Convocation last fall.

Dr. Denisse R. Thompson presented Hands-on Algebra Activities for Elementary Students at the NCTM meeting in Knoxville and Using TI's Calculator-Based Laboratory (with Dr. Fred Prince) at the FCTM meeting. She published The METRO Achievement Program: Helping Inner-City Girls Excel in Equity in Mathematics Education: Influences of Feminism and Culture, edited by Pat Rogers and Gabriele Kaiser and Making Connections with Transformations in Grades K-8 with Rheta N. Rubenstein in the 1995 NCTM yearbook. She has also co-authored two articles in the Mathematics Teacher, one in the November 95 issue and one in the February 96 issue.

Dr. Andria Troutman has rejoined the mathematics education department after a tenure in the Instructional Technology department. We welcome her back. The fifth edition of Mathematics: A Good Beginning -- Strategies for Teaching Children, written with Betty Lichtenberg, was published in 1995.

Program for Annual Meeting
Friday, March 1

9:00 - 10:45
TI-92 Calculator:  Interactive Geometry & Advanced Graphing
Marcelle Bessman

11:00 - 12:45
Introduction to Calculus on the TI-92 Calculator
Marsha Finkel-Babadi


9:00 - 11:00
Programming on the TI-82 Graphing Calculator
Michael Keller

11:00 - 12:45
The New Casio Calculator
Marcelle Bessman



9:00 - 12:00
SUS Chairs Meeting
9:00 - 10:15
Business Meeting

10:30 - 12:00
Community College Forum



12:20 - 1:00
Regional Meeting Reports
1:15 - 1:30
Welcome Session
Leonard Lipkin, UNF
MAA-Florida Section President
1:30 - 2:30
Plenary Address
Heiz-Otto Peitgen
Author of books and articles on Chaos and Fractals
A Role Model for Complexity:  Paper Folding
2:45 - 5:15
Environmental Mathematics
Ben Fusaro
2:45 - 5:15
Special Session
Using the CBL (Calculator Based Laboratory) in the Mathematics Classroom
2:45 - 5:15
Contributed Papers
2:45 - 5:15
Special Session
Mathematics Education & Reform
2:45 - 3:30
FAME Meeting (FL Association of Mathematics Educators)

3:40 - 4:20
Meeting for those interested in student organizations & activities

4:30 - 5:00
MAA-FL Section WEB home page discussion

5:45 - 6:45
Evening Social


Saturday, March 2

7:30 - 8:30
Governor's Breakfast
Fred Hoffman, FAU
MAA-Florida Section Governor
9:00 - 10:00
Plenary Address
Lin Dearing, Clemson University
Two Student Project Experiences in Industry
10:10 - 11:20
Panel Discussion:  What Industry Wants from Mathematics
Joe Mott with panelists from industry
10:10 - 11:20
Special Session on History of Mathematics
10:10 - 11:20
Special Session on Applications
10:10 - 11:20
Contributed Papers
10:10 - 11:20
Student Papers Session
11:30 - 12:30
Plenary Address
Marcia Sward
Executive Director of MAA
12:45 - 2:00
Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting


Directions to Florida Power Corporation

From I-275 In South St. Petersburg

bulletTake the exit for 22nd Avenue South (Not north)
bulletExit 5 traveling north
bulletExit 6 traveling south
bulletGo west on 22nd Avenue for 1 block on 34th Street
bulletTurn left (south) on 34th Street
bulletFlorida Power is about 8 blocks on the right
bullet3201 34th Street South

Motel Accommodations

When making reservations, mention the MAA meeting hosted by Florida Power Corporation and St. Petersburg Junior College.  Rooms being held until February 1 -- on available basis after that.

Nearby Motels

Howard Johnson Executive Inn
3600 34th Street, South
St. Petersburg, Florida
(813) 867-6070
$56 + tax includes deluxe continental breakfast - up to 4 per room

Ramada Inn
3601 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
(813) 867-1377
$58 + tax includes deluxe continental breakfast - up to 4 per room

Holiday Inn
4601 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
(813) 867-3131
$59 + tax for king-sized room

Beach Motel

Best Western Sirata Beach Motel
5390 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
(813) 367-2771
$139 + tax for efficiency for up to 4 persons

Pre-Register Now!
1996 Annual Meeting

Please complete the following:

First Name                                                                                    Last Name
Name You Go By, If Different From First Name
Institution                                                                                    Department
Mailing Address
City                                                                                               State                                                              Zip Code

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        SU-Secondary        SU-Undergraduate

Indicate categories for which you are paying/attending:

Pre-registration @ $5.00 ______      Governor's Breakfast @ $5.75 ______
   (Students free if pre-registered)
Luncheon @ $6.50 ______

Total Enclosed $ ______________________

Make check out to "Florida Section-MAA." and mail to:

Ernest R. Ross, Treasurer
Florida Section MAA
12229 69th Terrace N
Seminole, FL  34642