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  • MAA Communities

    MAA Connect is the MAA's new online community for members to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers. It's your platform to share ideas, ask questions, and network. Visit connect.maa.org to log-in and join the Indiana Section MAA Community.

  • A Piece of History

    In the most recent contribution from our section historian, Rick Gillman looks at Indiana connections in the MAA's national leadership. You can read the full article here.

  • MAA Award Winner

    Congratulations to Rick Gillman from Valparaiso University, the winner of the 2019 Mathematical Association of America Certificate for Meritorious Service. You can read more details about Rick's honor here.

  • Did You Know?

    Indiana colleges have the opportunity to host a visitor from the Indiana Section of the MAA free of cost! During his or her visit, the visitor speaks on a topic of interest to undergraduates, as well as the value of active involvement in both the MAA and the Indiana Section of the MAA. To learn more, visit our College Visitors Program page.

Upcoming Section Meeting

    • Fall Meeting of the Indiana MAA

      Back Home Again in Indiana
      October 3, 2020
      To be held via Zoom

      Back Home Again in Indiana

      Plenary Speakers

      • Dr. Jennifer Beineke
        • Western New England University
        • Great Moments of the Riemann Zeta Function
        • Movies have great moments and sports have great moments, but mathematics has the greatest moments of all. In this talk, we will explore moments of the Riemann zeta function (also known as mean values), and we will revisit the momentous discoveries of Hardy, Littlewood, and Ingham in the 1920s. We will also discuss memorable moments that today's number theorists have encountered as they work on open problems related to the Riemann Hypothesis.
      • Dr. Amanda Harsy
        • Lewis University
        • Wouldn't It Be Nice?
        • When I was growing up, mathematics was not my best subject, but it was my favorite. I had a great short term memory and could memorize and apply mathematical procedures quickly and effectively. I didn't care where these methods came from or why they worked, as long as I could carry out my steps and get the right answer. This turned out to be problematic for me when I was asked to apply mathematical methods to new problems and conduct research.

          Now as an educator, I see myself in my students. They see mathematics as a long list of seemingly disconnected methods and rules without seeing the creative problem-solving behind each technique.

          One of my goals for my students is for them to see the bigger picture of mathematics and appreciate the creativity that gave rise to the methods we use over and over again in mathematics. In this presentation, I will share one of my favorite problem-solving techniques, "wishful thinking," and how it can help connect the mathematics curriculum we teach and the problem-solving techniques used by mathematicians and scientists alike.
      • Dr. Talitha Washington
        • Clark Atlanta University
        • Director of the Data Science Initiative, Atlanta University Center Consortium
        • Indiana: The Genesis of Black PhD Mathematicians
        • In 1925, Elbert Frank Cox became the first Black to earn a PhD in Mathematics. Cox was born in Evansville, Indiana and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Indiana University in 1917. At a time when Indiana had erupting race riots and the Indiana Klan had risen to a peak of power, how did Cox circumvent the odds? Dr. Talitha Washington, an Evansville native, will tell the story of Cox, the racial struggles of Indiana, and how other Black mathematicians navigate through racial barriers.
      • All three of our plenary speakers grew up and went to college in Indiana!

      Schedule and Abstracts

      • The schedule of events is posted here.
      • Abstracts are posted here.

      Registration and Call for Papers

      • Registration is now closed. All registered participants should have received an email on October 1st with the Zoom information for the meeting. Please make sure you have the latest Zoom client downloaded. If you do not, you will be unable to join the breakout rooms for the Contributed Paper Sessions. (You will be able to join the Keynotes regardless.)
      • The Call for Contributed Papers has closed.


      • Click on the thumbnail image below to view a printable poster for the Fall 2020 meeting.

        Meeting Poster