Fall 2002 SECTION MEETING
rnelson (at) math.bsu.edu , (765) 285-8653
rick.gillman (at) valpo.edu , (219) 464-5067
karls (at) math.bsuedu , (765) 285-8656
dhousman (at) goshen.edu , (574) 535-7405
mporter (at) saintmarys.edu , (574) 284-4458
jdlorch (at) math.bsu.edu , (765) 285-2329
david.rader (at) rose-hulman.edu , (812) 877-8361
ma3 (at) evansville.edu , (812) 479-2945
Spring 2003: Butler University, Indianapolis, IN,
Fall 2003: Goshen College, Goshen, IN, TBA
Spring 2004: Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, TBA
Winter 2003: Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD, January 15-18, 2003
Summer 2003: MathFest 2003, Boulder, CO, July 31-August 2, 2003
Midwest History of Mathematics Conference: Miami University, Oxford, OH, October 4-5, 2002
Central Section AMS Meeting: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, October 12-13, 2002
Fall 2002 Ohio Section Meeting: Kent State University Trumbull Campus, Warren, OH, October 25-26, 2002
STATEMENT FROM RICK GILLMAN (CHAIR OF THE INDIANA SECTION)
Welcome back to another year! The executive committee of the Indiana Section has planned a very interesting program for the year and is making other changes that we expect to be well received by the members.
As you can read, our fall meeting will be at IU Northwest in a few weeks. The highlights of this meeting include the NEXT-IN workshop being lead by Mike Axtell and Joe Sickles. If you have younger colleagues - or you are a younger colleague - please invite them to participate in this program. It is an excellent way to meet other mathematicians in the state and to begin to be active in the section. Other highlights of the program are the talks by Jody Sorensen, a co-winner of the 2001 Polya Award for Expository Writing, and Tina Straley, Executive Director of the MAA.
Also note that the executive committee will be bring by-law changes to the meeting for your approval. This are described elsewhere in this newsletter.
At our spring meeting, we will be featuring a panel discussion of effective and easy assessment programs for mathematics majors, and Erica Flapan, of Pomona College, will be our keynote speaker. She will be talking about connections between chemistry and topology in one talk, and about her research in Knot theory in a second talk.
There will be a major change of procedure for the spring meeting. Registration for the ICMC will be done on-line through the section's website. We are hoping that this will ease some of the congestion and confusion during the spring meeting registration. If it is successful, and well-received, we will be looking to begin pre-registering on-line for attendance at the meeting itself in the next year or so.
As you may be aware, last winter I had the VU Community Research and Service Center conduct an on-line survey of the section membership. There was a good response rate to the survey, and it yielded information much as you might suspect. Our membership is generally older and has spent many years in the MAA; this suggests that we need to continue to work to get our younger colleagues active in the MAA by showing them the benefits of membership and participation. The survey also vividly demonstrated that the members have very diverse interests. The executive committee is continually working to provide a range of programming interests, but if we aren't providing something that you think we should, let us know.
Have a good year! I'm looking forward to seeing you at IUN in a few weeks.
FALL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Speakers will include:
Hilbert Problems on the Sphere
The Hilbert problems of the theory of analytic functions on the sphere are investigated. Applications of the solutions of these problems to the development of the theory of singular integral equations are described.
Surfaces with Maximal Symmetry
A symmetry of a Riemann surface is an involution which preserves angles. The orbit space of such a symmetry is called a Klein surface. In this talk, we consider Klein surfaces that possess a maximal degree of symmetry and describe recent research pertaining to them. The relationship between these surfaces, combinatorial group theory, real algebraic curves, and tesselations of the upper half plane will be explored.
For updates on the fall meeting schedule, please see http://www.valpo.edu/organization/lumina/fallprogram.html .
FALL 2002 MEETING INFORMATION
Directions to Indiana University Northwest
The MAA meeting will take place in the Savannah Center (labeled SC on the campus map below). Participants will be able to park in student spaces (labeled as "parking for students only") of the parking lot at the southwest corner of 33rd Street and Broadway. The parking fees will be waived in these spaces, both on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th, 2002.
Registration will begin at 8:30am on Saturday in the Savannah Lobby. A meeting registration fee of $10.00 will be collected from each non-student participant. There is no registration fee for students. All participants, including students, are expected to sign-in at the registration table.
An appetizer buffet lunch will be held from
to in the
The lunch costs $7.50 per person, and participants should make advanced reservations for lunch at least one week prior to the meeting. The contact person is Ms. Candy Myers ( cmyers (at) iun.edu , (219)980-6590, FAX: (219) 981-4247).
Please reserve your room early. Due to construction at the 255 exit of I-65, guests are encouraged to call the hotel a few days before their arrival to check which exit to take.
DE Dental Education; HH Hawthorn Hall; LC Library/Conference Center; LH Lindenwood Hall; ME Medical Education; MH Marram Hall; MS Moraine Student Center; RH Raintree Hall; SC Savannah Center; SH Sycamore Hall; TH Tamarack Hall; CC Child Care Center; CP Chiller Plant; MR Mailroom; PE Professional Education; PP Physical Plant; R Bus Stops; P Permit Parking; MP Metered Parking
Information for Student Presenters
The Indiana Section of the MAA will now award free memberships to all students who present papers at an Indiana Section meeting. The recipients of these memberships are allowed to select any one journal. In case the prize winner is already a member, an MAA-published book can be substituted for the membership
Project NExT-IN (New Experiences in Teaching), a program of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America which is an offshoot of the national Project NExT , is a year-long program geared toward new or recent doctoral recipients in the mathematical sciences who are employed by Indiana colleges or universities. While the national Project NExT requires applicants to be no more than two years removed from confirmation of their doctorate, we at Project NExT-IN will accept applications from any faculty interested in participating. We especially encourage those who are new to the Indiana section and those who are pre-tenure to apply. Through a series of workshops in conjunction with the semi-annual Indiana Section MAA meetings, as well as through informal chats, participants will explore key aspects of life in academia while building lasting relationships with other participants and with senior faculty mentors from around the region. The following topics are representative of issues to be addressed:
Workshops for this year will be held on October 4-5, 2002, at Indiana University-Northwest in Gary, and on March 28-29, 2003, at Butler University in Indianapolis.
For more information go to http://www2.evansville.edu/js298/projectnext.html . For an application, see http://www2.evansville.edu/js298/projectnextapp.html . Or, contact Joe Stickles (js298 (at) evansville.edu ) or Mike Axtell (axtellm (at) wabash.edu )
Ball State University
The Mathematical Sciences Department welcomes two new tenure-track faculty:
Dr. Giray Okten has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective Fall 2002.
Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
Matthew Walsh has joined the department as Assistant Professor; he received his Ph.D. in graph theory from Auburn University earlier this year.
John Osowski has accepted a position as Continuing Lecturer.
Marc Lipman has rejoined the department, returning to IPFW as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Arthur Finco retired after 37 years at IPFW.
Indiana University Northwest
The IUN Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science has hired Dr. Bogdan Vajiac (Ph. D., University of Notre Dame) as an assistant professor.
Mr. William Odefey (M.A.,
Dr. Le Roy Peterson has retired after 31 years and Dr. John Synowiec has retired after 29 years with the Department.
This Fall, the Purdue University, West Lafayette, Mathematics Department welcomes three new faculty members, Jie Shen as Professor and Min Chen and Jarek Wlodarczyk as Associate Professors; Greg Buzzard joined the faculty as Associate Professor in January 2002. Professors Shen and Chen work on fluid dynamics, Professor Wlodarczyk studies algebraic geometry, and Professor Buzzard studies complex dynamics. Last Spring, Freydoon Shahidi was appointed a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics for his work on automorphic forms and representation theory related to analytic number theory. It is particularly gratifying that Professor Shahidi is being recognized for work he has done at Purdue over the 25 years since he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Also, Professor Alex Eremenko received the McCoy Award, Purdue's premier recognition for research, for his discovery, with Mario Bonk, of the Bloch constant for meromorphic functions. Professor Leonard Lipshitz was appointed Head of Purdue's Mathematics Department, effective July 1, 2002.
Purdue University North Central
Mr. Jerry De Groot joined the faculty of Purdue University North Central as a Continuing Lecturer in August 2002. Jerry comes to PUNC from California where he taught high school Mathematics and Physics for over twenty years as well as having taught mathematics as an adjunct faculty member a several institutions of higher education, including Chapman University. Jerry recently completed a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Davis. He also holds a B.A. degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics and Physics from Dordt College in Iowa (1976) and M.A. Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Northern Iowa (1983).
Dr. Sheon-Young Kang, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, participated in two conferences in Provdiv , Bulgaria where he delivered the paper "Gauss-Type Quadrature for Fredholm Integral Equation of the Second Kind with Non-Smooth Kernels" at The Eleventh International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Computer Science with Applications, August 12-17, 2002, and the paper "Volterra Type Integral Equation Method for the Radial Schroedinger Equation" at The Thirteenth International Conference on Differential Equations, August 18-23, 2002. Dr. Kang's papers were based on the results of his research supported by a PUNC summer research grant and his travel was supported by both the PUNC campus and an International Travel Grant from the Purdue Research Foundation.
Mr. Dennis Lauer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University North Central since Fall 1968 will be retiring in December 2002 after a five year early partial retirement participation during which he taught during fall semesters and enjoyed a taste of retirement during the spring semesters. Over the years Dennis has taught nearly all mathematics, statistics, and physics course offered on the PUNC campus and he has also lectured in the "Great Issues" course on our campus. Dennis is a valued friend of students and the faculty on the PUNC campus. He plans to continue teaching part-time on our campus after his retirement in January.
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman welcomes Aleksey S. Telyakovskiy as a visiting assistant professor. His interests are "Mathematical and numerical simulation of groundwater flows and oil reservoirs. Numerical solution of partial differential equations and systems of nonlinear algebraic equations."
Saint Mary's College
The Mathematics Department at Saint Mary's welcomes two new faculty members this year: Alan Vlach, most recently at Bethel College, and Lazaros Kikas , coming from Oakland University. Also, we are delighted to announce the opening of our Math Center, a new resource for students needing extra help. The center is directed by Suzanne Cox.
The Taylor mathematics laboratory will be named this fall in honor of William Ewbank. William Ewbank was instrumental in developing one of the first such math laboratories in the country for a school of Taylor's size. William Ewbank retired from Taylor's faculty in 1987.
Mark Colgan replaces Jeremy Case as the chair of the Taylor University Mathematics Department. Mark Colgan and Jeremy Case were awarded tenure for the 2002-03, and Mark Colgan was promoted to full professor. Two department members had books published. The MAA published Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn by Matt DeLong of Taylor University and Dale Winter of Harvard University. David Neuhouser's book Open to Reason, compares the roles of reason, imagination, and faith in mathematics and religion.
University of Southern Indiana
Mr. Rick Hudson, a 2002 USI graduate with a B.A. in mathematics, received the President's Medal, the highest award given to a graduating senior. After graduating from USI, Mr. Hudson, a Patoka Indiana resident, enrolled in the University of Louisville' graduate program to continue his study of mathematics.
New to USI for the fall 2002 semester is Dr. Ruben D. Schwieger. Dr. Schwieger has the Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Purdue University, M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona, and B.A. from Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana). He has taught at Ohio State University, several liberal arts colleges, and in the University of Ghana system on a Fulbright Fellowship. His special interests are in problem solving, especially in application to mathematics education in the K-College levels. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is active in state as well as regional and national conventions of the NCTM.
Two years ago (fall 2000), Michael Axtell joined the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. He is a ring theorist and Project Next fellow. Mike received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in May 2000.
Last year (fall 2001),
This year (fall 2002), William Turner joined the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. His research is in black box linear algebra. He received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in May 2002.
INDIANA COLLEGE MATHEMATICS COMPETITION (ICMC)
Preregistration for 2003 ICMC
Beginning with the 2003 ICMC at Butler University, we strongly recommend that teams pre-register, so that the host institution can reserve enough rooms for the contest. Teams that pre-register will be guaranteed admission to the contest, while those teams that register on-site will be granted admission provided that space is available.
To preregister, teams should contact the host institution (
Solutions for the Spring 2002 ICMC
In order to maximize the number of people able to view the solutions, the problems and solutions for the Spring 2002 ICMC are now available in pdf format here .
The 2002 Distinguished Service Award was received by Stephan Carlson (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology), while the 2002 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics went to Mic Jackson (Earlham College). Full text of their citations may be found at
Call for Nominations for the Indiana Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
Nominations for the twefth annual Indiana Section Award for
Anyone is entitled to make a nomination, but nominations from mathematics department chairs are especially solicited. Although it is not mandatory, involvement of a nominee in preparing the nomination packet is permitted and encouraged. However, self-nomination is not permitted. A previous nominee for this award who did not become a Section awardee can be nominated again. Indeed, the Section has instructed the selection committee that ``meritorious nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award which do not result in an award will be continued as active nominations for next year's Distinguished Teaching Award and, if again not successful, will be continued for a third year as well."
Guidelines for Nomination
Nominations must be submitted on the official ``Nomination Form," a copy
of which may be obtained from
Please send six copies of each nomination packet to :
so as to be received no later than
The Section Selection Committee will select the Section awardee prior to
BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
At its May 2002 meeting, the Indiana Section of the
1. Split the Secretary-Treasurer position into two positions (a Secretary and a Treasurer) in order to distribute the responsibilities and workload. This entails the following changes:
a. In Article III, section 1, replace ``and a Secretary-Treasurer" with ``a Treasurer, and a Secretary."
b. In Article III, section 4, replace ``The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve a three-year term, which may be extended annually thereafter by the Section at its annual meeting." with ``The Treasurer and Secretary shall each serve a three-year term, which may be extended annually thereafter by the Section at its annual meeting."
c. Remove Article III, section 7c.
d. Add a new Article III, section 7c: ``The Treasurer shall
i. be custodian of the financial records of the Section,
ii. collect contributions from the members and from the national organization,
iii. keep the funds of the Section, pay bills, and maintain careful records of income and expenses,
iv. report on the state of the treasury at the annual meeting, and
v. be empowered to spend Section funds on behalf of the Section membership."
e. Add a new Article III, section 7d: ``The Secretary shall
i. keep minutes of official meetings of the Section and meetings of the Executive Board,
ii. be custodian of the non-financial records of the Section,
iii. notify members of all meetings of the Section, and
iv. conduct the official correspondence of the Section."
f. In Article V, section 2, replace ``Secretary-Treasurer" with ``Treasurer."
2. Change the position ``Student Chapter Coordinator" to ``Student Activities Coordinator" in order to reflect more accurately the duties of the position. This entails the following changes:
a. In Article III, section 2, replace ``Student Chapter Coordinator" with ``Student Activities Coordinator".
b. In Article III, section 6, replace ``Student Chapter Coordinator" with ``Student Activities Coordinator".
3. Change the amendment notification process to allow text of the proposed changes to appear on a web site saving postage costs. This entails the following changes:
a. Change Article VII, section 2 to read: ``Every member of the Section will be notified of a proposed amendment at least fifteen days prior to the time of voting."
4. Consistent with long-time practice, give official Board standing to the Indiana State Director for American Mathematical Competitions. This entails the following changes:
a. Change Article III, section 2 to read: ``This Section shall have an Executive Board of which the regular members shall be the officers of the Section, the immediate past Chair, the Section Governor, the Newsletter Editor, the Student Activities Coordinator, and the Public Information Officer. Current Indiana State Directors for American Mathematics Competitions shall sit on the Executive Board as non-voting ex officio members."
b. Change Article III, section 3 to read: ``Each regular member of the Executive Board must be a member of the national organization and of this Section."
5. Make rather minor editorial changes suggested by the Committee on Sections. This entails the following changes:
a. In Article I, delete the word ``Incorporated" (and associated commas, as necessary) in sections 1 and 2.
b. In Article III, section 9, change ``replacemet " to ``replacement."
c. In Article IV, section 1, enclose the phrase ``at its discretion" between commas.
d. In Article IV, section 2, capitalize the letter S in the last occurrence of the word ``section."
e. Complete Article VII, section 1 as follows: ``...subject to approval of the Board of Governors of the national organization upon recommendation by the Committee on Sections."
f. In Article VII, section 1, change the word ``will" to ``shall."
1 ``teaching" should be interpreted in its broadest sense, not necessarily limited to classroom teaching (it may include activities such as preparing students for mathematical competitions at the college level, or attracting students to become majors in a mathematical science).
2 ``influence beyond their own institution" can take many forms, including demonstrated lasting impact on alumni, influence on the profession through curricular revisions in college mathematics teaching with national impact, influential innovative books on the teaching of college mathematics, etc.
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