Welcome back everyone. I hope that your semesters have gotten off to a good
start. I already had to modify my schedule somewhat in one of my classes. I
guess I was a little too optimistic about the speed at which I could get
through material in my discrete mathematics class.
This past summer I went to MathFest for the first time ever. It was a good
meeting. I spent most of my time listening to talks about "Incorporating Arts
and Humanities in the Mathematics Classroom", a topic I'm especially
interested in. I also attended the opening banquet and heard mathematical
songs by Larry Lesser from the University of Texas at El Paso. Erik Demaine's
talks were wonderful. One highlight for me was seeing Elvis, the dog who
instinctively solves Calculus optimization problems as he chases sticks thrown
into the water (see http://www.maa.org/features/elvisdog.pdf for more information). If you haven't yet gone to a MathFest, I would
encourage you to attend. It is a smaller meeting than the Joint Meetings and
has a very collegial feel.
Our fall meeting this year will be at Rose-Hulman on October 25. Information
on the meeting is up on our website at http://www.maa.org/indiana.
At this fall's meeting, we are privileged to have two invited speakers. Rachel
Hall comes to us from St. Joseph's Univeristy in Philadelphia. I heard Rachel
speak at MathFest on Mathematics and Music and it sounded fascinating to me.
Mike Jolly is from IU, Bloomington and his areas of interest include
turbulence and dissipative differential equations. He was part of IU's REU
program. I'm looking forward to hearing from both of these speakers.
We also want to hear from you! Please consider giving a presentation for our
contributed paper sessions. There is an online form you can use on our website
to submit information on your talk. The deadline will be October 7.
Finally I would like to thank our new INMAA officers: Adam Coffman, our new
Public Relations Officer for all the work he's done in migrating our INMAA
website to a new server, William Turner, our new Newsletter Editor, for
putting out this newsletter, Andy Rich, our new Secretary, for keeping track
of all the registrations that are (and will be) coming in, Ken Luther, our new
Vice Chair, for being so prompt in lining up upcoming meeting locations, and
David Housman, our new Governor, for representing us at the Governer's meeting
I look forward to seeing you in October.
Chair of the Indiana Section of the MAA