Indiana Section

of the

Mathematical Association of America

Spring 2003

Newsletter

 

 Spring 2003 SECTION MEETING

  Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

March 29-29, 2003

SECTION OFFICERS

Indiana Section Web Page: http://www.maa.org/indiana


FUTURE MEETINGS

  Section

  Fall 2003: Goshen College (Goshen, IN), October 11, 2003

  Spring 2004: Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN), TBA

  Fall 2004: University of Evansville (Evansville, IN), TBA

  National

  Summer 2003: MathFest 2003, Boulder, CO, July 31-August 2, 2003

  Winter 2004: Joint National Meetings, Phoenix, AZ, January 7-10, 2004

  Other Meetings

  20-th Annual Rose Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, March 21-22, 2003.

  2003 Illinois Section Meeting of the MAA: Illinois College, March 28-29, 2003.

  2003 Spring Central Section AMS Meeting: Indiana University at Bloomington, April 4-6, 2003.

  2003 Ohio Spring Section MAA Meeting: Ohio State University at Columbus, April 4-5, 2003.

  2003 Michigan Section MAA Meeting: Saginaw Valley State University, May 2-3, 2003.


 

STATEMENT FROM RICK GILLMAN (CHAIR OF THE INDIANA SECTION)

Welcome back to the spring semester!

As you can read elsewhere in the newsletter, our spring meeting will be at Butler University in a few weeks. 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.

We also have an wide range of contributed faculty talks on the program, and a classroom software workshop. I think that everyone should all find be able to find something to match their mathematical taste!

As usual, we will have quite a few program items of interest to our undergraduates, including the Friendly Competition and a game theory workshop being led by David Housman. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your students to a meeting. And, as always, we encourage you to invite your students to give talks at the meeting. This is a very friendly environment for undergraduates to have this experience.

Please note that 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.

I was very pleased to see all of the campus news that was in the fall newsletter. I encourage you to continue to send items to John for the newsletters. I know that things are always changing on our campuses (at least on mine) and is really nice to be able to know what is going on elsewhere.

I'm pleased to tell you that the MAA has finally published a book recording the history and the problems from the Indiana College Mathematics Competition. This has been a goal of several of us for many years, and I hope that many positive things happen for the section because of its publication.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at Butler University in a few weeks.

 


 

SPRING MEETING PROGRAM (TENTATIVE)
Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana
Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, 2003


Friday Afternoon, March 28, 2003

  Saturday, March 29, 2003


NOTE: The next three lists describe parallel sessions.

Session 1 (Gallahue Hall 102)


Session 2 (Gallahue Hall 105)


Session 3 (Gallahue Hall 106):

For updates on the spring meeting schedule, see http://www.valpo.edu/mathcs/MAAprogram.htm.


 

SPRING 2003 MEETING INFORMATION

  Directions to Butler University

Parking on Campus

On Saturday, March 29, 2003 participants can park in any parking space on campus. There is no restricted parking on Saturdays and Sundays. On Friday, March 28, 2003 participants should park in the Clowes Memorial Hall parking lot or on Lake Road. If these are full then you can park in any available parking space. If you get a parking ticket on Friday give it to Amos Carpenter.

  Meeting Registration

The MAA meeting will take place in Gallahue Hall. Registration will be held in the Atrium on the first floor of Gallahue Hall and will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. 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. Please note that Butler University is a smoke free environment.

  Meal Reservations

Meals will be served in the Atherton Union, Reilly Room. The Friday dinner will cost $17.00 per person and the Saturday lunch will cost $8.50 per person. For the dinner there will be a choice of either Chicken Jardine or Florentine Stuffed Manicotti each to be served with tossed salad, dinner rolls, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, cheesecake with a topping, ice water, iced tea, regular and decaffeinated coffee. The lunch will be a deli buffet consisting of smoked turkey, ham, tuna salad, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, cole slaw, fresh fruit salad, and cookies. Advanced reservation is required. Reservation for the meals may be made no later than 12:00 noon, Monday, March 17, 2003 in one of the following ways:

When making your reservation you should say whether you want the Chicken Jardine or the Florentine Stuffed Manicotti.

  Accommodations

Blocked rooms (with discounts) have been negotiated with the following hotels:

Additional hotels are listed below. They all offer a Butler University discount.

Information for Student Presenters

The Indiana Section of the MAA awards 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

  2003 ICMC

All colleges and universities throughout the state are invited to register three-member teams of undergraduate students to compete in the Indiana Mathematics Competition (ICMC). This year's contest will mark the 38th anniversary of the competition. It will take place at Butler University in conjunction with the Indiana Section Spring Meeting.

The competition will be held Friday afternoon, March 28, starting with on-site registration from 3:00-4:00pm. A briefing session on the competition will begin at 4:00pm and the test will be administered from 4:15-6:15pm immediately following the briefing. The math competition is held on Friday afternoon so that students have the opportunity to fully participate in the MAA meeting held during Friday evening and all day Saturday. The test will be graded overnight and the winning teams announced at the business meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The ICMC is designed as a team competition, with members of teh team working together on the test and turning in a single team solution for each problem attempted. No books, calculators, computers, slide rules, rulers, compasses, or other such aides will be allowed in the testing rooms. The contest questions are designed in such a way that a calculator provides no significant advantage to any team.

Each school may enter as many teams as desired; those teams must register in advance. There is a $5.00 registration fee per team. Team members wishing to attend teh dinner and luncheon must also make reservations. (See ACCOMODATIONS and MEAL RESERVATIONS above.)

It is strongly recommended that teams pre-register for ICMC, 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.

Teams may pre-register online by visiting the INMAA website http://www.maa.org/indiana. Teams may also contact Amos Carpenter to pre-register (see contact information below).

2002 NExT-IN Fellows

Informal gatherings for NExT-IN fellows will occur at the Spring Section Meeting. For more information, contact either Joe Stickles ( mailto:(js298@evansville.edu ) or Mike Axtell ( axtellm@wabash.edu ).

Campus Map (Gallahue Hall, on the northern edge of campus and labeled 11 on the map below, is the main meeting site. For a larger version, see http://www.butler.edu/admissions/adm_vis_campusmap.asp)

Local Organizer

For general information regarding the meeting contact Amos Carpenter ((317) 940-9436, acarpent@butler.edu).


 

NEWS FROM AROUND THE MAA

  Professional Enhancement Program

The MAA's Professional Enhancement Program (PREP) will offer a wide variety of workshops during summer 2003. PREP workshops offer you the chance to spend a few days exploring topics of mutual interest with colleagues from other institutions, with experienced leaders to guide the group towards a deeper understanding and broader perspective. Most of the cost of attending a PREP workshop is covered by the program, so what are you waiting for? Visit the PREP web site, http://www.maa.org/prep  to see this year's schedule and to obtain registration materials.

  Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers

A growing set of national reports calls for better preparation of the nation's mathematics teachers by mathematics faculty. To help meet this need, the MAA is organizing a multifaceted program, Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET). The PMET program will have three major components:


An extensive article on the PMET program and how MAA members can participate will appear in the March issue of FOCUS.

Project NExT faculty who are interested in attending a PMET workshop should visit the PMET web site for more information. http://www.maa.org/pmet

 


SECTION NEWS

  Ball State University

The Mathematical Sciences Department welcomes Dr. Beverly Hartter from Illinois State University. Dr. Hartter has accepted a tenure-track position in mathematics education.

  Earham College

The Mathematics Department reports strong participation in the ICM/MCM contest this year, with five teams competing.

  Indiana University Northwest

The IUN Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science is proud to announce that Dr. Iztok Hozo is this year recipient of the Indiana University Founder's Award for excellence in teaching.

The department has hired Dr. Bogdan Vajiac (Ph. D., University of Notre Dame) as an assistant professor with expertise in geometry and topology.

Mr.William Odefey (M.A, Indiana University) and Ms. Stela Pudar-Hozo (Post Baccalaureate Certificate,Purdue University and Equivalent of M.A.,Indiana University) have joined the department as lecturers. Mr. Odefey's expertise is in actuarial science and Ms. Pudar-Hozo's in statistics.

Dr. Le Roy Peterson has retired after 31 years and Dr. John Synowiec has retired after 29 years with the Department.

IUN Math Club will sponsor a group of students to attend the 38th Annual Indiana College Math Competition at Butler University.

  IUPUI

It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the untimely passing of our dear colleague and friend Yuri Abramovich. Last night, on February 5, at 9:45 PM in the IU Hospital, surrounded by his family, doctors and friends, Yuri succumbed to Multiple Myeloma, a terrible disease that he has been battling with for the past four years. Our heart-felt condolences to his wife, Alla, and his two daughters, Julia and Jane.

In memory of Yuri, the Department has established the Yuri Abramovich Memorial Scholarship. Memorial contributions to this scholarship fund may be made to the IUPUI Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Indiana University South Bend

The Mathematics Department is pleased to report that a B.S. program in actuarial science has recently been approved.

  Purdue University

Purdue West Lafayette's Departments of Mathematics and Statistics anticipate the renewal of their VIGRE grant which will bring continuing support for undergraduate research, graduate students, and postdoctoral faculty for two more years.

Jean E. Rubin, Professor of Mathematics at Purdue, West Lafayette, died October 25, 2002 in Lafayette Indiana. After earning her Ph.D. from Stanford in 1955, she taught at Oregon and Michigan State before going to Purdue in 1967. She was the author of more than 40 research papers and five books on set theory. Much of her research centered on questions related to the axiom of choice. In addition to her research, her colleagues remember her untiring service to the Math Department, especially her work to obtain scholarships for talented undergraduate math majors. (With that in mind, a Jean E. Rubin Memorial Scholarship Fund has been set up; checks made out to "Purdue Foundation" with a note that it is for this fund can be sent to the Head, Department of Mathematics to honor her memory.) Surviving with her husband, Herman Rubin, Professor of Statistics at Purdue, are a son, Arthur L. Rubin of Brea, California, and a daughter, Leonore A. Findsen of Orlando, Florida.

  Purdue University Calumet

After a two-year hiatus the Purdue University Calumet Annual High School Mathematics Competition is back. This year it will be held on Saturday, March 29. Teams of three students compete solving problems where the problems do not require calculus or calculators. Each team of three will have two hours to submit solutions to 12-14 problems where the explaination of the solution is as important as the solution itself. High schools that are interested in competing should contact Betty Jahr-Schaffrath at the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics, Purdue University Calumet, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323. If additional information is desired Professor Schaffrath can be contacted at (219)989-2272 or by email at schaffra@calumet.purdue.edu. Deadline for applications is March 14.

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University has established a new major in Actuarial Science.  Faculty from the mathematics,
economics, finance, and information & decision sciences departments serve on the administrative committee for
the major, including mathematicians Kim Pearson and David Hull.  Student response has been enthusiastic and
the program already has 5 majors, including Briana Ehrhardt, who will complete a double major in actuarial science and mathematics.