of the Mathematical Association of America  
Spring 2005 Newsletter  

Contents  
 


Upcoming Meeting Schedule  


 
Announcement: Ohio Section Short Course The 2005 Summer Short Course will be Making the Math Visible: A Workshop Exploring Geometry and Its Connections to Algebra, Trigonometry and Art. This workshop will be presented by Sr. Barbara Reynolds, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, who calls herself "an artist whose palette is mathematics." The course will focus on using geometry to gain visual insight into trigonometric and algebraic relationships, as well as on the geometric foundations for various topics in art, and will involve handson experience with Geometer's Sketchpad. This course should be of particular interest to mathematics teachers, at all levels, who are interested in the visual aspects of mathematics. The workshop will take place June 2729, 2005 at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. Registration costs are $150, with room and board additional. Visit the website http://www.jcu.edu/math/shortcourse/ for registration and further information. 
(Chair of the Indiana Section)

Spring 2005 INMAA Meeting at Indiana University  Purdue University Fort Wayne April 12, 2005 



MEETING REGISTRATION:
The ICMC Team preregistration form is due by March 25th, and can be found here ICMC Team Preregistration Form


Organizer: Dr. Magnhild Lien California State University Northridge

Magnhild Lien (http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00s), professor of Mathematics at California State University Northridge (CSUN), received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Iowa in 1984. Her area of specialization is low dimensional topology with emphasis on knot theory. She is currently in her seventh year as Department Chair of the Mathematics Department at CSUN. She served on the Board of the Southern CaliforniaNevada Section of the MAA for four years, the last year 2002/03 as Section Chair. Dr. Lien is one of the organizers of the newly established SoCal Section NExT. She is a member of the Management Council of the NSF funded MAA project PMET (Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers), and she is one of the two PMET regional coordinators for California. She was a codirector for the San Diego PMET workshop in summer 2004 and will codirect the San Diego PMET workshop again this summer. (http://home.sandiego.edu/~pmyers/PMET/index.htm) Dr. Lien is a member of the Professional Development of the MAA. She was a codirector of the Mathematics Preparation Initiative supported by a grant from the Office of the CSU Chancellor. In 1997, she organized and directed a fourweek residential summer program for women in mathematics, which was funded by a grant from the National Security Agency. She has been a mentor for young women mathematicians at the Association for Women in Mathematics Workshops at two annual AMSMAA meetings. In addition to articles published in mathematics research journals, she has written an article on the CSUN summer mathematics program for Math Horizon and written two papers entitled: Influences on Female Math Majors' Choice of Discipline and GenderTyping of Science Occupations. 
Friday April 1st, 7:458:45 pm in the Walb Union Ballroom EPISODES IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE LUCASIAN CHAIR Saturday April 2nd, 1:45  2:45 pm in Science Building 168 Jim Tattersall received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1963, a Master's degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts in 1965, and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. On a number of occasions he has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University. He spent the summer of 1991 as a visiting mathematician at the American Mathematical Society. In 1995 1996, he spent eighteen months as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was given awards for distinguished service (1992) and distinguished college teaching (1997) from the Northeastern Section of the MAA. He is former President of Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, the Archivist/Historian of NES/MAA, and the Associate Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America. 
Directions to the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne Campus From I69 North  
From I69 South From Fort Wayne International Airport  
From US24 West If you are taking US24 from the east, watch for I469 as you approach Fort Wayne. Where I469, US24, and Lake Avenue meet, you will want to take Lake Ave. west for about 6 miles until you reach Coliseum Blvd. Turn right onto Coliseum Blvd. and go for about 2.5 miles until you get to Crescent Ave. Turn right onto Crescent Ave. and go until you reach the next intersection (immediately after you go under the IPFW Pedestrian Bridge). Turn left onto the IPFW campus. 
From SR3 North From SR1 South From US33 North From US27/US33 South From US30 West From US30 East From US37 North 
Campus Map A campus map of the IPFW is shown to the right, and can be found by following the links below Black & White Version


Onsite
Registration Meal Reservations ICMC Registration: PMET Workshop Registration: 


Time  Event  Place 
6:307:30  BANQUET  Walb Union Ballroom 
7:307:45  AWARDS  Walb Union Ballroom 
7:458:45  Episodes
in the early history of the Lucasian Chair Jim Tattersall, Providence College 
Walb Union Building 
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
Next Two Tables are for Parallel Sessions

Abstracts for the April 12, 2005 Indiana Section Meeting of the
Mathematical Association of America
Indiana University  Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Friday and Saturday, April 12, 2005

Project NExTIN (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 yearlong 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 NExTIN will accept applications from any faculty interested in participating. We especially encourage those who are new to their section and those who are pretenure to apply. Through a series of workshops in conjunction with the Fall trisection meeting and the Indiana section meeting in the Spring, 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 Preregistration for 2005 ICMC For the 2005 ICMC at Indiana Univesity Purdue University Fort Wayne, we strongly recommend that teams preregister, so that the host institution can reserve enough rooms for the contest. Teams that preregister will be guaranteed admission to the contest, while those teams that register onsite will be granted admission provided that space is available. To preregister, please visit the Section website http://www.maa.org/indiana in January 
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Solutions to ICMC 2004



Dr. Judi Morrel, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, is on sabbatical for the Spring and Summer of 2005. Dr. Amos Carpenter is acting as the Department Head while Dr. Morrel is on sabbatical. 
2004 Awards Call for Nominations for the Indiana Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Nominations for the thirteenth annual Indiana Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are now being welcomed. The Indiana Section Selection Committee will choose one of the nominees for the Section Award. The awardee will be honored at the 2005 Spring Section meeting and will be widely recognized and acknowledged within the Section. The awardee will also be the official Section candidate for the pool of Section awardees from which the national recipients of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Awards will be selected (except that one of the national winners may be selected from another source). There will be at most three national awardees, each of whom will be honored at the national MAA meeting in January 2006 and receive a $1000 check and a certificate. 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, selfnomination 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." Eligibility
Guidelines for Nomination Nominees should
Nominations must be submitted on the official ``Nomination Form," a copy of which may be obtained from David Housman by using the address listed below or by email dhousman@goshen.edu. Please follow the instructions on the form precisely to assure uniformity in the selection process both at the Section and National levels. If a file on a Section awardee significantly exceeds the prescribed limits (as stated on page two of the Nomination Form), it will not be considered for a national award and will be returned to the Section. Please send six copies of each nomination packet to: David Housman, Department of Mathematics so as to be received no later than February 1, 2005. The Section Selection Committee will select the Section awardee prior to February 15, 2005, at which time it will communicate its selection to the national selection committee so that the national committee can then make its selections. We look forward to your participation in this exciting MAA venture of taking substantive action to honor extraordinarily successful teaching. We want to see such teaching recognized at all postsecondary schools. We depend on you to help us identify those who merit such recognition. Call for Nominations for the Indiana Section Distinguished Service Award The Indiana Section Distinguished Service Award was established in 1992 to annually honor a member of the Section for his or her extraordinary contributions to the Section and outstanding efforts consistent with the stated purposes of the MAA and the Section, namely, assisting in promoting the interests of, and improving education in, the mathematical sciences in America, especially at the collegiate level. The Service Award Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2005 award, which will be presented at the Section's Spring 2005 Meeting. If you wish to nominate an individual, please send a letter of nomination and support to David Housman, Department of Mathematics so as to be received no later than February 1, 2005. Footnotes:^{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. 