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Spring 2009 Section Chair's Statement

Hello to all Indiana MAA members. I have been enjoying this very wintery of winters, but then I have the luxury of living close to where I work so that my commute is a brisk walk that can be accomplished in almost any weather conditions. A couple of weeks ago, on my morning walk to work, when the temperatures were in the double digits below zero degrees Fahrenheit, I saw columns of light streaming up into the air as light from ground sources reflected off suspended ice crystals in the air. It was so captivating that I forgot that I really should walk fast in such cold weather.

I hope that some of you were able to attend the Joint Math Meetings in January this year. I was unable to attend. But I am looking forward to this year's spring Indiana Section Meeting at IUPUI on March 20-21.

As usual, our Friendly Competition will be held on Friday afternoon, so please encourage your undergraduates to participate.

We will have two invited speakers. Paul Coe from Dominican University is, among other things, interested in recreational mathematics. I have heard him give a couple of talks on the mathematics of TV game shows. His talk should be interesting as well as entertaining. Dan Teague from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has a variety of interests, including mathematical modeling and mathematical education. He is also a vice president of the national MAA. I am looking forward to hearing him speak.

We will also have sessions for your contributed talks. I invite you to submit talks and encourage your students to also submit talks. Graduate student talks are also very welcome.

Please submit news and announcements for our web newsletter so that we can keep up to date with what is happening at schools in the section.

I look forward to seeing you next month at the Spring Meeting!

Patricia Oakley
Chair of the Indiana Section of the MAA

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