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BUTLER UNIVERSITY - Indianapolis, Indiana

The MAA student club at Butler University sponsored a Scavenger Hunt on January 30, 2010 for high school students in the Indianapolis area. Eleven teams participated in the event. There were twelve problems which had to be solved in various classrooms on campus, and if a problem was incorrect, the team had to retrace their steps back to that problem room to try again. The team with the most number of correct solutions won, but there was a face-off this year because two teams had the same total. The scavenger hunt lasted two hours followed by pizza and dessert. Prizes were awarded with Hamilton Southeastern High School placing first and third and Park Tudor Preparatory School placing second.

The MAA student club was in charge of organizing and hosting the event. Students compiled and wrote problems for the hunt. Each problem was designed so that students could solve the problem without Calculus and without a calculator. On the day of the event, twelve student volunteers, members of MAA and mathematics/actuarial science majors, were in charge of the high school teams, ensuring their progress through all of the problem rooms and getting them back to base at the end of the two hours. Overall, the event was a huge success. Both the high school students and the college students enjoyed spending time with each other, engaged in fun and challenging mathematics.     TOP


Marc Lipman has returned as Professor of Mathematics after seven years of service as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Doug Townsend has started an administrative position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Director of Graduate Studies.

Bill Frederick plans to retire after the Spring 2010 semester.

Matt Walsh and Chip Vandell have been promoted to Associate Professor.

Yifei Pan has a research grant to visit Nanjing Normal University in China for a summer month during each of the next three years.

Lowell Beineke and Matt Walsh are on sabbatical for the academic year 2009-10. Yvonne Zubovic, Chand Chauhan, and Marc Lipman took a one semester sabbatical this year. Greg Applegate and Bob Lovell are Visiting Instructors.

Lowell Beineke's term as Editor of the College Mathematics Journal ended with the Nov. 2008 issue; he was succeeded by Michael Henle at Oberlin College.

In addition to our long-standing offerings of M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, the department now offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The first cohort began in January 2009.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Myles Baker (Baylor, '11) and Sarah Farell (Bard, '10) won an award and cash prize for outstanding poster at the 2010 AMS/MAA Joint Meetings in San Fransisco (title: "An Adaptively Weighted Least-Squares Finite Element Method for Convection Dominated PDEs"). Myles and Sarah were participants in the 2009 Wabash Summer Institute in Mathematics (WSIM) REU at Wabash College and were advised by Chad Westphal.     TOP


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