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Spring 2012 News from the Campuses of . . .

BUTLER UNIVERSITY - Indianapolis, Indiana

The MAA Student Chapter at Butler University is hosting its annual MAA Scavenger Hunt for local Indianapolis area high schools. Approximately 20 teams of 3 compete by answering mathematical problems/brain teasers from algebra, geometry, and quantitative logic. The hunt this year is scheduled for March 3, 2012. The hunt is completely organized and run by BU students. They develop/find/research appropriate problems, facilitate the hunt, and offer lunch for all the participants.     TOP

FRANKLIN COLLEGE - Franklin, Indiana

Stacy Hoehn and Paul Fonstad will be joining the Mathematics and Computing Department at Franklin College starting this fall. Stacy holds a Ph.D. from Notre Dame and is completing a three-year postdoc at Vanderbilt. She has interests in geometric and algebraic topology, manifold theory, and algebraic K-theory. Paul is an instructor at Dalton State College in Georgia and plans to finish his Ph.D. at Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May in geometric group theory and topology. During his three years at Dalton State he has developed an interest in mathematics education and has worked extensively in ways to provide learning support for students in lower-level classes.

The positions Stacy and Paul will fill opened up with the departures of Robert Talbert and Heather Mollé. Robert has moved to Grand Valley State University in Michigan where he has additional opportunities to pursue his interests in the use of technology in the mathematics classroom, and Heather has moved to join her fiancé in Wisconsin by taking a position at Lakeland College.     TOP

EARLHAM COLLEGE - Richmond, Indiana

Earlham is preparing for the disruption of a major building project beginning in May. They will also have twelve math majors graduating this year, which is a fair number more than their typical five.     TOP


Steve Carlson retired. He started on the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 1989 after being at the University of North Dakota. He served as Governor of the Indiana Section 1999-2002, and in many Sectional and National Committees of the MAA. He intends on remaining mathematically active in the area, including section activities, and has continued attending departmental seminars.

Joe Eichholz joined the faculty at Rose-Hulman in the Fall of 2011. You may have met him at the Fall Meeting at the University of Indianapolis. He received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University with a double major in mathematics and computer science, and earned his graduate degrees (masters in both mathematics and computer science, and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences) from the University of Iowa. His current research interests are in numerical analysis and inverse problems particularly related to biomedical imaging problems. He has been active in coaching mathematical modeling teams and involving undergraduate in applied mathematics.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Peter Thompson is on sabbatical this semester, and Chad Westphal continues in his first sabbatical.     TOP



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