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Fall 2017 meeting of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Manchester University


Printable Poster for this event: PDF

Preliminary schedule of meeting: PDF (As of 4 Oct)

Preliminary List of Abstracts: PDF (As of 4 Oct)

Tickets for Saturday Lunch are available during on-line registration, which is open through Saturday, Oct. 7. (See the Announcement page for information on by-mail pre-registration.) Subject to our cancellation policy, some lunch tickets may become available at the registration desk Saturday morning.

Lunch Menu: Lunch will be a taco buffet, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Call for Papers: NOW OPEN.  Due date is Friday, Sep. 22 extended to Friday, Sep. 29.
Web-based registration (via NOW OPEN. Early Registration due date is Friday, Sep. 22 extended to Friday, Sep. 29. (Late registration also available on-site at the check-in table.)

Invited Talks

Ron Gould

Emory University

“Some Unusual Applications of Mathematics”

Abstract: In math classes we often see applications of mathematics to other areas such as physics, chemistry, biology, economics and more. But mathematics has applications in many places we might not expect. This talk will show you a variety of fairly simple applications of basic mathematics to more unusual problems, puzzles and games.

“Math and Marriage - Don’t Call a Lawyer Yet”

Abstract: Beginning with Philip Hall's famed “Marriage" Theorem in 1935, the study of marriages (or matchings) has seen significant development, both theoretical and algorithmic. Taking a graph theoretic point of view, we will consider a number of "marriage" questions including: 1. When can a set of k marriages be found? 2. When we do find a set of k marriages, are there ways to optimize the pairings? Here we consider the famed stable marriage theorem. 3. What ways are there to generalize the idea of marriage? The roommate problem and multi-matchings will be considered. 4. What can we say about these generalizations? Is there an optimum form of marriage?

Eugene Fiorini

Muhlenberg College

“Challenges of Researching Integer Sequences Using the OEIS”

Abstract: Sequences play an important role in number theory, combinatorics and discrete mathematics, among many other fields. They enumerate objects in sets and define relationships among items or properties shared between them. Integer sequences have inspired mathematicians for centuries. Likewise, they also inspire computer scientists. The quest to compute new, larger terms in important infinite sequences is harnessing the power of computing and promoting the use of new paradigms in distributed and cloud computing as well as Big Data. Current examples include the “Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search” to find Mersenne primes (sequence A000668 in OEIS) and Microsoft’s challenge to discover non-Mersenne or “lost” primes (sequence A138837). By gathering sequences – and a wealth of information about them – together in a common database, the OEIS (Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences), established by Neil Sloane, provides the mathematically curious an invaluable resource with which to explore. This talk presents some interesting sequences found in the OEIS along with its role in stimulating new research.


Indiana Project NExT Panel Session:

Implementing the 2015 CUPM Content Recommendations


Paul Fonstad, Franklin College
Lara Pudwell, Valparaiso University

Moderator: Livia Hummel, University of Indianapolis

Abstract: The 2015 CUPM Content Recommendations include elements common across degree programs in the mathematical sciences. The panelists will share their institutional perspectives and experiences regarding implementation of these content recommendations. In particular, they will comment on their experiences with the following recommendations:

  • Content Recommendation #3: Mathematical sciences major programs should include concepts and methods from data analysis, computing, and mathematical modeling.
  • Content Recommendation #5: All students majoring in the mathematical sciences should experience mathematics from the perspective of another discipline. However, these perspectives should be viewed only as a starting point for conversation.

Thus, this session will encourage discussion and perspectives from attendees regarding the challenges of and successes in implementation in a variety of institutional settings.

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