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Spring 2013 meeting of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America

Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, 2013

Indiana University East
Richmond, IN

Call for Papers NOW CLOSED
Web-based registration (via NOW CLOSED

2013 ICMC pre-registration NOW CLOSED.

Preliminary Program: PDF (last update: Thursday, March 21)

Talk abstracts: PDF

Printable Poster: PDF

Tickets for Friday Dinner and Saturday Lunch sold during early registration. NOW CLOSED

  • Friday Dinner: Faculty - $18, Students - $10. Chicken tequila lime, Cheddar mashed potatoes, Glazed vegetable medley, Dinner rolls, Assorted desserts,Vegetarian option, Ice tea and water.
  • Saturday Lunch: Everyone - $13. Lasagna, Salad bar, Soups, Cheesecake, Vegetarian options, Assorted drinks.



Invited Talks

Ivars Peterson
MAA Director of Publications and Communication
The Jungles of Randomness

From slot machines and amusement park rides to dice games and shuffled cards, chance and chaos pervade everyday life. Sorting through the various meanings of randomness and distinguishing between what we can and cannot know with certainty proves to be no simple matter. Inside information on how slot machines work, the perils of believing random number generators, and the questionable fairness of dice, tossed coins, and shuffled cards illustrate how tricky randomness can be.

Workshop: Writing Mathematics Well

The importance of communicating mathematics clearly and effectively is evident in the many ways in which mathematicians must write, whether to produce technical reports, expository articles, book reviews, essays, referee's reports, grant proposals, research papers, evaluations, or slides for oral presentations. With a focus on exposition, this workshop offers tips for improving writing skills, from grammar and usage to organization and manuscript or slide preparation. It also suggests how participants can contribute to the public understanding of mathematics.

Aparna Higgins
University of Dayton, and MAA Project NExT Director
Sequences of Polygons

At a mathematics meeting several years ago, two students who attended different schools and who did not know each other presented talks that were variations of the same problem. The student from the University of Dayton spoke of the result of alternately inscribing regular polygons and circles, while the other spoke of the result of alternately circumscribing regular polygons and circles. Recently, I heard a talk on other variants of this theme, and I found myself still intrigued by the questions. I am delighted when I see problems that are simple to state, yet have an element of surprise. I will use GeoGebra to help us explore some of these problems. This talk will be accessible to undergraduates.

Project NExT – a professional development program of the MAA for new faculty

Project NExT is a year-long professional development program that is designed for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. It addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities in teaching, research, and service. Although many of the sessions focus on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics, others address the concerns of new faculty about balancing the many demands on them for teaching, maintaining scholarly activity, and giving service to the department, the institution, and the profession as a whole. The academic community asks quite a lot of our new colleagues, and Project NExT provides a supportive community for them as they launch their careers.

Indiana College Mathematics Competition: Friday afternoon.

Indiana Project NExT Panel: Incorporating History across the Math Curriculum
Panelists: Daniel Curtin (Northern Kentucky University)
Colin McKinney (Wabash College)
Jeff Oaks (University of Indianapolis)
Danny Otero (Xavier University)
We will discuss the history of mathematics within the context of incorporating historical content into a broad range of mathematics courses. The panelists are all active researchers in the history of mathematics, and teach within mathematics departments. Panelists will give brief introductions of their experiences, followed by an extended time of Q&A with the audience. The panel is open to all meeting participants.


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