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

Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, 2014



Printable Poster for this event: PDF

Preliminary schedule of meeting: PDF (last update: April 3)

List of Abstracts: PDF

Tickets for Friday Dinner and Saturday Lunch are available during on-line early registration (NOW OPEN for LATE registration only - or, see the Announcement page for information on by-mail pre-registration). After the early registration due date, subject to our cancellation policy, some meal tickets may become available at the registration desk Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Friday Dinner Menu: Italian pasta buffet, including chicken and vegetarian options, salad, bread, dessert
Saturday Lunch Menu: Sandwich box lunches - The registration form will include a checkbox to indicate that you prefer a vegetarian option. 

Call for Papers NOW CLOSED - the due date was extended to March 21, 2014.

The proposed Special Session on Analysis will not occur. Our contributed talks span a wide range of topics!

Web-based registration (via
NOW CLOSED. Early Registration and ICMC team registration due date March 30. There will also be on-site registration at the check-in table.

Invited Talks

Stephen Kennedy

Senior Acquisitions Editor for MAA Books,
Carleton College, MN

Two Heads Are Better Than None

Every question in probability has seventeen plausible answers. The sixteen incorrect answers always occur to you before the correct one. In this talk a very simple question of probability---If I intend to flip a coin until I see two consecutive heads, when, if ever, should I expect to stop?---leads to a morass, a muddle, and then one seeming miracle. We’ll resolve the muddle and explain the miracle and, in true mathematical fashion, leave ourselves with a new unresolved puzzle.

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Sarah Greenwald

Appalachian State University

Mathematical Morsels from Futurama and The Simpsons

Did you know that The Simpsons and Futurama contain hundreds of humorous mathematical and scientific references? The only prerequisite for this talk is an open mind, so come find out!

We'll explore the mathematical content and educational value of some favorite moments, including some references in honor of Mathematics Awareness Month, along with the motivations and backgrounds of the writers during an interactive talk. Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society views mathematics, and with careful consideration of the benefits and challenges, these programs can be an ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts and to reduce math anxiety. In the process we'll look at related, recent work in geometry and computational number theory so a calculator and writing utensil will be useful. For more information, check out

Indiana Project NExT Panel Session:

Goals and Pedagogy for Remedial Mathematics


Melissa Desjarlais (Valparaiso)
Angie Walls (Franklin)
Jeff Watt (IUPUI)

Moderator: Justin Lambright (Anderson University)

We will discuss two aspects of planning remedial mathematics classes: setting goals for the course and designing pedagogy and policies to support students. Panelists will each give an introduction to their experiences with remedial mathematics courses, then there will be an extended time of Q&A with the audience. The panel is open to all meeting participants.


Student Activities Workshop

Prof. Josh Holden
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

An Interactive Tour of Public Key Cryptography (and of Number Theory)

Like other branches of mathematics, number theory has seen many surprising developments in the last 50 years. One of the most surprising is the fact that number theory, long considered the most "useless" of any field of mathematics, has become vital to the development of modern codes and ciphers. We will take a hands-on tour of some of these ciphers, focusing on the "public key" ciphers --- ciphers which answer the question "Can two persons who have never had a secret in common, by a public discussion agree upon a common secret?" (Beutelspacher) For perhaps the first time in history, the answer is yes in practical terms. The ideas are very easy to understand, and yet underlie large portions of both modern number theory and modern cryptography.


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