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

Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 2015

Taylor University


Printable Poster for this event: PDF (COMING SOON)

Preliminary schedule of meeting: PDF (last update: March 12)

List of Abstracts: PDF (last update: March 28)

Tickets for Friday Dinner and Saturday Lunch are available during on-line early registration (NOW CLOSED - 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: Buffet, including parmesan encrusted chicken and vegetarian lasagna options, vegetables, salad, bread, dessert
Saturday Lunch Menu: Sandwich box lunches - the registration form will include a checkbox to indicate if you prefer a vegetarian option. 

Call for Papers: NOW CLOSED - the due date was Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Web-based registration (via
Late Registration NOW CLOSED. Early Registration and ICMC team registration due date was Thursday, March 5, 2015. There will also be on-site registration at the check-in table.

Invited Talks

Francis Su

MAA President, Harvey Mudd College

"My Favorite Math Fun Facts"

For many years, I have been collecting "Math Fun Facts", cool ideas that can be presented quickly, from any area of math, meant to arouse my students' curiosity and show that math is full of beautiful ideas, patterns, and ways of thinking. In this talk, I will present my favorite Math Fun Facts. Will they be your favorites? You decide.

"All about Cubes on Super Pi Day"

Just like circles, cubes are one of the simplest geometric objects. Or are they? I will ask some basic questions that show how cubes are connected to many other mathematical ideas. Including pi?  Some are recent discoveries by undergraduates.


Jenna Carpenter

MAA 1st Vice President Louisiana Tech University

"Top Secret: Women's Contributions to the History of Computing"

Did you know that the first computers were humans, not machines? Did you know that these computers were women, not men? Did you know that these women were in their late teens and early 20s, not PhDs? We will learn about the central role that a group of mathematically-talented young women, called the Top Secret Rosies, played during the transition to the computer era in World War II.


Indiana Project NExT Panel Session:

Engaging Students in Extracurricular Math Activities


Justin Gash, Franklin College
Edray Goins, Purdue University
Vincenzo Isaia, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College

Moderator: Paul Fonstad, Franklin College

A valuable aspect of being a math major is getting involved in activities outside of the classroom. In this session, the panelists will share their experiences in getting students involved in extracurricular activities such as math competitions, student organizations like Pi Mu Epsilon and math clubs, and conference programs. Plenty of time will be allotted for questions from the audience. The panel is open to all meeting participants.


Student Activities Workshop

Prof. Stacy Hoehn
Franklin College

Lattices, Limits, and Lines, Oh My!: A Pi Day Exploration

In honor of Pi Day, we will use hands-on exploration and experimentation to investigate some straightforward questions whose answers surprisingly involve the number pi.  These interactive explorations will take us through the fantastic nature of falling needles, into the probabilities of randomly finding relative primes, and around the average number of ways a whole number can be written as the sum of two squares. No circles will be harmed in this workshop (and relatively few will be needed).




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