Meetings of MAA - Kansas Section

2019 KSMAA Meeting

The 2019 KSMAA meeting will be held at Pittsburg State University in the spring of 2019. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

2018 KSMAA Meeting

The 2018 KSMAA meeting was held at the Carlson Center of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS on April 20-21, 2018.

Dr. Matt Boelkins, chair of the Congress of MAA and Mathematics Professor at Grand Valley State University, was the keynote speaker.

The Geometry of Polynomials


In the geometry of polynomials, we seek to understand relationships among certain sets connected to polynomial functions. For example, Marden's Theorem reveals stunning connections between the critical numbers of a cubic polynomial with complex zeros and the inscribed in-ellipse of the triangle whose vertices are the polynomial's zeros.

In this talk, we'll discuss several important historical results from the geometry of polynomials and survey developments in the past 25 years that are centered on polynomial root-dragging, the study of how continuously changing one or more roots of a polynomial function affects various properties of the function. We will encounter some surprising structural results about polynomial functions that deserve to be more well-known and also see beautiful interplay between calculus and Euclidean geometry.

Invited speaker, Dr. Mark Yannotta, Clackamas Community College, presented:

Conventionalizing and Axiomatizing: Mathematical activities that support the transition to more abstract mathematics


The Teaching Abstract Algebra for Understanding (TAAFU) curriculum (Larsen, 2013) is an inquiry-oriented curriculum that has been studied by several researchers at the undergraduate level. The TAAFU curriculum is grounded in the instructional design theory of Realistic Mathematics Education (RME), which places a strong emphasis on two key tenets: 1) mathematics is situated as a dynamic human activity and 2) mathematics must be connected to an experientially-real context. One of the instructional design principles of RME that supports these tenets is called guided reinvention, in which the individual is intended to “invent something that is new to him, but well-known to the guide” (Freudenthal, 1991, p. 48). This talk reports on an enactment of the TAAFU curriculum, in which community college students reinvented the concept of group and were introduced to abstract mathematics through their own activity. One of these activities is conventionalizing, which involves negotiating a set of symbols and representations and establishing procedures for interacting with them. A second activity is descriptive axiomatizing (De Villiers, 1986), which involves formulating and selecting rules in an effort to capture essential properties for a given structure. When enacting the TAAFU curriculum, these activities worked in tandem as students created and refined a list of axioms that described the symmetries of an equilateral triangle.

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2017 KSMAA Meeting

The 2017 KSMAA meeting was held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS on April 28-29, 2017. Dr. Francis Su, past MAA President, was the invited speaker. The meeting webpage can be found at .

2016 KSMAA Meeting

The Department of Mathematics at Fort Hays State University hosted the Spring 2016 MAA Kansas section Meeting on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.

Invited Speaker was:
Dr. Stephen F. Kennedy, Senior Acquisitions Editor, MAA Books, Carleton College


A schedule of events for the 2016 KSMAA meeting can be found here.

2015 KSMAA Meeting

The 2015 KSMAA meeting was held at Fort Scott Community College in Ft. Scott, KS on March 27-28, 2015, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Science. Dr. Jenna Carpenter, 1st Vice President of the MAA and Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor of Mathematics, Associate Dean of Administration & Strategic Initiatives, and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, was the keynote speaker, speaking on "Mentoring Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Mathematics" and "Women in Computing." Dr. Carpenter's webpage can be found at .


Schedule at a Glance

Schedule with Abstracts

2014 KSMAA Meeting

The Department of Mathematics and Economics at Emporia State University hosted the Spring 2014 MAA Kansas sectional Meeting on Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29.

Invited Speakers were:
Dr. Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director of American Statistical Association
Dr. Stephen Kennedy, Carleton College, MAA Senior Acquisitions Editor

More information of the meeting is available on

2013 KSMAA Meeting

The 2013 KSMAA section meeting was Friday (starting at 1 pm) and Saturday, April 19 and 20, 2013 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. The meeting was joint with the Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska/SE South Dakota Sections. Invited speakers included Rick Gilman of Valparaiso University, Judy Walker of University of Nebraska, and Robert L. Devaney of Boston University. More information can be found at the meeting webpage at

2012 KSMAA Meeting

The 2012 KSMAA section meeting was Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, 2012 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Keynote speaker (Saturday talk): George Andrews, Penn State, former AMS president (2009-2010) and Polya Lecturer (2007-08 and 2008-09)
Invited speaker (Friday evening reception): Estela Gavosto, KU.

2011 KSMAA Meeting

The 2011 section meeting was held on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2011 at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. The invited speaker was MAA Past-President David Bressoud.

More on Past Meetings

For the location of past meetings, along with copies of programs, pictures, and business meeting minutes, visit the KSMAA History page.

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Last update: April 21, 2018

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