Annual Meeting Information
2013 ⋅ 2014 ⋅ Previous meetings
2013 Spring Meeting:
- Date: Feb. 28 - Mar. 2., 2013
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You may begin using the code February 24th, and use it until March 9th. Visit the
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- All students who present a paper
at the undergraduate paper competition will receive a travel grant.
The precise amount is contingent on funds available, distance traveled,
and the level of student participation.
Inquire with the section chair for details.
Funding for the Integration Bee, the Student Luncheon,
and the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition
is graciously provided by
NSF grant DMS-0846477
through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program,
- Sponsoring University: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
- Campus Map: All events will take place around the northeast end of campus,
primarily the Thad Cochran Center.
- Driving Directions
We are in the center of Hattiesburg, right off US-49.
- From the east or west:
Take US-98 until it meets I-59, then follow the directions for north or south.
- From the north or south:
Take I-59 to Exit 267 (US-49). Head south on Highway 49,
following signs for the coliseum stadium and/or the Longleaf Trace
onto the Service Road that parallels US-49.
Make a right at the intersection with West Fourth Street.
The parking garage will be on the left;
the Cochran Center is a healthy walk south to the Johnson Science Tower,
Participants may park Thursday evening,
all day Friday, and all day Saturday in the university's parking garage,
located on the north end of campus, off West 4th Street.
(It's a big orange rectangle on the map.)
No special permit needed.
- Contact: John Perry
- john.perry AT usm.edu
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Department of Mathematics, Box 5045
- Hattiesburg MS 39406
- Registration and Events
- Welcoming Reception - Cochran Center, Third floor (outside ballrooms)
- Hotel information
- Meeting Registration:
- Program Schedule (TBA) - with Contributed Papers Schedule
- Invited Speaker -
Tim Chartier, Davidson College, Friday afternoon:
“Putting a Spring in Yoda's Step”
Abstract: When the character Yoda first appeared on the silver screen,
his movements were due to the efforts of famed muppeteer Frank Oz.
In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Yoda returned to the movies
but this time the character was not a puppet but a digital image within a computer.
This talk will discuss the role, or more aptly the force,
of mathematics behind a few aspects of movie special effects.
Armed with differential equations,
animators can create a believable flow to Yoda’s robe or a convincing digital stunt person.
- Anderson Lecturer -
Robert Devaney, Boston University, Friday evening:
“The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set”
Abstract: In this lecture we describe several folk theorems concerning
the Mandelbrot set. While this set is extremely complicated
from a geometric point of view, we will show that, as long as
you know how to add and how to count, you can understand this
geometry completely. We will encounter many famous mathematical
objects in the Mandelbrot set, like the Farey tree and the
Fibonacci sequence. And we will find many soon-to-be-famous
objects as well, like the "Devaney" sequence. There might
even be a joke or two in the talk.
- Student luncheon speaker - Robert Devaney, Boston University, Friday midday:
“Chaos Games and Fractal Images”
Abstract: In this lecture we will describe some of the beautiful
images that arise from the "Chaos Game." We will show
how the simple steps of this game produce, when iterated
millions of times, the intricate images known as fractals.
We will describe some of the applications of this technique
used in data compression as well as in Hollywood. We will
also challenge students present to "Beat the Professor"
at the chaos game and maybe win his computer.
- Banquet information - the banquet is the location of the Anderson Lecture
- Contributed Papers - Send abstracts to the Section Chair
- Student Papers
- Integration Bee
- Student Team Competition:
- Section NExT
- Distinguished Teaching
2014 Spring Meeting
- Tentative Dates: TBA, 2014
- Sponsoring University: ???
- Contact Person: ???
- MAA Invited Speaker:
- Anderson Lecturer: