Section Meetings

Spring 2016 meeting

Sunday, May 1, 2016, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY

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Invited speaker: Michael Starbird, University of Texas

Title: Geometric Gems

Abstract: . Plain plane (and solid) geometry contains some of the most beautiful proofs ever—-some dating from ancient times and some created by living mathematicians. This talk will include some of my favorites from an incredibly clever way to see that a plane intersects a cone in an ellipse to a method for computing areas under challenging curves developed by a living mathematician, Momikan Mnatsakanian; and many more. Geometry provides many treats!

Biography: Michael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been at UT his whole career except for leaves, including to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He has received more than fifteen teaching awards including the Mathematical Association of America's 2007 national teaching award, the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor statewide award, the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, and most of the UT-wide teaching awards. He has given hundreds of lectures and dozens of workshops on effective teaching and effective thinking. He has produced DVD courses for The Teaching Company in the Great Courses Series on calculus, statistics, probability, geometry, and the joy of thinking. He co-authored, with Edward Burger, the textbook "The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking" and has co-authored two Inquiry Based Learning textbooks. He produced an edX MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled "Effective Thinking Through Mathematics." His recent book with co-author Edward Burger is "The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking."

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Invited speaker: Gilbert Strang, MIT

Title:  Compressing Matrix Images Using Singular Values


Strang abstract

Biography: Gilbert Strang was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. His Ph.D. was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He is a Professor of Mathematics at MIT, an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Strang has published eleven books:
• Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (2014)
• Introduction to Linear Algebra (1993,1998,2003,2009)
• Linear Algebra and Its Applications (1976,1980,1988,2005)
• An Analysis of the Finite Element Method, with George Fix (1973, 2008)
• Introduction to Applied Mathematics (1986) • Calculus (1991) • Wavelets and Filter Banks, with Truong Nguyen (1996)
• Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS, with Kai Borre (1997)
• Computational Science and Engineering (2007)
• Essays in Linear Algebra (2012)
• Algorithms for Global Positioning, with Kai Borre (2012)
He was the President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000, and Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. He received the von Neumann Medal of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Henrici Prize for applied analysis. The first Su Buchin Prize from the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Haimo Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, were awarded for his contributions to teaching around the world. His home page is and his video lectures on linear algebra and on computational science and engineering are on

Future meetings:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Delegate Assembly, York College (CUNY)

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