## Section Meetings

**Spring 2016 meeting**

*Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, East Elmhurst, NY*

* 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."

* Invited speaker: *Gilbert
Strang, MIT

**Title:** *
Compressing Matrix Images Using
Singular Values*

**Abstract:
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**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 math.mit.edu/~gs/
and his video lectures on linear
algebra and on computational
science and engineering are on ocw.mit.edu.

**Future meetings:**

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

**Nearby MAA sections:**

- New
Jersey
section

Spring meeting: April 16, 2016, William Paterson University

- Seaway
section

Spring meeting: April 15 and 26, 2016, SUNY Geneseo