Section Meetings

Spring 2015 meeting

Sunday, May 3, 2015, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)


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Invited speaker: Marjorie Senechal from Smith College and The Mathematical Intelligencer: Title to be announced

Biography: Marjorie Senechal grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and received a B.S. from the University of Chicago and M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, all in mathematics, and taught at Smith College throughout her career.

Now Marjorie is the Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and editor-in-chief of the international quarterly journal, The Mathematical Intelligencer.  She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Her latest books are "I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science (OUP)," and "Shaping Space: Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination) (Springer)," both 2013.  Earlier books include "Crystalline Symmetries, Quasicrystals and Geometry," "Long Life to Your Children! A Portrait of High Albania (with Stan Sherer)," and "American Silk, 1830-1930" (with Jacqueline Field and Madelyn Shaw).

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Invited speaker: Judy L. Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, University of Nebraska--Lincoln: Title to be announced

Biography: Judy Walker received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and both her master's degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been at the University of Nebraska Lincoln since 1996, and currently serves as Aaron Douglas Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics there. Her research is in algebraic coding theory and she is author of the book "Codes and Curves" published by the AMS as part of their Student Mathematical Library.  She spent much of the fall 2011 semester as a Visiting Professor at Centre Interfacultaire Bernoulli, EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr. Walker is a co-founder of the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics and has served as an elected member of the AWM Executive Committee and the AMS Council. She was the lecturer for the undergraduate portion of the IAS/PCMI Mentoring Program for Women in 1999 and was one of three lecturers at the 2007 Summer School in Coding Theory at the Sophus Lie Conference Center, Nordfjordeid, Norway. She has won several teaching awards, including the University of Nebraska's system wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award in 2014 and the MAA's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award in 2006.  She served as the MAA's Polya Lecturer for 2009-2011.

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