Section Meetings

Spring 2014 meeting

Saturday, May 3, 2014, Nassau Community College (SUNY)


8:15 - 9:25 Registration and refreshments
8:15 - 3:20
Book exhibits open
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Introductions
9:45 - 10:35 Invited Speaker:

Tim Chartier, Davidson College

Mathematical Celebrity Look Alike
10:35 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:20 Invited Speaker:

Linda Braddy, Mathematical Association of America

"You should be a math major!"
11:20 - 11:40
Awards Ceremony and brief business meeting
11:45 - 12:55 Lunch (with time to visit the exhibits)
1:00 - 1:50 Invited Speaker:

Ruth Charney, Brandeis University

An Excursion into the Strange World of Singular Geometry
1:50 - 2:00
2:00 - 3:00
Tim Chartier, Davidson College

Mime-matics performance
3:00 - 3:20
3:20 - 5:20
Contributed papers and poster sessions

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Contributed Paper and Poster Sessions

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Invited speaker:
Ruth Charney, Brandeis University, Polya Lecturer: An Excursion into the Strange World of Singular Geometry

Abstract: In high school, we learn about the geometry of the plane.  Later, we encounter the geometry of smooth manifolds.  In this talk, we take a peek at the mind-bending geometry of singular spaces and their applications.

Ruth Charney is a Professor of Mathematics at Brandeis University and the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She is also a Fellow and a Trustee of the American Mathematical Society.  She received her Ph.D. from Princeton and taught at Berkeley, Yale, and Ohio State Universities before returning to her undergraduate alma mater, Brandeis, in 2003.  She was never sure whether she was a topologist or an algebraist, and is now happily immersed in geometric group theory, a combination of the two.

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Invited speaker:
Tim Chartier, Davidson College
Mathematical Celebrity Look Alike

Abstract: Who is your celebrity look alike? LeBron James? Jackie Chan? Adele?  Rihanna? Vectors norms enable us to discern what celebrity looks most like a selected individual.  Linear algebra allows us to explore what linear combination of celebrity photos best approximates a selected photo. Would you describe yourself as a cross between Ben Stiller and Hugh Jackman or possibly Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Aniston? In this talk, we learn how to answer this question using linear algebra and on the way get a sense of how math aids in facial recognition.

Biography: Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. In 2014, he was named the inaugural Mathematical Association of America’s Math Ambassador. He is a recipient of a national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America. Published by Princeton University Press, Tim coauthored Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer
Implementation of Algorithms with Anne Greenbaum. As a researcher, Tim has worked with both Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories on the development and analysis of computational methods
targeted to increase efficiency and robustness of numerical simulation on the lab’s supercomputers, which are among the fastest in the world. Tim’s research with and beyond the labs was recognized with an Alfred
P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

He serves on the Editorial Board for Math Horizons, a mathematics magazine of the Mathematical Association of America. He chairs the Advisory Council for the Museum of Mathematics, which opened in 2012 and is the first museum of mathematics in the United States. Tim has been a resource for a variety of media inquiries which includes fielding mathematical questions for the Sports Science program on ESPN. He also writes for the Science blog of the Huffington Post.

As an artist, Tim has trained at Le Centre du Silence mime school and Dell’Arte School of International Physical Theater. He also studied in master classes with Marcel Marceau. Tim has taught and performed mime
throughout the United States and in national and international settings.

In his time apart from academia, Tim enjoys the performing arts, mountain biking, nature walks and hikes, and spending time with his family.

Mime-matics: In Mime-matics, Tim Chartier explores mathematical ideas through the art of mime.  Whether creating an illusion of an invisible wall, wearing a mask covered with geometric shapes, or pulling on an invisible rope, Dr. Chartier delves into mathematical concepts such as estimation, tiling, and infinity.  Through Mime-matics, audiences encounter math through the entertaining style of a performing artist who has performed at local, national, and international settings.

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Invited speaker: Linda Braddy, Deputy Executive Director, Mathematical Association of America: "You should be a math major!"

Abstract: Are you a faculty member who has ever said, "You should be a math major!" to a promising student who was majoring in another field or who was still undecided?  What kind of answer did you get, and how did you respond?  Are you a student who is considering further study in mathematics but are unsure if that would open as many doors of opportunity as other fields of study might?  Lack of information about the lucrative job opportunities for someone with a degree in mathematics, particularly those outside the world of academia, is one reason why capable students don't choose mathematics as their major.  In this talk, we will examine several of the non-academic careers available in mathematics.

Biography: Linda Braddy is Deputy Executive Director of the MAA and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the MAA in 2012, she served as dean of the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Texas, and immediately prior to that as a tenured professor of mathematics and department chair at East Central University (ECU) in Oklahoma. During her tenure at ECU and subsequently at TCC, she acquired a combined $4.7 million in external funding for projects focused on improving student success in general education mathematics courses; providing research and summer enrichment programs for students; providing scholarship opportunities for students; and providing professional development programs for K-12 mathematics teachers. She currently oversees MAA grant-funded programs with combined budgets of $11 million, as well as the Meetings and Facilities Department, Project NExT (and is a 2001 fellow herself), the American Mathematics Competitions program, and MAA public policy efforts.

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