High School Visiting Lecture Program

The Michigan Section's High School Visiting Lecture Program (HSVLP) is gearing up for the 1997-98 season. The program offers high school teachers and students an opportunity to connect with college and university faculty and other mathematics professionals. Topics of the lectures include career opportunities through mathematics, interesting applications, and recreational math. Garry Johns has passed the directorship of the program to Michael Gilbert, who is being assisted by Steve Sepanski (both at SVSU).

All faculty who are interested in giving high school presentations are encouraged to participate in the program. In addition to the 21 speakers from last year, we are pleased to include two new speakers. A total of almost 50 topics are offered by these speakers. Also, if you have connections with any high schools, please encourage them to take advantage of the program. For further information, contact Mike Gilbert at the Department of Mathematics, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI 48710; 517-790-4318,

Short Course Announcement and Call for Proposals

The Mathematics Department at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, with the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), is hosting a Symposium on Mathematical Modeling in the Undergraduate Curriculum, June 12-13, 1998. Solomon Garfunkel, Martha Siegel, and William Michael O'Fallon are the plenary speakers. The organizers invite submissions for 25- or 50-minute presentations focusing on any aspect of mathematical modeling. Both mathematical and pedagogical themes are welcome, and a student presentation session will be included. Publication of the Proceedings of the Symposium is planned. Information about attending or submitting talks can be obtained from the UW-L Mathematics Department (La Crosse, WI 54601), via e-mail (, or by telephone (608-785-6614).

The Ohio State University Technology College Short Course Program, part of the Teachers Teaching With Technology Program, is now taking applications for mini-grants to partially fund 1- to 5-day hand-held technology-based short courses offered at your college or university throughout 1997 and 1998. If you are interested in hosting a course, the mini-grant application form, short course prospectus, and Program details are available at Hard copies of the forms can be obtained from Bert Waits and Frank Demana through Ed Laughbaum at The Ohio State University, 231 West 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, or via e-mail at The College Short Course Program is endorsed by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and has offered nearly 100 courses in 27 states in the last 4 years.

It is likely that additional short course announcements will appear in the Spring Newsletter.

Call For Papers

The Michigan Section of the MAA and MichMATYC invite papers from students and faculty for the next combined Annual Meeting.

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 1-2, 1998

Please send the title and a description (< 100 words) or abstract to:

Bette Warren
Department of Mathematics
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 313-487-0121
Fax: 313-487-2489

E-mail submission is preferred. Papers may be up to 15 minutes in length. Please include your name, affiliation, home or office address, phone numbers, and e-mail address. There will be a separate session for UNDERGRADUATE papers. You will receive a form asking you about the equipment you need for your presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Bette Warren.

Undergraduate papers may be submitted until March 20, 1998. However, only those received by the January 16 deadline will be assured of inclusion in the advance program.

The deadline for abstracts is Friday, January 16, 1998.

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