News from the Campuses
Albion College [reported by Robert Messer]
Paul Anderson is on sabbatical leave this
year at the University of Nevada at Reno. Teresa
Magnus is a visiting faculty member this year. She received her
PhD from the University of Virginia and is most recently from
Saint Mary's College in Indiana. Farrokh
Saba (WMU) has also joined the Department in a
part-time position this semester. ·
Bruce Berndt, mathematics graduate in 1961,
returned to Albion College this fall to receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Currently a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, he has devoted his
research efforts to proving the results in the notebooks left by
Calvin College [reported by Gerard Venema]
This summer the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science split into
two new departments: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the
Department of Computer Science. ·
Pete McGill is new; he has a degree in
applied mathematics from Washington State
University. Mike Stob is spending a
sabbatical year at Notre Dame University.
Gerard Venema has been appointed Interim Chair in Mike's absence.
Speakers and visitors this fall include Frank
Connolly, Peter Hilton, Leo
Jonker, Jean Pedersen, and Marlin
Central Michigan University [reported by Ahmed M. Assaf]
Ahmed Assaf and Donna Ericksen have been promoted to Professor.
Carl Lee and William Miller are on sabbatical in the Fall, and
George Grossman and Susan Lenker are on sabbatical in the Spring.
Yury Ionin and Felix Famoye will
have the Research Professorship in the Fall and Spring,
respectively. · Sam Brannan,
Bob Clason, and Bert Schmidt will be retiring at the end of the Fall.
Mary Beth Searcy of the University of Georgia is joining the Department as an
Assistant Professor. Boris Bekker of the University of St. Petersburg, Russia, is visiting
for the Fall. · Last summer the Department hosted two TI graphing
calculator workshop with Denny St. John and
Chuck Vonder Embse. In September the second annual Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference
was held in Mt. Pleasant.
Eastern Michigan University [reported by Tim Carroll]
Barbara Britton is a new Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Education. JoAnne Rankin retired after 34 years of service to
EMU. Jiuqiang Liu was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and awarded
tenure. · Joanne Caniglia
received the EMU Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching. She also received a
Dwight D. Eisenhower Higher Education Professional Development Grant for her
proposal "Number & Pattern in African Culture: A Preservice Mentorship Program".
Donald Buckeye and Bette Warren were the EMU
recipients of the 1996-97 Michigan Association of Governing Boards' Distinguished Faculty
Awards. · On October 25 EMU hosted the
28th Midwest Graph Theory Conference
(MIGHTY XXVIII). The EMU-MCTM Mathematics Education Conference will be held
on March 28. For further information, contact Geraldine
Green or Carla Tayeh.
GMI Institute [reported by Brian McCartin]
Stefanka Chukova was promoted to Associate Professor of
Applied Mathematics and Statistics and granted tenure.
Boyan Dimitrov was granted tenure. Undergraduate applied math major
Michael Fisackerly was awarded a Barry S.
Goldwater Scholarship, one of only 17 awarded in mathematics in the entire United
States. · Effective January 1, 1998, GMI will become
Kettering University. It will be named after
Charles F. Kettering, renowned inventor, founder of General
Motors Research Labs, and "godfather" to GMI throughout his life.
Grand Valley State University [reported by Don VanderJagt]
New faculty include Assistant Professors Jody
Sorensen (PhD from Northwestern in dynamical systems, previously at Bates College and Gettysburg College)
and Clark Wells (PhD from Kentucky in distance
geometry), Associate Professor George Sturm (PhD from
Ohio State in statistics, previously at GVSU and
in Albania), and Visiting Assistant Professor John
Golden (PhD from Penn State). ·
Georgianna Klein and Cathy Gardner were promoted to Associate Professor.
Karen Novotny and Alverna Champion are on leave, the latter to NSF.
Hillsdale College [reported by Mark Watson]
Dean Evasius has resigned to accept a position at Pacific University in Oregon.
Bob Hesse from the University of Minnesota and
John Boardman from Morehead State University have joined the faculty.
Hope College [reported by John R. Stoughton]
The Mathematics Department has the following new personnel: Assistant
Professors Donatella Delfino, Claudia
Polini (Claudia is finishing a post-doc at MSU before officially joining our facultyshe will be at Hope next fall), and
Darin Stephenson; and Visiting Assistant Professors
Alan Koch and David Hahn. · Two faculty members will be on sabbatical leave this academic year.
Janet Andersen will be staying in the Holland area while she works, with NSF
support, on the development of a general education course for mathematics and science.
Elliot Tanis will also be in the Holland area this spring working on revising
his laboratory manual, which uses Maple, so that topics parallel the topics in the
fifth edition of his textbook. · Tim
Pennings has been appointed Chair for the next
three years. · The Department has been awarded its
third REU grant from the NSF, to begin in the summer of 1998.
Kalamazoo College [reported by John Fink]
Eric Barth, who received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University
of Kansas in 1995, joined the faculty. Eric's interests include molecular dynamics
and applied linear algebra. Before joining our faculty he held a post-doctoral
position with the Howard Hughes Medical Center at the Courant Institute in New York City.
· George Nielsen will retire at the end of this year after 30 years of service to
the college. Bill Calhoun has left to accept a position as assistant professor
at Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania. · Visiting faculty this year
include Kenneth Mulder (University of Oregon),
Lily Nordmoe (Northwestern), Kelly
Schultz (WMU), and Janet Andersen (Hope College).
Lansing Community College [reported by JingLing Wang]
Nan Jackson joined the full-time mathematics faculty this fall semester. ·
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department is currently testing a new
teaching program to introduce computer technology in the teaching
of calculus. The new effort, led by JingLing
Wang, uses the Converge and Derive programs.
Lawrence Technological University [reported by M. Merscher]
The 28th Annual LTU Mathematics Competition for High School Students was
held in April. This year's winner was Goutam
Reddy of Detroit Country Day School. ·
Gloria Rivkin and William Sverdlik were encouraged with the results
they obtained with a summer algebra workshop to prepare students for calculus.
They plan to repeat the efforts this summer.
Macomb Community College [reported by Art Daniel]
Three faculty members retired: James
Blanzy, George Gorte, and Ron
Sturza. Ron LaPorte moved from South to Center Campus. The entire Center
Campus Department moved into the new N Building this fall.
Michigan State University [reported by Dick Phillips]
The administrative face of the Department has changed considerably over the
last few months. Pete Lappan has assumed the position of Chair, replacing
Jon Hall, who served as Chair for three years. The new Director of Undergraduate
Studies is Susan Schuur, who succeeded Bill
Sledd after four years. Ed Palmer is currently helping out as Associate
Chair. · New Assistant Professors in the Department are
Baisheng Yen (PDE's) and Fedor Nazarov
(analysis), while visitors for all or part of the year are
Jim Cannon (topology), Marianna Della
Molle (group theory), Ivko Dimitric (geometry),
Muhammad Salam (combinatorics), Hector
Salas (analysis), and Silvia Weigand (commutative algebra).
Congratulations to Sharon Senk for her promotion to Professor and to
John Masterson as recipient of the J. S. Frame Teaching Award.
Harvey Davis, Indranand Sinha, David
Winter, and Irv Vance are soon to join the ranks
of Emeriti Professors. · With a talk by Gang
Tian of MIT, the Department has initiated an annual lecture series.
Michigan Technological University [reported by Lynn Murphy]
Otto G. Ruehr has retired and been made Professor Emeritus.
Allan A. Struthers was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. · On leave
for all or part of this year are Sidney W.
Graham (National Science Foundation), Russell M.
Reid (University of Wisconsin), Thomas D.
Drummer (Yellowstone National Park), Donald L.
Kreher (University of Vermont), and Vladimir D.
Tonchev (Universities of Heidelberg and Augsburg). ·
Edem Ibragimov, John P. McSorley,
Kenneth J. Morgan, David W. Pray, and
William P. Vockel are visitors. ·
The Department will be hosting the Fifth International
Conference on Integral Methods in Science and Engineering,
Northern Michigan University [reported by Jeff Horn]
The MAA Upper Peninsula Zonal Meeting was held on October 17-18. It
featured Zhiqiang Chen (William Patterson University) speaking on statistics.
Jeff Horn was the conference organizer.
Oakland University [reported by Jerry Grossman]
The Department's new PhD program in Applied Mathematical Sciences started
this fall, as we moved into our offices in the new Science and Engineering
Building, under the leadership of our new Chair,
Marc Lipman. · The Summer Camp for talented area high school students finished its second summer. · We hired
Eddie Cheng, a specialist in combinatorial optimization. ·
Datta Kulkarni is organizing a major research conference on algebraic combinatorics, to be held May 1-3, 1998.
Schoolcraft College [reported by Randy Schwartz]
Rodman Doll has announced his retirement effective December 31, after nearly
30 years of service. This past summer he was one of 30 participants in a
faculty enhancement workshop in differential equations, held at DePaul
University. · At the Michigan Section meeting in May,
Janina Udrys and Larry Williams
spoke as members of a four-person panel on "Alternative Delivery Systems".
Janina discussed her experience with a video telecourse for Intermediate Algebra,
and noted that Addison-Wesley has offered her a contract to upgrade her video
study guide for nationwide distribution. Larry described his new
interactive television (ITV) calculus course. The course is delivered live to students
at Clarenceville High School, some of whom were so captivated by the experience that they switched
their career goal from Journalism to Math Education. ·
Rheta Rubenstein has helped launch the Southeastern Michigan Mathematics Education
Study Group, for educators from various colleges engaged in teaching mathematics
education courses. The first meeting was September 19. For more information, contact
her at email@example.com.
Siena Heights College [reported by Toni Carroll]
Rick Trujillo has been named a Project NExT Fellow.
Toni Carroll is temporarily serving as McNair Program director. · On November 8 the Department
co-sponsored a math conference for high school students in Lenawee County:
"What's In It For Me?". Speakers included
Melissa Holobach (Industrial Engineering
for General Motors), Eugene Krause (UM-Ann Arbor), and
Linda Rowland (Marketing Technology for Bank One). ·
Lana Taylor is experimenting with a course in Visual Mathematics.
Spring Arbor College [reported by Garnet Hauger]
Last spring the Department had about 200 middle and high school students
on campus for a Mathematics-Science Colloquium. Our own college students
gave 10-minute talks in two parallel sessions and we had about 50 posters
of other college students' mathematics and science projects. This event was funded by the
Bauervic Foundation and was a screaming success. · One of our recent graduates,
Alan Demlow, received an NSF Fellowship to pursue a PhD program in mathematics
at Cornell University. · We received NCATE approval for our mathematics
program that prepares elementary and secondary teachers. · The Department just
finished a two-year study of general mathematics
skills of entering freshmen. We correlated scores on a locally-devised test with ACT MATH score (r = .66) and made
a recommendation that students with an ACT MATH score less than 18 must take
our basic college mathematics course before they take their quantitative literacy
course (business mathematics, computer science, calculus, or mathematics for
teachers). · In the last three years computer technology has been greatly
upgraded on our campus and used in more and more classes. As a result students are
more able to use standard and mathematics production tools (like EXCEL
and MATHEMATICA) to complete mathematics assignments and projects. This
has been an exciting area of growth for us. For example, we used EXCEL
almost exclusively in teaching Numerical Analysis last spring.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor [reported by H. Montgomery]
The renovation of East Hall, which now houses both the Mathematics
Department and the Psychology Department, is complete; the formal dedication was held
on October 18. · Sasha Barvinok has just received an NSF CAREER Fellowship. ·
Jean Bourgain gave the Ziwet Lectures, "KAM Theory for PDE's", in November.
· New faculty include Zhong-Hui Duan (mathematical biology),
Razvan Gelca (topological quantum field theory),
Nicolae Gonciulea (algebraic geometry), David
Grabiner (combinatorics), Richard Hind (global analysis),
Smadar Karni (numerical analysis), Erica
Klarreich (hyperbolic geometry), Robert
Lazarsfeld (algebraic geometry), Ernesto
Lupercio (algebraic topology), Joe
McGrath (applied math), Claudia Miller (commutative algebra),
Peter Selinger (computer science, category theory),
Ronnie Sircar (applied math), Michael
Sze (actuarial science), Arpad Toth (automorphic forms),
Dror Varolin (several complex variables), and
Jerome Wolbert (algebraic topology). · Visiting faculty for all
or part of this year include Hyman Bass (algebraic geometry),
Klas Diederich (several complex variables),
Axel Hundemer (complex dynamics), Alex
Ryba (computational group theory), Pedro
Sanchez (algebra), and Michael Tsfasman (arithmetic geometry). There are several visiting scholars, as well.
University of Michigan-Dearborn [reported by Margret Höft]
Joan Remski, a UMD alumna, has joined the Department as Assistant Professor.
She received her PhD in applied mathematics from MSU in May 1997.
Eileen Kaller, who has taught in the Department on an adjunct basis since 1991,
became a Visiting Lecturer. John Gillespie was promoted to Professor. He returned
from a one year sabbatical in September. David
James and Paul Lin are on sabbatical leave during the Fall term;
Richard Dahlke will be on sabbatical leave during
the Winter term. The Department's web site
(http://www.umd.umich.edu/casl/math) contains information such as seminar schedules. · The Department
has received an NSF grant to purchase equipment for
the establishment of a Mathematics Learning Center.
University of Michigan-Flint [reported by Steve Althoen]
Harry D'Souza was promoted to Professor and is on a worldwide sabbatical
this year. · The Department will hold its
31st annual Math Field Day, a competition
for high school students from throughout the state, on March 3. Thirty-four
teams participated in 1997, when first places in the divisions of large, medium, and
small schools were won by Detroit Country Day, Catholic Central-Detroit, and
Linden, respectively. For more information, call
Bob Bix at 810-762-3314. · On April
4, we will host the 1998 Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition, organized
by Ricardo Alfaro, Ken Schilling, and
Matt Wyneken. · Renate
McLaughlin gave an invited address entitled "What I Have Learned Since Visualizing
Mathematics Has Become Easier" at the regional
NCTM meeting in Milwaukee on October 11. Meanwhile,
Robert Bix is presenting a contributed paper "Conics and Cubics"
on an accessible introduction to algebraic curves at the Special Session
on Rethinking Upper-Level Core Mathematics at the joint meetings
Wayne State University [reported by Daniel Frohardt]
Brian Taylor has been appointed Assistant Professor, while
Patricia Bonesteel, Leonard Boehn,
Chris Nazelli, and Donald Sherry have been appointed
Lecturers for the 1997-98 academic year. ·
Steven Kahn has been promoted to Professor.
Kay Magaard has been promoted to Associate Professor and granted
tenure. Alexander Korostelev has also received tenure.
Jeffrey Strom is visiting the Department for the 1997-98 academic year. ·
John Irwin, Jinyal Pak, and
Martin Wechsler have retired. Jose-Luis
Menaldi, Daniel Frohardt, and George
Yin are on sabbatical leave for one term this year. · There is a full colloquium schedule
this year; it is posted on the Department's Web site
(http://www.math.wayne.edu). · Robert
Bruner has received a teaching award from the College of Science. ·
Finally, the Department wishes to thank all those who helped to make
the MAA/AMS joint meetings last spring a roaring
Western Michigan University [reported by Dennis Pence]
New Assistant Professors are Robert Buck from the Harvard School of
Public Health (PhD, City University in London, UK) in computational
statistics, Kate Kline from Eastern Washington University (PhD,
UM) in elementary mathematics education, Michael
Raines (PhD, Auburn University) in combinatorics,
and Stephen Ziebarth (PhD, University of
Iowa) in secondary mathematics education. New Associate Professor is
Yuri Ledyaev from Rutgers University (PhD,
Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology and a member of the Steklov Institute
for Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Science) in analysis and
differential equations. Radu Teodorescu had
been appointed as the director of the Modular Math Program.
John Martino and Joshua Naranjo have received tenure; the
latter has also been promoted to Associate Professor.
Robert Blefko has retired after 30 years on the faculty. · The Department hosted the Fourth Kalamazoo
Symposium on Matrix Analysis and Applications on October 24-25 with featured speaker
and Visiting University Scholar G. W.
Stewart (University of Maryland). Other principal speakers were
N. J. Higham (University of Manchester),
Charles R. Johnson (College of William and Mary),
Charles Van Loan (Cornell University), and
Henry Wolkowicz (University of Waterloo). The directors of the
Symposium were Niloufer Mackey and Thomas
Richardson. · The Department is pleased
to be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Section on May 1-2. The
local arrangements committee consists of John
Petro, Joseph Buckley, and Paul
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