Annual Meeting Set for May 1-2

The annual meeting of the Michigan Section-MAA and Mich-MATYC will be held May 1-2, 1998 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. We have planned two full days of talks, workshops and special sessions. The deadline for meal reservations is April 24. Because of another event in Kalamazoo that weekend, hotel space may be tight; the deadline for hotel reservations is April 15.

This year there is a special Saturday afternoon session from 2:00 to 4:00 PM addressing Placement Tests in an Era of Reform. It is part of the Building Bridges initiative designed to bring high school and college teachers together to discuss issues of common interest.

Other highlights of the meeting include two calculator workshops and a variety of talks on mathematics, teaching and social/professional issues. Topics include underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics, information retrieval, the alternating sign conjecture, demonic graphs, women in mathematics, proving theorems with Mathematica, the generalized Riemann integral, wavelets in linear algebra, and many more. Marian Barry (National Security Agency), David Bressoud (Macalester College), Aparna Higgins (University of Dayton), Patti Lock (St. Lawrence University), and Anita Solow (MAA and Depauw University) will be joining some excellent speakers from Michigan.

Complete details about the schedule, abstracts, registration, and accommodations are contained in the Program for the Annual Meeting, which is included with this Newsletter. The program is also available on the Michigan Section-MAA's web site (

While there is a great deal of flexibility and choice in the program, several of the events require reservations or preregistration. Please check the deadlines in the program.

The program committee consists of Bette Warren (EMU), chair, Jim Chesla (Grand Rapids CC), and Paul Eenigenburg (WMU). The local arrangements committee at WMU consists of John Petro, chair, Joseph Buckley, and Paul Eenigenburg.

We'll see you all in Kalamazoo!

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