Short Course and Conference Announcements

Several short courses, sponsored by nearby schools and MAA sections, will be held this spring and summer.

The Ohio State University Technology College Short Course Program, part of the Teachers Teaching With Technology Program, has scheduled 60 one- to five-day hand-held technology-based short courses for 1998 at colleges and universities in 23 states. Some of the courses are aimed at college teachers, while others target secondary teachers. If you are interested in attending a course, details are available on the Web ( In addition, hard copies of the list 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 ( The College Short Course Program is endorsed by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). As part of this program, Ball State University will host a Math Teacher Educator short course for college and university professors of pre-service middle school mathematics teachers and for in-service math coordinators, July 20 - 22; contact Sheryl Stump (765-285-8640;

The 3rd International Derive/TI-92 Conference is dedicated to the tradition of master instructors of mathematics sharing their insights on the use of computer algebra in teaching at all levels from middle school through college. One of the main features of this conference is that it includes teachers from around the world. At the present time presentations have been scheduled from teachers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the Ukraine, as well throughout the United States. The conference takes place in historical Gettysburg, PA, July 14 - 17. Registration information and the tentative program are listed on the Web (

The Ohio Section is offering a short course entitled "A Mathematical Sampler: 1699 - 1900", June 24 - 26 at Ashland University. The presenter is Bill Dunham (Muhlenberg College, PA), whose The Mathematical Universe was chosen as the Best Mathematics Book of 1994. Further information is available on the Web (

The Allegheny Mountain Section's fourteenth annual short course is on "Finite FieldsTheory, Applications, and Algorithms". It will be held June 15 - 18 at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. The presenter is Gary Mullen (Penn State U). Registration is $150 and room and board another $110. For more information contact George Bradley (Duquesne U, Pittsburgh, PA 15282), 412-396-5115,

The Mathematics Department of the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse and COMAP are hosting their third biennial Symposium on Mathematical Modeling in the Undergraduate Curriculum, June 12 - 13. Gary Mullen (COMAP), Martha J. Siegel (Towson State U), and William Michael O'Fallon (Mayo Clinic) are the plenary speakers. Registration is $15 and residence hall lodging is available. For more information, contact Helen Skala (608-785-6614;

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