Fall 2017 Meeting

October 20-21, 2017
University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, Minnesota
Contact: Peh Ng

The Fall 2017 meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America will be held October 20-21 at University of Minnesota, Morris in Morris, Minnesota.

We hope you'll make time to join us!


The program for the fall meeting is now available (here).

Invited Speakers

Proportional Derivatives
What They Are and How They Might Relate to Fractional Calculus

Doug Anderson

Concordia College

Bio: Doug Anderson received a bachelor's degree from Augustana College (now University) in Sioux Falls in 1989, taught English in Japan for 3 years, and then received a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. Since then he has been at Concordia College-Moorhead. He became department chair in 2006, and the Richard & Barbara Nelson Chair of Mathematics & Computer Science in 2008. He has published over 100 papers with 46 co-authors from 12 different countries. He has also led Concordia's Math May Seminar, a month-long exploration of the history of mathematics through travel (to various combinations of Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, and England), 11 times.

Abstract: My colleague Darin Ulness from Concordia's chemistry department and I introduced proportional derivatives in 2015, which are motivated by proportional-derivative controllers in control theory. Their definition and properties will be explored, particularly the kind of calculus that they generate. A possible connection to the new Caputo-Fabrizio definition of fractional derivatives without singular kernel (2015, 2017) will also be briefly mentioned.

Solving Problems: MAA American Mathematics Competitions
and Evolving Views of Mathematics Education

Michael Pearson

MAA, Executive Director

Bio: Michael Pearson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1980, a master's degree from Mississippi State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. (Harmonic Analysis) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Prior to joining the MAA (in 2002), he served on the faculty at Florida International University (1989-1992) and Mississippi State University (1992-2002).

As Executive Director, Michael provides leadership to further the mission of the MAA to advance the mathematical sciences. As a long-time member of the MAA, he is delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues who share the sense of community and common purpose that he sees as the fundamental strength of the Association.

Abstract: Through its years as the American High School Mathematics Examination and now as the AMC, MAA competitions programs illustrate the evolving views of what constitutes effective mathematical problem solving, as well as identifying and cultivating mathematical talent. We'll take a leisurely tour through more than a half-century of the Association's efforts to advance mathematics through competitions.

Color Me Combinatorial: Beauty from Statistical Mechanics

Kaisa Taipale (Section NExT Speaker)

Universty of Minnesota

Kaisa Taipale received her PhD in algebraic geometry from the University of Minnesota, and after visits to St. Olaf, MSRI, and Cornell came back to the lovely surroundings of St. Paul. Along with teaching math for finance at the University of Minnesota, Kaisa's interested in showing folks from a diversity of backgrounds that math can be accessible and attractive.

Abstract: It’s easy for students to think that math is dead — nothing new since Euler, right? Totally symmetric self-complementary plane partitions (TSSCPPs), fully packed loop (FPLs), and domino tilings of Aztec diamonds say otherwise. These mathematical objects come up at the intersection of probability, combinatorics, algebra — and coloring! These very visual and frankly fascinating objects draw in mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. In this talk, I want to tell a story of modern math research that brings together beauty, computers, and a number of Midwestern mathematicians. Come for the colors, stay for the math!

More information regarding Section NExT can be found (here).


Lunch Details Saturday, October 21

Campus Map and Parking

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