April 20-21, 2012
St. Paul, Minnesota
Contact: Rob Krueger
The Spring 2012 meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America will be held April 20-21, 2012 at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The MAA-NCS Section NExT will meet immediately preceeding the conference during a Friday afternoon session open to everyone. To find out more about MAA-NCS Section NExT activities click here.
The program for the spring meeting is available here.
Research with Students Under the Big Tent
Jill Dietz (Bio)
St. Olaf College
Abstract: Undergraduate research in mathematics seems to be for the 1%, with the brightest students from elite institutions having all the advantages when it comes to being admitted to just 64 NSF REU sites around the country. What about the 99%? In this talk I lay out a plan for developing research skills throughout the mathematics curriculum – much as our colleagues in the sciences do by developing lab skills from day 1 – so that the vast majority of mathematics majors have had some sort of research-like experience by the time they graduate. Some examples and lessons learned from one of the biggest, big tent programs will be given.
A Dynamical Systems Approach to Paleoclimate Models
Dick McGehee (Bio)
University of Minnesota
Abstract: Simple mathematical models have been used to explore the Earth's past climates. We will present some of these models and discuss them from a dynamical systems perspective.
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