Spring 2012 Meeting

April 20-21, 2012
Concordia University
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.

Invited Speakers

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.


Lunch Details (Saturday, April 21th)

Campus Map


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