Mathematical Association of America
Volume 6 Number 1 March 2003
|Governor's Report||2002 NCS Team Competition Results|
|President's Report||2002 NCS Team Competition Problems/Solutions|
|Secretary's Report||Campus News|
|Student Chapter Coordinator's Report|
|Spring Section Meeting|
|2003 Section Team Competition||Information for contributors|
Gustavus Adolphus College
The winter meeting of the Board of Governor's was held in Baltimore, Maryland on January 14, 2003. Here are a few of the major highlights from the meeting:
1. A major high point of the meeting was the announcement of a major gift from Paul and Virginia Halmos to fund a Mathematical Sciences Conference Center at the Washington headquarters of the MAA. This gift will be used to restore the historic carriage house, one of three buildings in the MAA's complex in the Dupont Circle nieghborhood of Washington.
2. By the time you read this, the MAA will have launched an on-line bookstore for the purchase of MAA books and other materials. Members using this web site will be able to purchase MAA books at member discount prices. This effort accompanies a major re-design of the MAA's web page (http://www.maa.org) and a revamping of the MAA's suite of electronic services. MAA books can also be found on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles web sites.
3. A new national MAA award was passed by the board and will be called the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by Beginning Faculty. The award honors Henry L. Alder, a long-time supporter and officer of the MAA who passed away in 2002. His estate gave the MAA $100,000 to establish the award. In Henry's honor the board observed a moment of silence at the January meeting.
4. The MAA has started a new program titled "Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers" (PMET). The purpose of this program, which has been funded through the National Science Foundation, is to do as the title suggests, help faculty better prepare K-12 teachers. There are several workshops organized for this summer and more information can be found at http://www.maa.org/pmet.
5. The MAA Committee on Elections brought a proposal to the board that elections be carried out in the future via a combination of electronic and mail balloting. This was endorsed by the board of governors and will require changes in the MAA by-laws.
6. Membership in the MAA is holding steady, at about 25,000 members.
7. The budget concerns of last year were successfully addressed by MAA staff via cost-cutting measures, with the result that the MAA ended the 2002 budget year with a net surplus.
8. The next MathFest will be in Boulder, Colorado, on July 31 - August 2, 2003. The next joint meeting will be in Phoenix, Arizona, on Jnuary 7-10, 2004.
See you in April.
M. B. Rao
The fall, 2002, meeting of the North Central Section was held at Minnesota State University Moorhead on October 25-26. Fifty-six people attended. Invited speakers were Professor Davis Cope of NDSU and Dr. Michael O’Fallon of the Mayo Clinic. The spring, 2003, meeting is at Macalester College in St. Paul April 25-26; the fall, 2003 meeting will be at the University of Sioux Falls, and the spring, 2004, meeting will be at Winona State University. Suggestions of ideas for future meetings are welcome and may be communicated to any officer (names and addresses are listed elsewhere on this site).
At our fall meeting, to encourage speakers to volunteer at future meetings, the section voted to waive registration fees at meetings for all speakers. We hope this might encourage you to volunteer to speak at a meeting soon. (See the call for papers for the spring meeting!).
St. John's University
The section's books came out even on December 31, as I reported to the national office, and we are financially sound. It's a new year, so I'd like to encourage you to think about institutional memberships in the section. And while you are thinking, think about the upcoming summer seminar, announced elsewhere in the newsletter. See you at Macalester in April.
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321-3000
The spring 2003 North Central Section meeting will be at Macalester College in St. Paul on April 25-26. We have a special treat this year with three invited speakers. Gil Strang of MIT will be the Friday evening speaker. The title of his talk is "Teaching and Enjoying Linear Algebra." On Saturday morning, Professor Frank Farris of Santa Clara University will speak on "Forbidden Symmetry—Relaxing The Crystallographic Restriction" and on Saturday afternoon, section teaching award winner Professor Robert Lacher of SDSU will give a talk entitled "A Favorite Lesson: Introduction To Statistical Estimation."
More information on the meeting as well as a call for papers can be found here. In an effort to encourage attendance and presentations, Saturday's lunch will be free to all speakers.
The seventh annual NCS Team Contest will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2003. An announcement and invitation to participate will be sent by email in September to at least one member of the Mathematics Department of each college and university in the Section. If you are unsure whether anyone from your department is receiving these announcements, contact Jerry Heuer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information regarding past contests can be found here.
The sixth annual NCS/MAA Team Contest was held on Saturday, November 16, with 70 teams from 23 universities and colleges participating, topping the previous record of 64 teams from 21 institutions set in 2001. The expenses of the competition are covered by a fee of $15 per team. Teams of up to three undergraduate students work collaboratively at their home campuses on the ten problems, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The problems count 10 points each, and scores this year ranged from 1 to 100, with a median of 36. One team scored 100, two scored in the 90s, four in the 80s, five in the 70s, four in the 60s, five in the 50s, eight in the 40s, seventeen in the 30s, thirteen in the 20s, five in the teens and six in single digits. More detailed information can be found here.
Normandale Community College
A new two-year degree, the Associate of Arts with an emphasis in mathematics, will be offered next year at Normandale. Tom Naughton has identified a set of required and elective courses totaling 23-24 semester credits that would transfer to four-year institutions to satisfy most Mathematics major requirements through Sophomore level. The department has unanimously approved his proposal, sending it on for final approval to the Academic Affairs and Standards Committee which is considering similar “degrees with emphasis” in other departments. (Submitted by Peggy Rejto)
St. Cloud State University
Budget cutting will be the name of the game in the next several years. The move to larger general education has already begun. Searches have been put on hold and it is unclear how needs will be filled in the near future. In other news, the statistics program is looking to implement a master's degree program.
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Joe Gallian and Doug Dunham from UMD have responsibility for creating the poster and web site for Mathematics Awareness Month (April) 2003. The theme this year is Mathematics and Art. The web address is http://mathforum.org/mam/03/.
In other news, Harlan Stech is back as chair following what he calls a very enjoyable and stimulating sabbatical break. Professor Kang James, Director of Undergraduate Studies, was named the 2002 recipient of the Jean G. Blehard Distinguished Teaching Award. Sabra Anderson is in England directing UMD's Study in England Program at Birmingham University for the next two years. Joe Gallian was named a Fellow of the Council on Undergraduate Research in recognition of the undergraduate research program he holds in Duluth each summer. Zhuangyi Liu and Robert McFarland are on sabbatical leave for the academic year.
Student Paul Herzog won the 2001-02 Sylvan Burgstahler Departmental Service Award and student Betsy LaPlant won the Duane E. Anderson Memorial Graduate Fellowship. Other awards at UMD include the Grace C. Peterson Calculus Achievement Awards and the James L. Nelson Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships. (From UMD department newsletter submitted by Joe Gallian)
Winona State University
A career profile of Richard Jarvinen has been included in the recent MAA publication: 101 Careers in Mathematics, 2nd edition, Andrew Sterrett, Editor. Jarvinen's career affiliation in each year since 1995 with NASA as a Research Science Consultant is an aspect of his professional life that is featured.
In fact, Jarvinen has recently been quite involved in matters related to the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. In this regard, a week ago this last Sunday, he was part of the front page story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Sunday edition together with a U of M professor. Most recently he was interviewed by the Washington Post (for 2 hrs), with that story still brewing. Jarvinen has worked with NASA in each year since 1995, most recently on matters pertaining to predictors for safe landing conditions (2001, 2002).
|Wisconsin Section||UW-Marathon, Wausau, WI|
|25-26 APRIL 2003|
|Nebraska/SE South Dakota Section||South Dakota University, Vermillion, SD|
|28-29 March 2003|
|Iowa Section||Northern Iowa University|
|4-5 APRIL 2003|
4-5 April 2003
College of St. Benedict
St. John's University
The 24th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon undergraduate mathematics research conference will be held at St. John's University on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The invited speaker is Colin Adams from Williams College. His Friday evening talk will be given by alter ego Sir Randolph Bacon III (Cousin-in-Law to Colin Adams) and is titled “Blown Away: What Knot to Do When Sailing.” In what could be viewed as extreme laziness on behalf of Professor Adams, his Saturday talk will be given by Mel Slugbate (Brother-in-Law to Colin Adams) and it titled “Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space: Investment Opportunities for the Next Millennium.” In addition, as always, undergraduate speakers will be featured, so start encouraging your students to prepare talks.
To submit a talk, or for further information, contact
or visit http://www.csbsju.edu/math/pme.html.
North Central Section Summer Seminar 2003
A Tour of Combinatorial Games
Speaker: Elwyn Berlekamp
Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN
Gustavus Adolphus College will host the Summer Seminar in early August 2003.
The topic will be combinatorial games and the main speaker will be Elwyn
Berlekamp. More information, including information on
registration can be found at http://www.gac.edu/~wolfe/games2003/.
The contact person for this event is David Wolfe (email@example.com)
of Gustavus Adolphus College.
29 March 2003
University of South Dakota
The 5th Annual Mathematics on the Northern Plains undergraduate mathematics research conference will be held at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion SD on March 29, 2003. The registration deadline is March 22, 2003. The invited speaker is Joe Gallian. His talks are entitled "Touring the Torus" and "Who is the Greatest Hitter of them all?" In addition, as always, undergraduate speakers will be featured, so start encouraging your students to prepare talks.
To submit a talk, or for further information, contact
|Dan Schaal or Dan Van Peursem at|
|Phone: 605-677- 5992|
or visit http://www.usd.edu/~dpeursem/conference/.
MAA PREP Workshops
The MAA's Professional Enhancement Program (PREP) will offer a wide variety of workshops during summer 2003. PREP workshops offer you the chance to spend a few days exploring topics of mutual interest with colleagues from other institutions, with experienced leaders to guide the group towards a deeper understanding and broader perspective. Most of the cost of attending a PREP workshop is covered by the program, so what are you waiting for? Visit the PREP web site, http://www.maa.org/prep to see this year's schedule and to obtain registration materials.
MAA MathFest 2003
July - 2 August 2003
For more information as it becomes available, go to http://www.maa.org.
MCTM 2003 Spring Conference
25-26 April 2003
DECC - Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
For more information, go to http://www.mctm.org
|Fall 2003||University of Sioux Falls|
|Spring 2004||Winona State University|
Submissions should be sent via mail to:
139 ECC, SCSU
720 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Or (and preferably) by electronic mail to:
This newsletter was last updated May 30, 2003.