North Central Mathematical Bulletin

The newsletter of the North Central Section
of the
Mathematical Association of America

Volume 10 Number 1 March 2007


Table of Contents

Governor's Report MAA-NCS Section NExT
President's Report Spring Section Meeting
Secretary's Report Campus News
Treasurer's Report

Conferences and Courses

Student Chapter Coordinator's Report

Future Section Meetings

2007 Section Team Competition

Meetings of Other Sections

Report from 2006 Section Team Competition Information for Contributors
   

Governor's Report

Daniel Kemp
South Dakota State University

The MAA Board of Governors met prior to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, LA on Thursday, January 4, 2007.  We had a 113 page agenda to work through, but President Carl Cowen was up to the task and we finished on schedule.  You can see from the photo that I was at least set up for the meeting. Next year leading this meeting will fall upon our own Joe Gallian who became the MAA President at the end of the business meeting on Monday, January 8.  This years Joint Meetings had an attendance of over 4700, the largest ever.  The next MathFest will be in San Jose, CA, August 3-5, 2007 and the next Joint Meetings will be in San Diego, CA, January 6-9, 2008.  The only local national meeting on the horizon is the MathFest for 2008 which will be July 31 – August 2 in Madison, WI.  The 100th Anniversary meeting of the MAA will be August 5 – 8, 2015, in Washington, DC. 

 

Highlights from the meeting:

The American Mathematics Competitions is trying to get more students involved by giving colleges and universities the opportunity to host the exam for interested local student.  The AMC is an MAA program with offices in Lincoln, NE.  Look on their web site, http://www.unl.edu/amc/, for more information.

The MAA remains in sound financial shape.  We have over $7,000,000 in investments that are being managed by professionals within the Association.  The MAA annual operating budget is now about $10,000,000.  Your dues account for only about 15% of the income.  Publications, the AMC, investments, and federal money make up the rest.  The MAA is actively seeking new revenue streams.  One that is likely to succeed is the new Carriage House meeting building.  This will officially open in April of this year.  If you want to hold a meeting there it will cost $1000 per day.

The Budget Committee recommended an increase in dues of about 5% across the board.  We actually had a contested vote on this issue.  The executive committee proposed an amendment that would have deleted any dues increase for retired members.  The budget committee opposed this motion and it was defeated.  The dues increase was then passed.

Remember that your MAA membership can now be renewed on-line at MAA Online (www.maa.org).  Renewing this way saves the MAA money.  Try it!  You are encouraged to spend time at the MAA web site.  Pay particular attention to the Math DL (digital library) that has undergone major changes.  Also the mathematics history on-line journal, Convergence, is now more accessible.

The MAA has been conducting Strategic Planning meetings for the past few years.  The first cycle studied the AMC, Professional Development, and Revenue.  Reports on these meetings were received by the governors at this meeting.  (By the way, the Board of Governors Parliamentarian is Wayne Roberts and he provided some humor by interpreting ‘receiving’ reports from Robert’s Rules of Order.)  The second cycle is studying Governance, Students, and Membership.  The Third cycle will study STEM issues, Sections, and Web Resources.

Lowell Beineke is in his last year as the College Mathematics Journal editor.  If you are interested in replacing him contact Art Benjamin at benjamin@hmc.edu.

A new model for MAA Section By-Laws was announced.  The North Central Section’s by-laws are scheduled for review in 2014-15.

This is my last report to you as Governor of the North Central Section.  I have really enjoyed my time as governor and thank you again for electing me to the office.

 


President's Report

 

Steve Kennedy

Carleton College

 

It is an odd-numbered year which means that the Section will hold a Summer Seminar. I’m very excited about this one.  Jonathan Borwein will give a series of lectures at Carleton College titled Experimental Mathematics in Action: Insight through Computation. This is the cutting edge and Borwein is one of the world’s leaders. The dates of the Seminar are July 16-20. Registration is now open; reserve your spot by going to: www.math.carleton.edu/comp_math/ .

The spring section meeting will be held at St. Catherine’s on April 13-14 (apologies to all triskaidekaphobics among you). We have great invited speakers: Andrew Odlyzko from the University of Minnesota and Allen Schwenk, the Editor of Math Magazine. We also will have, I think for the first time, a session of student talks. If you have supervised a student research project, service project or in-depth independent study, please encourage your student to consider giving a short talk at the meeting. One very noticeable change at national MAA meetings over the last decade is the extraordinary growth in the number of undergraduate attendees. Not only do they get a lot out of the meeting, but also they inject an infectious youthful exuberance into the proceedings. I’m excited to see us try to replicate this at the Section level.

Another inducement to come to St. Kate’s (as if such could possibly be needed) is to see two of your section colleagues honored as we award the Distinguished Teaching and Meritorious Service prizes. By the way, thanks to Su Dorée and Eric Lund outgoing members of those prize committees for three years of service.

See you at St. Kate’s!

 


Secretary's Report

Colleen Livingston

Bemidji State University

The Fall 2006 section meeting was held at the University of Minnesota - Morris in Morris, Minnesota.  Fifty-four people attended.  Invited speakers were 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award winner Ivy Knoshaug from Bemidji State University and David Wolfe of Gustavus Adolphus College. 

The Spring 2007 meeting will be at the College of Saint Catherine, April 13-14.  Preliminary details and a call for papers are elsewhere on the web page.  The Fall 2007 meeting will be at Bemidji State University.


Treasurer's Report

 

Randy Westhoff

Bemidji State University

 

I would like to thank the following colleges and universities for becoming institutional members of the North Central Section.  This year all proceeds will be used to support our Section NExT program.
 

2006-2007 Institutional Members
Anoka Ramsey Community College
Bemidji State University
Bethel University
Bethany Lutheran College

Carleton College

College of St. Benedict / St. John's University

Concordia College
Concordia University St. Paul
Dickinson State University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Macalester College
Mayville State University
Minot State University
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls
Minnesota State University Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Normandale Community College

North Dakota State University

Northern State University

South Dakota State University
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University
St. Mary's University
St. Olaf College
University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Morris
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of St. Thomas
Winona State University
 
All faculty in our section in their first four years of full-time teaching at the college or university level are eligible to apply to become Section NExT fellows.  Information can be found at http://homepages.gac.edu/~hvidsten/maa/next/.   I hope to see all of you at the spring meeting.
 
Randy Westhoff, Treasurer
North Central Section MAA
 
P.S.:  Thanks to all of you who are supporting our section through institutional memberships.  If your institution is not listed and you would like to become an institutional member the cost is $25 and checks (made out to NCS-MAA) can be sent to me at the address below. If you would like an invoice, please let me know and I will send one out.  This year all proceeds are being used to support our Section NExT activities.  Thanks again and I'll see you at the spring meeting.

 

 

Student Chapter Coordinator's Report

 

Richard Jarvinen

Winona State University

The MAA Student Chapters program was launched in January 1989 to encourage students to continue to study in the mathematical sciences, provide opportunities to meet with other students interested in mathematics, interact with prominent mathematicians at national meetings, and provide career information in the mathematical sciences.  There are no scholastic requirements, and students need not be majors to belong to a Student Chapter.

Please consider beginning a Student Chapter at your college/university if you presently do not have one. A Chapter is easy to begin and operate. See the MAA Student Chapters website for easy-reading details.  If your Department presently has a Chapter, kindly review the latest description of the Student Chapters program as found within the MAA Student Chapter website.

Our NCS presently has its largest number of chapters. There are 14 active chapters in our Section.

 


2007 NCS Team Competition

The eleventh annual NCS Team Contest is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2007.  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 heuer@cord.edu

 


Report on the 2006 NCS Team Competition

Jerry Heuer
Concordia College

heuer@cord.edu

The tenth annual NCS/MAA team contest was held on Saturday, November 11, 2006. Fifty-eight teams from twenty-seven universities and colleges participated. Two teams tied for first place with perfect scores of 100:

The A-team from Macalester College, consisting of Linh To, Viet Hoang and Anh Trinh, and the Magick Koalas team from St. Olaf College, consisting of Paul Tveite, Joseph Paulsen and Matthew Moynihan. Scores ranged from 100 to 0, with a median of 43.5.

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  local faculty members.  The contest is intended to reach a somewhat wider pool of students than the Putnam.

A listing of the top third of the teams and their scores as well as problems and solutions from the 2006 NCS Team Competition are available through the MAA-NCS Team Competition page.


MAA-NCS Section NExT

Designed for new college and university faculty in the mathematical sciences, Section NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program that addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities including teaching, scholarly activities, and service. 

Each year, applications will be solicited for new MAA-NCS Section NExT fellows to serve for a two year term. We will accept applications from faculty who are within the first four years of beginning full-time employment with teaching responsibilities at the college or university level.  The application consists of a short personal statement and a letter of support from the department chair, guaranteeing financial support for transportation, meals, and lodging at the fall and spring meetings of the North Central Section. 

The MAA-NCS Section NExT will meet on April 13, 2007 at the College of Saint Catherine, immediately prior to the NCS Spring Meeting.

Details about the MAA-NCS Section NExT program and its spring meeting may be found at http://homepages.gac.edu/~hvidsten/maa/next/.  Questions may be addressed to any of the program organizers:  Mike Hvidsten (hvidsten@gustavus.edu), Shawn Chiappetta (Shawn.Chiappetta@usiouxfalls.edu), Donna Flint (Donna.Flint@SDSTATE.EDU), Randy Westhoff (RWesthoff@bemidjistate.edu).
 

 


See You in St. Paul!

The College of St. Catherine will host the MAA-NCS Spring Meeting, April 13-14.  More information can be found by clicking here.  For more information on contributing a paper, click here.  The North Central Section NExT will meet at the same site immediately prior to the spring section meeting.  A program for the Spring 2007 meeting will be posted on this website prior to the meeting.

The MAA/NCS Fall 2007 Meeting will be held at Bemidji State University, October 19-20.

 


Campus News

College of St. Catherine

Congratulations to Yvonne Ng on her promotion to Assistant Professor. 

The College was awarded an NSF-S-STEM Grant of $499,375.  The proposal, Enhancing Recruitment and Retention for Women in Science and Engineering, was written by faculty members Lynne Gildensoph (Biology), Pat Dunlop (Chemistry), and Yvonne Ng (Mathematical Sciences).  The grant provides more than $430,000 worth of scholarships over the next 5 years for students majoring in biology, chemistry, math, computer science, physics, and engineering. 

Diwakar Gupta, Professor of Operations Research at the University of Minnesota, presented a talk in November on “A Comparison of contracts with Special Orders: The balance of power in Manufacturer Retailer Interactions” to students in our calculus classes and above.

In early November, two teams (six students) participated in the MAA sectional math contest.  

Dan O’Loughlin and Adele Marie Rothan, CSJ participate in monthly “Stat Chat” sessions hosted by Danny Kaplan at Macalester at which interested faculty from Augsburg, Carleton, Macalester, St. Kate’s, St. Thomas, St. Olaf, and University of Minnesota discuss topics, share data sets and techniques, etc. regarding the teaching/learning of elementary statistics.

Early January found Sue Molnar and Rochelle Pereira at the Joint Math Meetings where Rochelle served as a judge for an undergraduate poster session.  Rochelle’s article “Higher Order Cohomology Operations and Minimal Atomicity” has been accepted for publication in Homology, Homotopy, and its Applications.  Rochelle also presented a talk at St. John’s: Mathematics and Biology – All Tangled Up.  Her student Alyona Haritonova is scheduled to present a paper on their joint research on harmonic knots at the Pi Mu Epsilon Conference at St. John’s. 

Ann Sweeney will give a presentation “Your Mathematical Life after High School” to the senior math classes at Cretin-Derham Hall High School on 9 March.  Four math students are directing a workshop for 4th – 6th grade girls for Science Saturday, 10 March, entitled “Shapes in Our world Scavenger Hunt,” and Dan O’Loughlin will offer “Topology Experiments with Paper and Scissors.” 

We look forward to seeing you at St. Kate’s for the spring meeting of the North Central Section, 13-14 April 2007.  (Submitted by Adele Marie Rothan)

 

Concordia College, Moorhead

Concordia-Moorhead student Zackary Kenz '08 and his teammates Jason Dolloff of Southwestern University and Jacqueline Rische of Whittier College had their poster "Algebraic Interleavers in Turbo Codes" win an award during the undergraduate poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans. Kenz was also chosen for the Concordia campus-wide student lecture series for a talk of the same title.

Concordia-Moorhead hosted 1200 junior and senior high students on February 28 for the annual Tri-College Mathematics Competition. Minnesota State University Moorhead wrote the questions, and North Dakota State University helped in the tally room. (Submitted by Doug Anderson)

 

Gustavus Adolphus College

Professor Sylvester James Gates, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, is visiting Gustavus Adolphus College throughout the spring semester. Dr.Gates currently holds the Rydell Professorship, a scholar-in-residence program designed to bring Nobel laureates and similarly distinguished scholars to campus to enhance learning and teaching. This program was funded by Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell.  Professor Gates, who occupies an office in the Math-CS department, is team-teaching with Professor Steve Mellema a general education course titled "Superstring/M-Theory, The DNA of Reality?"  He will be giving a public lecture at 7:30 PM on March 29 in Wahlenberg Auditorium on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College that will focus on new ideas in the last decade, including supersymmetry and superpartners.

Professor David Wolfe is among the co-authors of a newly released textbook, Lessons in Play: An Introduction to the Combinatorial Theory of Games--Amazon site <http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Play-Introduction-Combinatorial-Theory/dp/1568812779/>.  Publisher A K Peters describes the book as a "formal, yet playful, introduction to the subject."  The other co-authors are Michael Albert of the University of Otago in New Zealand and Richard Nowakowski of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Last fall Gustavus President Jim Peterson presented Professor Barbara Kaiser of the MCS Department with the Faculty Service Award at the Founders Day ceremony.

This spring Professor Carolyn Dobler was unanimously elected to serve as the Mathematics and Computer Science Department's next chair, effective June 1, 2007. (Current MCS Department Chair Max Hailperin's three-year term ends on May 31st.)  In a ceremony anticipating the peaceful transfer of power expected on that date, Hailperin passed the official Cymbal of Power to Dobler, along with the Mallet of Persuasion. He explained that he has had no need for the mallet; Dobler is taking over the most collegial department imaginable.  (Submitted by John Holte)

 

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Although Professor Don Mattson retired full time last spring, he has been back this year teaching as an adjunct.  I guess we’re just so good he couldn’t stay away!

Professor Derald Rothmann will be starting half time phased retirement next year; he’ll teach a full load in the fall semesters and take spring semesters off.

Professor Tim Peil is part of a seventeen month project with second through sixth grade teachers in the Ogema-Waban-White Earth schools.  He is consulting with teachers, team teaching some topics, and doing a one-week summer workshop.  The program is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Professor Wally Sizer presented a paper at the International Conference on Difference Equations and Applications in Kyoto, Japan last summer.

We have hired Adam Goyt for a tenure-track position starting next fall.  Mr. Goyt is finishing his Ph. D. in combinatorics at Michigan State University this spring.  (Submitted by Wally Sizer)

 

North Dakota State University

Hired for the Fall of 2007 are Angela Hodge, who expects to finish her PhD in mathematics education from Purdue University in the summer of 2007 (Angela earned her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead.), and Sean Sather-Wagstaff, who earned his PhD in commutative algebra from the University of Utah in 2000. Angela is a replacement for Bill Martin, now Head of the School of Education at NDSU. Sean replaces Joe Brennan who resigned his position at NDSU.  Joe now has a position at the University of Central Florida.

There is a change in administration in the NDSU Department of Mathematics.  Jim Coykendall has been elected for a three-year term as chair of the Department. Jim replaces Warren Shreve who has served two three-year terms as chair and who plans to spend more time with his family. (Submitted by Warren Shreve)

 

St. Cloud State University

During the past academic year, Dr. Keith Agre was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.  Dale Buske and Sue Haller were promoted to the rank of Full Professor. 
 
This academic year Danrun Huang, Ravi Kalia, and Dale Buske are on sabbatical.  Replacing them in one-year appointments are new faculty members Sonja Goerdt and Christopher Smith.  Both Sonja and Christopher are finishing their Ph.D. in math education at the University of Minnesota.
 
The university will name a new president soon as our current president, Dr. Roy Saigo, will be retiring.  (Submitted by Dale Buske)

 

St. John's University / College of St. Benedict

The 29th annual Pi Mu Epsilon Conference will be April 20-21, 2007, at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. The featured speaker is Prof. Carlos Castillo-Chavez. Plan now to attend and encourage your students to come and present. Contact Kris Nairn (knairn@csbsju.edu) for more information or visit our web site (http://www.csbsju.edu/math/pi_conference/default.htm).

Departmental news:

Jennifer Galovich is the Treasurer for the new BIO-SIGMAA.  (SIGMAA stands for "special interest group of the MAA. These groups do not lobby congress. Rather they provide a way for MAA members interested in a common topic, in this case mathematical biology, to network. Any MAA member can join one or more SIGMAAs for a small annual amount.)

Matt Voigt, a junior mathematics major at St. John's, will be speaking on his research at NCUR in April. (Submitted by Tom Sibley)

 

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Carmen Latterell, University of Minnesota Duluth Mathematics Department, has received a $3,000,000 NSF grant. The five-year project is entitled GK-12: Graduate Fellows in Science and Mathematics Education. This project places 10 graduate students (called graduate fellows) into four area schools for ten hours a week. The project's primary objectives include 1) increasing the interest, desire, skills and effectiveness of graduate fellows to teach and communicate science and mathematics knowledge with non-technical audiences and K-12 students; 2) increasing the knowledge, disciplinary specific skills, and confidence of K-12 teachers to effectively teach science and mathematics, and; 3) increasing K-12 student interest and learning in science and mathematics. (Submitted by Carmen Latterell). 

 

University of Minnesota - Morris

1) UMM student, Sam Potter and his co-authors presented a undergraduate research poster entitled, "Cannibalism: When Parents Attack (Their Kids)" at the 2007 Joint Meeting of the AMS/MAA in New Orleans.  This research was part of a REU project done at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Summer 2006.  Their presentation was one of the award winning posters.

2) Math faculty Dave Roberts is the recipient of the 2007 University of Minnesota - Morris Distinguished Research Faculty Award.

3) On Oct 27-28, 2006, the University of Minnesota - Morris hosted the Fall MAA North Central Section Meeting.  For a few photos from the meeting, check out http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/math/. (Submitted by Peh Ng). 

 

University of North Dakota

Greg Brockman, a student at Grand Forks Red River High School, is a national finalist in this year's Intel Science Talent Search.  Greg's project, "Asymptotic Behavior of Certain Ducci Sequences," was directed by Dr. Ryan Zerr of the UND Math Dept.  Greg is the first national finalist from North Dakota since 1973.

Dr. Michele Iiams has been granted tenure effective August 16.   Michele has also been promoted to the rank of associate professor. 
(Submitted by Richard Millspaugh). 

 

University of St. Thomas

Patrick Van Fleet, Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics, will conduct a workshop titled “Wavelets and Applications: A Multi-Disciplinary Undergraduate Course with an Emphasis on Scientific Computing” June 6-9 at the University of St. Thomas.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DUE -0442684), the Mathematical Association of America, and the Center for Applied Mathematics (http://cam.mathlab.stthomas.edu).   The workshop runs under the auspices of the MAA’s Professional Enhancement Program (PREP).

The workshop is designed to prepare faculty members to teach a sophomore/junior level course on Wavelets and Applications at their home institutions.  The course is novel in that it takes an “applications first” approach and immerses the students immediately in applications.  Students learn how to compress images, de-noise digital audio, and detect edges in image using a new mathematical tool called wavelets.  Wavelets are currently used in applications such as the FBI Wavelet/Scalar Quantization Specification for storing digital fingerprints and the JPEG2000 Image Compression Standard.

More information on the course, the accompanying text, and all workshops, can be found at http://cam.mathlab.stthomas.edu/wavelets.

Undergraduate Sean Ewen, University of St. Thomas. participated in Minnesota’s Private College’s 2007 Scholars at the Capitol, Wednesday, February 14, 2007. He presented his research  on “Dynamics of Potassium Channels in the Action Potential” in a poster session held at the Minnesota State Capitol.  His advisor is Mikhail Shvartsman of the Math. Dept. at UST.   See http://www.mnprivatecolleges.org/userFiles/File/Events/PCSAC2007_booklet.pdf  (Submitted by Doug Dokken). 

 


Conferences and Courses

 

 

FREE GRANT-FUNDED COURSES FOR K-12

TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS

SUMMER 2007

MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Teaching Contemporary Mathematics is a grant-funded program* consisting of two-week, three-week, and six-week content-based graduate courses to be offered through Minot State University (MiSU) and Mayville State University (MaSU). One course will be offered online each spring and more courses will be offered during summers. These graded graduate courses can be used to satisfy No Child Left Behind (NCLB) highly qualified teacher requirements and applied to graduate degree programs in teaching.

The courses are for K-12 mathematics teachers. The two-week, online, and six-week courses are for middle school and secondary math teachers and will be held in Minot. The three-week courses are for elementary and middle school teachers and will be held in Minot and in Mayville. In Minot, enrollment is limited to 20-25 teachers per course. In Mayville, enrollment is limited to 15 teachers per course.

 

COSTS/FUNDING:

Grant funds are available for full tuition and fee scholarships, books, room (if staying on-campus), travel, and stipends of $100 per credit upon successful completion of a course and associated follow-up activities. The only cost for teachers is a $35 check that accompanies the pre-application. For those accepted into the program, the check will be applied to MiSU registration fees; otherwise the check will be returned.

SUMMER APPLICATION:

Interested teachers should complete visit www.minotstateu.edu/matmath/forms.shtml. Print and complete the pre-application form located in the appropriate brochure. Return the pre-application with a check of $35 made out to Minot State University. Screening of pre-applications began March 15, 2007 and will continue until courses are full. Preference for admittance to the course will be given to teachers from MiSU’s partner schools and current MAT: Mathematics students.

 

COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

 

MATH 531 Elementary/Middle School Measurement (3 SH)

In Minot: June 12-29, Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:00-11:45 AM

In Mayville: June 4-15, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 AM-12:45 PM

This course will concentrate on the concept of measurement.  Each participant will receive a set of manipulatives, funded from the grant. Participants will learn to use these manipulatives to help demonstrate length, area, and volume relationships and derive the formulas for these measures. They will make measurements of length and area using both standard and non-standard units.  Further, students will, within systems of units, work on conversions relative to weight, length, area, volume, and mass.

 

MATH 533 Elementary/Middle School Geometry (3 SH)

In Minot: July 10-27, Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:00-11:45 AM

In Mayville: June 18-29, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 AM-12:45 PM

The primary focus of this course will be the exploration of two- and three- dimensional shapes and their properties. A historical look at Euclidean geometry and constructions using the Euclidean tools of a compass and straight edge will include students relating the properties of various quadrilaterals to those constructions. Students will learn to use proper geometric notation to facilitate their learning as they explore geometry concepts illustrated by interactive applets on the Web through use of the Geometer’s Sketchpad. Each participant will receive a set of manipulatives, funded from the grant.

 

COURSE OFFERINGS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

MATH 501 Introduction to Research in Math/Math Education

June 12-29 & July 10-27, Tuesdays through Fridays (3 SH)

10:00-11:45 AM

Participants will learn about fundamental research concepts as well as how to read, write, perform, interpret, and critique research. This course will prepare students for research that will ultimately culminate in the writing of a master’s thesis or other formal writing project. Participants will also examine the literature of mathematics and mathematics education and consider the elements of experimental design.

 

Math 523: Probability & Statistics for Secondary School Teachers  

June 12-29 & July 10-27, Tuesdays through Fridays (3 SH)

12:30-2:15 PM

This course will introduce participants to probability and statistics teaching materials which can be implemented in middle school and secondary mathematics classes. The materials are from multiple sources including the NCTM Navigation Series. Topics will include discrete and continuous probability models, data analysis, and statistical inference. Graphing calculators and computers will be used as tools in the study of data.

 

MATH 580 Algebra for Secondary School Teachers

June 12-29 & July 10-27, Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:00-9:45 AM (3 SH)

Introduction to algebraic methods, proof, content, and the utilization of appropriate technology. There is an emphasis on functions involving topics from advanced algebra, number theory, and abstract algebra. Proofs will involve Peano’s postulates, real number field properties, and many algebraic theorems related to functions.

 

Math 592 Special Topics in Mathematical Technology

June 4-15, 2007, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00AM-4:00PM (3 SH)

Grades 7-12 mathematics teachers will strengthen their knowledge of technology and its appropriate application in the teaching of mathematics. Graphing calculators, Geometer’s Sketchpad, spreadsheets, SmartBoard, Qwizdom, and other technologies will be explored. Each participant will receive a copy of Geometer’s Sketchpad 4.0 and a TI-83 or TI-84 calculator.

 

Math 592 Special Topics in Algebra

June 18-29, 2007, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00AM-4:00PM (3 SH)

Grades 7-12 mathematics teachers will strengthen their content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and practices related to the teaching of algebra. Teachers will also enhance their ability to develop, incorporate, and assess classroom materials that are aligned with ND content, achievement, and process standards. Topics that are particularly challenging for students and/or teachers will be addressed. Teachers will create and share standards-based lessons with fellow participants.

 

Math 592 Special Topics in Geometry and Measurement (3 SH)

July 9-20, 2007, 8:00AM-4:00PM

Grades 7-12 mathematics teachers will strengthen their content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and practices related to the teaching of geometry and measurement. Teachers will also enhance their ability to develop, incorporate, and assess classroom materials that are aligned with ND content, achievement, and process standards. Topics that are particularly challenging for students and/or teachers will be addressed. Teachers will create and share standards-based lessons with fellow participants.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Further questions can be directed to

Dr. Laurie Geller, Dept of Math & Computer Science

Minot State University

500 University Avenue West

Minot, ND 58707    (701) 858-3282

laurie.geller@minotstateu.edu

*Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110, Title II Part B, Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program and Title II Part A, Subpart 3, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) Partnerships

 

 

Girls Experiencing Mathematic in the Summer Camp for the MAA.

June 24-June 29, 2007

University of St. Thomas

 

The sixth annual GEMS (Girls Experiencing Mathematics in the Summer) Camp for high school girls will be held June 24 – June 29.  During the residential camp, approximately sixteen girls will participate in two mini-courses, attend a career panel and banquet where local professional women share how they use mathematics on the job, enjoy special short presentations on mathematics such as the topology of the Four Canoes sculpture on campus, and present their own explorations into mathematics at a family reception at the end of the week.  Participants will also visit the Science Museum and enjoy fun recreational activities.

The GEMS Camp has been supported by the Center for Applied Mathematics, the Tensor Grant Foundation through the Mathematical Association of America, the UST Department of Mathematics, and the UST College of Arts and Sciences.  Depending on the level of funding, camp fees have varied from free to $350.  Faculty involvement includes Brenda Kroschel, Melissa Loe, Jeff McLean, Lisa Rezac, Cheri Shakiban, and Heekyung Youn.  Undergraduate assistants are an important component of the program, and most recently Amanda Thompson and Jena Grieg, along with Rezac, presented a poster on the program at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans.  Applications are available late March on the website.

For more information about the GEMS Camp, please visit http://www.stthomas.edu/gemscamp or contact Lisa Rezac at lmrezac@sthomas.edu.        

 

 

Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Student Conference

April 20-21, 2007
College of St. Benedict
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN

The Twenty-Ninth Annual CSB/SJU Pi Mu Epsilon undergraduate mathematics research conference will be held on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.  The invited speaker is Carlos Castillo-Chavez

All interested faculty and students in the upper Midwest are invited to attend this conference, held in P. Engel Hall on the campus of St. John's University.  The conference will feature papers presented by undergraduate mathematics students.

Additional information is available on our web site (http://www.csbsju.edu/math/pi_conference/default.htm)

To submit a talk, or for further information, contact
Kris Nairn
knairn@csbsju.edu
Phone: 320-363-3087

 

 

Ninth Annual

Mathematics on the Northern Plains Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

 

April 28, 2007

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

The Ninth Annual Mathematics on the Northern Plains Undergraduate Conference is to be held at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota on April 28, 2007.  Invited speakers will be Dr. Jim Coykendall from the North Dakota State University and Dr. Steve Dunbar from University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Wanted: undergraduate students to give 15-minute talks involving all areas of mathematics and mathematics education.  These talks do not need to involve original research.  To give a talk, please submit a title and short abstract by April 20, 2007.

For more information visit http://www.usd.edu/math/MathNP2007.cfm.

 

 

MinnMATYC Spring 2007 Conference

April 27 - 28, 2007
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
DULUTH, MN

For more information, go to http://inside.ridgewater.edu/mnmatyc/Conference2007/conference_info_2007.html

 

 

MCTM 2007 Spring Conference

April 27 - 28, 2007
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
DULUTH, MN

For more information, go to http://www.mctm.org/01new/pages/springconf07.php

 

 

MAA PREP Workshops

Summer 2007

The Mathematical Association of America’s PRofessional Enhancement Program (PREP) provides a range of activities to support growth for mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Whether you are seeking new ideas for research and teaching, development of leadership skills or simply looking for a chance to interact with colleagues on one of the annual MAA Mathematical Study Tours, PREP has a program for you.  Visit the PREP web site, http://www.maa.org/prep to see this year's schedule and to obtain registration materials.



Future Section Meetings

Spring 2007 College of St. Catherine (April 13-14)
Fall 2007 Bemidji State University (Oct. 19-20)
Spring 2008 (location and dates TBD)

 


Meetings of Other Sections

Wisconsin Section April 20-21   University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Iowa Section April 13-14   Drake University
Nebraska / SE South Dakota     March 30-31      Dakota State University

 


Information for Contributors

Submissions should be sent via mail to:

Jason Douma
Natural Sciences Area
University of Sioux Falls

1101 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD  57105

Or (and preferably) by electronic mail to:

jason.douma@usiouxfalls.edu

This newsletter was last updated April 10, 2007.