Hamline University will host the MAA-NCS Spring Meeting, April 24-25.
Our two invited speakers for the spring meeting are George Andrews (The Penn State University) and Jason Douma (University of Sioux Falls).
A program for the Spring 2009 meeting will be posted approximately one to two weeks on the MAA-NCS website prior to the meeting.
George Andrews is Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University and an expert on the theory of partitions.
He has a long-term interest in the work of S. Ramanujan, whose last notebook he unearthed in 1976. He is now collaborating with Bruce Berndt on a series of volumes explicating the brilliant and sometimes enigmatic ideas in this notebook.
Andrews was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) in 2003.
Note: Much more information, including a complete list of publications, is available at www.math.psu.edu/andrews/.
Dr. Andrews' talk is entitled The Lost Notebook of Ramanujan.
Abstract: In 1976 quite by accident, I stumbled across a collection of about 100 sheets of mathematics in Ramanujan's handwriting; they were stored in a box in the Trinity College Library in Cambridge. I titled this collection "Ramanujan's Lost Notebook" to distinguish it from the famous notebooks that he had prepared earlier in his life. On and off for the past 32 years, I have studied these wild and confusing pages. Some of the weirder results have yielded entirely new lines of research in number theory are related topics. I will try to provide a gentle account of where these efforts have led. I will conclude the talk with an account of Ramanujan at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jason Douma is the product of an educational and professional background that is closely tied to the liberal arts tradition.
He earned his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at Northwestern University, and has taught at three liberal arts colleges: Lake Forest College, Carthage College, and now the University of Sioux Falls.
While he maintains many of his original scholarly interests in group theory and representation theory, Dr. Douma's current investigations extend into the philosophy of mathematics and its implications for mathematical pedagogy. A passionate educator, Professor Douma has taught courses throughout the field of mathematics, and has also taught or co-taught courses in the philosophy of mathematics, Western intellectual and cultural heritage, and issues in science and theology.
In 2008 he was recognized by the Mathematical Association of America - North Central Section with its Distinguished Teaching Award. Jason has served as the MAA-NCS Information Officer, and is a new member of the MAA CUPM Subcommittee on Mathematics Across the Disciplines. Dr. Douma has served as a principal investigator for several federal and private foundation grants, and currently serves on the steering committee for the USF Forum for Conversations in Theology and Science.
Dr. Douma's talk is entitled Gotta Have My Dots: Strategies for Dot Voting.
Dot voting is a popular form of approval voting, in which each voter is awarded a fixed number of "dots" that may be allocated strategically by the voter among the various selections being considered. Our own section employed dot voting last spring as a way of identifying priorities which would be recommended to MAA leadership at the national level. In a dot voting environment, a voter might choose to concentrate her dots in one or two favorite selections, as a way to help ensure that her top choice is elected; alternatively, a voter may choose to spread out her dots among many desirable selections, hoping to push multiple choices across the threshold of victory. This talk will employ game-theoretic concepts to examine risk-averse and risk-loving behavior in the dynamics of dot voting.
Jennifer Galovich, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
The Board of Governors met as usual at the JMM in Washington. In addition to the usual items, we were all interested in hearing from the Treasurer, John Kennelly.
Bottom line: We have a bottom line! Like everyone else, we have lost money in our investment portfolio, but we have invested conservatively, so the loss is not devastating. In recent years, we had operating losses that we were able to cover with investment income, but that's a non-starter in the current environment. So the national office is examining programs and services to see what might be trimmed (not eliminated). We anticipate savings from a variety of strategic initiatives, e.g., moving to electronic membership, decreasing the number of issues of Focus, and a small increase in registration fees for Mathfest. We are also reviewing some longer term strategies, such as a simplification of the membership categories.
Membership dues did not increase from 2008 to 2009 and the increase from 2009 to 2010 will be no more than 2.5% over all categories.
On the strategic planning front, we move along: Cycles I and II (Professional Development, Revenue, American Mathematics Competition (AMC), Students, Membership and Governance) have been completed and III (STEM Issues, Sections, Meetings, and Publications) is well underway. After Cycle III is completed, there will be a general review to integrate these reports.
At the JMM we marked the end of Jim Tattersall's many years of service as Associate Secretary with a grand luncheon at which everyone wore red bowties. Gerard Venema is the new Associate Secretary. We also marked the end of Martha Siegel's term as Secretary of the Association. The newly elected Secretary is Barbara Faires. Dr. Faires will serve as Secretary-Elect from April 1, 2009 until the conclusion of the Joint Meetings in January 2010. At that time she will begin a five-year term as MAA Secretary.
Su Dorée, Augsburg College
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank those members of our section who are completing terms of service: past-President Tom Sibley, secretary Co Livingston, at-large representative Kris Nairn, distinguished teaching award committee chair Keith Agre, and meritorious service award committee chair Steve Leonhardi. I want to particularly acknowledge the amazing behind-the-scenes work that Co, Randy, and Shawn have done (as secretary, treasurer, and information officer) to support our section. They have truly made my job a breeze. Special thanks also to Jennifer Galovich for organizing what looks like a fascinating Summer Seminar, with help from Jason Douma.
Randy Westhoff, Bemidji State University
I would like to thank the following colleges and universities for becoming institutional members of the North Central Section. As in previous years all proceeds will be used to support our Section NExT program.
|Augsburg College||Concordia College||North Dakota State University||University of Manitoba|
|Anoka-Ramsey Community College||Concordia University, St. Paul||Northern State University||University of Minnesota, Duluth|
|Bemidji State University||Gustavus Adolphus College||South Dakota State University||University of Minnesota, Morris|
|Bethel University||Macalester College||Southwest Minnesota State University||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities|
|Carleton College||Minnesota State University, Mankato||St. Cloud State University||Williston State College|
|College of St. Benedict||Normandale Community College||St. Olaf College|
|Fall 2009||University of North Dakota||October 23-24|
|Spring 2010||University of St. Thomas||April 23-24|
|Fall 2010||University of Sioux Falls||TBA|
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