The University of St. Thomas will host the MAA-NCS Spring Meeting, April 23-24.
Our two invited speakers for the spring meeting are Ivars Peterson (Director of Publication and Communications at the MAA) and Danrun Huang (St. Cloud State University).
A program for the Spring 2009 meeting will be posted approximately one to two weeks on the MAA-NCS website prior to the meeting.
Ivars Peterson is Director of Publications and Communications at the Mathematical Association of America in Washington, D.C. For more than 25 years previously, he was a writer at Science News. He also served as editor of Science News for Kids, and Science News Online and wrote the weekly online column Ivars Peterson's MathTrek.
Ivars Peterson received his education from the University of Toronto, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in physics and chemistry) and a Bachelor of Education degree. He taught high school science and mathematics for eight years. In 1980, he left teaching to obtain a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He served as an intern at Science News in Washington, D.C., then joined the weekly magazine’s staff.
Ivars Peterson has made presentations at schools, colleges, professional meetings, banquets, and many other venues before diverse audiences, ranging from students and classroom teachers to NASA engineers and math enthusiasts.
Abstract: With astronomical questions inspiring new mathematics, the remarkable insights of Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and Henri Poincaré paved the way to celestial mechanics and modern notions of chaotic dynamics. The result is a new picture of a solar system less placid and predictable that its venerable clockwork image would suggest.
Danrun Huang is a Professor of Mathematics at St. Cloud State University. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1992, he became a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley. Afterwards, he taught for four years at the University of Washington in Seattle before coming to The Land of 10,000 Lakes in 1997. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Joint Institute in China.
His research interests include dynamical systems and operator theory. The interplay between these two areas enabled him to solve some well-known and long-standing classification problems in both symbolic dynamics and Cuntz-Krieger C*-algebras, which earned him a ticket to "the Crelle’s Journal" where Abel, Cantor, etc., published their papers. He is a reviewer for AMS MathSciNet and has served on the editorial board of MAA Classroom Capsules and Notes since 2006. He received the MAA North-Central Section Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2009.
When not doing math, he enjoys long walks along the Mississippi River.
Abstract: In addition to classical applications, this semester, I was looking for a class project that not only links the basic "dots" of a typical ODE course, but also contains room for imagination and further developments; a project in which one uses both theory and technology and that is fun even to math-apathetic students. Finally, I found the Romeo-Juliet love-hate model initiated by Steven Strogatz and a play written by McDill and Felsager. By analyzing and generalizing this model in different directions, the project has brought students many expected and unexpected benefits. People might be amazed by the students’ creativity in this project, such as how do the moons (yes, more than one), or drugs affect the relationship, and how to we design a love affair that is more chaotic than Tiger Woods’,...
John Holte, Gustavus Adolphus College
Thanks to a host of people working behind the scenes, the meetings and activities of the North Central Section have been very successful. As we come to the end of another academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of them (with apologies for the many omissions).
A special thanks to past-President Su Dorée, who is now completing her term. I found her wise counsel and guidance to be indispensable to me in my role this year as president. Thanks to outgoing Member-at-Large Namyong Lee for his service on the executive committee and for preserving the historical record that Gerry Bergum provided at last spring’s section meeting. We owe a debt of gratitude to Shawn Chiappetta, who is completing a three-year stint as Information Officer, for his excellent work in maintaining the section web site and editing the section newsletter, among other things.
Jennifer Galovich has been an outstanding Governor representing the section for the last three years. She is indefatigable in her efforts on behalf of the section. And thanks to her, St. John’s hosted an excellent summer seminar with Jesus de Loera in 2009.
The NCS also has others working behind the scenes. I would like to acknowledge in particular Dan O’Loughlin and Dan Kemp, who are completing their three-year terms (this year as chairs) on the selection committees for the Distinguished Teaching Award and Meritorious Service Award, respectively. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of Jerry Heuer (with Ron Rietz working in the background) for running the popular and successful NCS team mathematics competition.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the spring meeting at St. Thomas. Ivars Peterson, the author of many popular books on mathematics, will be our featured speaker, and thanks to Jason Douma, Su Dorée, and Peh Ng, he will also conduct a writing workshop with Paul Zorn on Friday afternoon.
Joel Iiams, University of North Dakota
The Fall Meeting of the North Central Section was held at the University of North Dakota on October 23-24. There were 50 people in attendance. Invited speakers were Francis Su from Harvey Mudd College, and Brett Goodwin from the Biology Department at UND.
The Spring meeting is scheduled for April 23-24 at the University of St. Thomas. Details and a call for papers are elsewhere on this webpage.
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||Bemidji State University||Bethel University||Carleton College|
|Concordia College||Concordia University, St. Paul||Gustavus Adolphus College||Macalester College|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||Normandale Community College||North Dakota State University||Northern State University|
|Saint Mary's University||South Dakota State University||St. Cloud State University||St. John's University/College of St. Benedict|
|St. Olaf College||University of Manitoba||University of Minnesota, Duluth||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities|
|Williston State College||Winona State University|
|Spring 2010||University of St. Thomas||April 23-24|
|Fall 2010||University of Sioux Falls||October 22-23|
|Spring 2011||Carleton College||TBD|
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