Mathematical Matters

November 2019
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The PNW section compiles two editions of Mathematical Matters published each year: one in Spring and one in Fall. Submissions are accepted by the Newsletter Editor, Kelly McKinnie, at any time. Submissions by late October usually make it into the Fall Newsletter while those by late February usually make it into the Spring Newsletter. The most recent newsletter is posted here, older versions can be found in the Mathematical Matters Archive.

Upcoming (and recently past) Events

PNW MAA Section Meeting

June 25–27 2020: University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Current website link will be added as soon as I have it.

The dates of the PNW MAA Annual Section Meeting usually rotate through a three-year cycle. Two of the three years, the meeting is held in spring (typically April) at a location relatively close to the section's center (in terms of population density, not geographic area). Every third year, the meeting is held in early summer (typically June) at a location closer to the periphery.

Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium

April 18 2020: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

The PNW Section provides support for the annual Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium (NUMS). NUMS is a regional mathematics conference providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their mathematical research and projects. It occurs during the fall quarter.


April 16–20 2020: Online

Kryptos is a cryptology contest open to any and all undergraduate students. It is held in early April every year with registration opening in early March. Prizes, including the coveted Kryptos mug, are awarded! Kryptos is supported by PNW MAA dues.


April 18 2020: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

Π-muc is a conference to provide a Spring venue for undergraduates to present work toward their Senior Capstones, Individual Research Projects, Original Solutions to COMAP, and other Mathematical Contest. Hosted by Gonzaga University.

Great Puzzle Hunt

April 18 2020: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

The Great Puzzle Hunt is like a scavenger hunt adventure with puzzles. Teams travel on foot to various locations solving a total of four hour-long puzzles gathering clues along the way to solve one final meta puzzle.

Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations

November 1 2019: Nominating Materials Due | January 1 2020: Complete Materials Due

Initial nominating materials (the first page of the Nomination Form) are usually due to the Section Secretary/Treasurer in late October of each year. Complete materials are usually due from selected semi-finalists in early January of the following year.

Data Science and Image Analysis Conference of the Pacific Northwest

February 29–March 1 2020: Washington State University, Pullman, WA

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washington State University, in cooperation with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), will host the Data Science and Image Analysis Conference of the Pacific Northwest in Pullman, Washington, February 29th and March 1st, 2020. Please visit the Student Proposals page of the website below for information on applying for a travel award for students, postdocs, and early career researchers, as provided for by a National Science Foundation (NSF) conference grant.

The conference will promote close collaborations on current and ongoing areas of research through a highly interactive and open format. The first day will have professionals from industry, government, and academia in the fields of data science and image analysis come together, along with students and post-doctoral researchers, to collaborate on open problems through short talks and in-depth group discussions. The second day will consist of professional development activities for students and junior researchers, such as data science workshops and career panels, and will feature presentations from members of this group, with direct feedback provided from professionals. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for students and junior researchers to participate and will encourage future collaborations among all levels of researchers. Possible topics include topological data analysis, bioinformatics, learning from remote sensing data, financial & economic prediction, image segmentation and filtering in biomedical imaging, hyperspectral imaging, pattern recognition, shape analysis, image reconstruction, and more. For more info, please visit

Contact Laramie Paxton for more information.

PNW Math Clubs

There is a Facebook page for PNW Math Clubs.

Site Layout

In the Events section, you can find an Online Calendar of recent and upcoming events. There is also New Events Submission form. The calendar features an RSS feed if you prefer to get your information in that format.
Much of the section’s activities center around the annual meeting. Information about upcoming and past meetings can be found on these pages. I am trying to make past meeting homepages and programs available in pdf format. If you have electronic or hard copy versions of these items, please send them my way and I will try to get them posted.
I am collecting as much historical information about the section as possible on these pages. Currently, I have a Historical Narrative, an archive of Newsletters and pages where you can search for Award Recipients and Officers of the section.
This section of the site includes information about the PNW regional Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) . This is a professional development program for new college-level faculty interested in “improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics.” Information about application deadlines and eligbility criteria can be found here.
This section of the site refers to the administration of the section. You can find the current By-laws and Officers of the section here. This is also where any guidelines or advising documents are placed.
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