## News from you

####
Matanuska-Susitna College, University of Alaska

**Dr. Ping-Tung
Chang** was recognised by the Alaskan Legislature for his
contributions to the State of Alaska, and for his achievements.
Wednesday, November 29, 1999, Representative **Vie Kohring**
presented Dr. Chang with a legislative citation. The legislature
applauded Dr. Chang for endowing his students with enthusiasm for
learning mathematics, spending free hours tutoring students at no
charge, and for creating peer study groups to expand the
availability of ready help with mathematics to struggling
students.
In addition, the Mat-Su College Math Club, sponsored by Dr.
Chang, created a math resource library and learning lab for
students at the college and other members of the community. The
lab features five computers, donated by Unocal, on which are
loaded mathematics tutorials and other applications dealing with
mathematics and engineering. Various text books and learning
materials are available to students, and tutors are on hand to
aid them in understanding their coursework.

Finally, **Allen Reese**, a member of the math club, was awarded a
UAA Undergraduate Research Grant to build a portable engine he
designed. Once built, the engine should be able to provided a
greater amount of power at less expense than most portable generators now on the
market, and should greatly aid low-income residents of rural
areas where electricity is not readily available.

#### Linfield College

We are proud to announce that **Jennifer Firkins,**
a student of **Frank Anderson's** at the University of Oregon, will
be joining our faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.

#### University of Oregon

Due to several retirements last year, we
have been able to hire new faculty. We are pleased to announce
that **Arkady Berenstein, Claudi Polini**, and **Arkady Vaintrob** have
accepted appointments for next year; and we hope to hire one more
person this year. Berenstein's interests include representation
theory, quantum groups and combinatorics. Polini's speciality is
commutative algebra; her other interests include algebraic
geometry, computational algebra and homological algebra.
Vaintrob's areas are algebraic geometry, differential geometry,
Lie theory and representation theory, low-dimensional topology,
and mathematical physics.
Our chairman, **Gary Seitz**, has been awarded one of three College
of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professorships. There are
Distinguished Professorships for Science, for Social
Science, and for Humanities. As part of the award, he will be
giving a lecture on April 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Frank Anderson organized the traditional Oregon Dinner at the
national mathematics meeting in Washington, DC, in January.
Ex-University of Oregon folks from the Pacific Northwest included**
Michael Boardman** and **Christine Guenther** of Pacific University,**
Laurie Burton** and **James D, Harper** of Central Washington
University, and **Robin Cruz** of Albertson College.

#### Whatcom Community College

**Peter and Neil Gray**, co-authors of THE
MATH-SCIENCE ADVENTURE SERIES; have had their
books listed with the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for
Mathematics and Science Education (ENC). Peter and Neil wrote
five books of hands-on
lesson plans for elementary teachers in 1996. The Clearinghouse
told them in January, 2000 that "These titles have been chosen
after receiving an excellent review in Teaching Children
Mathematics," a magazine published by the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics.
The ENC is located at Ohio State University, and provides
teachers, parents and students with a web site, http://www.enc.org
to view educational materials in math and science. The books will
be on their site in the Spring. They may be viewed now at http://www.pacificrim.net/-math

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*Last updated 22 July, 2000*