Autumn 2002
PNWMAA Newsletter

Meeting at Whitman College
2004 Meeting in Alaska
Notes from the Chair
Project NExT
Section News Briefs
New Faces
Section Officers


New Faces around the Section

Several new members have joined the section's Executive Committee this year. Thomas Read of Western Washington University is the new chair-elect of the section, and will take over as chair of the section after the June section meeting at Whitman College. Dusty Sabo of Southern Oregon University is our new Secretary/Treasurer, and Jennifer Firkins of Linfield College has taken over the office of Student Program Coordinator.   Dusty and Jennifer take over these offices from long time executive committee members Mary Ehlers and Steve Johnson. We extend special thanks to Mary and Steve for their many years of dedicated service in these offices.

Also new on the Executive Committee this year are Laura Schueller of Whitman College as Vice Chair for Four Year Colleges, Eric Schulz of Walla Walla Community College as Vice Chair for Two Year Colleges, and Albert Schueller of Whitman College as Local Arrangements Chair. The three of them will serve as the main organizers for the 2003 section meeting at Whitman.

There are also many new faculty this year in mathematics departments throughout the section.

The mathematics department at Central Washington University welcomes their newest faculty member, Dan Curtis. Dan taught for many years at Kansas State University before accepting a job at Boeing (Seattle) in 1989. At Boeing he worked with engineers, providing them with mathematical assistance. From 1999 to 2001 he worked at a small tech company in the Puget Sound region. His desire to return to teaching brought him to CWU this year.

Lewis & Clark College welcomes three new faces to their faculty. Yung-Pin Chen joins them as an assistant professor of mathematics. Yung-Pin is a statistician with a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and comes to Lewis & Clark after having taught at Smith, Pomona and Occidental colleges. Peter Drake completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University last year and joins the faculty as an assistant professor of computer science. Brian Reck, a statistician with a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University, is serving as visiting assistant professor of mathematics. He is filling in for Prof. Greg Fredricks, who is currently serving as Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Lewis & Clark.

Two new tenure-track faculty have joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage this year. Dr. David Meyers obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from  the University of Washington. His research interests are Computational Geometry, Scientific Visualization, and Computational Biology.  Dr. Cora Neal graduated from Utah State University with a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences. She has a Master's degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University. She will teach mathematics and statistics courses. Her research interest is Graph Theory.

The University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau campus has a new faculty member this year.  Chris Hay-Jahans is a new tenure-track faculty member, and Tom Harman, who was an adjunct, has been hired on a term math position.

The University of Portland welcomes William Craine, Ph.D. Idaho, to their faculty. He comes to us from US Airways and the US Air Force (including teaching at the Air Force Academy). Michael Freeman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky, is also visiting this year. Mike is the inventor of the Math Excel Program (not to be confused with a spreadsheet program put out by a certain company in Renton, WA). Among other things, Mike is helping us with our implementation of the Math Excel Program; all our fall Calculus I classes are using the Math Excel Program.

Two new colleagues joined the faculty of Eastern Oregon University this year. Stephen Tanner earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Michigan State University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1999. He continued his work in probability theory during a three-year postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota. Steve's current mathematical interests include stochastic processes and the applications of probability theory to analysis. Michael Puls joins us from New Jersey City University. Mike earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Cleveland State University, an MA from Miami University of Ohio, and received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1995. Mike's current mathematical interests include harmonic analysis and LP-cohomology.


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Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
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