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
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.
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.
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
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