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


2003 Section Meeting 
Whitman College

The annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21, 2003 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

For the most up-to-date meeting information, visit

Invited Speakers

We are delighted to have Charles W. Groetsch of the University of Cincinnati as an invited speaker.  Dr. Groetsch’s research centers on inverse problems. He is the author of several books and papers in this area and is a recipient of the MAA’s George Polya Award. He has directed an NSF Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshop on the mathematics of inverse problems, MAA minicourses on inverse problems in the undergraduate classroom, and an NSF curriculum project on inverse problems for undergraduates.

Allan Rossman and Beth Chance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo will also join us as invited speakers and will conduct a minicourse on Saturday afternoon. Rossman & Chance specialize in undergraduate statistics education and frequently run workshops on teaching introductory statistics with active learning. Their current work includes an NSF funded project to develop a data-oriented, active learning post-calculus introduction to statistical concepts, methods, and theory. They are also co-editors of Stats magazine and co-authors of the popular Workshop Statistics series of textbooks.

Mike Beanland, Senior Engineer with Triaxis Engineering in Corvallis, OR, will give an invited talk about the Stateline windfarm power plant.


In addition to the statistics minicourse by Rossman & Chance, there will be a minicourse entitled “Visual Linear Algebra” organized by Eric Schulz of Walla Walla Community College on Thursday afternoon.

Contributed Paper Sessions

There are currently four contributed paper sessions planned, including sessions on undergraduate research (Chair: Jennifer Firkins, Linfield College,, teaching innovations in multivariable and vector calculus courses (Chair: Stuart Boersma, Cental Washington University,, research papers by early career faculty (Chair: Shannon Overbay, Gonzaga,, and a general session (Chair TBA). There is still room for one additional session topic; if you have an idea for a session or would like to volunteer to chair the general session, please contact Albert Schueller as soon as possible (

Additional Meeting Information

The annual PNW Project NExT workshop will be held on Thursday. For information, see the Project NExT article in this newsletter or contact Jenny McNulty at

Complete meeting information including online registration and electronic abstract submission will be available at There is currently little available on the website, but more will be added as it is available.

For other question or meeting information, please contact one of the organizers:

Albert Schueller, Program Chair
Whitman College
Laura Schueller, Accommodations Chair
Whitman College
Eric Schulz, 2-year College Chair
Walla Walla Community College
Timothy Tiffin
Walla Walla College


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Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
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