Spring 2003
PNWMAA Newsletter

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2003 Section Meeting 
Whitman College

For the most up-to-date meeting information, visit http://pnwmaa.whitman.edu/.

he annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21, 2003 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Thursday activities include a Project NExT meeting, two minicourses, and an evening reception. The four invited talks as well as the contributed talks will all take place on Friday and Saturday. Please note that one of the invited talks will take place during the Friday evening banquet. The deadline for registering is May 30th. Additional meeting information is available on the conference web site. We look forward to seeing you in Walla Walla.

Invited Speakers

We are delighted to have Charles W. Groetsch (University of Cincinnati), Allan Rossman and Beth Chance (California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo), Underwood Dudley (DePauw University), and Mike Beanland (Triaxis Engineering in Corvallis, OR) as invited speakers.

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 Pólya 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 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.

Underwood Dudley’s research is in the area of number theory. He has written several books, including Mathematical Cranks, Numerology (both published by the MAA), and a number theory textbook. He is the current editor of the College Mathematics Journal. He has also served as a Pólya Lecturer for the MAA and has received the MAA’s Trevor Evans Award for expository writing.

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

Invited Lectures

  • Two Gentlemen of Verona: An Early Episode in Ballistics.
    Charles Groetsch, University of Cincinnati
    Area: Math history and inverse problems
  • Teaching Statistical Inference: Activities and Assessment.
    Beth Chance and Allan Rossman, California Polytechnic State University
    Area: Statistics
  • The Calculus Book is a Weighty Subject.
    Underwood Dudley, DePauw University
    Area: Number theory
    (Lecture at Banquet)
  • Wind + Electricity + Engineer = Number Crunching!
    Mike Beanland, Triaxis Engineering
    Area: Wind power generation

Short Courses

  • Mathematics for Business Decisions
    Richard B. Thompson, University of Arizona
    Time: Thursday afternoon
    Cost: $20
    Additional information on this workshop
  • Visual Linear Algebra
    Eric Schulz, Walla Walla Community College
    Time: Thursday afternoon
    Cost: $10
  • Teaching Introductory Statistics with Data and Activities
    Beth Chance and Allan Rossman, California Polytechnic State University
    Time: Saturday afternoon
    Cost: $10

Call for Contributed Papers

There will be sessions of 15 minute contributed papers on Friday and Saturday. The deadline for the submission of title and abstract is May 30th. Abstracts should be at most 300 words and should be submitted via the meeting “Submit Abstract” link on the meeting www page: http://pnwmaa.whitman.edu.

Contributed Paper Sessions

  • General Session.
    Session Chair: John Fassett (fassett@cwu.edu), Central Washington University

  • Early Career Faculty Research Session.
    Session Chair: Shannon Overbay (overbay@gonzaga.edu), Gonzaga University
  • Teaching Innovations in Multivariable Calculus Courses.
    Session Chair: Stuart Boersma (boersmas@cwu.edu) and Tim Englund, Central Washington University
  • Undergraduate Research.
    Session Chair: Jennifer Firkins (jfirkins@linfield.edu), Linfield College

Please contact the session chairs for further information about the sessions. However, all abstracts should be submitted through the conference web page.

In addition to these contributed paper sessions, there will be Department Chairs Session, chaired by Michael Boardman (boardman@pacificu.edu), Pacific University.


Students are particularly encouraged to attend this conference. Activities aimed at students include the Undergraduate Research special session for student papers. In addition, all invited talks will be accessible to students. We encourage students to attend the banquet. There is a possibility of student funding. For more information on student activities, please contact Jennifer Firkins (jfirkins@linfield.edu).

Thursday Reception

There will be a free reception sponsored by the College on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 on the Whitman College campus. Details of how to get to the reception will be available on the conference web site.

Friday Banquet

There will be a banquet on Friday evening on the Whitman College campus. You may specify on the meeting registration form whether you will be attending the banquet (and whether you want vegetarian). Underwood Dudley will give his invited address “The Calculus Book is a Weighty Subject” at the banquet. The cost will be $20.


A list of local accommodations can be found on the meeting web page. Because the meeting is during the tourist season in Walla Walla, hotel accommodations are fairly expensive. However, very reasonably priced dormitory accommodations will be available through Whitman College. Attendees will also be able to buy reasonably priced meal plans through the College that include breakfast and lunch. You may specify on the meeting registration form what accommodations you would like.

There are enough rooms in the dormitories for everyone and they are quite nice. The rooms are close to the meeting building and the dining hall. We encourage you to consider that option.


The registration form is available on the conference web site. The general fee for MAA members is $30. Please print out and complete the form and mail it before May 30th with a check made out to WHITMAN COLLEGE to

Laura Schueller
Department of Mathematics
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Additional Meeting Information

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

Complete meeting information, including copies of the registration form, a tentative meeting schedule, and the electronic abstract submission form, is available at the meeting website


For all other questions, 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


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Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
Send questions or comments to Brian Gill, Newsletter Editor, or call (206) 281-2954.