2003 Section Meeting
For the most up-to-date meeting
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
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
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.
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
Mike Beanland (Triaxis Engineering in Corvallis, OR) as
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
data-oriented, active learning post-calculus introduction to statistical
concepts, methods, and theory. They are also co-editors of
magazine and co-authors of the popular
Workshop Statistics series
Underwood Dudley’s research is in the area of number
theory. He has written several books, including
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
in Corvallis, OR, will give an invited address about the
Stateline windfarm power plant.
Teaching Statistical Inference: Activities and Assessment.
- Two Gentlemen of Verona: An Early Episode in Ballistics.
Charles Groetsch, University of Cincinnati
Area: Math history and inverse problems
Chance and Allan Rossman, California Polytechnic State University
The Calculus Book is a Weighty Subject.
Underwood Dudley, DePauw University
Area: Number theory
(Lecture at Banquet)
Wind + Electricity + Engineer = Number Crunching!
Area: Wind power generation
- Mathematics for Business Decisions
Richard B. Thompson, University of Arizona
Time: Thursday afternoon
Additional information on this workshop
- Visual Linear Algebra
Eric Schulz, Walla Walla Community College
Time: Thursday afternoon
- Teaching Introductory Statistics with Data and
Beth Chance and Allan Rossman, California Polytechnic
Time: Saturday afternoon
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:
Contributed Paper Sessions
Early Career Faculty Research Session.
Session Chair: Shannon Overbay (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Teaching Innovations in Multivariable Calculus
Session Chair: Stuart Boersma (email@example.com)
and Tim Englund, Central Washington University
Jennifer Firkins (firstname.lastname@example.org),
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 (email@example.com),
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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
Department of Mathematics
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
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: