Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section Website
Students Attending MAA:
A Request for Help from the Board of Governors
This is Hortensia Soto, from UNC — I am writing with a request.
The MAA is conducting an evaluation of their student membership
offering. In an effort to gain insight into what students really need
and want from an MAA membership, they plan to interview some of these
students at MathFest. Our students represent the future of the MAA,
and it is imperative that we (the MAA) have a membership offering that
is valuable to them as they transition from a membership provided to them
by their department to a membership for which they will be eager to pay.
Please let me know If you have any students (undergraduate
or graduate) who will be at MathFest so that we can invite them
to participate in a focus group. Please respond directly to me by July 10th and I will take it
Thanks so much for your help,
Letter from the Section Chair
I thought I would briefly introduce myself as the new Rocky Mountain
Mathematical Association of America Section Chair. I have been a
mathematics faculty member and (a mostly willing) administrator for the
last 36 years, the last fourteen at the University of Colorado Denver,
who has always enjoyed the information and activities offered by the MAA
(since being provided a student membership in 1978). I completed a two
year rotation at the National Science Foundation (2012-2014) during
which time I had an opportunity to visit the MAA National Office and
attend several talks at the Carriage House. This also afforded me the
chance to work closely with the MAA staff on key projects pertaining to
undergraduate mathematics education.
I'd like to encourage you to use this "slow" time of the year
to consider looking into and finding out more about several section
activities, awards and opportunities that you or some of your fellow
departmental colleagues might want to take advantage of
Take stock of
your department colleagues, and nominate them for one of the sections'
The section offers two teaching awards:
Also, the section offers a small grant program in order to assist
Section members a chance to attain funds for projects in support of
Section Activities Grants Program DesignObjective
Finally, for additional information about the section, our meetings,
programs and the other items visit the
Rocky Mountain MAA Section Website.
Spring 2016 Section Meeting
April 8–9, 2016
Thanks to the Tracii Friedman
and the organizing committee (names below)
at Colorado Mesa University for hosting a well-attended and informative joint
meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections, April 8–9.
More than 175 persons registered, including at least 122 from Rocky
Mountain, and 48 from Intermountain. Approximately 40% of the registrants
were students, and 60% faculty. More than 90 contributed talks, including
20 student talks, were presented.
Special thanks are due to the following:
||Tracii Friedman, Shawn Robinson, Cathy Bonan-Hamada, Ed Hamada,
Lisa Driskell, and Danae Romrell (Intermountain)
|Online Abstract Submission:
||Emma Schafer and Kathy Andrist
|Book Exhibit Coordinator:
||Janet Heine Barnett
|Day of Event Helpers:
||Ed Hamada (general assistance and shuttle driver),
Karl Castleton (tech), Darren Gemoets and Rick Ott (shuttle drivers and social event organizers)
We heard four plenary talks:
||History as Travel Guide and Companion: Mathematical Itineraries to
Excite, Educate and Entertain|
Janet Heine Barnett,
Professor of Mathematics,Colorado State University, Pueblo,
2015 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Winner
| The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set|
Robert L. Devaney, Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
Immediate Past-President of the Mathematical Association of America
| The History of Mathematics in 300 Stamps
Robin Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics, Open University,
Visiting Professor at Colorado College
|Math, DNA, and Precision Medicine|
Robert Palais, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Utah Valley University,
Research Professor, Pathology at University of Utah
||Congratulations to Rebecca Swanson, Colorado School of Mines,
the very first recipient of the Section's new Early Career Teaching Award.
| Congratulations to Hortensia Soto-Johnson , the twenty-fifth
recipient of the Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award.
|| Plan now to the Section's 100th anniversary
meeting April 21–22, 2017,
at Colorado State University, Pueblo.|
New for 2016: Early Career Teaching Award
The Section has established a new award to recognize outstanding
performance by members early in their careers. Visit
for complete details and a
Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available
The Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available in
form. Check out
the latest news about
, a new
on the 2015 member survey, and more.
Rocky Mountain Section History, Live on the Website
You are invited to check out the collection of
Historical Materials on the section website.
Materials include Meeting Reports from (almost) all meetings between
1917 and 1998, narrative summaries by David Ballew, and another
narrative, with emphasis on Colorado College, by Bill Ramaley.
This is still a work in progress! Those with time, energy, and
interest are invited to study these materials and contribute to understanding
the history of our section.
Voluntary Section Dues
Annual Colorado Mathematics Awards Ceremony/Reception