2013 Section Meeting Report
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA was held on April 26 and 27, 2013 at Adams State University (ASU) in Alamosa, Colorado. The meeting organizers were Steve Aldrich and Matthew Iklé(ASU). Nearly 100 people attended the meeting, including more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students. Other participants included academic faculty members, K-12 teachers, and several members of the business and industry sector.
The meeting officially opened on Friday at 1:00 PM, with a welcome message from Dr. David Svaldi, president of ASU. The program then started with a keynote lecture by the 2012 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teacher Award Recipient, Janet Nichols (Colorado State University– Pueblo), entitled Teaching at Colorado State University–Pueblo (aka USC)—The Road Well-Traveled.
Friday afternoon contributed paper sessions included History of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, General Mathematics, multiple student research sessions, Teaching Innovations, and a special session on developmental pathways organized and presented by the Colorado Community College System. On Friday evening, the meeting participants enjoyed a fabulous Mexican buffet at Calvillo's Mexican Restaurante. After dinner, Dr. Michael Pearson, MAA Executive Director, gave an entertaining talk entitled Stirling's Formula: A Monthly Habit.
The meeting resumed on Saturday morning with a sectional business meeting, followed by a second keynote by Michael Pearson, on Interpolation, Least Squares Approximations, Numerical Integration and Roots of Orthogonal Polynomials. The contributed paper sessions on Saturday morning included additional sessions on teaching innovations, history of mathematics, and applied mathematics, as well as additional sessions highlighting fascinating research by undergraduate and graduate students.
A book and software exhibit has operated throughout the meeting. We would like to acknowledge and thank the exhibitors who participated:
Finally, this meeting could not have been as successful as it was without the massive help of the faculty, staff and students of ASU and of the ACME (Adams Computer, Mathematics, and Engineering) club who catered the refreshments at Saturday's session. Many thanks to all those who helped organize this event.
Contributed Papers - 2013 Section Meeting(G= Graduate Student, U = Undergraduate Student)
Mike Brilleslyper & Beth Schaubroeck , U. S. Air Force Academy Looking for Zeros on the Unit Circle
William Cherowitzo , University of Colorado at Denver Wikipedia and Mathematics
Bruce N. Lundberg , Colorado State University – Pueblo Tegmark's Embarrassment: Probability in "Fine-Tuning" and "Multiverse" Proposals
History of Mathematics
Janet Heine Barnett , Colorado State University Pueblo A Colorful Practitioner of Mathematics: Oliver Byrne, Esq.
Daniel Swenson , Black Hills State University A very quick discussion of Hempel's Raven Paradox
George Heine , Math and Maps Leonhard Euler's Contributions to Geodesy
Donald Teets , South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Gauss's Computation of the Easter Date
Ben Dyhr , Metropolitan State University of Denver An Invariance Proof for 2-D Percolation
Hui Ma , Black Hills State University Geometric Fitting of Quadratic Curves and Surfaces
Ana Vivas-Barber , Adams State University Impacts of the Global Warming on the Spread of the West Nile Virus
Ivan Raykov , Colorado State University – Pueblo Necessary and sufficient conditions for a minimum of optimization problems using Fitzpatrick functions
Shawn Robinson , Colorado Mesa University An Algebro-geometric Approach to Unitary Space-Time Constellation Design
Andy Keck , Western State Colorado University Starting Undergraduate Genomics Research
CCCS Developmental Math Pathways
Core Implementation Team (CIT) from the Colorado Community College System The New Developmental Math Pathways at Colorado Community Colleges
Shawn Robinson , Colorado Mesa University A Guided IBL Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
Mona Mocanasu , Metropolitan State University of Denver How Students Become Instructors: IBL Methods in Upper Division Math
Daluss Siewert , Black Hills State University Transforming Developmental Mathematics Classes
Sue Norris , Northwest College Comparing Performance in Developmental Math Classes: Computer Aided Instruction (ALEKS) versus Traditional Classroom
Bill Emerson , Metropolitan State University of Denver Integration by Parts on my iPad
Brandon Schoborg(U) , Western State Colorado University Congruence Numbers and Elliptic Curves
Phil DeOrsey(G) , University of Colorado Denver Polar Coordinates and Finite Projective Planes
Crystal Rodabaugh(U) , Adams State University A Mathematical Model of the West Nile Virus in Colorado
Wes Shimamoto(U) , Adams State University Modeling Ball Trajectory in Billiards
Mary Worthley(G) , Colorado State University A mixed methods explanatory study of the failure/drop rate for freshmen STEM calculus students
Yehui He(U) and George Borleske(G) , Colorado State University Snow surface roughness characteristics assessed through geometry and meteorology
Jared Wright(U) , Regis University Sandpile Group of a Fused Cycle
Rebecca Roller(U) , Western State Colorado University Knots, Links, and Polynomials
Melody Dodd(G) , Colorado State University An Introduction to Electrical Impedance Tomography
Emily Rose Jackson(U) , Western State Colorado University A Random Walk through Dimension: A Study in DLA
Charles Trintera(U) , Western State Colorado University Modeling the Evolution of Haploid-Diploid Life Cycles
Jacob Powell(U) , Western State Colorado University A method for using di-nucleotide frequencies in the detection of replication origins in bacteria
Joshua McNeely(U) , Adams State University Modeling with Matlab to solve ##Real Problems## for an Ordinary Differential Equations Course
Jennifer Maple(G) , Colorado State University Steady State Hopf Mode Interaction in Anisotropic System