Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section of the MAA
Fall 2018 Section Newsletter now available
DATE CHANGE: Spring 2019 Section Meeting
Due to scheduling difficulties, the Spring 2019 meeting of the Rocky
Mountain Section at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado
will be held on April 5–6, 2019. Please make note of this
new date, different from that previously announced.
2018 Section Teaching Award Winners
2018 Early Career Teaching Award:
Dr. Ian Pierce from the Air Force Academy, nominated by Col. Scott Williams.
2018 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award:
Dr. Jeanne Clelland from UC Boulder, nominated by Dr. Eric Stade.
At the 2018 Business Meeting, held on April 14 as part of the RMS annual meeting, the following officers were elected:
The proposed Amendments to the Section ByLaws as approved by members present at the spring 2018 meeting, have been given final approval by the national MAA. One significant change is that electronic voting will now be possible for section officers (Article VI, paragraph 2b). The newly amended ByLaws are available for review here.
Thanks to Linda Sundbye for putting this together.
Each year the MAA recognizes college or university mathematics teachers who demonstrate extraordinary success in teaching effectiveness, even beyond their own institutions. The Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award was presented to UNC Mathematics Professor Hortensia Soto-Johnson at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, CA, on January 11, 2018.Some excerpts from Dr. Soto's citation:
Dr. Hortensia Soto of the University of Northern Colorado is recognized for her extraordinary success in educating learners at every level ...
Dr. Soto designs activities that are research based and implements them using many teaching strategies that allow her to work with the full spectrum of learners ... she has a particular interest in exploring the role that geometric visualization can play in the development of understanding of advanced mathematics ...
Dr. Soto conducts research exploring student learning through "embodied cognition" activities, developing the mind and thinking through human body experiences. For example, geometry students became points on the Cartesian coordinate plane, creating lines using ropes ...
Dr. Soto's influence is further extended through Las Chicas de Mathemáticas, ... a residential camp for 32 young women grades 9 through 12 that introduces them to college level math, college life, STEM related careers, and other women who are passionate about mathematics. She co-founded and directs this program ...
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.