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Black lives matter

The Board of the Southern California-Nevada Section of the MAA stands in support of Black students, faculty, staff and community. We are committed to working against anti-Black racism in postsecondary mathematics education and beyond. We support this statement from the MAA Committee on Minority Participation.

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Spring 2021 Section Meeting

When: Saturday April 10, 2021
Where: Virtually--online

The meeting will include a student poster session as well as invited addresses by

  • Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington) speaking on "Counting Tripods"
  • Hiram Lopez (Cleveland State University) and Gretchen Matthews (Virginia Tech) in the joint address "Polynomial LoRE: Local Recovery of Erasures "
  • Roberto Rubalcaba (San Diego City College) on "Pathways to invite, include,  encourage, engage and retain Underrepresented Minorities and Women in Mathematics and Science"

More details are about the talk are available on our Spring 2021 meeting page. More details about the schedule and registration will be coming, with registration opening in March.

Registration for the student poster session are now closed. Details of the Call for Proposals are still viewable on the meeting page.

Fall 2020 Meeting Held Online

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the fall section meeting was held online, hosted by USC. On Saturday November 21, over 75 people gathered to hear Beth Malmskog present on ways to detect gerrymandering and Francis Su discuss the game of cycles. We had 11 contributed paper presentations on a variety of topics from across mathematics as well as on aspects of teaching math online. There was a fun mathematician trivia game hosted by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) representatives Shanna Dobson and Ami Radunskaya.

Our section representative to the MAA Congress, Edray Goins, reminded us about the virtual Joint Mathematics Meeting this coming January, and the 2019 Impact Report that contains lots of data about the MAA. Also highlighted was the MAAConnect community where one can post and receive answers on all types of questions and highlighted the Micro-volunteering community where you can post is you have a short need (class speaker, colloquium speaker, etc).

Finally, if you are interested in getting involved at the section level, we have openings for volunteers. We are looking for a meeting coordinator for spring and/or next fall. In the spring we will be electing a new Vice Section President and a Vice Program chair. There are job descriptions in the bylaws linked on the "People" page of this website. Self-nominations are encouraged and interested parties should email Dagan Karp, section president.

The spring meeting will be online hosted by Riverside Community College. More information about format and date will be forthcoming.

Thanks for joining us!

Lisette de Pillis Receives the Section's 2019 Teaching Award

Dr. de Pillis in the classroom

Professor Lisette de Pillis of Harvey Mudd College Pomona is the winner of the 2019 Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and a nominee for the national MAA's 2020 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Currently Department Chair at Harvey Mudd College, Professor Lisette de Pillis is noted as being clearly passionate about building bridges between the mathematical, biological, and medical communities. Her work in immunology modeling and a search for new ways to treat diseases that interact with the immune system, in particular cancer, HIV, and Type I diabetes has garnered her both national and international visibility. Dr. de Pillis has been recognized by the Argonne National Laboratory with the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished (MGM) Scholar award, being only the second mathematician receive the award. She’s also been elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Professor de Pillis, has a rare gift of being able to communicate her deep discoveries with broader audiences, and her important interdisciplinary research regularly engages students. In her 25 years of teaching at Harvey Mudd College, she has supervised more than 70 undergraduate and graduate research students, and many post-doctoral researchers too. At HMC, she pioneered one of the leading undergraduate programs in mathematical biology. Since her arrival at HMC, the number and proportion of women studying (and teaching) mathematical sciences has grown significantly. In a time when there are still significant concerns about bringing women and other under-represented groups into scientific and mathematical fields, Dr. de Pillis serves as a role model and an inspiration.

The MAA Southern California-Nevada Section recognizes the great positive impact Dr. de Pillis has had mathematics students and is honored to present her with the Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Did you know...

...that the SoCalNv Section of the MAA had its first meeting in 1925? Read about SoCalNv MAA Section History (pdf) in this article written for the Spring 2000 meeting program by Ernie Solheid.

Help Write Our Section History!

Do you have a special memory of an MAA Southern California Section meeting, event, or personality? Please share it with Ernie Solheid esolheid @ fullerton.edu.


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