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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 2015 Section Meeting

Spring 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we cancelled our Spring section meeting that was scheduled for mid-april. We are inviting our speakers to present during the next academic year. Hope you are able to stay safe and healthy. We to hope to see you (virtually) in the fall.

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 Havey 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 Secton 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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