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Save the Date!

Please join us on Saturday April 18, 2020 for our Spring Section meeting at the University of LaVerne. More details will follow as we get closer, but the event will include a student poster sessions, invited talks and more!

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Fall 2019 SoCal-Nev Section Meeting!

When? Saturday and Sunday, Oct 5-6, 2019
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The meeting will include two contributed paper sessions (one each day) and talks by Matt Baker (Georgia Tech), Tim Chartier (Davidson College), Kate Stevenson (CSU Northridge), and SoCal-Nevada Section Teaching Award winner Lisette de Pillis (Harvey Mudd College). There will also be a panel discussion on Co-curricular Courses, a workshop on Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion, and evening entertainment "Magic, Mime and Mathematics"

The application for Contributed Papers is now closed. Online conference registration will be open until Sept 30 Wed Oct 2.

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.

We enjoyed seeing you at the....

Spring 2019 SoCal-Nev Section Meeting!

When? Saturday, April 6, 2019
CSU Channel Islands

The meeting included a Student Poster Session, featuring approximately 65 posters, a mathematical art exhibit, and invited talks by Selenne Bañuelos, Henry Segerman and by Teaching Award winner Jennifer Switkes.

Section news...

Fall 2018 Newsletter

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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