Your Chance to Participate

Do you have a student who is ready to give their first mathematical presentation?

Invite them to present a Poster in the Student Poster Session

Deadline for student poster submissions has Closed. (It was Thurs April 13 at 5pm.)


All registration is now closed

Spring 2023 SoCal-Nev Section Meeting

University of La Verne, Mainiero Hall
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 8:30am - 4:45pm (tentatively)
(Directions and Map)


Program and abstracts (pdf)

Directions and Maps

Interactive Campus Maps and Driving Directions can be found on the University of La Verne Maps page or on our annotated pdf of the campus map.

Parking is free on weekends. Participants can park all along Third Street, and in any parking lot. But the two parking lots on the corner of B Street and Third Street will be the closest to the meetings in Mainiera Hall. One is right next to Mainiera Hall and the other is diagonal across the intersection (see annotated pdf map).

Wi-Fi Access

The University of La Verne campus provides a temporary guest Wi-Fi account which is valid for 12 hours. Instructions are available at

Covid Safety

Conference registrants who are sick or who have been exposed to COVID should not attend the conference in person. Any in-person registrants who communicate about illness or exposure by the start of the conference will have the difference between in-person and remote registration refunded, and they may attend remotely; no documentation is needed, and no questions will be asked, just send us a note about your need to change.

We ask that all in-person conference participants wear a mask except for brief moments while in-doors at the conference. COVID continues to disrupt events on our campuses, and masking is the only way we can make this conference inclusive for immunocompromised folks. So we ask that registrants who do not wish to wear a mask attend remotely. Questions: Contact Section Chair, Brian P Katz (BK).

Registration Information

All online registrations will take place though Eventbright. Registrations with cash or check can be completed on-site.

We also have a virtual options for those who can't travel to the meetings but would like to hear the Invited Speaker and Business Meeting.

Poster Presenters: Application deadline Thurs April 13 at 5pm. Students who have been accepted to present a poster do not need to register here as their poster application serves as their registration (max of two free student registrations per poster, additional student poster presenters above 2 need to pre-register here at the student rate).

Priority Online Registration: register by Fri April 21 at 5pm for a lower registration rate, as well as a printed nametag and registration packet. Registering by the priority deadline minimizes stress. (Closed)

Online Pre-Registration: registering by Wed April 26 5pm  guarantees a printed nametag and registration packet. It also helps us with planning. (Closed)

On-site/ Registration: Registration can be completed on-site or online. Your nametag is not pre-printed and a registration packet is not  guaranteed.

Registration Fees

Registration type by Fri 4/21 5pm by Fri 4/28 5pm
MAA Member
Virtual: Online streaming of Invited Speakers and Business Meeting

Student Poster Presenter (max two per poster)

(poster registration constitutes registration, you don't need to register separately)


Questions about registration

Questions about registration can be directed to Youngsu Kim, the meeting coordinator.

Lunch Options

There are several restaurants near campus. Here is an incomplete list of some that are nearby.
  • Aoki (Japanese)
  • Allegro (Italian)
  • Cafe Wang (Chinese)
  • Argo (Mediterranean)
  • House of Wings (Bar food)
  • Spooners (Korean)
  • Fourth Street Mill (New American)
  • Mi Cocina (Mexican)

Felice Manganiello

Clemson University
Felice Manganiello

Felice Manganiello is an Associate Professor at Clemson University's School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SMSS). He has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Zurich and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Pisa. His research centers on algebraic methods in communication, including coding theory, network coding, and cryptography. He has received recognition for his work, including an NSF RTG grant and a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship spent at the University of Toronto. In 2019, he was awarded a Simons Visiting Professorship and spent the academic year 2019-20 as a visiting scholar at the Toronto Metropolitan University's Cybersecurity Research Lab.
Aside from his research, Manganiello is dedicated to promoting undergraduate student learning and research. He has been the director and a mentor for the Clemson REU program for several years. Also, he holds the administrative position of Associate Director for Mathematics and Statistics Education in the SMSS.

Code-based Cryptography: The Future of Security Against Quantum Threats

In today's digital age, where our personal data and information are predominantly stored online, security has become a crucial concern. The cryptographic standards currently in use are vulnerable to attacks from quantum computers, which may pose a significant threat in the coming years. Post-quantum cryptography is an area of research focusing on developing cryptosystems that can withstand quantum attacks while working on classical computers. Code-based cryptosystems have proven to be the most resilient over time among the various post-quantum cryptosystems. In this seminar, as a coding theorist, I will present the fundamentals of code-based cryptography, discuss how to build secure mechanisms like authenticated key exchanges, and provide guidelines to prevent weak instances that may create vulnerabilities. This presentation aims to enhance awareness of the importance of security and demonstrate the potential of code-based cryptography in safeguarding our online information against the quantum threat.

Amanda Ruiz

University of San Diego

Amanda Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of San Diego. Born in Long Beach and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, she left Southern California for the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where she created her own major focused on Social Movements. After some experience working in secondary education, and a realization that mathematics is a social justice issue, Amanda went back to school to pursue a degree in mathematics. She received a Master’s degree in Mathematics from San Francisco State University, her PhD in mathematics from Binghamton University in 2013. Eager to return to California, she accepted a teaching and research postdoctoral fellowship in the Mathematics Department at Harvey Mudd College.

Amanda Ruiz’s Ph.D. thesis was on Realization Spaces of Phased Matroids. While her prior research is predominantly in combinatorics and matroid theory, her current interest returns to her social justice roots including working with a team of Mathematics Education experts to edit the recently released book "Middle School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand and Respond to Social Injustice."

Teaching Mathematics About, With, and For Social Justice 

In this talk we will consider the foundations of teaching mathematics for social justice and the potential outcomes for students. We will explore what we mean by teaching mathematics about, with, and for social justice. We draw on the recently released book series Teaching Mathematics to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice. We will share some content from the middle school book and talk about how to adapt the lesson to one’s own context and empower students to use mathematics as a tool for creating change.

Gail Tang

University of La Verne
Gail Tang

Gail Tang is Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics at University of La Verne. While she is involved in several research projects, the foundation of the projects aim to provide more humanistic teaching and researching experiences for students, instructors, and scholars. Her primary research interests investigate how to support students’ mathematical creativity development through faculty development. Mentorship is really important to Gail. As a Fulbright Scholar, Gail served as a mentor and professor at Mandalay University in 2019. In Summer 2023, she will be sailing with NOAA as a part of the Teacher at Sea Program. Gail will join the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey project to conduct oceanography sampling of whales, dolphins, seabirds in the Hawaiian archipelago. When not engaged in teaching, research, mentorship, or shared governance, Gail enjoys gardening, feeding her chickens, being surrounded by nature and animals, and learning about cultural connections through investigations into global food history.

Gail Tang is the recipient of the 2022 MAA Southern California-Nevada Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Inside Out and Outside In: The Cycle of Theory and Thought to Implementation and Evaluation

In this talk, I will share some of the theoretical underpinnings that guide my teaching practices. In particular, Laura Rendón’s revised agreements from Sentipensante will be presented. Rendón’s framework will be connected to empirical research on the affective outcomes from teaching actions aimed at fostering mathematical creativity. Finally, I will share some experiences and results from participating in the EQUIP project that have had lasting impacts on both my teaching philosophy and teaching strategies.

Student Poster Session

Students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to submit short proposals for the Poster Session of the Spring 2023 Section Meeting of the MAA, taking place on Saturday, April 29 at University of La Verne.

Here are some ideas of what students can present:

  • Results of masters thesis, honors, senior, or independent study projects
  • Results of classroom projects or modeling contests
  • Results of REUs or other summer research programs
  • Historical investigations in pure or applied mathematics
  • Solutions of problems from the Putnam Exam or from the Monthly or other journals

Applications to present in either the poster session or in the contributed paper session is closed. Applications included submitting an abstract (max 150 words) and were be due by 5pm on Thurs April 13, 2023.

The application to submit a poster constitutes registration for the conference (up to two presenters per poster). Additional presenters beyond two should register for the meeting through the online or mail in registration.

The MAA Mathematical Communitcation website has useful articles about giving an effective talk, including poster presentations (scroll down to that heading) and also writing an abstract. Be sure to check out their helpful tips!

Direct questions to Ryan DeMoss

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