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MAA Wisconsin Spring Meeting 2022

Online (via Zoom), Thursday March 31--Saturday April 2

There will be a separate Zoom link for each day of the meeting. Zoom links will be emailed in the evening the day before each session.

Meeting Materials


You must be registered to attend any meeting-related activity. Registration is free for students and $10 for all others. Registration deadline is March 30, 2022. To register, complete the form at

Please check the MAA Wisconsin section website regularly for the latest information available. Send any questions you have to

Invited Speakers

Holly Attenborough, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
In Favor of History Tidbits in Class and the Ideal Result of Fermat’s Last Theorem
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss a bit of my journey from hate to love of history: how it has fueled a deeper appreciation of mathematics, bringing more context to my students and to me. The talk will finish with one of my favorite stories from the history of mathematics and how to use this story as a powerful educational device. To tell these tales, we will discuss some historical context of calculus and how false proofs of Fermat’s Last Theorem led to the development of a very important modern tool in abstract algebra.

Tim Chartier, Davidson College
Get in the Game: Math and Sports Analytics
Abstract: Sports analytics has gathered tremendous momentum as one of the most dynamic fields. Diving deep into the numbers of sports can be game changing or simply a fun exercise for fans. How do you get in the game with numbers? What questions can be explored? What actionable insights can be gleaned? From March Madness to national media broadcasts, analytics are becoming increasingly indispensable. Dr. Tim Chartier will discuss outlooks that help with successful analytics, and the variety of questions that can be tackled. He will also share how he leads students to dig into sports using math and computer science, and their great success across the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, ESPN and his own college teams. Learn how to get in the game — as a sports analyst!

Sarah J. Greenwald, Appalachian State University
Popular Culture and Mathematics: Gender, Race, and Broader Implications
Abstract: Mathematics and statistics are pervasive in modern society, but have you ever known anyone who asserted that they do not have the "math gene" or mistrusts science, statistics, or mathematics? Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society views mathematics and mathematicians. We'll analyze examples from a variety of shows and films and consider the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, and more. We'll also discuss ways to counter stereotypes and contribute to research in this area. At the same time we'll reflect more broadly on what mathematics has to offer, and the diverse ways that people can succeed in making an impact, including you!

Student Quiz Contest

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