CSU–Pueblo hosts math competition and Euler birthday celebration

Approximately 200 students and faculty from two-year and four-year colleges throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota are expected to attend the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) 2007 Spring Meeting this weekend at Colorado State University - Pueblo. The MAA Rocky Mountain Section is a regional, professional organization committed to the promotion of excellence in mathematics education, especially at the collegiate level.

General meeting registration is complimentary for students and K–12 teachers, and $12 in advance ($20 on-site) for others. Registration forms and up-to-date program details are available on the Rocky Mountain Section website (www.math.cudenver.edu/~maa-rm/ ).

This year’s meeting theme is Celebrating Euler: A 300th Birthday Anniversary! Born on 15 April 1707, Leonhard Euler contributed to mathematics in ways that continue to influence the shape of mathematics today. Celebratory activities (and tentative times) include:

Euler - 300th anniversary lecture by Leonhard Euler (as portrayed by Robin Wilson) (Friday, 5 p.m.); Making a rare appearance as Leonhard Euler himself, Wilson of the Open University (England) will provide insight into why mathematicians today continue to rate Euler’s work so highly in this special keynote address. Wilson is internationally recognized for his work in mathematics history and combinatorics, as well as for his acting talents!

Celebrating Euler Special Session (Friday afternoon) featuring talks on mathematical and historical topics broadly related to Euler’s life, his work and its influence on mathematics past and present;

Third Annual Undergraduate Poster Session (Friday afternoon) featuring the mathematics of Euler;

Reception, banquet and award ceremony (Friday evening) with special Euler door prizes and birthday pi(e)s!

Other special program features (and tentative times) include:

Assessing Mathematics: Historical Significance and Future Directions by Barbara Moskal (Friday 1:15 p.m.); A professor of mathematics at Colorado School of Mines, Moskal is the recipient of the MAA Rocky Mountain Section’s 2006 Burton W. Jones Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her invited address will examine the K-12 educational movement within the United States and its impact on higher education.

Vignettes in Number Theory (Friday banquet) and The Early Lucasions (Saturday, 9 a.m.) by Jim Tattersall; a well-known historian of mathematics at Providence College and Associate Secretary of the national MAA, Tattersall will share intriguing tales of characters both human and mathematical — including stories of several special number sets which lend themselves well to student research projects — in these two invited talks.

Mathematics in K-12 Teacher Preparation Special Session (both days) featuring presentations on the preparation of future K -12 mathematics teachers. This session will include an organizational meeting (Friday, 4:15 p.m.) to discuss the formation of a Colorado affiliate of the Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators.

Math Job Search 101, with special attention to academia Panel Discussion (Saturda,y 11:20 a.m.), offering tips on what to do (and what not to do) for those seeking employment in academia, business, industry, or government.

Contributed talks (both days) about mathematics, its history and its teaching, including student paper sessions (both days) with talks by graduate, undergraduate and high school students and Interesting Ideas in Mathematics Special Session (Saturday morning) with talks on irresistible mathematical tidbits & connections.

A Hands-On Tour of the MAA Digital Library Workshop (Friday morning, 9:30 –
11:30 a.m.) led by Dr. Linda Sundbye of Metro State College of Denver. This special pre-meeting workshop will provide a hands-on tour of the wealth of online mathematical resources available through the MAA’s Math Gateway project and MathDL.

For more information, contact Program Co-Chair Janet Barnett, janet.barnett@colostate-pueblo.edu , 719-549-2540. The Rocky Mountain Section website can also be accessed by following the “Sections” link at www.maa.org

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