Saturday, April 9, 2011
The annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America was held at Clarion University on April 8-9, 2011. The program consisted of mathematical presentations by students and faculty from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, invited talks by three nationally known speakers, a problem-solving competition for undergraduates, and social events.
Westminster undergraduates Adam Carter, Gregory Clark, Lisa Kaylor, Richard Ligo, and Sydney Spain, as well as mathematics faculty Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, Dr. David Offner, Dr. Pamela Richardson, and Dr. Barbara Faires (emerita and secretary of the Mathematical Association of America) attended.
Westminster students and faculty gave several talks at the conference: Dr. Offner presented his research on "Packing the Hypercube;" Dr. Fontes-Merz gave a talk entitled "The Chromatic Polynomial of the Join of Two Groups;" Ligo spoke on "The Subgraph Summability Number of a Graph;" and Clark talked about "Tesselations: Properites and Periodicity," results stemming from an independent research project guided by Dr. Offner.
As Section officers, Drs. Fontes-Merz and Richardson attended an officer's meeting and organized a student problem solving competition for about 60 students from schools throughout the region.
In addition, Drs. Boerner, Fontes-Merz, Offner, and Richardson participated in the Section NExT workshop for new faculty in the Section in which Ivars Peterson, Mathematical Association of America Director of Publications and Communications, presented tips on writing mathematics well.