Monday, April 23, 2012
Several Westminster mathematics faculty and students attended the annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America at West Virginia University on April 13-14, 2012.
Those in attendance included mathematics majors Gregory Clark, Richard Ligo, and Emily Walther, as well as mathematics faculty Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, Dr. David Offner, Dr. Pamela Richardson, and Dr. Barbara Faires (emerita and secretary of the Mathematical Association of America).
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 students and faculty gave several talks at the conference: Dr. Offner presented his research on "Cops and Robber on the Hypercube;" Ligo spoke on his capstone research, "Diagonal Diagrams: An Interesting Representation for a Specific Class of Links;" and Clark talked about "Famous Sequences and Euclidean Algorithm Step Sizes," results stemming from an independent research project guided by Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz.
As Section officers, Drs. Boerner and Richardson attended an officer's meeting and organized a student problem solving competition for about 60 students from schools throughout the region. Dr. Richardson also organized the student program for the meeting.
In addition, Drs. Boerner and Offner participated in the Section NExT workshop for new faculty in the Section. The workshop was on "Extreme Calculus" and was led by Paul Zorn of St. Olaf College.