Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Two Westminster students, five Westminster College mathematics professors, and one faculty emerita member recently attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the annual conference of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the two largest mathematical professional organizations in the country. This year's conference, held in San Diego, CA from January 9-12, was attended by over 6,700 mathematicians.
Jenna Huston, computer science and mathematics dual major, presented a poster entitled "Information Theoretically Secure Computation Protocols in the Quantum Noisy Storage Model" at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session. The poster was based on work that Jenna did at the IPAM Research Experience for Undergraduates in the summer of 2012.
Lisa Kaylor, mathematics major, presented a poster entitled "Is Every Invertible Linear Map in the Structure Group of some Algebraic Curvature Tensor?" at the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session. Lisa attended the California State University, San Bernardino Research Experience for Undergraduates in the summer of 2012, and her poster was based on research she did there.
Dr. Jeffrey Boerner attended a minicourse called "Teaching an Applied Topology Course." Dr. Boerner also served as a judge for the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session and co-chaired a session of MAA undergraduate talks on number theory and combinatorics.
Dr. Carolyn Cuff was invited to lead a four-hour minicourse entitled "Teaching Introductory Statistics." Designed for instructors who are new to teaching introductory statistics, this workshop exposed the participants to statistical concepts, assessment techniques, and classroom materials. Dr. Cuff also attended an officers meeting as an appointed member of the MAA's "Committee for SIGMAAs," a committee charged with overseeing the special interest groups within the MAA. Dr. Cuff was also able to attend a one-day workshop on teaching a modeling calculus course.
Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz gave a research presentation, "Adding Edges to Graphs and its Effect on the Pebbling Number" in an MAA session on graph theory and combinatorics. Dr. Fontes-Merz also served as a judge for the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session and attended a minicourse called "Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry."
Dr. David Offner gave a research presentation, "A new lower bound for a variation of Cops and Robbers on the hypercube, with an application to Graph Searching," in an MAA session on graph theory and combinatorics. Dr. Offner also served as a judge for the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session and attended a one-day workshop on teaching a modeling calculus course.
Dr. Pamela Richardson organized a day-long Graduate Education Mentoring workshop for female mathematics graduate students. Dr. Richardson also attended meetings and performed duties as a member of the MAA's "Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters." In particular, Dr. Richardson helped to run the MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session, an event that included over 500 undergraduate research participants.
Dr. Barbara Faires, faculty emerita, prepared scripts, agendas, and citations for many sessions of the Joint Meetings and ran meetings of various MAA groups in her role as secretary of the Mathematical Association of America.