Mesa State College to Host Joint 2006 Meeting

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics at Mesa State College is pleased to announce the results of its planning for a joint meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections of the MAA. The meeting will be held at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado on April 7-8, 2006. A special theme of the meeting will be undergraduate research. To launch this theme, a workshop entitled Supervising Undergraduate Research will take place on Friday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Topics to be covered in the workshop include techniques for recruiting students, preliminary preparation of students and supervision of undergraduate research. Registration is limited to 20 participants and the registration fee is $5.00 per person.

In keeping with tradition, the meeting will officially open Friday afternoon with a special address by our most recent Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, Bryan Shader of University of Wyoming. In his talk, Some Favorite Mathematical Hors D’oeuvres, Dr. Shader will present a sampler of savory mathematical appetizers that are served to mathematics majors at University of Wyoming before their full course of upper division mathematics courses. The appeal and effect of each appetizer will be discussed. In addition to being an outstanding teacher, Dr. Shader is involved with the Middle School Mathematics Initiative Project for the state of Wyoming and is a co-organizer of the Rocky Mountain Mathematics Consortium Summer School. Professor Shader’s research interests include combinatorics, discrete mathematics, graph theory, linear and multilinear algebra, and matrix theory.

In 1991 the George Pólya Lectureship was created by the MAA to encourage and acknowledge high quality exposition. Each Section is entitled to a Pólya Lecture approximately once every five years. We are fortunate this year to have been approved for a Pólya Lecture and are pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Rudich will be speaking at our meeting. Dr. Rudich has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University since 1990. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley under the advisorship of Manuel Blum. His research interests include computational complexity theory, the mathematical foundations of cryptography and the often surprising interplay between the two areas. Professor Rudich’s talk, A Bird’s Eye View of the P vs NP Problem, will be a survey of the history, meaning and significance of the P vs NP question. Professor Rudich has received both departmental and university-wide awards for teaching excellence. He is also a gourmet cook and a professional close-up magician.

The Saturday morning Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Allen Schwenk from Western Michigan University. Professor Schwenk presently serves as Mathematics Magazine Editor. In his talk, Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts, Dr. Schwenk will present nontransitive dice that have a further paradoxical property that he has dubbed "perverse reversal". This will be a fun talk that illustrates that you cannot rely on intuition to select the best choice.

Another exciting feature planned for this year will be a Mathematics Awareness Month Undergraduate Poster Session. Organized by Kyle Riley of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the theme of the session is To Infinity and Beyond. Prizes will be offered for Best in Show, Best Use of Mathematics and Most Creative. More information about the session can be found at http://www.mcs.sdsmt.edu/kriley/pubinfo/maa/poster.html. Please encourage your students to take part in this opportunity.

Rounding out the scientific program will be talks contributed by intelligent, involved and inspirational people like you! Information on submission guidelines can be found in the Second Call for Papers and Speaker Response Form located at the end of this announcement.

Finally, MAA books will again be on display at the meeting, with the opportunity to purchase books at a discount below membership prices! Not only does this save you money, but also the section receives a 10% "rebate" on all orders placed at the meeting. We also hope to have textbook publishers and other vendors available on-site.

 

Second Call for Papers

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2006 Spring Section Meeting is February 24, 2006. Proposals received from students and MAA members after this date will be scheduled on a first-come, first-scheduled, space-available basis. Proposals from non-members sponsored by MAA members must be received by the deadline.

Although talks on all mathematical topics are welcome, the following special sessions are being organized:

Mathematics, Society and Culture: Past and Present

Organized by Janet Barnett (

janet.barnett@colostate-pueblo.edu

)

Like all persons, mathematicians live in human society and respond in some way to important social and cultural events of their times. This session invites talks on any aspect of the relationship (historical and contemporary) between mathematics, society and culture. Possible topics include: responses (personal and professional) of mathematicians to important events of their day; the influence of larger social/cultural issues on mathematics, and vice versa; the role of mathematics in helping individuals to critically analyze public discourse concerning social/cultural issues; and the responsibility of the mathematics community to promote public understanding of the discipline, its limitations and its potential uses in addressing social/cultural issues.

 

 

Interesting Ideas in Number Theory

Organized by Jane Arledge (arledge@mesastate.edu) and Rob Tubbs (robert.tubbs@colorado.edu)

In this session, we will share interesting tidbits of knowledge and explore connections in the broad areas of number theory and geometry. Talks should be addressed to general mathematics faculty.

Mathematics Education

Organized by Cathy Barkley (cbarkley@mesastate.edu)

Topics related to teacher preparation and improvement at all levels are welcome.

Student Papers

Organized by MSC Math Club. The Math Club President is Brian Rogers (brogers@mesastate.edu)

Students are encouraged to present their research project results at the meeting! Registration is free for all students, and student speakers receive a complimentary one-year membership in the MAA, including the journal of their choice.

The default talk length will be 20 minutes, with every effort made (within the constraints of the schedule) to accommodate requests for longer talks and other scheduling preferences. Please submit special requests early.

 

For non-electronic submissions, please use the Speaker Response Form located in this announcement. E-mail equivalents of this form are encouraged! Please be sure to include all requested information if using e-mail.

Please direct questions about the program to Program Chair Cathy Bonan-Hamada at cbonan@mesastate.edu.

Other Meeting Information

Dr. Timothy Novotny, Department Head of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics at Mesa State College cordially invites department chairs to join him in an open discussion of common concerns, curricular or otherwise, at a special Luncheon for Mathematics Department Chairs. The luncheon will be held on Friday, April 7, 11:40 – 12:50, in the Bacon Room of the College Center on the Mesa State College campus. Please RSVP to Program Chair Cathy Bonan-Hamada at cbonan@mesastate.edu

The Program Committee cordially invites all meeting participants to attend the Friday Evening Reception to be held in Liff Auditorium in the College Center on the Mesa State College campus. The Friday Evening Banquet and Awards Ceremony will follow the reception at the same location. Please note that banquet reservations must be received by March 31 to guarantee availability.

Preliminary 2006 Meeting Schedule

Friday, April 7

9:30 - 11:30 Workshop on Supervising Undergraduate Research

Dr. Tracii Friedman, limited to 20 participants, $5 per person fee

11:40 - 12:50 Luncheon and Open Discussion for Department Chairs,

Bacon Room, College Center, MSC Campus

Host: Dr. Timothy Novotny

All department chairs in both Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections are encouraged to attend. The luncheon will be paid for by the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics at Mesa State College

12:30 - 4:00 Registration, Publisher Exhibits and MAA Book Sales

1:00 - 1:10 Opening Remarks and Welcome

1:15 - 2:00 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Invited Lecture

Some Favorite Mathematical Hors D’oeuvres

Dr. Bryan Shader, University of Wyoming

Abstract In this talk I will present a sampler of savory mathematical appetizers that my colleagues and I serve our mathematics majors before their full course of upper division mathematics courses. The appeal and effect of each appetizer will be discussed.

2:10 - 4:20 Parallel Sessions - Contributed Papers, Special Sessions & Panels

 

5:45 - 6:15 Rocky Mountain Section Departmental Liaison Meeting

Please forward agenda items to Janet Barnett by March 31

5:45 - 6:15 Intermountain Section Officers and Departmental Liaisons Meeting

Please forward agenda items to Lee Badger (LBADGER@weber.edu) by March 31

6:15 - 7:00 Reception and

Mathematics Awareness Month Undergraduate Poster Contest

Liff Auditorium, MSC Campus

Poster Contest Organizer: Dr. Kyle Riley,

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

7:00 - 9:30 Banquet and Awards Ceremony Liff Auditorium, MSC Campus

Banquet Address: A Bird’s Eye View of The P vs NP Problem

Polya Lecture by Dr. Steven Rudich, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract This talk will survey the history, meaning and significance of the P vs NP question. Could there be a miracle machine to efficiently perform all the problem solving work of mathematics? To zip through problems of engineering design and discovery? The existence of such a miracle machine is exactly the question of P vs NP. If P=NP, there would be a miracle machine that could take in any mathematical statement S and output a proof of the statement in time polynomially bounded by the length of the shortest proof of S . In other words, our miracle machine could solve problems in time polynomially related to the length of the answer. Our faith in the "genius" of our own creativity leads us to conjecture that no such magic bullet problem solver exists. Is the conjecture that P<>NP common sense or of our failure of imagination? P vs NP stands as one of the unsolved Clay Millenium Challenges to mathematics. In this talk, we will survey the role of P vs NP in a much broader theory of computational complexity. We will touch on the major approaches and why they fall short.

Saturday, April 8

MAA Book Sales

8:00 - 8:50 MAA Rocky Mountain Section Business Meeting

Please forward agenda items to Hortensia Soto-Johnson by March 31.

8:00 - 8:50 MAA Intermountain Section Business Meeting

Please forward agenda items to Lee Badger (LBADGER@weber.edu) by March 31

9:00 – 10:00 Saturday Keynote Address:

Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts

Dr. Allen Schwenk, Mathematics Magazine Editor, Western Michigan University

Abstract This presents nontransitive dice that have a further paradoxical property that I have dubbed "perverse reversal". It is a fun talk that illustrates that you cannot rely on intuition to select the best choice. No great mathematical consequences, but amusing games and puzzles.

10:10 – 1:00 Parallel Sessions - Contributed Papers, Special Sessions & Panels

 

Watch for regular meeting updates at

http://www-math.cudenver.edu/~maa-rm/rmnewslett.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Math Students!!

You are invited to attend the

2006 Annual Spring Meeting of the

Rocky Mountain and Intermountain Sections of

the Mathematical Association of America

Mesa State College

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Undergraduate student paper sessions

Interested in presenting the results of your research project at a professional conference? This is a great opportunity to share ideas and meet other math students! All student speakers receive a complimentary one-year MAA membership, including a subscription to a journal of your choice.

Reception and Mathematics Awareness Month Undergraduate Poster Session

Poster Contest Theme: Infinity and Beyond

Cash Prizes for Best in Show, Best Use of Mathematics and Most Creative

Poster Contest Organizer: Dr. Kyle Riley; e-mail Kyle.Riley@sdsmt.edu

Plenary Talks by Nationally Recognized Teachers and Scholars

Bird’s Eye View of The P vs NP Problem

Dr. Steven Rudich, Carnegie Mellon University

2004-2006 Polya Lecturer

Some Favorite Mathematical Hors D’oeuvres

Dr. Bryan Shader, University of Wyoming

2005 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts

Dr. Allen Schwenk, Western Michigan University

Mathematics Magazine Editor

MEETING REGISTRATION FOR STUDENTS IS FREE!!!

Friday evening banquet fees are $22 per person.

To register, complete the Student Registration and Speaker Form and return it to the indicated address.

Don’t forget to Send in your

presentation ABSTRACT WITH YOUR REGISTRATiON

to be included in the student PAPER SESSIONS!!!

Questions? Talk with one of the mathematics faculty at your school,

or contact Program Chair, Dr. Cathy Bonan-Hamada at cbonan@mesastate.edu

For more details and highlights of the meeting, including local hotel information,

visit the Rocky Mountain Section web site at www-math.cudenver.edu/~maa-rm.

Student Registration and Speaker Form

THE MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA JOINT ROCKY MOUNTAIN AND INTERMOUNTAIN SECTIONS ANNUAL MEETING

April 7 - 8, 2006, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Last Name First Name

Institution

Address

City State ZIP

Email Address

FAX Phone:

Are you an:

Undergraduate student?   Graduate student?

Friday Banquet Fees ($22.00 per person. Spouses and friends are welcome)

We will enjoy the Monument Buffet which includes Chicago salad (romaine, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, strawberries, and red onions with a cracked peppercorn dressing), marinated roasted vegetables, saffron couscous salad with lavosh crackers, pan-seared Moroccan chicken breast with jasmine rice, blackened tilapia with a roast tomato sauce, rolls, dessert, coffee or ice tea.

______ Number of dinners Total Enclosed

 

PRESENTATIONS: Deadline for Submission: February 24, 2006

The following can be e-mailed to Professor Cathy Bonan-Hamada cbonan@mesastate.edu

Name of Faculty Sponsor:

Special Equipment Needs: (Overhead projectors will be available in all presentation rooms)

 

Schedule Preference:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SATURDAY MORNING NO PREFRENCE

PLEASE TYPE YOUR TALK TITLE AND ABSTRACT BELOW, OR ATTACH AN EXTRA PAGE.

(Abstracts must be limited to 100 words or less)

 

 

 

Please make banquet checks payable to: Mesa State College (indicate MAA on item line)

Return form with payment to: Dr. Cathy Bonan-Hamada, Mathematics

Mesa State College

1100 North Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

 

Speaker Response Form –Due February 24, 2006

Speaker Name ________________________________________________

Affiliation _

Mailing Address (Please include affiliation if needed for U.S. mail)

Email Address Phone Number _

Faculty Sponsor* __

MAA Member Sponsor** _ __

Title: ___________ _______________ ______

Abstract (100 words or less):

 

 

Is this talk intended for any of the following special sessions?

Mathematics, Society and Culture: Past and Present __________________

Interesting Ideas in Number Theory _ ___ Mathematics Education ___________ ___

Student Paper Session ___

Students: Are you a graduate or undergraduate? ___

Special Equipment Needs:__________________________________________

Schedule Preference Request:________________________________________

Special Talk Length Request:_________________________________________

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM OR AN E-MAIL EQUIVALENT TO:

Cathy Bonan-Hamada

Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics

Mesa State College

1100 North Ave.

Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

cbonan@mesastate.edu

 

* For student speakers only ** For non-MAA members/non-students only

MAA ROCKY MOUNTAIN AND INTERMOUNTAIN JOINT SECTION MEETING REGISTRATION FORM

April 7-8, 2006, Mesa State College

MEETING REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE: For pre-registration discount, form must be received by March 31.

Last Name

First Name

Affiliation (for badge)

Address

City

State Zip

E-mail address:

Phone:

FAX:

Please check all that apply:

Memberships: q MAA q AMS q AMATYC q NCTM q CCTM q Other:________________

Affiliation: q 2-year college faculty q 4-year college faculty q University faculty

q High school teacher q Post-doctoral Fellow q Business/Industry/Government

q Undergraduate student q Graduate Student

Fees:

_______ Student Registration ($0)

_______ Non-Student Registration ($12 before 3/31, $20 after)

_______ Supervising Undergraduate Research Workshop ($5 per person)

_______ Friday Banquet ($22 per person, spouses and friends welcome)

Banquet reservations must be received by 3/31 to be guaranteed. A limited number of tickets will be available

onsite. We will enjoy the Monument Buffet which includes Chicago salad (romaine, hearts of palm, artichoke

hearts, strawberries, and red onions with a cracked peppercorn dressing), marinated roasted vegetables,

saffron couscous salad with lavosh crackers, pan-seared Moroccan chicken breast with jasmine rice,

blackened tilapia with a roast tomato sauce, rolls, dessert, coffee or ice tea.

_______ Voluntary Section Dues Contribution ($10 suggested)

Voluntary section dues contributions are used to support special initiatives such as the Student Recognition
and Section Activity Grant Programs. Contributors will receive a letter for their financial records.

_______ Total Enclosed

Please make checks* payable to: Mesa State College (indicate MAA on item line).

Return form with payment to: Cathy Bonan-Hamada

Department of CSMS

Mesa State College

1100 North Ave.

Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

* Please note that there will be a $17.00 charge for returned checks.

Meeting Accommodations, Directions and Maps

The following motels have established a special rate for the conference. These rates are subject to availability, and are guaranteed only through March 21st, so please make your reservations as soon as possible by calling the motel directly. Make sure to state that you are with the MAA Conference to obtain the lower rate.

DoubleTree Hotel

743 Horizon Drive

Grand Junction, CO 81506

(970) 241-8888

$65 (single or double)

Holiday Inn

755 Horizon Drive

Grand Junction

(970) 243-6790

$65 (single or double)

 

La Quinta Inn

2761 Crossroads Blvd

Grand Junction

(970) 241-2929

$62 (single or double)

Motel 6

776 Horizon Drive

Grand Junction

(970) 243-2628

$37.99 (single or double)

Directions: Horizon Drive is off I-70 at exit 31. To drive to Mesa State College go west on Horizon Drive and follow it to the traffic circle. Exit the traffic circle on 12th Street. Continue on 12th Street to Orchard Avenue. Just past Orchard Ave on the right is a large parking lot (G1), which will be available for free parking on Friday and Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The college center is located on the corner of 12th Street and Elm Avenue – 3 blocks south of the parking.