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MAA Prize Session

Thursday, July 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., International Ballroom South

The session is organized by Barbara Faires, Westminster College, MAA Secretary, and is moderated by Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, MAA President.

MAA Section Officers Meeting

Thursday, July 27, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., International Ballroom South

This session is moderated by Elizabeth Mayfield, Hood College, Chair of the MAA Committee on Sections. It is open to all section officers and their guests. Does your Section have a mission or vision statement? Goals? Priorities? Do you engage in strategic planning? Do you have benchmarks for meeting attendance or finances or student involvement? Do you compare your Section Dashboard numbers with those of other Sections? What sort of data would be helpful to you, and what would you like to know about other Sections? We will share ideas and information, to help you and the Committee on Sections strengthen our programs.

Presidential Gala: A Musical Celebration and MAA Membership Recognition

Thursday, July 27, 8:00 p.m, International Ballroom

Join us for an evening of musical performances by your mathematical friends and colleagues, and along the way we will recognize and honor those members of our Association who've been members for twenty-five years or more.

Master of Ceremonies:
Paul Zorn, St. Olaf College, Former President of the MAA

Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, MAA President
Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Project NExT

Alder Award Session

Friday, July 28, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., International Ballroom South

The MAA established the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member to honor beginning college or university faculty members whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. Each year, at most three college or university teachers are honored with this national award. The awardees are invited to make a presentation in this session. The session is moderated by Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, MAA President.

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., Mary Beisiegel, Oregon State University
3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., Steven Klee, Seattle University

Networking Session on the Mathematical Education of Teachers

Friday, July 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Mobley Room

Many mathematics departments offer courses specifically for preservice teachers, often designed and overseen by one or two faculty members per department. These courses can be stimulating to teach, yet also challenging because of the lack of shared wisdom in the community on what and how to teach in the courses. The organizers of this session are looking into the possibility of starting a SIGMAA to support the teaching of mathematics courses for preservice teachers. This session is an opportunity to gauge interest in such a SIGMAA, and more importantly, for faculty teaching these courses to share ideas and raise questions or concerns in a community. The organizers will facilitate discussion and conversation on what is known in the literature about the teaching and learning of mathematical knowledge for teaching at elementary and secondary levels, the perspectives represented in policy documents and commonly available textbooks, and approaches to these content courses.

Bonnie Gold, Monmouth University (emerita)
Yvonne Lai, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MAA Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET)

Poster Session

PIC Math Conference

Student Presentations: Saturday, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., International Ballroom South
Industry Speakers: Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., International Ballroom South
Poster Session: Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., International Ballroom South

The PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) program aims to prepare mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from business, industry, or government. During the spring 2017 semester, mathematical sciences undergraduate students at 67 U.S. universities and colleges were enrolled in a PIC Math industrial mathematics and statistics research course. Each student team worked on a research problem and submitted a written report and video solution to the problem to the PIC Math student research competition. Several student teams will give presentations of their problems and solutions during this session. PIC Math is a program of the MAA and SIAM supported by NSF funding (DMS-1345499). See

Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University
Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

MAA Business Meeting

Saturday, July 29, 11:35 a.m. - 11:55 a.m., Continental Ballroom A

The meeting is organized by Barbara Faires, Westminster College, MAA Secretary, and is chaired by Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, MAA President.

Graduate Student Paper Session

Great Talks for a General Audience: Coached Presentations by Graduate Students

Saturday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Boulevard Rooms

Presenters in this session must be graduate students. While many graduate students will be asked to give a lecture to an audience consisting of undergraduates and non-mathematicians (possibly as part of a job interview), most students do not have much experience talking to a non-research audience. This session gives graduate students the opportunity to give a 20-minute talk aimed at an undergraduate audience (speakers should assume the audience has been only exposed to calculus and possibly some linear algebra). Both the talks and abstracts should be designed to excite a wide range of undergraduates about mathematics. All participants in this session will receive private feedback on their presentations from an established faculty member and an undergraduate student. Contact a session organizer for help writing an abstract or preparing your talk for a general audience. Optional Q&A sessions with the organizers will be held at MathFest for presenters to receive feedback on their talks. Graduate student participants in this session should also attend the graduate student workshop (What’s the Story?).

Jim H. Freeman, Cornell College
May Mei, Denison University
Aliza Steurer, Dominican University

MAA Committee on Graduate Students

Special Interactive Presentation for High School Students, Parents, and Teachers

THOSE INFAMOUS EXPLODING DOTS: A preview to Global Math Week

Saturday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Continental Ballroom B

Here is a story that isn't true.

When I was a young child I invented a machine (not true) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. And these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine (in this non-true story) I realized that I could explain true things! I could explain all the mathematics of arithmetic I learnt in grade school (true), all the polynomial algebra I was to learn in high-school (true), pre-calculus series formulas (true), elements of calculus and number theory I was to learn in university (true), and explore unanswered research questions mathematicians are studying today (also true)!

Come see an astounding mathematical story that unites element of the K-12 curriculum, and beyond, in one accessible fell swoop. Bring pencil and paper, and possibly an extra pair of socks - this session will knock your first pair right off!

James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America

Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

MAA Council on Outreach

Math Circle Demonstration

Saturday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Salon C-1

A math circle is an enrichment experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with pre-college students and/or their teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a math circle experience. While participants are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle.

Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)

Math Wrangle

Saturday, July 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Salon C-1

Math Wrangle will pit teams of students against each other, the clock, and a slate of great math problems. The format of a Math Wrangle is designed to engage students in mathematical problem solving, promote effective teamwork, provide a venue for oral presentations, and develop critical listening skills. A Math Wrangle incorporates elements of team sports and debate, with a dose of strategy tossed in for good measure. The intention of the Math Wrangle demonstration at the Joint Math Meetings is to show how teachers, schools, circles, and clubs can get students started in this exciting combination of mathematical problem solving with careful argumentation via public speaking, strategy and rebuttal.

Doug Ensley, Mathematical Association of America
Ed Keppelmann, University of Nevada, Reno
Philip B. Yasskin, Texas A&M
Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)
American Mathematics Competitions