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MathFest Highlights: 2009 Meeting a Smashing Success

The record 1,517 attendees of this year's MathFest in Portland, Ore., were treated to one of the best programs in the history of the MAA's annual summer meeting—and enjoyed a beautiful city with much to offer.

From appealing talks and exhibits to poster sessions and the 5K Fun Run, MathFest featured something for every type of math enthusiast. Some of the highlights include:

Ravi Vakil’s three Hedrick Lectures, collectively titled "Classical Structure in Modern Geometry, or Modern Structure in Classical Geometry."

Joan Ferrini-Mundy's Leitzel Lecture: "Communicating among Communities and Calling for Change: Continuing the Improvement of Mathematics Education."

Persi Diaconis' J. Sutherland Frame Lecture on "The Mathematics of Perfect Shuffles."

The undergraduate poster session, the graduate poster session, and the "Research by Early Career Mathematicians" poster session.

The second annual MathFest 5K Fun Run/Walk, which generated $2,500 for the Portland non-profit organization JOIN.

Other highlights included the opening reception in the exhibit hall, Colm Mulcahy’s lecture for students, the Mt. Hood/Timberline Lodge tour, the Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet, and many more.

The MAA would like to thank all the association’s members for helping make this MathFest one of the best yet. We hope to see you all in Pittsburgh next August.

News Date: 
Friday, August 14, 2009