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Pacific Northwest Section to Meet in Alaska

Pacific Northwest Section to Meet in Alaska

Anchorage, AK. The site of the next section meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section. Copyright Frank Flavin/Anchorage Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Used with permission.

For the first time in its 59-year history, the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA will be meeting in Alaska — in the summer of 2004, at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Speakers for the meeting include Ron Graham and Ken Ross (present and past MAA Presidents, respectively) and Pólya Lecturer I. Martin Isaacs (University of Wisconsin). Adding to the traditional sessions will be one on mathematics in the arctic; other specialty sessions are being planned and will be described on the meeting's web site. Workshops and the Pacific Northwest Section Project NExT meeting are scheduled for June 24th. Paper sessions, invited addresses, banquet, etc. are planned for June 25 and 26.

This meeting will begin shortly after one of Alaska's most exciting days — the summer solstice, with Alaska's famous midnight sun. To celebrate, members can hike Anchorage's famous trails after a day of mathematics. For those who decide to combine the meeting with a vacation, travel web links are included in the meeting's web site. (The “reasons to attend” explained at the meeting web site are worth checking out even if you're not planning to go.)

To reduce travel costs, a block of university residence hall rooms will be available at reasonable cost (families are welcome). For additional information, contact Larry Foster ( at the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Alaska Anchorage or visit the meeting's web site at

News Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2004