MAA Liaison Newsletter
Now is the time to stop thinking
about all those ungraded exams on your desk and the unopened e-mails from
February. Instead, let's concentrate on
the summer and beyond.
There are still openings available
in two of this year's PREP workshops:
• Mathematical Methods and Modeling for Secondary
Mathematics Teacher Education, on June 23-28, 2002, at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon; and
• Assessment at the Department Level #2,
to be held July 29-31, 2002, in Burlington, Vermont, right before
Recall that room and board are
free, courtesy of an NSF grant. For more
details and applications, check out http://www.maa.org/pfdev/prep/prep.html.
Remember that MathFest is coming
up in Burlington, Vermont, on August 1-3. The
deadlines for preregistration are listed at the end of this newsletter.
For details about invited talks, contributed papers,
minicourses and other special events, click on the banner page at MAA Online, http://www.maa.org, or look it up in the April issue of Focus.
Do you have a special interest in
a particular subfield of mathematics or math
education? Then a SIGMAA (Special Interest Group of the MAA) might be what you
are looking for. There are currently four SIGs:
• RUME- Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
• BIG- Business, Industry, and Government
• Stats-Ed- Statistics Education
• HOM- History of Mathematics
For more information,
go to http://www.maa.org/sigmaa/sigmaa.html. And, if you don't
see a SIGMAA you might want to join, you can propose one through the committee,
chaired by Stephan Carlson at Rose-Hulman.
The link above will give you details of procedures and a model charter for
submitting an application for new SIGs. If you
have questions about this, contact Gretchen Brown, email@example.com.
And speaking of Gretchen Brown, or "gbrown," you probably have noticed that Brie Danner has left the MAA. For the past two years, Brie has served the MAA as Program Coordinator. She
and her husband have recently moved to Delaware for new work opportunities. Brie will be missed. We wish her well in her new
undertakings. We are pleased to announce that Gretchen Brown has come on board as the new Program Coordinator.
Gretchen recently graduated from the University
of Maryland with a major in Government and Politics. You will be receiving regular
liaison bulletins and newsletters from Gretchen. Hopefully, many of you will be
able to meet her at MathFest in August.
We should mention one other
staffing change. Tom Rishel, is stepping down
from the position of Associate Executive Director, Director of Programs & Services,
and will be returning to Cornell University. We thank him for his
dedicated service for the past two years and wish him well in his new adventures
with Cornell University. Tom will be replaced by Michael Pearson, from Mississippi State University. Some of you may know Michael because he has been the
Associate Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Mississippi State University and has been very active in the Louisiana/Mississippi
Section. We're happy to have Michael
joining us here in Washington in the middle of June.
The MAA's Committee on the
Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) is preparing the latest edition of
its Curriculum Guide. Focus groups and
panel discussions have been held at regional and national meeting. CUPM's
subcommittee on Curriculum Reform Across the First Two Years
(CRAFTY) has also put in a great deal of work with
its Curriculum Foundations Workshops that will contribute a lot to the new document.
CUPM still wants your input. Check out http://www.maa.org/news/cupm.html for interim reports and the latest updates.
Focus groups will again be held at MathFest in Burlington. If you are
interested in participating, contact Dr. Dora Cardenas Ahmadi firstname.lastname@example.org
Herb Kasube email@example.com. Watch for
events at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore
Deadlines to Remember
• June 17, 2002 - early bird MathFest registration deadline
• July 15, 2002 - regular MathFest registration deadline
• August 1-3, 2002, MathFest, Burlington, Vermont
also register at MathFest itself
• January 15-18, 2003, Joint Meetings, Baltimore
For Special Sessions, Contributed Paper Session Organizers,
and MAA Session Organizers, contact Jim Tattersall at firstname.lastname@example.org