In this issue:
for MAA Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences
The MAA has received funding from the NSF to provide
for institutions or groups of institutions that wish to initiate or
undergraduate mathematics conferences. Proposals
for conferences held between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 are now
being accepted. The deadline for
these proposals is October 1, 2004. Details,
including applications and
information on previously funded conferences, are available at www.maa.org/ugconf.
of Sessions at Section Meetings
Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum
Guide 2004, published
earlier this year and sent to all mathematical sciences departments
the CRAFTY report, Curriculum Foundations
Project: Voices of the Partner Disciplines, provides an
perspective on the mathematics curriculum for many different student
including of course our own majors.
As part of the broad effort to assist departments as they
reassess their own programs, CUPM will send representatives to section
during the 2004-05 academic year to lead sessions on the new
arrange for a session at your section meeting, the program chair (or
meeting organizer) can contact David Bressoud,
chair of CUPM (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The full CUPM Guide 2004 is available on the web at www.maa.org/cupm.
Your section may also be interested in organizing sessions
around the broad themes of interdisciplinary cooperation discussed in
Curriculum Foundations report. Some support for such sessions may also
available. To discuss options, you should contact Bill Haver, chair of
Voices of the
Partner Disciplines is also online at www.maa.org/cupm/crafty.
MathDL has New “Home” on
Mathematical Sciences Digital Library is one of the first collections
the NSF-supported National Science Digital Library. If
you have not yet seen the newly revamped site, now hosted and
maintained by the MAA at our offices in Washington,
DC, you are invited to do so and
the expanded resources now available. The web address for MathDL is www.mathdl.org.
The first component of MathDL, the Journal of Online Mathematics and its
was launched in January 2001, and our reviewed collection of online
materials, Digital Classroom
appeared soon after. In April of 2004, Convergence,
an online magazine devoted to the use of the history of mathematics in
of mathematics, joined the other two components of MathDL.
Many new components of MathDL are in the works. One of the
most exciting will be the MAA
an online continuation and expansion of the MAA's Telegraphic Reviews,
in print form in The American
Monthly . It will contain short reviews of many mathematics
and will feature an up-to-date online version of the MAA's Basic Library List . This
MathDL will is scheduled to appear in early 2005. Other planned
include an edited online collection of Classroom
Capsules compiled from 111 years of MAA publications, and Illustrative Resources , a
materials edited and organized to support mathematics departments in
implementing the new program guidelines from the MAA Committee on
Programs in Mathematics (CUPM).
Guide for Assessment of
With support from the National Science Foundation, the MAA
Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM) project aims
faculty develop effective methods of assessing courses, blocks of
entire programs within the mathematics department, not only to answer
calls for accountability, but even more important, to assist faculty as
make critical decisions about course and curricular revision.
Over the past three years, a series of workshops have
brought together teams of faculty from mathematical sciences
more experienced colleagues from a variety of institutions to construct
for assessment. In order to reach a broader audience, a self-paced
guide, “Designing and Implementing a Program for Assessing Learning in
Major,” has now been posted on the SAUM website, www.maa.org/saum. Whether you are
beginning to think about assessment, or trying to refine existing
you can find the resources to help you understand and improve student
in your courses.
hold “Tri-Section” meeting
On November 5-6, 2004,
the M.A.A. sections from Indiana,
Illinois, and Kentucky
will hold a combined meeting at the University
of Evansville, in Evansville,
IN. The Midwest History of
Group is also helping to organize this meeting.
The featured speakers will be:
- Ron Graham, president of the M.A.A
- Brian Conrey, director of the American Institute of
- Woody Dudley, Depauw University
In keeping with the title of the meeting, Prof.
be reprising his well-known talk on trisectors.
Abstracts for submitted talks will be due on October
is also the deadline for advanced registration.
Information on submitting an abstract, registration, local
arrangements, Project NExT activities, etc., will be available on the
of the Indiana section, http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~rader/INMAA
(or through the section links at MAA Online).
Thanks from David Bressoud,
Chair of the AP Calculus Development
I want to thank everyone who participated in the College
Board’s Calculus Curriculum Survey this past spring. The results of
are available on-line at www.maa.org/liaisons/AP-CalcCurrSurvey2004.pdf.
Thanks to help from many of the MAA Liaisons, we were able to collect
from 169 institutions. One of the concerns of the College Board was
colleges are starting to teach more material from several variable
the second semester of calculus. If this were a noticeable trend, then
necessitate some changes to the AP Calculus syllabus. The conclusion
survey is that most colleges are doing very little with several
in second semester calculus. In fact, the one surprising finding was
AP Calculus syllabus does far more with parametric motion than is found
of the current calculus courses.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact
David Bressoud, Chair of the AP Calculus Development
MAA’s SUMMA Announces
2005 Call for NREUP Proposals
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA), through its
Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA)
program, supports the participation of mathematics undergraduates from
underrepresented groups in focused and challenging research experiences
increase their interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics.
funding from the National Security Agency (2003-05) and the National
Foundation (2004-05), the National Research Experience for
(NREUP) supports a minimum of four students at each of six local sites
annually, each site running for six weeks in the summer.
Proposals for summer 2005 are now being solicited, with a
deadline of January 31, 2005.
Further program information and application instructions are on-line at