||The MAA Student Lecture at this
year's MathFest in Providence Rhode Island was given by Mario Martelli
of Claremont-McKenna College in California. In giving his talk,
The Secret of Brunelleschi's Cupola, Professor Martelli was assisted by
his wife, Ann and student Adam Cox as narrator and assistant.
Martelli gave his talk as Brunelleschi, and given his natural Italian
accent and his period costume, the disguise was quite convincing.
Martelli refuted some popular conjectures on how the dome of Florence's
cathedral was constructed, and put forth his own very convincing theory
on how Brunelleschi, with some mathematical help, built his
masterpiece. The talk was standing room only and popular with
students and non-students alike.
|Professor Martelli as Brunelleschi
Professor Benoit Mandelbrot of Yale University led the MAA Student Workshop
at the Summer, 2004, MathFest in Providence, Rhode Island. He entertained an over-crowded room of
students and friends for two hours (and only a 10-minute break). Students
listened intently; all were awed by the presence
of Professor Mandelbrot. They asked interesting
questions throughout the talk.
break, students surrounded Professor Mandelbrot to ask more
questions. To the question "What is
the definition of 'Fractals'?", Professor Mandelbrot answered aptly, "If you tell me the definition of 'Complex
Analysis' or ’Probability Theory',
I'll tell you the definition of 'Fractals'"
in all, everyone had an enjoyable time at the MAA Student Lecture.
||Professor Mandelbrot explains fractals
Student Paper Sessions
students participated and competed in eight sessions of student paper
presentations at this year's MathFest. They
demonstrated a wonderful enthusiasm for
and mastery of all sorts of matters
mathematical, and they relished the opportunity
to hobnob with kindred spirits from other colleges and universities. A complete list of the MAA student speakers,
titles, and abstracts can still be found at http://adm.hfcc.net/~tkelley/ (look for
the MathFest 2004 section on Tom Kelley's web page).
The best-in-session awards were presented
to the following
Christina Brakken-Thal, Williams
Blood Cell Models
Nathanial Burch, Grand
Order Lanczos’ Derivatives
Anthony DeLegge, Benedictine
Numbers of (2,q) Torus
Shawn Elledge, Arizona
State University, From Number Theory
via Graph Pebbling
Stephanie Hurder, Harvard
Surfaces with Density
Matthew Katschke, Ohio
Northern University, San Gaku
Kari Lock, Williams
Approximation of Generalized Golden Ratios
Robert Willenbring, St.
John’s University, Combinatorial
of RNA Secondary Structures
In addition, Nicholas
McClure of St. John’s University
(Minnesota), won the MAA
award in environmental modeling for
his paper, A Population Model of Dispersal and Extinction, and
Mohammed Haque of Columbia College
won the CUR award for
his paper, Applications of the Omega Transform
in Algebraic Geometry
(right) poses with MAA Student Papers best-in-session winners. Front (l-r): Stephanie
Hurder, Kari Lock, and Christina Brakken-Thal. Back
(l-r): Matt Katschke, Robert Willenbring,
Nicholas McClure, and
Burch, winner of the MAA environmental math SIG award. Not shown: Shawn Elledge,
The 2004 Mathematical Contest in Modeling
A: Are Fingerprints Unique?
B: A Faster QuickPass System
From the 599 solution papers presented
A; 397 for B), the MCM judges chose
papers and four B papers as Outstanding and Publishable. From these papers, the MAA judges chose one
award-winning team in each category. At a special MathFest session, members of the
winning teams made presentations of
their solutions. The Problem A
team’Brian Camley, Pascal Getreuer, and Bradley Klingenberg with advisor
Anne Dougherty’was from the University
Boulder. The Problem
B team’Ivan Corwin,
Sheel Ganatra, and Nikita Rozenblyum with advisor
Clifford Taubes’came from Harvard
||MCM winners Corwin & Rozenblyum
The Student Hospitality Center,
by the Mathematical Association of America, was a success at Mathfest
2004. Hundreds of students and professors
came by to enjoy refreshments and interact. Student
meeting updates, math puzzles, copies of Math Horizons,
and refreshments awaited the students and professors. Located
in the exhibit hall, the Student Hospitality Center was open during the entire meeting. For information
about the Student Hospitality Center,
contact Richard or Araceli Neal at 1-800-229-1725 or at PO Box 60434, Oklahoma City, OK 73146.
some refreshments at the Hospitality Center
annual US National Collegiate Mathematics Championship took place in Providence during Mathfest 2004. On Saturday
evening, the last day of Mathfest, several dozen students were present
compete in the final event of The Problem Solving Competition. This competition is a monthly problem-solving
activity for colleges and universities. Colleges send their top problem solver to
National Collegiate Mathematics Championship held at MathFest each year.
students were given several math problems to solve. Students all started with the same problem,
and they were then given each subsequent problem only after solving its
winner was the first person to solve all
First place in
US went to Eric Malm of Harvey Mudd College.
Harvey Mudd has entered students in the championship each year of the
seven. Second place went to Michael
Hoffman of the University of Utah.
Third place went to Zavosh Koshravi and fourth place went to Jeremy
Hamilton of Youngstown State University.
students received beautiful red white and blue plaques. All participants received T-shirts and silver
medallions. The first place prize was a
TI-92 calculator and an internship to the Lawrence Livermore National Research Laboratory
on how your students can participate in The Problem Solving Competition
US National Collegiate Mathematics Championship, contact Dr. Richard
Neal at by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-229-1725.
in the Problem Solving Competition
In Other News......
Student Web Page
new, improved student web page is online! Go to http://www.maa.org, click on Students, and then on
Undergraduate Students. Many thanks to Michael Pearson and Chris Proesel for all their help.
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Poster Session will take place on Friday January 7 in Atlanta,
at the Joint Annual Meeting of the AMS, MAA, and AWM.
Martelli of Claremont McKenna
is the organizer. The MAA Committee
Undergraduate Students Activities and Chapters (CUSAC) sponsors
the Session. Please apply early, since the space is limited! Posters
expected to present a new result, or
different proof of a known theorem, or
an innovative solution of a Putnam problem etc. Purely expository
posters cannot be accepted. Send items 1-6 below to Prof. Mario
Mathematics Department, Claremont
Claremont, CA 91711
e-mail to email@example.com
1. Title of the project
2. Abstract (not longer than ½ page)
3. Names and affiliation of all authors
4. Name, e-mail, and telephone of the student
who will be in touch with Prof. Martelli regarding the logistics of the
5. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of advisors
6. Sources of financial support
Each poster will be
by at least three judges. Prizes will be awarded to the best posters
provided by the AMS, MAA, AWM, CUR, PME and by the Moore
in charge of coordinating the accommodations
participating in the Poster Session. Please get in touch with her if
interested in this service.
Experiences for Students Outside the Classroom
special session: Saturday afternoon; Kay B. Somers*, Moravian
College (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Jody M. Sorensen, Grand
Mathematics "happens" both inside and outside the classroom, and, in
fact, many mathematics majors are drawn to the subject through a
sponsored by a student chapter or math club. This session seeks
presentations by academic, industrial, business, and/or student
so that the audience will be encouraged to organize and run special
their students. Descriptions of non-classroom activities could
are not limited to, special lectures, workshops for students, math
fairs, research projects for students, math career days, student
recreational mathematics activities, problem-solving activities and
general community-building activities, and student consulting projects.
Information on how such activities are organized and carried out, what
activities especially grab students' interests, how students are
encouraged to participate, and how the events are funded will be
helpful. This session is organized by the MAA Committee on
Student Activities and Chapters.
Robin J. Wilson,
The Open University, Victorian Combinatorics, Friday, 1:00 p.m.
An expert in graph theory, Dr. Wilson is the author
of many articles and books on the subject, including Graph
Theory, 1736-1936 (with co-authors Norman Biggs and Keith
Lloyd). He is also a popular lecturer. MAA Associate
Secretary Jim Tattersall, who schedules rooms for talks at the Joint
Mathematics Meetings, learned at the 1999 meeting that a room with
capacity for 500 could not accommodate all those to wished to
hear Dr. Wilson, and ever since, he has ’never failed to schedule Robin
in the largest room available.â? As Dr. Tattersall notes, ’Robin’s
mathematical and historical research is first class as is his ability
to give brilliant lectures. He is known in the educational, historical,
and mathematical communities in the States as a highly regarded
mathematician who can deliver interesting, informative, and
entertaining lectures to a wide range of audiences. He is an excellent
lecturer and well-respected scholar.â?
Student Hospitality Center
Wednesday ’ Friday, 9:00 a.m. ’ 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. ’ 3:00 p.m., organized
by Richard Neal, University
of Oklahoma. A reception
for undergraduates will be held here on
Wednesday, 4:00 p.m . ’ 5:00 p.m.
Joint PME and MAA Student Chapter Advisors'
Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
News: Student Reception, New Student Web Page’Betty
Mayfield; MAA Student Lecture’Jody Sorenson;
MAA Student Workshop’Jean Bee Chan;
Mathematics Championship and Student
Neal; Student Paper
Photos: Student Reception’Betty
Mayfield; MAA Student Lecture’Jody Sorenson;
MCM winners’Frank Morgan; others’Editor.
!!Important Change to Student Chapter
The MAA has made a change in your undergraduate student’s membership to
better serve them. We have heard from you that a calendar year
membership does not work well for students, so we are changing
New chapter members will simply adopt the new start and end
dates. Renewing chapter members have already paid through
December 31, 2004 so they will receive a renewal notice from the MAA
for a September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005 membership with a
rebate lowering the price by the amount of the dues they already paid
for the period September 1 through December 31, 2004. If chapter
members do not renew for the new year, they will still maintain their
membership and all benefits through December 31, 2004.
- Undergraduate student memberships are transitioning to the school
year with a start date of September 1, 2004 and an end date of August
P.S. - Chapter members can now join or renew their MAA membership
online! See below for details.
MAA Student Chapter Members Renew or
Join the MAA Online
Student chapter members can now join the MAA or renew their existing
for Renewing Members:
for New Members:
- Go to
- Go to "Join MAA"
- Click on "Renew Your Membership"
- Log-In - Initially your username is your member ID number
(located on your paper renewal or FOCUS newsletter mailing label) and
your password is your last name
The online membership system is intended for individuals to renew their
MAA membership or join the MAA; all applicable credits and adjustments
will appear in the online system.
- Go to
- Go to "Join MAA"
- Click on "Join MAA"
- Select "Undergraduate"
Students renewing online may use Visa or MasterCard to pay their dues.
How to Reach the MAA
For Membership Information,
Subscriptions, and Publication Orders contact:
The MAA Service Center
P.O. Box 9112
Washington, DC 20090-1622
800-331-1622 or (301)617-9415
FAX: (301) 206-9789
The Mathematical Association of
1529 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1385
800-741-9415 or (202) 387-5200
FAX: (202) 265-2384
to Contact the Chapter Newsletter Editor
concerns, and/or contributions of articles for the CUSAC newsletter may
be sent to:
Department of Mathematics and Computer
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W. College Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
(507) 933 - 7465