The Newsletter
for Advisors of Student Chapters of the Mathematical
Association of America

One of the areas of focus for the 2006 MAA strategic planning
initiative is student activities. To recognize this, the MAA
hosted a Combined MAA Departmental Liaison and PME/MAA Student Chapter
Advisor Breakfast at the Joint Meetings in San Antonio. This was a
lively and well-attended event, with short addresses from officers of
the MAA and PME. Andrew Sterrett mentioned that he is looking for
career profiles for the MAA student webpage, as well as for an updated
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The breakfast concluded with a questionnaire on student clubs,
activities, and conferences, as well as resources that the MAA could
provide to support involvement of students.

The MAA’s Hal Nesbitt summarized the
responses, and the statistics given here are of course based only on
what the respondents reported. The answers to the first question were
varied, and included the following ideas for increasing student
participation:

Other schools mention the following activities to increase the
participation of students:

Of the schools responding at this breakfast meeting, 30 had either a
Math Club or a Student Chapter of the MAA; 26 had a Pi Mu Epsilon
chapter; 14 had a Kappa Mu Epsilon Chapter; 5 had some other honorary
organization; and 16 had an inactive MAA or PME chapter. There
were 48 schools represented that had neither an MAA section nor any
honorary chapter.

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The deadline for submitted abstracts is June 23, 2006. If you
have any questions or concerns please contact Edward C. Keppelmann at
the University of Nevada-Reno (775-784-6773)

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The MAA Committee for Undergraduate Student Activities has limited
funds to support travel to Math Fest by student presenters and the
rules have changed significantly this year’please see the accompanying
article, ’New Rules and Policies for MAA MathFest Student Papers.â?
Funds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis to those with
complete applications, so students are encouraged to apply early.

In addition to the MAA student paper sessions at Math Fest there are
also sessions sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon. Pi Mu Epsilon student
speakers must be nominated by their chapter advisors. Application forms
for PME student speakers can be found on the PME web site at

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Students making presentations at the Annual Meeting of PME are eligible
for partial transportation reimbursement. The deadline for receipt of
abstracts is June 23, 2006.

At their committee meeting in San Antonio, CUSAC adopted the following
rules for MathFest student paper presentations. The guiding philosophy
behind these new policies and procedures is to provide equal
opportunities for students from all schools and to use the travel funds
and speaking opportunities for maximum benefit to expose students to
all the wonderful opportunities that MathFest has to offer. While we
view 2006 as somewhat of a transition year to these new rules, most
will go into effect right away.

The decisions of the session organizers on scheduling and funding are
final.

The Environmental Mathematics SIGMAA will provide a $40 subsidy for
students in the Knoxville MathFest short course on Environmental
Modeling on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-9 August 2006. There are no
forms to be filled out’just a request from each student to Ben Fusaro,

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MAA/Pi
Mu Epsilon Student Reception

Wednesday, August 9, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Invite your undergraduate students to attend this reception, sponsored
by the MAA and Pi Mu Epsilon.

Math Jeopardy

John Harris, Furman University

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 pm- 6:45 pm

This is an undergraduate team competition’a mathematical version of the
popular television game show. Come and watch an entertaining
round of answers and questions encompassing calculus, linear algebra,
differential equations, discrete mathematics, and mathematical events.

Student Hospitality Center

Hosted by Richard and Araceli Neal, American Society for the
Communication of Mathematics

Thursday, August 10, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, August 11, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Student Hospitality Center (SHC) provides a place for students and
other MathFest attendees to meet for informal conversation,
refreshments, and mathematical diversions. The SHC also provides
programs for the MAA and Pi Mu Epsilon student paper sessions, packets
for the MAA student presenters and information on MathFest
activities of interest to students.

MAA Student Lecture

Math at Top Speed: Exploring and
Breaking Myths in Drag Racing Folklore

Richard Tapia, Rice University

Thursday, August 10, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Either as participant, support individual, or involved spectator,
Richard Tapia has been involved throughout his life in drag racing, and
has witnessed the birth and growth of many myths concerning dragster
speed and acceleration. In this talk, he will use mathematics to
identify frameworks for the study of a particular popular belief and
then apply mathematics to better understand the belief at hand. Some
myths will be explained and validated, while others will be destroyed.
Included will be attempts to determine how fast dragsters are really
going as well as the maximum acceleration achieved by today's
dragsters. He will explain why dragster acceleration is greater than
the acceleration due to gravity, an age-old inconsistency. The talk
will also include a historical account of the development of the sport
of drag racing and lively videos.

MAA
Student Paper Sessions

Edward C. Keppelmann, University of
Nevada-Reno

J. Lyn Miller, Slippery Rock University

Thursday, August 10, 2:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Friday, August 11, 2:00 pm ’ 5:00 pm

Pi
Mu Epsilon Student Paper Sessions

Angela Spalsbury, Youngstown State
University

Thursday, August 10, 2:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Friday, August 11, 2:00 pm ’ 5:00 pm

MAA
Undergraduate Student Activities Session:

Weird Multiplication
and Weird Ways to Multiply

James Tanton, St. Mark’s Institute of
Mathematics/St. Mark’s School

Friday, August 11, 1:00 pm ’ 1:50 pm

What’s four times three? Twelve you might think ’ but no more! In a new
fun-filled action-packed system of arithmetic worthy of much
mathematical investigation, four times three is eighteen, the square
root of 100 is six, and two times five is ten. (Hang on. That’s not
weird!) Let’s spend an hour working out 5716 x 8945 together five
different ways. What could be more fun?

PME-MAA
Student Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 11, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

All undergraduate students and their supporters are welcome. See the
registration form for more information on this ticketed event.

Pi Mu
Epsilon J. Sutherland Frame Lecture:

Ellipses and
Circles? To Understand Voting Problems??!

Donald Saari, University of California
at Irvine

Friday, August 11, 8:00 pm ’ 9:00 pm

Why is it that whenever we put forth a carefully considered proposal,
somebody can put forth an "improvement"? Sure. Yet, attend
any meeting, even the MAA business meetings, and it happens on a
regular basis. Why? Insight is possible by using just the
geometry of circles. And then, to introduce a new game theoretic
solution concept, I will use the geometry of ellipses.

Student
Problem Solving Competition

Richard Neal, American Society for the
Communication of Mathematics

Saturday, August 12, 1:00 pm ’ 2:15 pm

This is the finals of the Problem Solving Competition. Universities and
colleges that participate monthly on their own campuses by holding
problem solving contests are invited to send two contestants. Each
contestant will be required to solve a series of mathematical problems.
Based upon the outcome a champion and a runner up will be named.

Math
Horizons Special Session

Arthur T. Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College

Jennifer Quinn, Tacoma, Washington

Saturday, August 12, 2:30 pm ’ 3:00 pm

MAA
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) Winners

Ben Fusaro, Florida State University

Saturday, August 12, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

About 450 teams, each consisting of three undergraduates, took part in
the 2006 MCM in February. The contest consists of two real(istic)
scenarios (one discrete, one continuous) that call for analysis and
resolution. The teams have four days to deal with the challenge,
during which time they may use or consult anything inanimate’computers,
libraries, the Web, etc. MAA judges choose one continuous and one
discrete winner from the top contenders. The MAA subsidizes the teams'
travel to MathFest, where they will present the results of their
four-day challenge.