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Other Mathematical Sessions

MAA Prize Session

Friday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.


The session is organized by MAA Secretary James Sellers, Penn State University, and is moderated by MAA President Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College.


MAA Section Officers Meeting

Thursday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


This session is moderated by Lisa Marano, West Chster University, Chair of the MAA Committee on Sections. It is open to all section officers and their guests.


The President’s Membership Jubilee

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.


Alder Award Session

Friday, August 3, 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.


The MAA established the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member to honor beginning college or university faculty members whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. Each year, at most three college or university teachers are honored with this national award. The awardees are invited to make a presentation in this session. The session is moderated by MAA President Deanna Haunsperger.

This year the speakers are

  • Mohamed Omar, Harvery Mudd College

  • David Clark, Grand Valley State University

  • Chad Awtrey, Elon University


MAA Business Meeting

Saturday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.


The meeting is organized by MAA Secretary James Sellers, Penn State University, and is chaired by MAA President Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College.


Uniform Convergence: A One-Woman Play

Friday, August 3, 8:00 p.m.


Uniform Convergence is a one-woman play, written and performed by mathematics graduate student Corrine Yap. It juxtaposes two stories, both of women of non-European descent trying to find a place in a white male-dominated academic world. The first is of historical Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya, who was “the first woman” in many different categories but only succeeded after years of struggle for recognition and respect as such. Her life's journey is told through music and movement, in both Russian and English. The second is of a fictional Asian-American woman, known only as "Professor", trying to cope with the prejudice she faces in the present. As she teaches an introductory real analysis class, she uses mathematical concepts to draw parallels to the race and gender conflicts she encounters in society today.


Graduate Student Paper Session

Great Talks for a General Audience: Coached Presentations by Graduate Students

Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


In this session graduate students give talks aimed at an undergraduate audience. Both the talks and abstracts should be designed to excite a wide range of undergraduates about mathematics.

Jim H. Freeman, Cornell College
May Mei, Denison University
Ranjan Rohatgi, Saint Mary's College
Aliza Steurer, Dominican University

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Graduate Students


Math Teachers' Circle Demonstration

Saturday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


A Math Teachers' Circle is a professional development experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics and give teachers a chance to connect with like-minded colleagues. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a Math Teachers' Circle experience designed for local teachers. While the teachers are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle.

Laura Janssen and Tom Clark, Dordt College

Sponsor: The SIGMAA for Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)



Special Interactive Presentation for High School Students, Parents, and Teachers


Saturday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.


If you open up a map of the US while standing in the US, might there be a point on the paper sitting precisely at the location it represents? If you stir your (mathematically ideal) cup of coffee in the morning, does every point of liquid change location? If you crumple a piece of paper, does every point on it move?

Let’s play games with triangles to discover the freaky existence of fixed points!

Leader: James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Organizer: Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University

Sponsor: MAA Council on Outreach


MATH Rumble

Saturday, August 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


The Math Rumble involves teachers in a Mathematical Creativity Contest including mathematical and pedagogical questions. The intention of the Math Rumble demonstration at Math Fest is to share a fun mathematical contest format with those who lead Math Teachers' Circles and similar activities.

Ed Keppelmann, University of Nevada Reno
Phil Yasskin, Texas A&M University
Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco

Sponsor: The SIGMAA for Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST)