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MAA Pavilion Engagement Events

Please note: all sessions are listed in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT = UTC-6:00), and will be located in the MAA Pavilion, within the Virtual Exhibit Hall tab of the meeting

World Premiere of “MAA Summer 2021 Award Winners”

Wednesday, August 4, 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Join us in the Pavilion to watch the world premiere video celebrating the winners of MAA’s 2021 Summer Awards. MAA Awards highlight our values of community, inclusivity, communication, and teaching & learning. This is the first in a series of activities to celebrate and recognize the people that bring their wits, strength, and love to help the MAA community flourish.

ICYMI, the video will become available for viewing in the conference lobby, together with the video of the 2020 winners.

Jennifer Quinn, MAA President, University of Washigton - Tacoma
James Sellers, MAA Secretary, University of Minnesota - Duluth


The Future of the Undergraduate Textbook

Thursday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


What is the future of the textbook? Are we moving to a world of online open-access to all knowledge? If so, who will provide the editorial and quality-control value currently provided by publishers? What new features and benefits will be available for textbooks freed from the constraints of static print? How do we smoothly make the transition from our current system?

Please join us for a MathFest discussion with textbook and technology experts sponsored by the MAA and the AMS moderated by MAA Press Acquisitions Editor Stephen Kennedy.

Stephen Kennedy, Carleton College
Sergei Tabachnikov, Pennsylvania State University
Matt Boelkins, Grand Valley State University
Suzanne Larson, Loyola Marymount University
Gizem Karaali, Pomona College


Virtual Math Escape Room

Friday, August 6, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


This social event has some of the feel of a virtual escape room in that you will work in teams to open locks, collect clues, and eventually escape a myriad list of problems that you could confront at a virtual conference. You will not actually be locked in a room, but rather, locked out of a fun math conference, MathPuzzleCon. Feel free to come with your own team of 3-4 people, or come alone and meet new people.

Julie Barnes, Western Carolina University
Shih-Wei Chao, University of North Georgia
Rachel Epstein, Georgia College
Kerri Jamerson, Mars Hill University
Wei-Kei Lai, University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie
Allie Ray, Birmingham-Southern College
Laura Steil, Mars Hill University


The WeBWorK Project Open Office Hour

Wednesday, August 4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Let's celebrate 25 years of WeBWorK! Now with over 50,000 questions in the Open Problem Library from basic algebra up through linear algebra and differential equations and also other STEM areas including physics, chemistry, and engineering. Visit our exhibit to demo new WeBWorK features, get your questions about WeBWorK answered, and learn how you can get involved.

Monica VanDieren, Robert Morris University, The WeBWorK Project
Robin Cruz, University of Idaho, The WeBWorK Project
Marianna Bonanome, City Tech CUNY, The WeBWorK Project
Tim Flowers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The WeBWorK Project