IU Northwest Department of Mathematics is the proud host and sponsor for the 2002 Fall Meeting and Conference of the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2002 in the Savannah Center. Chancellor Bruce Bergland will open the meeting on Saturday, October 5 with welcoming remarks, followed by a series of seminars focusing on mathematical topics such as:
Surfaces with Maximal Symmetry - A symmetry of a Riemann surface is an involution which preserves angles symmetry is called a Klein surface. In this talk, we consider Klein surfaces that possess a maximal degree of symmetry and describe recent research pertaining to them. The relationship between these surfaces, combinatorial group theory, real algebraic curves, and tesselations of the upper half plane will be explored.
Hilbert Problems on Sphere - The Hilbert problems of the theory of analytic functions on sphere are investigated. Applications of the solutions of these problems to the development of the theory of singular integral equations are described.
Knowing Solutions with Rate in Differential Equations - This presentation reports on mathematics education research about how students' develop new understandings of first order differential equations. The research involved class discussions, student interviews and analysis of student work and reveals different ways that students learn to understand and use solution functions and spaces of solution functions. This research has been done primarily by Dr. Chris Rasmussen at Purdue University Calumet.
Special Guest Speaker, Tina Straley, executive director of MAA will give a special presentation on "Undergraduate Mathematics: Hazards and Opportunities" on Saturday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m.
The first day of the conference on October 4 is reserved for Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) workshop series. Project NExT-IN (New Experiences in Teaching), a program of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America which is an offshoot of the national Project NExT, is a year-long program geared toward new or recent doctoral recipients in the mathematical sciences who are employed by Indiana colleges or universities. While the national Project NExT requires applicants to be no more than two years removed from confirmation of their doctorate, we at Project NExT-IN will accept applications from any faculty interested in participating. We especially encourage those who are new to the Indiana section and those who are pre-tenure to apply. Through a series of workshops in conjunction with the semi-annual Indiana Section MAA meetings, as well as through informal chats, participants will explore key aspects of life in academia while building lasting relationships with other participants and with senior faculty mentors from around the region.
Conference participants will explore key aspects of life in academia while building lasting relationships with other participants and with senior faculty mentors from around the region. Following topics are representative of issues to be addressed on October 4:
-Beginning and maintaining a research program
-Balancing teaching, research, and service
-Undergraduate mathematics education
-Undergraduate research opportunities
For more information on the conference please contact the IU Northwest IMAA liaison Dr. Vesna Kilibarda in Hawthorn Hall, Room 457, phone 219-980-6950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.