SIGMAAs will be hosting a number of interesting activities, sessions,
and guest lecturers. There are currently nine such focus groups
offering members opportunities to interact not only at meetings
but throughout the year via newsletters and email-based communications.
For more information visit www.maa.org/SIGMAA/SIGMAA.html.
SIGMAA Officers Meeting, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,
chaired by Stephen C. Carlson, Rose-Hulman University.
SIGMAA on Business, Industry, and Government
Reception, Saturday, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (see the Social
Mathematics Experiences in Business, Industry and Government,
Sunday afternoon (see the MAA
Contributed Paper Session)
SIGMAA on Environmental Mathematics
Business Meeting and Guest Lecture, Friday, 4:00 p.m. to
5:30 p.m., organized by Ben A. Fusaro, Florida State University.
The guest lecturer is Paul Kemp, Center for Coastal, Energy,
and Environmental Resources, Louisiana State University, who will
speak on Katrina: Natures wrath or human greed?
New Orleans and the Environment, Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to p.m.
to 4:30 p.m., organized by Ben A. Fusaro, Florida State University.
We will acquaint ourselves with some of the hydrological and other
features that exacerbated the Katrina hit.
SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics
Euler in the Classroom, Friday morning (see the MAA
Contributed Paper Session)
The Practice of Math History, Friday, 3:50 p.m. to 5:40
p.m., organized by William Branson, St. Cloud State University,
and Amy E. Shell-Gellasch, Pacific Lutheran University. Many
mathematicians are beginning to show an interest in the history
of mathematics; either as a new research focus, as recreational
research, or as adding context to the traditional curriculum. This
session is aimed at mathematicians interested in conducting research
in the history of mathematics. A panel of experienced math historians
will discuss issues that concern newcomers to the field. Questions
to be addressed include how to conduct research, how to follow correct
historiography, how to write the history of mathematics and how
to find resources. Other questions from the audience will be discussed,
and mathematicians will leave the session with the basic set of
tools needed to get started in math history. Panelists include V.
Frederick Rickey, U.S. Military Academy, Karen H. Parshall,
University of Virginia, and Joseph W. Dauben, Herbert H.
Lehman College CCNY.
Annual Meeting and Guest Lecture, Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Please join us for our annual business meeting and guest lecture,
beginning with light snacks and a cash bar. The guest lecturer is
Robin Wilson, The Open University, on Hardys Oxford
Years. For more information on HOM SIGMAA events, contact Amy
Shell-Gellasch, programs chair, ams-shellgellasch.us.army.mil.
Special Guest Lecture, Saturday, 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
In honor of the tercentenary of Euler's birth Edward Sandifer,
Western Connecticut State University, will speak on Euler and
his word problems.
SIGMAA on the Philosophy of Mathematics
Annual Meeting and Guest Lecture, Saturday, 5:45 p.m. to
7:15 p.m., organized by Bonnie Gold, Monmouth University,
and Kevin M. Iga, Pepperdine University. The lecture will
be given by Klaus Peters, AK Peters, Ltd on Does
a proof exist if nobody has read it?.
Philosophy of Mathematics, all day Saturday (see the MAA
Contributed Paper Session)
SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy
Annual Business Meeting and Reception, Saturday, 5:45 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m., organized by Maura B. Mast, University of Massachusetts
Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy: An Interdisciplinary
Perspective, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., organized by
Maura B. Mast, University of Massachusetts Boston. The issue
of achieving quantitative literacy (QL) is one that spans disciplines.
This panel will take a closer look at how very different institutions
have used a cross-disciplinary approach to teach QL. Faculty at
Farmingdale State University, a state university with a focus on
technology, participated in a regional project on interconnected
learning in the quantitative disciplines. As a result, mathematics
and QL have been incorporated into many courses in other disciplines.
At North Dakota State University, a comprehensive doctoral-granting
institution, QL is assessed in interdisciplinary settings by reviewing
experiences in subsequent courses. The Quantitative Literacy Center
at Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school with a focus on
teaching effective writing and speaking, provides peer tutoring
and support for students in introductory level courses containing
a mathematics/QL component. Each of these programs was featured
in the recently published MAA Notes book Current Practices
in Quantitative Literacy. Panelists include John A. Winn
Jr., SUNY Farmingdale, William O. Martin and Dogan
Comez, North Dakota State University, and Robert Kantrowitz
and Mary O'Neill, Hamilton College.
SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
Featured Presentations from the Ninth Conference on Research
in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Saturday 2:30 p.m. to
4:10 p.m., organized by Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State
University, and David E. Meel, Bowling Green State University.
The RUME SIGMAA holds an annual conference attended mostly by active
researchers in undergraduate mathematics education. We have selected
three presentations that received widespread acclaim from our most
recent conference that we also anticipate will be of widespread
interest to participants at the Joint Meetings. The panel members
will give brief presentations on research related to (1) the application
of a data analysis technique inspired by quantum mechanics to research
on undergraduate mathematics student thinking and learning, (2)
calculus and introductory analysis students' understanding of formal
limit definitions and proofs, and (3) shifts in undergraduate students'
knowledge and beliefs about mathematical justification and pedagogical
factors that impact them. Panelists include Michael Oehrtman,
Arizona State University, Susan Nickerson, San Diego State
University, and Kyeong Hah Roh, Arizona State University.
Research on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics,
Saturday morning (see the MAA
Contributed Paper Session)
Business Meeting and Presentation of the 2006 RUME Best Paper
Award, Saturday, 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., organized by Chris
Rassmussen, San Diego State University, David E. Meel,
Bowling Green State University, and Michael Oehrtman, Arizona
SIGMAA on Statistics
Innovative Examples of Using Graphs in Statistics, Saturday
morning (see the MAA Contributed
SIGMAA on Statistics Education
Panel on Preparing Majors for the Nonacademic Workforce: Projects
and Internships in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Please
Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach
Linear Algebra, Saturday morning
(see the "MAA Contributed Paper Sessions" section).
Business Meeting, Saturday, 5:45 p.m.
to 7:00 p.m., organized by Ginger Holmes Rowell, Middle Tennessee
SIGMAA on the Teaching of Advanced High School Mathematics
What Mathematical Content Should Future Mathematics Majors Learn
While in High School?, Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., organized
by Daniel J. Teague, North Carolina School of Science and
Mathematics. This SIGMAA would like to continue discussing the mathematical
preparation of talented high school students with a Town Hall Meeting
on the essential mathematical content in high schools for future
majors in mathematics. In our session on AP Calculus last January,
the issue of students bypassing important mathematics (combinatorics,
probability, 3-dimensional geometry, vectors, etc.) to insure they
reach AP Calculus before leaving high school was central to the
discussion. At MathFest we discussed what future mathematics majors
should learn about proof in high school. In this session we would
like the membership to consider the content of high school mathematics
for the future mathematics major. What content would the membership
of the MAA recommend talented students learn while in high school?
Are combinations more important than differentiation? Are matrix
operations more important than techniques of integration at this
stage of the student's development? Where do data analysis and mathematical
modeling fit into the preparation of future mathematicians? Panelists
include Ben Klein, Davidson College, Susan S. Wildstrom,
Walt Whitman High School, and Daniel J. Teague.
SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB
Best Practices for Expository Mathematics in the Digital Age,
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., organized by Kyle T. Siegrist,
University of Alabama, Huntsville. In the age of the Internet, expository
mathematics no longer means just text on a printed page, but increasingly
hyper-linked and "non-linear" Web-based text with embedded graphics,
audio, video, interactive mathlets, data sets, worksheets, and other
elements. Authors of expository mathematics are no longer just those
who publish commercially, but increasingly ordinary teachers and
students. Best practices for general exposition (widely accepted
by experts but largely unknown by ordinary authors) include the
separation of presentation and content, attention to accessibility
and reusability, and the use of standard, open-source formats when
possible. Specific best practices related to mathematical exposition
(such as mathlet design and document structure) have yet to be formulated.
This panel will discuss and debate best practices for expository
mathematics, and the tradeoffs involved in implementing these practices.
The discussion will increase the awareness of general best practices,
and encourage further debate on best practices specific to mathematics.
Panelists will include Thomas E. Leathrum, Jacksonville State
University, Douglas E. Ensley, Shippensburg State University,
Franklin A. Wattenberg, U.S. Military Academy, David A.
Smith, Duke University (retired), and Kyle T. Siegrist.
The session is cosponsored by the MAA Committee on Technologies
in Mathematics Education (CTME) and WEBSIGMAA.
SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology
Business Meeting and Reception, Saturday, 5:45 p.m. to 7:00
p.m., organized by Eric Marland, Appalachian State University.