Special Interest Groups of the MAA (SIGMAAs)

SIGMAAs will be hosting a number of activities, sessions, and guest lectures. There are currently seventeen such focus groups in the MAA 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/community/sigmaas.

SIGMAA on Mathematics and the Arts (SIGMAA ARTS)

Mathematics and the Arts: in the Classroom and Beyond, Wednesday morning and afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

MAA Special Presentation: An Evening of Poetry, organized by Gizem Karaali, Pomona College, Lawrence M. Lesser, University of Texas El Paso, and Douglas Norton, Villanova University; Friday, 7:00–8:30 pm. Math poets, come help us resume our recent tradition of eclectic JMM poetry readings! In 2020, we hope to especially feature poetry about how math can help unify us and improve our world. All interested in mathematical poetry/art are welcome – come to share your poetry or simply enjoy the evening's offerings! Though we do not discourage last-minute decisions to participate, we encourage poets to submit poetry (no more than 3 poems, no longer than 5 minutes) and a 30-word bio in advance so that those selected can be listed in our printed program. Send submissions by November 15, 2019 or inquiries to Gizem Karaali (gizem.karaali@pomona.edu).

SIGMAA on Business, Industry, and Government (BIG SIGMAA)

Mathematical Experiences and Projects in Business, Industry, and Government (BIG), Thursday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA)

Trends in Mathematical and Computational Biology, Thursday morning (see MAA Invited Paper Sessions)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm

Guest Speaker, 7:00-7:50 pm, Karin Leiderman, Colorado School of Mines, Recent challenges and successes in mathematical modeling of blood clotting.

Mathematics & the Life Sciences: Initiatives, Programs, Curricula, Saturday morning (see MAA Contributed Papers)

SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics (HOM SIGMAA)

MAA Workshop: Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Source Projects, Wednesday, 9:00–10:20 am (see MAA Workshops)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Wednesday, 6:00–7:55 pm.

Reception and Business Meeting, 6:00–6:55 pm.

Guest Lecture, 7:00–7:55 pm, June Barrow-Green, The Open University, The historical representation of women in mathematics.

A History of Mathematics in the United States and Canada: A Session in Honor of Math Historian David Zitarelli, Friday morning (see MAA Contributed Papers Section)

SIGMAA on Inquiry Based Learning (SIGMAA IBL)

Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching, Wednesday morning and afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

MAA Minicourse #6: Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning, Part A: Thursday 9:00–11:00 am and Part B: Saturday 9:00–11:00 am (see MAA Minicourses)

MAA Workshop: A Classroom Experience with Inquiry-Based Learning, Thursday, 2:35–3:55 pm (see MAA Workshops)

Active Learning in Introductory Courses: Insights from Math Departments in the Process of Change, Saturday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions).

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA MCST)

Tangents to Math Circles,Wednesday afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, organized by Thomas J. Clark, Dordt University, Mark Saul , Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, Hector Rosario, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, and Phil Yasskin, Texas A&M University. Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) is an outreach event with many tables, each consisting of a mathematical game, puzzle, problem set, or activity. Participants (students, teachers, and faculty) will move among the tables, choosing for themselves which activity to engage in and the length of time they spend on the activity. Facilitators will manage the work, guiding and offering hints, but not demonstrating or teaching – creating a space for participants to discover, explore, and enjoy mathematics. The activities are highly interactive, will vary in complexity, and will evolve in structure in response to the choices made by participants. The event will also provide faculty and teachers and opportunity to experience the JRMF for themselves and learn how they might bring it back to their own university, school, or math circle. This session is sponsored by SIGMAA-MCST.

SIGMAA on Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (SIGMAA MKT)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Thursday, 6:00–7:00 pm.

The Mathematical Knowledge of Teachers as an Integrated Application in Core Mathematics Courses, Saturday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on the Philosophy of Mathematics (POM SIGMAA)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Friday, 5:30–7:15 pm:

Reception, 5:30–6:00 pm.

Business Meeting, 6:00–6:15 pm.

Guest Lecture, 6:15–7:15 pm, Michael Huemer, University of Colorado-Boulder, Possible and Impossible Infinities.

Role of Explanation in Mathematical Proofs, Saturday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy (SIGMAA QL)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Thursday, 6:00–8:00 pm

Guest Lecture: Carrie Diaz Eaton, Bates College, Calling Bull (with R).

Quantitative Literacy and Social Justice: An Ongoing Dialogue, Friday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Recreational Mathematics

Recreational Mathematics: Puzzles, Card Tricks, Games, & Gambling, Thursday morning and afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME)

Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Thursday morning and afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education: Highlights from the Annual SIGMAA on RUME Conference, Wednesday afternoon (see MAA Invited Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Sports

Mathematics & Sports, Friday morning and afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

SIGMAA on Statistics Education (SIGMAA Stat Ed)

MAA Minicourse #2: Teaching Reproducible Statistics with R and R Studio, Part A: Wednesday 9:00–11:00 am and Part B: Friday 9:00–11:00 am (see MAA Minicourses)

MAA Minicourse #8: Stats for Data Science, Part A: Thursday 1:00–3:00 pm and Part B: Saturday 1:00–3:00 pm (see MAA Minicourses)

MAA Panel: So You Want to Start an Undergraduate Statistics or Data Science Program?, Thursday, 9:00–10:20 am (See MAA Panels)

Data Across the Curriculum, Friday morning (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

Scholarship on Teaching and Learning Statistics, Friday afternoon (see MAA Contributed Paper Sessions)

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Friday, 6:00–8:20 pm

Reception, 6:00–6:30 pm

Business Meeting, 6:30–7:15 pm

Guest Lecture, 7:20–8:20 pm, Trevor Patch, Baseball Research and Development with the Colorado Rockies, The importance of statisticians in a development-driven world.

Modernizing the Introductory Statistics Course, Saturday morning (see MAA Invited Paper Sessions).

SIGMAA on Undergraduate Research (SIGMAA UR)

MAA Panel: Students’ Perspectives on Undergraduate Research Experiences, organized by Allison Henrich, Seattle University, Maria Mercedes Franco, Queensborough Community College, CUNY, and Laramie Paxton, Marian University–Wisconsin; Wednesday, 6:00–7:00 pm. If you’re a faculty member with an interest in pursuing research with undergraduates, you may have a number of questions on your mind. For instance, what do students gain by doing an undergraduate research experience? What are some challenges they might encounter when doing research with a faculty member and, perhaps, a group of their peers? What are particular issues you should be aware of that students from underrepresented minority groups face? How might you, as a research mentor, make the experience a positive one for your students? On the other hand, if you’re a student considering doing research in mathematics, you might wonder what doing research for the first time is like. How can you prepare yourself for the experience? What tools might you use to overcome hurdles you encounter along the research path? How might doing research help you achieve your personal goals? One of the best ways to learn answers to these questions is by talking to people who have actually had research experiences as students. In this panel, current and former undergraduate researchers will reflect on their experiences, discuss what worked well, what didn’t, and how research experiences could be improved. Moderator for this panel will be Maria Mercedes Franco, Queensborough Community College, CUNY. Panelists will be Amelia Cantwell, University of Montana, Natasha Crepeau, Harvey Mudd, Esteban Escobar, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Harold Jimenez Polo, University of Florida, and Vinny Jodoin, University of Tennessee. This panel is sponsored by the SIGMAA on Undergraduate Research.

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecture, Thursday, 6:00–7:30 pm

Reception and Business Meeting, 6:00–6:30 pm

Guest Lecture, 6:40–7:30 pm, Maria Mercedes Franco, Queensborough Community College, CUNY, Reflections on diversity and undergraduate research.

SIGMAA on Mathematics Instruction Using the Web (WEB SIGMAA)

Reception, and Guest Lecture, Friday, 5:30–7:00 pm:

  • Reception, 5:30–6:00 pm
  • Guest Lecture, 6:00–7:00 pm, Matthew Boelkins, Grand Valley State University, The Future of Textbooks.

MAA Minicourse #4: Visualizing Multivariable Calculus & Differential Equations using CalcPlot3D, Part A: Wednesday 2:15–4:15 pm and Part B: Friday, 1:00–3:00 pm (see MAA Minicourses)

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