Math Sectional

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

March 7, 1997

UW-RF to Host Wisconsin Math Sectional

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host the annual Wisconsin Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America April 11-12. About 175 college and high school math instructors, students, and other mathematicians are expected to attend.

The Mathematical Association of America is the world's largest organization devoted to the interests of collegiate mathematics. Anyone who is interested in mathematics is welcome to join, although the group's major emphasis is collegiate teaching.

The two-day meeting will feature guest speakers, both faculty and students, from various universities. A wide range of mathematics topics will be discussed from surreal numbers to assessing student academic achievement of mathematics.

UW-River Falls speakers are Professors Kathy Tomlinson and Bruce Williams, both of the math and computer systems department. Tomlinson will address the honors calculus curriculum including goals, structure, content, and outcome. Williams will present the topic, "What is mathematics: an answer to our liberal arts dilemma."

Other important speakers include Earl Fife of Calvin College, co-director of the Mathematical Archives; Gerald Alexanderson of Santa Clara University, president of the MAA; and Paul Zorn of St. Olaf College, editor of Mathematics Magazine.

Friday evening's banquet will highlight outstanding math instructors. An award will be presented for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Several area high school mathematics instructors, selected by UW-River Falls faculty, will be presented with an award in recognition of their years spent teaching students.

Registration for the meeting is open to the public and begins at noon on Friday, April 11, continuing until 5pm. It resumes Saturday at 8 am. Talks begin at 1:30pm Friday. The last session begins at 11am Saturday.

Registration is free for students and will range from $10 to $20 for all others.

For more information contact Steve List of the UW-River Falls math and computer systems department at 715/425-3347.

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