The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) NESeSD Spring 2018 Section Meeting will take place April 20 - 21, 2018 on UNO campus.
Hosted by the Mathematics Department in Durham Science Center 115-116, the event will start at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, April 20, and will end at noon on Saturday, April 21. It is a blend of faculty and students coming together to share their interest and passion for mathematics and mathematics education.
The meeting will showcase research talks, as well as student talks on various projects or simply a mathematics topic of their choice. Parallel student sessions are scheduled for Friday afternoon. Please check the section’s website for the schedule of talks and abstracts.
MAA is the leading professional association in collegiate mathematics, the preeminent publisher of expository mathematics, the primary source of professional development programs for faculty, and the number one provider of resources for teaching and learning. Its core interests are education, research, professional development, public policy, and public appreciation of mathematics.
The keynote speaker is Michael Dorff, the department chair and professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University. He earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Univ. of Kentucky in complex analysis, has published about 35 refereed papers, and has given about 500 talks on mathematics. He is interested in undergraduate research, in non-academic careers in mathematics, and in promoting mathematics to the general public. He will be the next president of the Mathematical Association of America. Also, he is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, received a national Haimo Teaching Award from the MAA, and co-directs the PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences). He is married with 5 daughters. In any free time he has, he enjoys reading, running, and traveling. The keynote speaker will offer two talks: the first one on Friday evening before the banquet, and the second one on Saturday morning, the last talk of the meeting.
"The Best Jobs This Century? – Mathematician/STEM Careers!"
Friday, April 20
5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
A 2014 ranking from CareerCast.com, a job search website, recently named mathematician the best job of 2014. “Mathematicians pull in a midlevel income of $101,360, according to CareerCast.com, and the field is expected to grow 23% in the next eight years,” states the Wall Street Journal blog post. Many students and professors think that teaching is the main (or only) career option for someone who studies mathematics. But there are hundreds of jobs for math students. However, just graduating with a math degree is not enough to guarantee getting one of these jobs. In this talk, we will talk about some of the exciting things mathematicians in business, industry, and government are doing in their careers. Also, we talk about the national PIC Math program that prepares students for nonacademic careers. Finally, we will reveal the three things that recruiters say every math student should do to get a job.
"How Mathematics Is Making Hollywood Movies Better"
Saturday, April 21
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
What’s your favorite movie? Star Wars? Avatar? The Avengers? Frozen? What do these and all the highest earning Hollywood movies since 2000 have in common? Mathematics! You probably didn’t think about it while watching these movies, but math was used to help make them. In this presentation, we will discuss how math is being used to create better and more realistic movies. Along the way we will discuss some specific movies and the mathematics behind them. We will include examples from Disney’s 2013 movie Frozen (how to use math to create realistic looking snow) to Pixar’s 2004 movie The Incredibles (how to use math to make an animated character move faster). Come and join us and get a better appreciation of mathematics and movies.
Dora Matache - Maury and Nancy Lipton Chair of Mathematics, Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Durham Science Center 228
Michael Matthews - Co-Haddix Chair in Community Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Durham Science Center 231
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