Gannon University Hosts Mathematical Association Of America Conference

Posted: April 1, 2016

The Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will hold its annual meeting April 1-2 at Gannon University. The meeting is expected to attract nearly 200 mathematics faculty and students for a combination of talks by both faculty and students, book exhibits, problem-solving competition, and business meetings. A pizza party will conclude the first day's activities.

Three invited speakers will also present talks. Scott Chapman, Ph.D., professor at Sam Houston State University,Huntsville, Texas,  and editor of the "American Mathematical Monthly", will present Pi Through the Eyes of the American Mathematical Monthly. Gary Gordon and Liz McMahon, Ph.D., both professors at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, will explore their favorite card game in The Joy of SET (Gordon and McMahon are a couple as well as colleagues), and Suzanne Dorée, Ph.D., professor at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, will present Writing Numbers as the Sum of Factorials.

Geoffrey Dietz, Ph.D. associate professor at Gannon University, is the local organizer of the event, which was last hosted by Gannon in 1987. "Seeing what other faculty and students are doing in the field is interesting to me", he said. " I attended these types of meetings as a student, and it was great to find other people who were as interested in math as I was."

The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists and others in 29 regional sections. The Allegheny Mountain Section serves western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.