WMU News

Mathematicians to gather at WMU

April 23, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Nearly 200 mathematicians, mathematics educators and mathematics students from colleges and universities across the state will gather at Western Michigan University Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, for the joint annual meetings of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Michigan Mathematical Association of Teachers in Two-Year Colleges.

The meeting will feature some 50 sessions and special workshops, most of which will take place in WMU's Rood Hall. Coincidentally, the meeting will take place at the tail end of national Mathematics Awareness Week, April 26-May 2.

Dr. Timothy Light, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, will welcome participants during the opening session at 8:55 a.m. Friday in Room 1104 of Rood Hall.

Topics of the presentations will range from "Information Retrieval, Linear Algebra and a New Career with the Government" and "Women in Mathematics: From a Problem to a Celebration" to "The Third International Mathematics and Science Study" and "The Leaky Pipeline: The Underrepresentation of Minorities in Mathematics." Several WMU faculty members and students will present papers during the conference.

The official meeting will end after lunch on Saturday. A special workshop titled "Building Bridges: Placement Tests in an Era of Reform" is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Alavi Commons Room on the sixth floor of Everett Tower.

This is the fourth time the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America has gathered at WMU since it began in 1963 rotating its annual meetings among various colleges and universities in the state. The Michigan Section was founded in 1924.

For more information, persons may contact Dr. John W. Petro, chairperson of the WMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics, at (616) 387-4551.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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