Michigan mathematics associations to meet at UM-Dearborn May 4 and May 5

April 13, 2007

DEARBORN / April 13, 2007---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host the 83rd annual meeting of the Michigan section of the Mathematical Association of America and the Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges on May 4 and May 5.

The event will take place in the campus’s Fairlane Center North Building, located on Hubbard Drive.

“In its long history of annual conferences, this is the first time that our department is hosting the meeting,” according to UM-Dearobrn mathematics Prof. Margret Höft. “I spent four years on the executive committee of the organization and when we were trying to decide where to hold the 83rd meeting, everyone simply looked at me, since it was clearly our turn. For many years the campus did not have the facilities to host this meeting, but now we do, and I am happy that we can welcome our colleagues from Michigan and midwestern states to our campus.”

The program for this year's conference is an interesting mix of talks devoted to mathematics, its applications and the teaching of mathematics featuring several internationally-known speakers, according to Höft.

Speakers include Joe Gallian of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, who is the current president of the Mathematical Association of America.  He will speak about "The Mathematics of Identification Numbers" and discuss some of the common bar-coding and check-digits schemes that are used for identifying and error-checking consumer products.

Doris Schattschneider of Moravian College is the author of several books on the work of the artist M.C. Escher, and will discuss Escher's combinatorial patterns that lead to questions of interest to mathematicians and computer scientists.

Ron Solomon of the Ohio State University will speak about the 110-year effort to classify all finite simple groups. His paper on this topic won the 2006 Conant Prize from the American Mathematical Society for an outstanding expository article.

For more information on the conference, or to register online, visit http://www.casl.umd.umich.edu/maa2007.


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