A Newsletter of the Seaway
Section of the Mathematical Association of
Volume 29, Number 1 Fall, 2005
SUNY Geneseo will host this Fall’s meeting on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Located in the village of Geneseo, on the edge of the Finger Lakes Region and near the roaring waters of the Genesee river, SUNY Geneseo is a four-year, public liberal arts college; the most selective institution in the State University of New York. Founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School, SUNY Geneseo became an original member of SUNY in 1948. SUNY Geneseo offers 48 undergraduate majors in the arts and sciences, business, education, and the performing arts. The College typically enrolls about 4,950 full-time undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. SUNY Geneseo is one of 19 members of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, an alliance which promotes nationally the values of superior undergraduate liberal education in a public college setting. In concert with other national higher education associations, COPLAC has become a strong voice for the indispensable role of the liberal arts and sciences – "the arts befitting a free people."
Both the Friday evening and Saturday programs will take place on campus. The activities on Friday begin at in MacVittie College Union with a meeting of the Executive Committee. Friday evening’s activities also take place in MacVittie Union. The ever-popular social hour begins at , followed by the banquet.
After dinner, Colm Mulcahy of
The meeting resumes Saturday morning at in Newton Lecture Hall with a welcoming statement
by Christopher Dahl, President of
This will be followed by a talk by Peter
After a short break, the talks resume at with “Episodes in the Early History of the Lucasian Chair” by Jim Tattersall
This will be followed, at
by a Business Meeting. The morning
program ends with this year’s John F. Randolph Lecture by David Poole of
After lunch at in the Mary Jenison Dining Hall, the conference resumes in Newton Lecture Hall. Starting at , there will be several parallel sessions of contributed talks. Of special note is a panel discussion “Whither the Textbook” from and a session of student talks. Some links to details:
On-line Registration Form:
Maps and Local Information:
Just for Students:
The Whole Darn Thing:
And Thanks very much to the Local Organizers:
Jeff Johannes, Johannes@geneseo.edu (585)-245-5403
Melissa Sutherland, email@example.com (585) 345-5494
The MAAthematical Tourist
The Settlement of Geneseo began after the arrival of James and William Wadsworth in 1790 in the Genesee River Valley from Connecticut. They were agents of their Uncle, Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth, authorized to sell and administer the land he had purchased.
Geneseo became the county seat of Livingston County in 1821 and was incorporated as a village in 1832. The State Normal School, now SUNY Geneseo, was opened in 1871 inside the village.
A portion of the village of Geneseo was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United Stated Department of the Interior in 1991.
The Finger Lakes are glacially formed lakes in upstate New York, mainly linear in shape, each lake oriented on a north-south axis. The longest, Cayuga Lake, is 40 miles from end to end, but never more than 3.5 miles wide and not atypical in shape, reminding early map-makers of the fingers of a hand. Both Cayuga and Seneca Lakes each have a depth of more than 400 feet.
The Finger Lakes region is an important agricultural belt of New York. Especially around Keuka Lake and the south ends of both Canandaigua and Seneca Lakes are many vineyards and wineries where one can often taste the wines before purchasing them. Most of the area was originally forested with oak, maple, chestnut, ask, hemlock, and beech trees, but the Iroquois maintained, by annual burning, the land between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes as prairie, with herds of bison, normally thought of as a western animal. Today the Finger Lakes area is still known for fishing and hunting.
The southern ends of the lakes are characterized by steeper hills and glacial hanging valleys which are tributaries that drop steeply to the lake, often with waterfalls. Taughannock Falls State Park, Fillmore Glen, and Watkins Glen are especially scenic examples that have been made into parks. The Village of Watkins Glen is a producer of table salt and the site of an auto racing course.
Source: Wikepedia- The Free Encylopedia (www.wikipedia.org)
Spring 2006: The
Spring Meeting will be held at Ithaca College in
The Seaway section is entitled to a Polya lecturer this year. The Polya lectureship was established by the MAA in 1990 to embody the high standards of exposition exemplified by George Polya. Each year the MAA appoints two outstanding speakers to be Polya lecturers. The MAA sponsors a Polya lecture for each section every five years. We are delighted to have Steven Rudich of Carnegie Melon delivering the Polya lecture for us at our Spring meeting.
Steven Rudich is in the computer science department at
We will also, as
always have a Gehman lecture at the Spring meeting. The Gehman lecture is intended to focus on the applications of
mathematics. If you have suggestions for
this speaker, send them to Bill Hooper,
As always Seaway NExT is planning a workshop for new and recent faculty members – and interested old-timers! Contact Carol Bell, SUNY Cortland (firstname.lastname@example.org), the new chair of Seaway NExT, with questions and suggestions.
There are tentative plans for a joint meeting with the metro section for fall 06, at Marist college, tentative dates 13-14 October, details still to be finalized!
It is raining hard in Geneseo
this morning as I sit to write this
report. I hope that the weather improves before next week's Fall Meeting of
the Seaway Section that we are hosting. I hope to see many of you at what
promises to be a meeting rich with excellent talks and opportunities for
We have the section meeting planned for Spring 2006 at
long way in the future it seems but we know that future dates are always
much closer than they appear. Margaret Morrow would love to receive your
talk abstract and other suggestions for the program well before the deadline. You can contact her at Mmorrowseaway@aol.com .
Plans are well underway for the Fall 2006 section meeting at
joint meeting with the Metro Section. Details will be forthcoming when they
have been finalized.
Speaking of meetings, we are looking for hosts for the Spring 2007
and Fall 2007 meetings.
We are very pleased to have Sam Northshield as the new editor of
Seaway Current. It will be his job to catch all the errors of grammar and
spelling that I will commit in this Chair's Report.
Finally I urge each of you to look around your department and see if
there isn't someone who deserves a nomination for the Clarence Stephens
Distinguished Teaching Award. The nomination form is on the section's
website and nominations are due by
This was my fifth Board of Governors Meeting and the last one at a MathFest. This summer MathFest was held at
filled with other meetings, networking, and at least I try to go to some of the lectures. On short notice I had to take over the organization of a panel for graduate students on the academic job search. There was a good turn-out and everyone involved thought it was a success. I used the opportunity to talk to some of the officers of the Metropolitan Section about a joint section meeting in Fall of 2006 at
from working with the minority community". As he emphasized, there are no miracle cures. The road to success is full of work, personal commitment and involvement and requires thinking outside the box. You can see more on his website: www.math.arizona.edu/~velez. But now back to the Board of Governors meeting. One thing on the agenda was a restructuring of the membership fee schedule. At the moment governors were only asked about feed-back on something which was not yet very well thought through and most of us did not feel very comfortable about it. It is expected that a finished proposal will come before the board at the next meeting. On the brighter side, we heard that the third annual study tour to the Home of the Ancient Maya was a full success. Next years trip to
Report of the Nomination Committee
The two nominees for Section
Governor ( To replace Luise Kappe) are Robert
Rogers of Fredonia and Jack Narayan of
Report of the Clarence Stephens Award Committee
The committee requests nominations
for the Clarence Stephens Award (previously known as the Distinguished Teaching
Award). To submit nominations, contact
Report of the Seaway Next/PFF Advisory Committee
Joel Foisy (past chair)
Summary of Activities and Expenses:
Fall 2004: MAA departmental liaisons were contacted and asked for names of new faculty members. Those new members were encouraged to join the Seaway NExT list-serve. Several new members did indeed join the list serve.
Spring 2005: The Spring workshop was held before the Spring
Seaway Meeting at Queen’s University,
New Seaway NExT Fellows who participated in the sessions included: Marlo Brown (Niagara University), Gordon Craig (Bishops University), Karen Hale (SUNY OCC) (Project ACCESS), Scosha Merovitz (Bishops University), Geanina Tudose (York University), Justin Wampler (SUNY Plattsburgh), Brad Wilms (Bishops Univesity).
Graduate student participants included: Bronlyn Wassink (
Returning fellows who participated included: Carol Bell (SUNY Cortland), Harold Ellingsen (SUNY Potsdam), Joel Foisy (SUNY Potsdam), Jeff Johannes (SUNY Geneseo), and Melissa Sutherland (SUNY Geneseo).
In addition to our presenters, other participants included: Wolfgang Kappe
Seaway NExT thanks the Seaway Section for their continuing support of the program.
Note: Joel has finished his term as Chair of the committee. The Current Chair of the Seaway NExT/PFF Advisory Committee is Carol Bell of SUNY-Cortland.
Beginning Balance: (
Spring MAA Book
Spring Meeting Receipts (US funds) 3260.00
Spring MAA Book
Speakers' Expenses 369.30
Meeting expenses (US Funds) 3268.68
Ending Balance (
Minutes of Business Meeting
MAA Spring 2005 Business Meeting held at Queen’s University on April 2nd.
By Leonard T. Malinowski
Cheri Boyd opened the meeting and immediately thanked the local organizing committee. Grace Orzech was the site coordinator for this meeting. The faculty and students of Queen’s University were complimented for doing an outstanding job of organizing and running the meeting.
The minutes of the fall 2004 business meeting were presented
and approved. The treasurer’s report was
presented and approved. The treasury
has a balance of $11,576.60 as of
In the governor’s report, Luise-Charlotte Kappe stated the MAA Headquarters is acting to determine future needs to be addressed in a strategic plan. MAA Headquarters would like a part of section meetings to act as forums or focus groups for information gathering purposes. The Seaway Section will comply with this request.
The program committee reported that the section meetings
will be at SUNY at Geneseo on Oct. 28th
and 29th, 2005 and at
The Executive Committee reported that
At this meeting, Julie Held from
We have two new faculty members in postdoctoral positions:
Chris Dwyer who works in Algebraic Topology and Chris Hanusa who works in Enumerative Combinatorics. Also new in the department is Visiting Professor Bi-Zhong Hu who works in Differential Geometry. Professor Luise C. Kappe, the Seaway Section Governor, retired at the end of the 2003-2004 academic year. She now holds the Bartle Professorship.
The Mathematics Department happily welcomes Associate
Professor Valentin Brimkov (Ph.D.
Univ. Sofia) who joined the department this fall in a tenure track line.
Buffalo State College Math faculty members Sue
McMillen, Jody Magner,
Peter Mercer and Margaret Sherman
have received a Math Science Partnership (MSP) grant in partnership with the Buffalo
Public Schools. This project seeks to increase the academic achievement of
A new faculty member this year, Joe Skufca received his Ph.D. from the
The Mathematics and Computer Science department hired
Claudiu Mihai at the Assistant Professor level. He graduated from
Laplace Transform and Asymptotic Analysis.
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at
Last spring we brought 16 student speakers to the 12th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Williams College. This marks the largest group of speakers that Ithaca College has brought to the conference and represents projects completed with four different faculty members. In the Spring, we also had one student speak at the Seventh Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. Two of our graduating seniors are now in a Ph.D. program at Wesleyan University. We are excited to welcome Aaron Weinberg into a tenure track position starting this fall. Aaron's background in math education will be particularly useful as we work toward starting an MAT program in 2006. The COMPASS grant continues to be supported and recently hosted a fall meeting of the newly created COMPASS POINTS network of schools, mathematics teachers, researchers, mathematicians and administrators committed to the improvement of mathematics education for all students at the high school level through the use of challenging, relevant curriculum. Lastly we expect five students to take part in the Putnam Competition this fall.
After ten years serving as Division Chair and then Assistant Dean of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology, Rick Rupprecht returned to the ranks of the faculty this fall. In addition to teaching mathematics he will continue to hold the title of Director of Aviation working with the Professional Piloting degree program. So far, Rick says “it’s just ducky being back in the classroom! I have always looked forward to teaching again and I am already loving it!”. Jean Schrader has been promoted to the position of Assistant Dean of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology.
Audrey Sliker and Sue Sandmeyer are now Co-coordinators of Mathematics on the Jamestown Campus.
Matthew Koetz. (A new tenure-track assistant professor)
introduces himself: “I was (officially) hired in
March, and I started work in August, 2005. I
graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May, 2005, with my Ph.D.
in mathematics, concentrating in algebraic coding theory. My dissertation was
titled "Algebraic Constructions of Low-Density Parity Check Codes". Prior to
my work at UNL, I received my M.S. in math at
my B.S. in math at New Mexico Tech. I began teaching as a TA in 1996. I am currently teaching three classes, including a topics class in coding theory. My research in coding theory concerns the construction of codes that have fast decoding algorithms while
still maintaining good error-correcting capabilities”.
Cheri Boyd was promoted to associate professor of mathematics. Kelly Molkenthin is on sabbatical during Fall 2005. Len Maley retired from
Troy Day was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure. There were three new appointments: David Steinsaltz, Associate Professor (Statistics, Demography), Abdol-Reza Mansouri, Assistant Professor (Control Theory), and Julia Brettschneider, Assistant Professor (Statistics, Microarray analysis; joint with Community Health and Epidemiology).
Professor Ram Murty was
cross appointed to the Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University and
Professor Leo Jonker
was appointed University Chair in Teaching and Learning.
There were three Adjunct Appointments (2005-2008): Norman Beaulieu (University of
Three of the department left as of
Associate Professor Morris Orzech was awarded The Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award by Queen’s University.
St. Bonaventure College
We have hired a new faculty member here at St. Bonaventure
University: Dr. Mike Klucznik started this fall as an
assistant professor after a two-year temporary appointment at
Schenectady County Community College
Laurie Lacey has published two papers recently with
Mapleapps.com. They are available for viewing on-line:
"CLIQUES AND TOURNAMENTS” http://www.maplesoft.com/applications/app_center_view.aspx?AID=1876
and "GRAPHICS FOR LINEAR ALGEBRA”
Steve West is now
the Associate Dean of the College where he will serve for two years.
Filling in as interim chair this year is Ed Wallace. Barbara Stewart is serving as President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State this year. Chris Leary is on sabbatical for the 2005-2006 academic year pursuing
research in biomathematics at the University of Tubingen, Germany.
We hired two new faculty members
last year; Justin
Wampler joins us
as a lecturer. He writes: “I was born
and raised in
Greg Quenell joins us as an Assistant
Professor. He writes (in third
person): “Greg is a 1985 graduate of
Harvard College, where he majored in mathematics, but spent almost as much time
going to choir, close-harmony, and pit orchestra rehearsals as he did going to
class. After a short real-world stint as a computer programmer (writing
thousands of lines of FORTRAN), he headed west to enter the PhD program at the
Professor James Parks has retired.
Dr. Hossein Behforooz, professor of mathematics and
Coordinator of Mathematics Department (Chair), received the Harold T. Clark
Jr. Award during the college's fall convocation ceremony, August 2005. This
award is traditionally given in recognition of scholarly and professional
accomplishments. Dr. Danhong Zhang, assistant professor of mathematics joined
enjoyed MATH FEST 2005 meeting and the Project Next Seminars.
Margaret Morrow (chair), SUNY Plattsburgh (4/06) email@example.com
Julie Held (ex-officio), Corning CC (4/07) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Northshield, SUNY
Student Program Committee
Jeff Johannes (chair), SUNY Geneseo (4/07) Johannes@geneseo.edu
Margaret Morrow, SUNY
Educational Policies Committee
Stephen West, SUNY Geneseo (Chair) (4/06) email@example.com
Joe Straight, SUNY Fredonia (4/07) firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Bell, SUNY Cortland (4/07) email@example.com
Ken Mead, Genesee CC (6/06) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gehman Lecture Committee
Hossein Shahmohamad, RIT (4/07) email@example.com
Maureen Cox, St. Bonaventure University (Chair) (11/07) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Narayan, SUNY Oswego (11/06) email@example.com
Melissa Sutherland, SUNY Geneseo (11/07) firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Held, Corning CC (ex-officio) (4/07) email@example.com
Clarence Stevens Award Committee
Olympia Nicodemi, SUNY Geneseo (Chair) (4/06) firstname.lastname@example.org
Len Malinowski, Finger Lakes CC (ex-officio) (4/06) email@example.com
Seaway NExT/PFF Advisory Committee
Carol Bell, SUNY Cortland (Chair) (4/06) firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympia Nicodemi, SUNY Geneseo (4/06) email@example.com
Blair Madore, SUNY Potsdam (4/06) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristina Bacuta (4/06) email@example.com
Joel Foisy, SUNY Potsdam (4/06) firstname.lastname@example.org
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