A Newsletter of the Seaway
Section of the Mathematical Association of
Volume 30, Number 1 Fall, 2006
Both the Friday evening and Saturday programs will take
place on campus. Friday evening’s activities will take
After dinner, at
The meeting resumes Saturday morning in the
This will be followed by two talks.
From to , Nancy
Nancy Hagelgans is Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science at
From to , William Y. Velez from the
“I earned all of my degrees from The University of Arizona, completing my doctoral degree in mathematics in 1975. My research interests have been in number theory and algebra. I have always been interested in the ways that mathematics is applied and I have held positions at various military labs, where I have applied mathematics to solve problems that have arisen in military communication systems.
“I was a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, where I directed the Algebra and Number Theory Program. I am a Founding Member of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and served as President of this organization from 1994-96. I served as the Director of the NSF funded Southwest Regional Institute in Mathematical Sciences from 1994”.
After lunch at in the student center, there will be a talk
in the Nelly Goletti Theater from to . William S. Zwicker
Starting at , a panel discussion and a series of contributed talks will be held at Donnelly Hall.
Some links to details:
On-line Registration Form:
Directions and Parking: http:
The Whole Darn Thing:
And Thanks very much to our Local Organizer:
Joe Kirtland, Joe.Kirtland@marist.edu , (845) 575-3000 ext 2602
The MAAthematical Tourist
Poughkeepsie (see map) is a city in New York, USA and serves as the county seat of Dutchess County, located in the Hudson River Valley roughly midway between New York City and Albany. As of the 2000 census, the city of Poughkeepsie had a population of 29,871. The name derives from a Native American word (roughly U-puku-ipi-sing), meaning "campsite by small water," referring to a stream feeding into the Hudson River. Poughkeepsie calls itself the "Queen City of the Hudson."
Poughkeepsie was founded in 1687. The community was set off from the Town of Poughkeepsie when it became an incorporated village 1799. The City of Poughkeepsie was chartered in 1854. Until 1972 Poughkeepsie was home to the Smith Brothers cough drop factory. The city was the site of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by New York in 1788.
The area is home to several colleges: Vassar (one of the Seven Sisters), Marist, and Dutchess Community, all of which are in the Town of Poughkeepsie. In nearby Hyde Park, to the north, is the Culinary Institute of America. A branch of Adelphi University is also located here. It is also home to Oakwood Friends School.
Nearby Hyde Park is famous as the birthplace and burial place of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). His estate, Springwood, is the site of the Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site maintained by the National Park Service. Also on the site are his presidential library and museum. Roosevelt used this residence throughout his life. The town is named after colonial governor, Edward Hyde. The town includes one of the many mansions of Frederick Vanderbilt. Valkill was the home of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Commuter service to New York City is available by train, served by the MTA Metro-North Railroad, the city being the northern terminus of Metro-North's Hudson Line (about two hours from Grand Central Terminal). Amtrak also stops at the Poughkeepsie station, continuing north along the Hudson River to Albany-Rensselaer station; Amtrak trains serving Poughkeepsie are the Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express and Maple Leaf.
In Poughkeepsie, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House located near Main and Market is a theatre which has an array of music, drama, dance and film events. It is also the home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center located down the street from the Bardavon 1869 Opera House hosts various events like concerts and wrestling. The Chance, located on 6 Crannell Street in downtown Poughkeepsie, hosts live rock concerts with local as well as major artists. Popular FM radio stations in the area are WPDH (album-oriented rock), WRWD (country), WSPK (top 40), WHUD (adult contemporary), WRRV (alternative rock), and WPKF (rhythmic top 40).
Poughkeepsie was the home of the noted judge and district attorney, Raymond C. Baratta, who was associated with the ouster of drug advocate Timothy Leary from a Millbrook estate. G. Gordon Liddy, later a key figure in the Watergate Scandal, was the arresting prosecutor who was employed by Judge Baratta.
The city is twice referred to by the character of "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) in William Friedkin's feature film The French Connection (1971 20th Century Fox). It also featured in an episode of Ally McBeal wherein a character attempts to cure his stuttering. It is called out as a stop along the route of a train about to depart the station in Superman: The Movie. Various references to someone's "maiden aunt from Poughkeepsie" exist in literature, film and TV. The city has been referred to on countless occasions in MAD magazine, to the point where a citizen wrote a letter questioning them about their ongoing ridicule of the city.
--(mostly) from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
NYSMATYC Annual Conference:
Date: April 20-22, 2007
Location: Holiday Inn Select (soon to be Crowne Plaza)
300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
For more information, contact: George Hurlburt
1 Academic Drive
Corning Community College
Corning, NY 14830
National elections for the offices of MAA president, first vice-president, and second vice-president will be held next spring. The Nominating Committee soon will be preparing ballots, which will contain a slate of three or more nominees for each office. Please send your suggestions by November 1 to the chair, Ann Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to one of the other Nominating Committee Members: Wade Ellis at email@example.com, Barbara Faires at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ron Graham at email@example.com, or Betsy Yanik at firstname.lastname@example.org. The person elected president will serve as president-elect during 2008 and will take office for a two-year term as president in January 2009. The two newly-elected vice-presidents will take office in January 2008.
Our joint Fall
meeting with the Metro Section is coming up very soon – October 13 and 14 at
We are in the
process of scheduling future meetings right now. Our Spring 2007 meeting will
be at SUNY Oneonta on April 27 and 28. The Fall 2007 meeting will be at
There are several important jobs in the Seaway section that will need to be filled in the near future. In particular we are looking for an Editor of the Seaway Current. Let me know if you are interested in this or if you would like more information about what the position entails.
I attended my first Governor's meeting at Mathfest in Knoxville, TN on August 9, 2006. As this was my first Governor's meeting, I tried to keep it simple and absorb the gist of events that were ongoing from previous meetings and put in my two cents whenever I thought it was appropriate. I came away with two main items. The first was the completion of the carriage house. The MAA has converted the Carriage house at the MAA headquarters in Washington, DC into a conference center that will accommodate groups of up to 60 people. Planning began in October 2003 with a meeting of the Carriage House Advisory Board. The work is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2006 with opening ceremonies scheduled to take place April 19-21, 2007. These will include a ribbon cutting, a tribute to Paul Halmos (a major contributor with his wife Virginia), several major speakers, and a Saturday program directed to students and (middle and high) school teachers. The aforementioned board is also charged with outlining the direction of programs that the conference center will host. Two subcommittees (local programs and national programs) are concerned with the long term use of the Carriage House (exclusive of rentals). Ideas for local programs include professional development for high school teachers; a middle school circle; AMC training, testing, and grading sessions; joint projects with the MD-DC-VA section; and an MAA book club. The idea of joint Smithsonian-MAA programs is being pursued. From what I can gather, this facility is supposed to provide members with a venue for smaller conferences in the DC area.
The second discussion item that I feel is of interest to the membership of the section deals with the issue of how the governors serve their sections. Historically, governors have brought back news from the Board of Governors to their constituencies. It has been suggested that the line of communication needs to travel both ways. Typically section concerns are directly addressed in the section officers' meeting. This system, in my opinion, insulates the Board of Governors (and the national association) from issues that are of concern in the sections. It was suggested that governors need to solicit concerns from section members. This is not meant to bypass the executive committee of the sections but to provide a two-way conduit between the membership and the Board of Governors. I think this is an excellent idea and, in fact, I urge you to email me your concerns so that I can make the national organization aware of them or at least to keep me informed of the section's viewpoints when the board is in a position to vote on decisions affecting the membership. Remember that I was elected to serve you.
As an aside, I found out from the editor's report that submissions are down slightly at The College Math Journal. They do not have a shortage of manuscripts but this could be of interest to potential authors.
MAA Spring 2006 Business Meeting
By Leonard T. Malinowski
The meeting was held on
The minutes of the fall 2005 meeting and the Treasurer’s
report for the end of the year 2005 as they appeared on the website and in the
Seaway Current were approved.
Luise-Charlotte Kappe, the current Governor for the section, thanked
both Jack Narayan and Bob Rogers for their willingness to run for the section’s
governor’s position and announced that as a result to the election Bob Rogers
will serve in that position. Luise
announced that plans are developing to have a joint meeting with the Metro
section on October 13th and 14th of 2006 at
The Executive Committee report included remarks about the continuation of a strong Project NExT program for the MAA Seaway Section on the previous Friday afternoon. Carol Bell stated that between 20 and 25 people attended and participated in the Project NExT activities. Julie Held mentioned members of the section who work at two-year colleges have a comparable program to Project NExT called ACCCESS available to them on the national level. The movement to an electronic version to the section’s newsletter, the Seaway Current, is progressing well and post cards will be sent at least one more time notifying the members of the availability of the electronic version of the newsletter. It is the hope of the executive committee that the use of the postcards may be replaced with an email notifying the members of the availability of the Seaway Current each time a new edition is published. Provisions will be made for those individuals that do not have access to email to receive copies of the newsletter sent to them thru the postal service.
Assuming that the joint meeting for the fall 2006 is held at
Grace Orzech and Mark MacKinzie were thanked for their service on the nominating committee by John Maceli. The election results are that Margaret Morrow is the Chair Elect and Dawn Jones is the First Vice-Chair. The section will be looking for a new Secretary/Treasurer in next year’s election. Once again Cheri Boyd thanked the local organizing committee for all their efforts in hosting the meeting and the meeting was adjourned.
MAA SEAWAY SECTION FALL 2006 TREASURER’S REPORT
Beginning Balance: (
Spring MAA Book
Spring Meeting Receipts (US funds) 4655.28
Spring MAA Book
Project NExT 240.00
Meeting expenses (US Funds) 4172.00
Certificate Postage 8.89
Ending Balance (
1. New hire Jane R.
Cushman, PhD Mathematics Education, Univ
students' performance and attitudes in problem-based courses.
2. New hire Saziye Bayram, PhD Mathematics, Univ Buffalo, area:
Biomathemaics; Dr. Bayram will contribute to the ongoing development of the
department's applied mathematics program.
The Mathematics and Statistics Department happily welcomes
Assistant Professor Byung-Jay Kahng (Ph.D., University of California at
Berkeley), who joins us after spending three years as a postdoctoral
fellow at the University of Nevada in Reno. BJ works on quantum groups
and non-commutative geometry. Efstratios (Stratos) Prassidis has been
promoted to Professor and Karl Schroeder has retired with the rank of
Four of our students gave talks at the Hudson River Undergraduate
Mathematics Conference at Westfield State College in
NSF-sponsored REU program (Geometry and Physics on Graphs), directed by
Terry Bisson and Stratos Prassidis, has completed its second summer.
Each of our 8 participants gave a talk at the Young Mathematicians
Wynne will be a visiting assistant professor
for 2006-07 and
New hires over the past two years:
William Hardin, Ph.D., Mathematics Education,
Ion Coiculescu, Ph.D., Mathematics,
University of North Texas
Roseann Allen, Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University at
This past summer, The College of Saint Rose hosted the 2K+6 Conference of the Euler Society under the guidence of Prof. Mary Ann McLoughlin. The noted mathematical historian Henk Bos was the main speaker. Professors Carmen Artino and Julian Kolod will be on phased retirement for the next four years.
Math Department is pleased to welcome James
Goodwin to our team. James has been
hired as an Instructor of Mathematics and Chemistry. He comes to us from the “Land Down
Under”. What an accent J! Mary Knappen attended the 6th annual MERLOT International
Conference at the beginning of August in
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes
two new colleagues this year. Marc Corliss joins us in a tenure-track position in
computer science. Marc has just completed his Ph. D. at the
welcome Joanna Riccobono
to the department. Stan Seltzer has just started a three year term as chair. Two
students gave presentations at the Young Mathematicians Conference at
New hires on the
Amber Kautzman replaced Sue Sandmeyer who retired at the end of Spring
2006 semester. Amber Kautzman and Stephanie Zwyghuizen both received tenure and
promotion to Assistant Professor at the end of spring 2004.
The Department of Mathematics now has a newsletter.
Everyone is welcome to read it!
new faculty members have joined the department:
Dr. Ryan Gantner
(Math) who recently received his Ph.D. from
(Computer Science) who comes to us from the
Laurie L. Lacey was promoted to full
professor beginning September 1. I also published
"Flowcharting Proofs" with the MAA Focus On-line "Innovative Teaching Exchange" in July 2006.
Julia Wilson and Meral Arnavut were both tenured and promoted
to associate professors. Julia is a topologist with a Ph.D. from the
rejoins our department after several years in the
Université du Québec à Montréal
Professors Gilbert Labelle and Nadine Bednarz have become « professeurs émérites ».
Professor Claude Pichet has received the « prix carrière en enseignement » form the Université du Québec. Professor Denis Tanguay has received the « prix Fermat in didactique des mathématiques ». Student Jean-François Maheu in M.Sc. math, concentration didactique des math received the Silver Prize in the « concours de vulgarisation » of the « Salon national de la recherche universitaire ». Professor Bernadette Janvier has retired.
(for details: http://sciences.uqam.ca/scexp/5sept06/index.html)
Seaway Section Website:
The Seaway Current is published twice per year by the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America for the benefit of its members. Its pages are open to all members of the MAA and, by invitation to others, for the exchange of information and opinion. Contributed announcements, articles, and editorials are welcome and should be sent to the editor.
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Dept. of Mathematics