What do we do?
Each year, we have a workshop at the Allegheny Mountain MAA Spring Section
Meeting and a one day session in early Fall.
Previous Section NExT
“Writing Mathematics Well” given by Ivars
Peterson (Director of Publications and Communications at the MAA).
with administrative issues" given by John
Zimmerman (Washington and Jefferson College) and Gary Stoudt
(IUP) and “Online cheating and plagiarism” led
by Shelly Bouchat.
Doug Ensley (Shippensburg University)
presented the workshop “Discrete Mathematics:
Puzzles, Patterns, and Proof.”
- September 2009, John
Chadam (University of Pittsburgh)
presented the workshop "Math Modeling of Toxic Financial
2009, Tom Hull (Western New England
his "Origami Geometry Workshop."
2008, The workshop was on the topic
"Writing and Projects in Mathematics Courses." Barbara Faires (Westminster
about assignments in a discrete math course, a liberal arts math course,
and a capstone course. Carolyn Cuff (Westminster College)
talked about projects in statistics classes, and Beverly Michael
discussed collaborative group projects.
2008, The theme of the workshop at the 75th
Anniversary Allegheny Mountain Section meeting was undergraduate summer
programs. We had a panel of five presenters with a variety of summer
program experiences. Tami Lakins (Allegheny
College) and Lyn Miller (Slippery Rock
about the George Washington summer program. Pam
Richardson (Westminster College) and Allegheny
College student Becky Egg spoke
about their experiences with the Summer Mathematics Program at Carleton College. We also had Joe Previte
(Penn State-Erie) to speak about his department's REU.
- September 2007, The Fall workshop
had the theme, "Using Technology in the Classroom." We had
five presenters who spoke on a variety of topics: Jon Beal (Clarion
University), Voyage 200 and TI-89 projects; Carolyn Cuff
(Westminster College), Fathom; Mike McConnell (Clarion
University), Tablet PC and Flash
Michael (University of Pittsburgh), Homework Tutor and Smart Board; and
Roth (2002-03) (Juniata College), Clickers.
- April 2007, Rich Marchand, Slippery
gave a presentation entitled “Mathematical Modeling and Ideas for Creating
Successful Modeling Contest Teams.”
He began with a very interesting discussion of modeling a violin
string, and he concluded with some great advice about creating and
preparing teams for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).
- September 2006, This time the topic for our Fall workshop was teaching
a course in the history of mathematics. In the morning, Doug Faires
described a course he has taught, showing the group a lot of interesting
material from the history of mathematics. After lunch, panelists John Thompson (1999-2000), University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Paul Gartside,
University of Pittsburgh, and Antonella
Cupillari, Penn State-Erie, made short
presentations on their own history of math courses.
- April 2006, James Sellers, Penn State
University, talked about his experiences supervising undergraduate
research in an enthusiastic talk entitled "Mathematics Research with
Undergraduates: Stories of Personal Success."
- September 2005, The theme of our one-day fall meeting was mathematical
modeling. John Bukowski (1998-1999),
Juniata College, led off the day with
"An Introduction to Mathematical Modeling," based on his
experiences teaching math modeling and advising teams in the Mathematical
Contest in Modeling (MCM). After a delicious hot lunch, Karen Bolinger, Clarion University,
shared her experiences of judging for the MCM. She provided helpful
insights and led us in evaluating several sample MCM solution papers.
- April 2005, Joe Gallian, National Project NExT
Co-Coordinator (and from the University of Minnesota-Duluth), returned to
his alma mater, Slippery Rock University, and gave his famous and
inspiring talk, "Getting undergraduates involved in research",
to a room packed with NExTers and invited
- September 2004, The theme of the meeting was undergraduate research
with a panel and presentations by faculty in our Section. In the morning,
Allegheny College, Eric Rawdon (1998-1999),
Duquesne University, and Cathy
Juniata College, described their individual experiences with undergraduate
research. After lunch, Barbara
College) and Ron
the meeting with additional comments regarding their own experiences
regarding undergraduate research.
- March 2004, Ed Burger from
Williams College answered our questions on a multitude of topics,
including undergraduate research, attracting math majors, dealing with
unmotivated students, keeping professionally strong, and more. He reminded
us that we are in the business of changing people’s lives, in a good way.
- September 2003, The theme of the one-day meeting was mathematical
biology. Bard Ermentrout
from the University
of Pittsburgh spoke
to us in the morning about “Synchrony in Biology.” After lunch, Jon Rubin from the University
of Pittsburgh gave a
presentation on “Neurons and Nullclines.” These
talks led to discussions about mathematical modeling, student projects in
mathematical biology, and summer research programs in mathematical
- April 2003, Annalisa Crannell from Franklin
College spoke on
strategies for grading large numbers of essays in mathematics courses.
- September 2002, Doug Ensley (1994-95) from Shippensburg University spoke to us
about his discrete math project, with attention to issues about teaching
mathematical proof to freshmen, using technology to illustrate abstract
concepts, creating engaging classroom materials, and getting students
involved in undergraduate research.
- April 2002, Joe Gallian from the University
of Minnesota, Duluth, conducted two sessions for
Section NExT prior to the Section meeting at West
Liberty State College: "Getting undergraduates involved in
research" and "Finding your niche." During the
meeting, Section NExT fellows were able to
attend the panel discussion "Capstone experiences," where
panelists Karen Bolinger (Clarion), Carolyn Cuff (Westminster), and Ron
Harrell (Allegheny) described the capstone experiences at their
- September 2001, Nancy
Baxter Hastings from Dickinson
College lead a
workshop entitled "Changing Direction: Emphasizing Learning,
Not Teaching." The discussion focused on interactive teaching
techniques and the "workshop" approach, as well as assessment
- April 2001, the
Section NExT grant paid our registration for the
writing workshop. We also had a panel discussion called "Planning
and evaluating your career with an eye toward tenure."
- September 2000, Marc Goulet from the University
of Wisconsin - Eau Claire lead
a workshop on strategies for active learning in the classroom with various
group classroom activities and lots of discussion.
- April 2000, Todd Will (1994-95) from Davidson College spoke to us about
teaching linear algebra using technology, in particular, he presented an
approach to Singular
Value Decomposition, accessible to students in a sophomore level linear