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Program Overview and Keynote Speakers



MAA logo101st Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the MAA

March 31 - April 2, 2022
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Welcome to the 101st Meeting of the Texas MAA! All events will be on the ground floor in the UNT Gateway Center. The first meeting was in Dallas in 1921 and I think some of the attendees rode their horses. We are looking forward to seeing you and having a great meeting. We have some awesome speakers including: Colin Adams, Deanna Haunsperger, Raegan Higgins, Robert Vallin, and John Quintanilla.

In addition there will be a Math Bowl on Thursday evening, student/faculty break-out sessions on Friday, and a Friday evening banquet. After registering for the conference please also fill out the Math Bowl Registration (just the team coach needs to register for the Math Bowl) and/or Abstract Submission at the website if you are interested in participating in those events. All talks in the break-out sessions are 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Beginning in 2019 and continuing this year we will have a display of Mathematical Art. If you would like to show what you have created please fill out the Artistic Submission form. These forms can all be found at the conference website along with links to hotels, maps of UNT and of the UNT Gateway Center, purchasing parking tags for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, titles and abstracts of the keynote speakers, restaurants, and more.

Schedule

Thursday, March 31, 2022

4:00pm-7:00pm

Registration

In front of Gateway 35

4:00pm-6:00pm

Executive Council Meeting

Gateway 41

4:00pm-6:00pm

Student Games

Gateway 35

5:00pm-6:30pm?

T3AMS

?

6:00pm-8:00pm?

Texas NExT

?

6:00pm-6:30pm

Pizza for Math Bowl Contestants and Coaches

Gateway 35

6:30pm-9:00pm

Math Bowl

Gateway 35

7:00pm-9:00pm

Gerrymandering Symposium: Dr. Scott Cook - Tarleton State University, Dr. William Hager - Texas Lutheran Univ., Dr. Betseygail Rand - Texas Lutheran Univ.

Gateway 42

Friday, April 1, 2022

7:30am-4:00pm

Registration

In front of Gateway 35

8:00am-10:45am

Student Contributed Presentations

Gateway 42, 43, 47, 48, 51, 52

8:00am-12:00pm

Texas NExT

?

8:00am-9:00am

T3AMS

?

10:00am-6:00pm Art Exhibits, Vendors ?

10:45am-11:00am

Break

in front of Gateway 35

11:00am-12:00pm

Student Forum: Dr. Raegan Higgins, Texas Tech, title TBA

Gateway 35

12:00pm-1:20pm

Texas NExT Luncheon

?

12:00pm-1:20pm

T3AMS Luncheon

?

12:00pm-1:20pm

Department Liaisons Meeting/Lunch

?

12:00pm-1:20pm

Lunch on your own

Union/Denton

1:20pm-1:30pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Ralf Schmidt, Chair of the UNT Mathematics Department

Gateway 35

1:30pm-2:30pm

Plenary Address: Dr. Robert Vallin, Lamar University, title TBA

Gateway 35

2:30pm-2:45pm

Break

In front of Gateway 35

2:45pm-4:45pm

Faculty Contributed Presentations

Gateway 42, 43, 47, 48, 51, 52

5:00pm-6:00pm

Math Circles Gathering - Dr. Kaitlyn Phillipson, St. Edward's University

Gateway 42

5:00pm-6:00pm

Graduate School Fair

Gateway 43

6:30pm-8:30pm

Texas Section Annual Banquet, Banquet Address:

Dr. John Quintanilla, University of North Texas, ``Mathematical Rotary Telephones''

Gateway 35

Saturday, April 2, 2022

8:00am-8:30am

Section Business Meeting

Gateway 35

8:30am-9:25am

Section Teaching Award Recipient Address: Dr. ?, University of ?, 2021 Texas MAA Teaching Award, TBA

Gateway 35

9:30am-10:25am

Invited Address: Dr. Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, Past MAA President, MAA Section Visitor, ``A Glimpse at the Horizon'' ?

Gateway 35

10:30am-11:25am

Invited Address: Dr. Colin Adams, Williams College, ``Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space'' with Mel Slugbate - cousin in-law of Dr. Adams ?

Gateway 35

11:30am-11:45am

Conference Resolution: Dr. John Sieben, Texas Lutheran University ?

Gateway 35

Abstracts of Invited Speakers

Gerrymandering Symposium - Thursday 7pm-9pm, Gateway 42

Dr. Scott Cook -Tarleton State University, Dr. William Hager -Texas Lutheran University, Dr. Betseygail Rand - Texas Lutheran University

As the role of mathematics in the fight against gerrymandering expands, so also the tools and methods have evolved since the 2019 Texas MAA Math vs. Gerrymandering workshop. The 2020 installment will feature beginner and advanced tracks. We will introduce users to the Gerrychain python package which was developed by the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (https://mggg.org) and QGIS, a geospatial analysis tool. Gerrychain topics may include implementation of MCMC and Recombination Methods, and useful tools for analyzing results. QGIS topics may included beginning geospatial analysis and visualization and transit time compactness measure.

Student Forum - Friday 11am-12noon, Gateway 35

Dr. Raegan Higgins, Texas Tech University

Title TBA

??

Speaker's Biography

Plenary Address - Friday 1:30pm-2:30pm, Gateway 35

Dr. Robert Vallin, Lamar University

Title: TBA

??

Speaker's Biography

Banquet Address - Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm, Gateway 35

Dr. John Quintanilla, University of North Texas

Mathematical Rotary Telephones

Speaker's Biography

John Quintanilla is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for UNT's College of Science. For 24 years, his students at UNT have called him "Dr. Q." Prior to becoming Associate Dean, he was a faculty undergraduate advisor for the Math Department. He was a founding co-director of Teach North Texas, UNT's program for preparing and supporting secondary teachers of mathematics and science. He also developed UNT's certificate in actuarial science. His biweekly blog, meangreenmath.com, has had over 250,000 page views. John has received multiple awards for his teaching and service. In 2005, he received the teaching award from the Texas Section. He is also a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. John earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Stanford and his Ph.D. from Princeton. His areas of interest are applying stochastic geometry to materials science and also mathematics education.

Dr. Quintanilla

Section Teaching Award Recipient Address - Saturday 8:30am-9:25am, Gateway 35

Dr. ??

Title: TBA

??

Speaker's Biography

??

Invited Address - Saturday 9:30am-10:25am, Gateway 35

Dr. Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College, Past MAA President, MAA Section Visitor

A Glimpse at the Horizon

What do a square-wheeled bicycle, a 17th-century French painting, and the Indiana legislature all have in common? They appear among the many bright stars on the mathematical horizon; that is, in Math Horizons. Math Horizons, the undergraduate magazine started by the MAA in 1994 publishes articles to introduce students to the world of mathematics outside the classroom. Some of mathematics' best expositors have written for MH over the years; here is an idiosyncratic tour of the first ten years of Horizons.

Speaker's Biography

Deanna Haunsperger is a professor of mathematics at Carleton College in Minnesota. Since her own undergraduate days, Deanna has been interested in increasing the number of students who pursue advanced degrees in mathematics. That passion has guided her as a former co-editor for Math Horizons (the Mathematical Association of America's magazine for undergraduates) and as co-founder and co-director of Carleton's Summer Mathematics Program for Women (an award-winning, intensive four-week summer program to encourage talented undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences). She has chaired the MAA's Strategic Planning Committee on Students and the Council on Outreach. Deanna is a Fellow of the AWM and a recipient of their M Gweneth Humphreys Award for Mentoring. Currently Deanna is Past-President of the MAA. Deanna is married to fellow mathematician Steve Kennedy, and together they have two grown children.

Dr. Haunsperger

Invited Address - Saturday 10:30am-11:25am, Gateway 35

Dr. Colin Adams, Williams College

Real Estate in Hyperbolic Space with Mel Slugbate cousin in-law of Dr. Adams

Thinking about moving to hyperbolic space? If not, we'll explain why you should, and why land is so cheap in hyperbolic space. And we will present some amazing investment opportunities in hyperbolic space. Bring lots of money.

Speaker's Biography

Mel Slugbate is the founder and sole proprieter of Slugbate and Mossbutter Real Estate Agency in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Born on a greyhound bus traveling between Lubbock and Abilene to a family of career telemarketers, he realized very early on that his calling was real estate. His interests in mathematics comes through his cousin in-law Colin Adams. Colin Adams is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. Colin is particularly interested in the mathematical theory of knots, their applications and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the author of numerous research articles, and of ``The Knot Book'', ``Riot at the Calc Exam and other Mathematically Bent Stories'', the comic book ``Why Knot?'', and the novel ``Zombies and Calculus''. He is the co-author of ``How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide'', ``How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: The Streetwise Guide'', ``Introduction to Toplogy: Pure and Applied'', and ``Calculus'', with Rogawski and Franzosa. He is a recipient of the Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award from the MAA and the Robert Foster Cherry Teaching Award, and serves as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligentcer.

Mel Slugbate

General Information

Parking

There is a $5.00 per day fee for parking.

To purchase tickets please go to the UNT Parking Portal and make a Guest account: https://unt.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_guest.aspx Proceed from there to purchase a parking permit(s). You will need license plate number, year, make, and model of your car. Note: the VIN number of your vehicle is *optional.*

Attendees can park in Lots 20, 27, 7, 38-41, 54, 57 - Make sure to print out the parking tag and display on the dashboard of your vehicle. Parking lots fill quickly on weekdays so if you would like to get a spot close to the Gateway Center then plan to be at UNT by 8am on Friday.

Maps

Location of Gateway Center, University Union, Parking Areas

A larger UNT Campus Map can be found here - https://transportation.unt.edu/sites/default/files/unt_campus_parking.pdf

UNT Gateway Center - Floor Plan

University Union Maps

Level 1 (click for full size)

UNT Union Level 1

Level 2 (click for full size)

UNT Union Level 2

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