Wheaton College will host the Northeast region of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for its fall meeting on November 22 and 23rd.
The two-day conference, which includes sessions for undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals, seeks to promote mathematics education and scholarship and foster professional development and networking. The event is expected to bring more than 200 visitors from college and university campuses throughout New England.
“The last time Wheaton hosted the meeting was November of 1969 when the Science Center was new,” said Professor of Mathematics Thomas Ratliff, who currently serves on the MAA’s national Board of Governors and has previously chaired the Northeast region section.
The new Mars Center for Science and Technology will serve as the hub for the event and the site for many of the sessions.
“It’s nice to be able to host the community that has been such an important part of my professional life,” he said. “And it’s fantastic for the math community at Wheaton, including both faculty and students, to have access to the sessions and invited speakers of the conference.”
The meeting will include presentations on contributions that mathematics can make to climate study, the use of environmental issues in teaching mathematical concepts and an investigation of the math and physics of roller coasters.
The gathering also will feature presentations by undergraduate students from Wheaton and other institutions as well as the Sixth Annual Collegiate Mathematics Competition slated for Friday, Nov. 22.