Outreach Activities at Institutions Nationwide
The following activities are illustrative of those celebrating
Mathematics Awareness Week across the United States. In many
instances, Mathematics Awareness Week activities and publicity
were reinforced by the NSF's National Science and Technology
Week and by the NCTM's Math Month. When available, links have been made to additional Web-based information.
Adams State College - Alamos, CO
- Distributed copies of their recently-published "ASC Mathematics
Computer Science Student Journal" to all junior and senior majors
and to central administrators.
- Two undergraduate students presented the results of their research
Allegheny College - Meadeville, PA
- Dimensions, the MAA student chapter, sponsored four activities,
including an exhibit of posters and information about careers and
applications of mathematics.
American Mathematical Society - Arnold Ross Lectures
- Hyman Bass, Columbia University, "Symmetry: Continuous and
- Barry Mazur, Harvard University, "Questioning Answers."
American University - Washington, DC
- Members of the university community solved mathematical puzzles
and problems as part of their annual problem solving contest.
- Designed a T-shirt with the slogan "Do math to decide ---- Decide
to do math."
- Sonya Kovalevsky day brought freshmen and sophomore high school
girls to campus for a celebration of mathematics and science.
This year's theme was cryptography.
Augusta College (now Augusta State University) - Augusta, GA
- Submitted an elementary logic problem as a contest problem in the
student newspaper. All of the correct solutions to the problem
were numbered and a grand prize winner was selected using a
random number function on a calculator to demonstrate the MAW
- Math club MAW lecture - Academic VP Bill Bompart, spoke
on "Math Humor."
- Math display at the Student Activities Center was filled with math
related objects like a cone sliced to show conic sections and the
M.C. Escher picture of a mobius strip with ants on it.
- Electronic banner at the Student Center said "National Mathematics
Bellarmine College - Louisville, KY
- Posted mathematics jokes around campus.
- Announced a mathematics contest in the student newspaper.
Boston University - Boston, MA
- Felice Frankel, Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Lecturer at MIT,
presented her work in a slide show entitled, "Science Imaging:
Creating the Nexus Between Art and Information."
Bradley University - Peoria, IL
- Held a high school essay contest.
- Invited address by SJO Asset Management's trading systems analyst,
Han Mutlu, entitled "The Mathematics of Trading."
Cedar Crest College - Allentown, PA
- MathConn96: career panels and hands-on activities to interest
girls in mathematics-related careers; special presenters and
workshops to help teachers deal with both the technology
explosion and the NCTM Standards. In attendance were 324 seventh
and eighth grade girls from 53 schools in PA, NJ, and DE, and
- Dean Theodore Hartz, College of Business, Kutztown University,
"The Answer Is?"
- Kay B. Somers, Moravian College, "A Variety of Decisions."
- Carla Schultes, Salisbury State University, "Mathematical Models
in Middle School Teaching."
- Other talks by Paul McHale, Member of Congress; Peter W.C. Mather,
Vice President, Management Information Services, Air Products and
Chemicals, Inc.; and Norman G. Schaffer, Engineering Associates.
Central College - Houston, TX
- Produced a mathematics newsletter and bulletin board displays.
- Panel discussion: Mathematics and Decision-making - used
statistical data to support opinions relating to affirmative
- Mathematics Riddles Contest for seventh and eighth graders -
students used decision-making to guess the answer to number
- Colloquium Speaker: James Ginn, Texas Southern University,
Central Missouri State College - Warrensburg, MO
- Mathematics Awareness Banquet at which 11 endowed scholarships
were awarded and students and teachers from 13 area high schools
- Terry Goodman, "The History of Mathematics."
- Displays in the student union and the library.
Centre College - Danville, KY
- Presentation of an award-winning student paper.
- UNDERCUT Tournament.
- The annual Path vs. Physics volleyball game and picnic.
- Road Rally to illustrate decision making in the face of
Clarke College - Dubuque, IA
- Second Annual Math Scavenger Hunt for area 7th and 8th graders.
College of the Desert - Palm Desert, CA
- The math, engineering, and science students scheduled a Friday
afternoon meeting during MAW to explore the ideas and mathematics
of quantum physics.
El Centro College - Dallas, TX
- Held a poster contest to highlight the theme "Mathematics and
- Conducted a "Decision Exam" contest with questions involving
mathematical applications in everyday decisions.
Fairfax County Public Schools - Fairfax, VA
- Daily showings during Mathematics Awareness Week on its cable
channel of a 30-minute TV program, "Real-World Applications of
High School Mathematics," which featured Saul Gass, Univ of MD;
Thomas Gulledge and Karla Hoffman, George Mason Univ; and Tom
Nuttall, FCPS High School Mathematics Coordinator, presenting
their uses of mathematics in connection with the 1996 MAW theme
- Mathematics and Decision Making. The program was produced with
the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
(INFORMS) which also showed it during its May 5-8 National
Meeting in Washington, DC.
Finger Lakes Community College - Canandaigua, NY
- Hosted a mathematics competition among area high schools for
participating 9-12 graders. In order for a school to win,
students in all grades needed to participate.
Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA
- Faculty member Dr. Stuart Davidson presented "Mathematics In
Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, PA
- Campus-wide reception honored the school's championship modeling
team which earned an outstanding designation in the 1996
Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
- Delegation visited with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; the
governor presented a Mathematics Awareness Week proclamation and
the pen he used to sign it.
- Sponsored a T-shirt contest in which area high schools were
invited to submit T-shirt designs with a mathematical theme.
- Organized a department Undergraduate Research Symposium at which
top students presented the results of their independent
investigations in a setting similar to that of a professional
- Celebrated with a mathematics/computer science/physics picnic.
Groton School - Groton, MA
- Jonathan Choate, mathematics department chair, and the members of
his advanced 10-12th grade mathematics class developed the
computer-based game, COMPUTER UNDERCUT, to illustrate the MAW
theme. Both Mac and PC versions were made available on the world
wide web and used as the basis for MAW contests. In April alone,
359 visits were recorded to the COMPUTER UNDERCUT web page.
Goucher College - Towson, MD
- The traditional Torrey Dinner where awards were presented to the
most outstanding mathematics and computer science students.
Harper College - Palatine, IL
- Talk on "Some Perils and Paradoxes of Game Theory" by Ed Packel of
Lake Forest College.
- Showing of PBS TV program Breakthrough (see PBS below).
- Computer terminals dedicated for MAW games such as MAW surfing and
Hawaii Alliance of Math and Sciences - Honolulu, HI
- The Governor signed a State Proclamation for MAW.
- The Mayor of the County of Honolulu signed a County Proclamation.
- State Mathematics Championship involved high school teams from
throughout the state.
- Math banquet honored outstanding students on the American High
School Mathematics Exam and the American Junior High School
Hood College - Frederick, MD
- Posted an e-mail message on the campus system each day of MAW
using quotes about mathematics - some serious, some silly.
Following MAW people said, "Hey! I miss those math messages."
Howard Community College - Columbia, MD
- Speaker: Brent Morris, National Security Agency, performed card
tricks and explained the underlying mathematics.
- Showcase display in library reflected mathematics in many forms.
- Several contests for the students - prizes included a scientific
calculator, school supplies, magnets, and puzzle games.
Hudson River Undergrad Math Conference - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Ronald Graham, "Juggling Permutations of the Integers."
- Laura Taylor, "The Mathematical Modeling of Some Environmental
Illinois State University - Normal, IL
- Research seminar entitled "Optimal Graph Constraint Reduction,"
and a presentation, "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
for Decision Making."
Johnson & Wales University - Providence, RI
- Third Annual Mathematics Contest.
- Poster Display.
- NES/MAA Regional Dinner Meeting.
- Lecture: "Afro-American Mathematicians," Dr. Patricia Kennedy.
- Lecture: "Why I HATE Math But Love Museums," Dr. Edward Burger.
- Establishment of host site for NEMATYC Web Pages
Lycoming College - Williamsport, PA
- Held a day-long MAW event for area middle schools which invited
teachers and students to attend numerous sessions.
Maharishi University of Management - Fairfield, IA
- Fourth Annual Southeast Iowa Mathematics Festival for high school
- Mathematics Movie Theater.
- Career panel with Scott Hickey, Vice President of Sterling
Software, Ramin Shahidi, software developer for Vital Images, and
John Price, MUM math department chair.
Mathematical Association of America
- Prominently displayed a Mathematics Awareness Week banner on the
- Held a COMPUTER UNDERCUT contest.
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute - Berkeley, CA
- Lecture by Hal Varian, University of California, Berkeley, on
"Network Economics: Mathematical Models of the Evolution of
- Lecture by Andrew Rudd on "Mathematical Models for Portfolio
Moravian College - Bethlehem, PA
- Mathematics contest for local high school students
- Jerry King, "The Poetic Image of Mathematics."
Morehead State University - Morehead, KY
- Held a Math Carnival featuring puzzles, games, and problem solving
New Jersey Mathematics Coalition - throughout NJ
- Coordinated 1,000 hands-on parental involvement events for Math,
Science and Technology Month which includes MAW and National
Science and Technology Week.
New Mexico State University, Grants (2-year) Branch - Las Cruces, NM
- Provided a mathematical display during April.
- Two student mathematics contests were held and awards were given.
North Carolina A&T State University - Greensboro, NC
- Sessions on technology & teaching.
- Student Demonstrations.
- Contest on differentiation & integration.
Ohio Northern University - Ada, OH
- The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science sponsored a
Jeopardy-like contest with a top prize of $100 from the
Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
- Honored 69 mathematics majors at an Undergraduate Recognition
Ohio State University - Lima, OH
- The Mathematics Learning Center sponsored a mathematics contest
Public Broadcasting Service - Nationwide
- Distributed "BREAKTHROUGH: The Changing Face of Science in America
on three Monday evenings in April. Program six - "A Delicate
Balance" - was scheduled during Mathematics Awareness Week and
featured mathematicians Freda Porter-Locklear and Richard Tapia.
Purdue University - Hammond, IN
- Don Saari, Northwestern University, gave a lecture about the
mathematics of voting theory.
Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY
- Talks by Paul Schweitzer, William Simon School of Business
Administration, University of Rochester and William Zwicker,
Union College, Schenectaday.
- Display of articles and other information about Mathematics and
- St. John's University - Jamaica, NY
- Hosted its fifth annual Sonia Kovalesky High School Mathematics
Day which focused on the role of mathematics in making decisions
about health, crime solving, and money.
St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley - St. Louis, MO
- Held an activity each day of the week with prizes to match
including a scavenger hunt, an open house at the math learning
center, and several presentations related to the MAW theme.
Schoolcraft College - Livonia, MI
- Distributed a special newsletter and awarded an annual student-
Shepherd College - Shepherdstown, WV
- Math department, with the cooperation of the Shepherdstown Opera
House, sponsored a mathematical problem-solving contest.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics - Washington-
- Sponsored a lecture by Thomas Saaty, University of Pittsburgh, on
the MAW theme, "Mathematics and Decision Making."
Southeastern Louisiana University - Hammond, LA
- Hosted the First Annual SLU Mathematics Technology Conference,
inviting middle school and secondary teachers as well as
university faculty, administrators and students. Sessions
focused on using technology in the classroom through decision
- Problem of the Day contest open to all students.
- Poster contest.
- Reception for SLU math majors.
State University of New York College - Oneonta, NY
- Frank Kost and Lisa Gordon (student), "The Buffon Needle Problem."
- Esmat Nouri, "Mathematical and Statistical Models for Management
- Lisa Gordon (student), "Statistical Quality Control."
- Connie Feldt, "Activities and Games for the Elementary and
- William O'Dea, "Mathematics in Economics."
- Ken Morgan, IBM Labs, "New Innovations in Computer Science
- The Math Club and MAA student chapter sponsored a reception for
faculty and students.
- 1996 marked their highest-ever attendance for MAW events.
Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA
- Designed, hosted, and maintained the MAW national world wide web
site. Encouraged and assisted other institutions in designing
their own MAW pages. During April, the main MAW page was
accessed 1,351 times.
University of Alaska - Fairbanks, AK
- Held a mathematical contest in modeling with presentations by
undergraduates. High school students and the public were invited
to attend. A pizza party followed.
University of California - Davis, CA
- Laurie Snell, "Chance in Our Daily Lives."
- Blaise Morton, "Mathematics in Industry."
- Joel Hass, "The Trouble with Double Bubbles."
University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond, OK
- Charles Cooper, "The Notion of Fixing a Topology and Its
- Elizabeth Francis, "The Concept of Limit in College Calculus,
Assessing Student Understanding and Teacher Beliefs."
- Mohammad Tabatabai, "A Faculty Hiring Model."
- James Yates, "Methods of Estimating Parameters of the Johnson
Distributions" (the annual L. Wayne Johnson lecture).
- David Boliver," What is Algebra?" (for high school groups).
University of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC
- Hosted an open house to begin Mathematics Awareness Week.
- Held several lectures and a poster contest.
- Showed the film: "Stand and Deliver."
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
- Honors Banquet for outstanding math students, instructors, and
- K-12 teachers invited to Math Awareness Week Symposium:
- Mathematical Connections: Fred Van Vleck;
- Decisions About the Future of Math Education: Jack Porter;
- Math Awareness in the Lawrence Community.
- Workshop for 5th graders:
- Walking with a Calculator: Jack Porter and Marian Hukle;
- Random Walk: Tyrone Duncan and Peter Zimmer;
- The Binomial and the Poisson: An Introduction to Probability
Distributions: Nathan Welch;
- Cookies and Magic: Tracy Atteberry;
- Educational Activities and Computer Presentations;
- The Magic of Superconductivity: Shane Haas;
- Tinkering with Tiles: Stephanie Childs.
- Applied Math Day presenting faculty and students' recent work:
- Applied Mathematics Poster Session and Discussion;
- Reception for Les Robertson (1930s graduate);
- Ellis B. Stouffer Colloquium - Algorithms for Molecular Dynamics:
Eric Barth, Courant Institute.
- Faculty Math Awareness Dialogue - Between the Math Department and
Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Statistics, EE and Computer
Science, and Biology.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
- Lecture: Professor Joseph Horowitz, "Mathematics and Hard
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
- Displayed MAW posters in the mathematics and computer science
building along with some old and current calculating devices
(slide rule, mechanical calculator, mechanical card punch, HP
University of South Alabama - Mobile, AL
- Lecture: Daniel E. Flath, "Fermat's Last Theorem."
- MAW Poster Exhibition.
- Mathematics Contest and Chris Nash Scholarship Competition with
cash prizes and commemorative coffee mugs for participants.
University of Vermont - Burlington, VT
- Poster contest for K-8 students.
- Radio call-in contest on the campus broadcast station, and more.
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
- Three talks on mathematical finance and voting procedures by
Madison math professors Thaleia Zariphopoulou and Anatole Beck,
and Phil Straffin from Beloit College.
US Air Force Academy - Boulder, CO
- Held math majors' night: showed a video on Fermat's last theorem,
had a pizza party.
US Naval Observatory - Washington, DC
- Issued a press release to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Week
that emphasized one of the most pervasive uses of mathematics in
daily life: the measurement, maintenance and dissemination of
Virginia Wesleyan University - Norfolk, VA
- Held an UNDERCUT tournament open to the whole academic community,
offering $100 for the winner.
- Showed "N is a Number" with free popcorn and soft drinks.
- Advertised the PBS show and MAW events in campus publications.
Washington State University - Pullman, WA
- Held the seventh annual mathematical poster and model contest.
Photographs of most of the winning entries may be seen on the WSU
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA
- Held display competition with cash prizes. Displays demonstrated
the use of mathematics and decision making within another
- Had a treasure hunt on the world wide web with a maze of rooms,
one containing the trea$ure chest worth $500 (donated by United
Technologies). Participants answered questions based on
calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics and math history
in order to move from room to room.