MAA Program of Visiting Lecturers for 1995-96

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Lecture Topics

Each title in the list below is followed by one or more of the letters: E, I, A. These letters are intended to denote the level of training necessary to follow the lecture and the level of sophistication necessary to find the lecture of interest.

The levels are:

  • E-Elementary: intended for college students who are interested in mathematics, and for educated laymen in the general public. No college level training in mathematics is assumed.

  • I-Intermediate: intended for students who have completed a year of calculus or other mathematics at a similar level.

  • A-Advanced: intended for junior and senior mathematics majors.
The presence of more than one letter indicates that the lecturer is prepared to present the topic at any one of the levels indicated.

Some of the visiting lecturers have indicated that their institutions may be able to help with travel expenses. Those lecturers are indicated in the listing by an asterisk.

MARTIN ARKOWITZ - Mathematics and Computer Science
Dartmouth College; Hanover, NH 03755

  o Probability and Why the Percentage of Blue-Eyed People Stays the

JAMES B. BARKSDALE, JR.* - Professor, Mathematics
Western Kentucky University; Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: (502) 745-6215; FAX: (502) 745-5385

  o Clear and Simple Mathematics Enchantments-E

RON BARNES - Professor, Computer and Mathematical Sciences;
University of Houston-Downtown; 1 Main Street; Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 221-8553; FAX: (713) 221-8086

  o Mathematical Swindles: Some Puzzles and Games_E
  o Student Projects in Applied Mathematics with Business and

JAMES E. BAUMGARTNER - J.G. Kement Professor of Mathematics
Dartmouth College; Hanover, NH 03755

  o The Role of Logic in Mathematics-El

ARTHUR T. BENJAMIN (1995) - Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College; Claremont, CA 91711

  o The Game of Merlin-IA

JOEL V. BRAWLEY - Alumni Professor; Mathematical Sciences
Clemson University; Clemson. SC 29634-1907

  o The Gambler's Ruin-An Excursion in Applied Mathematics-EIA

WILLIAM L. BRIGGS - Associate Professor, Mathematics,Box 170
University of Colorado at Denver; P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364; (e-mail:

  o Information Theory and Coin Weighing-IA
  o Mathematics Problem Solving Workshop-EIA
  o Applied Mathematics Slide Show-EIA

JOHN EMERT* - Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Ball State University; Muncie, IN 47306-0490
Phone: (317) 285-8657; FAX: (317) 285-1721

  o Paradoxes in Wild-Card Poker-EI

WARREN W. ESTY - Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University; Bozeman, MT 59717

  o The Unobserved Species Problem in Statistics_IA

A. M. FINK* - Professor, Department of Mathematics 
lowa State University; Ames, IA 50011

  o How to find a needle in a linear haystack-E

JOHN KENELLY - Mathematical Sciences Department
Clemson University; Clemson, SC 29634-1907

  o Mathematics in the Marketplace-E

University of Northern lowa; Cedar Falls, IA 50614

  o A Potpourri of Probability Problems-E

DENIS W. LORING, F.S.A.* - Senior Vice President
Equitable Life Assurance Society
787 7th Avenue. 44 E; New York, NY 10019

  o The Mathematics of Life Insurance-EIA

ED PACKEL - Professor & Chairman
Mathematics & Computer Science; Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Rd.; Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399
Phone: (708) 735-5155; FAX: (708) 735-6291

Research interests have oscillated among operator theory, social
choice and game theory, information-based complexity, and the use
of technology in teaching mathematics.

JACK M. ROBERTSON - Professor, Department of Mathematics
Washington State University; Pullman, WA 99164-3113

  o Cake Cutting: Getting Your Fair Share (Quickly)-EIA

SAM C. SAUNDERS*  -Professor,Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Washington State University; Pullman, WA 99164-3113

  o Great Expectations or Playing the Odds in the State Lotteries-EIA

LINN I. SENNOTT - Professor; Department of Mathematics 4520
Illinois State University; Normal, IL 61790-4520
Phone: (309) 438-7867; FAX: (309) 438-5866
  o To Queue or Not To Queue: Using Mathematics to Study Service

BHUDEBV SHARMA* - Professor & Chairman, Mathematics
Xavier University of Louisiana; 7325 Palmetto Street
New Orleans, LA 70125; (e-mail:; 
FAX: (504) 482-1561

  o Measures of Information-A

ALAN SHUCHAT - Professor and Associate Dean
Wellesley College; Wellesley, MA 02181

  o AIDS, Cancer, and Amniocentesis: Probability and Decision

PETER SKONER* - Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Science
Saint Francis College; 313 Scotus Hall; Loretto, PA 15940
Phone: (814) 472-3085; FAX: (814) 472-3044

  o Using Computers to Teach and Learn Management Science/Operations

KARL J. SMITH - Department of Mathematics
Santa Rosa Junior College; 1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

  o Math Modeling in the Classroom-E
  o Mathematics is Not a Spectator Sport-E

Mathematics and Computer Science; Beloit College
Beloit, Wl 53511; (e-mail:
Phone: (608) 363-2367; FAX: (608) 363-2140

  o Measures of Voting Power-El
  o Spatial Voting Games-I

PETER TANNENBAUM - Professor, Department of Mathematics
California State University-Fresno; Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (209) 278-4029; FAX: (209) 278-7139

  o Apportioning The U.S. House of Representatives: A Sordid Tale
         of Power, Intrigue, and Mathematics-E

MAYNARD THOMPSON - Professor, Department of Mathematics
Indiana University-Bloomington; Bloomington, IN 47405

  o Why is it Difficult for a Group to Make a Decision?-E
  o Games and Decisions in Political Science-E

JAMES E. WARD - Professor; Department of Mathematics
Bowdoin College; Brunswick, Maine 04011
Phone: (207) 725-3577; FAX: (207) 725-3750

  o The Mathematics of Congressional Apportionment-E
  o The Probability of Election Reversal-A

DON YLVISAKER - Director, Division of Statistics
Department of Mathematics; UCLA; Los Angeles, CA 90024

  o DNA and the Courts-What s Going on Here (or There for That
  o The Census Undercount Problem (And Solution?)-EIA
  o Lotto Play-The Good. The Fair and The Truly Awful-El

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