MAA NCS 2016 Spring Meeting

Friday April 15 - Saturday April 16
Macalester College
St Paul, MN

Macalester College is proud to host the Spring 2016 Meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America

  • The full schedule is now available! 
  • Friday evening's program will be held in Kagin Commons, which is located between Grand Avenue and Summit Avenue. 
    • The evening program includes 
      • registration and book sale (6:30 pm onward),
      • the banquet (7:00 pm - 7:45 pm), and 
      • Francis Su's opening plenary session: "A Math Fun Facts Homage." (7:45 pm - 9:00 pm)
    • Even if you cannot attend the banquet, please do come to Francis Su's talk! There will be plenty of seating.
    • We recommend parking in either the West 2 Parking Lot or the  South Parking Lot, each of which is a 5 minute walk to Kagin. 
  • Saturday's program will be held in Olin-Rice Science Center (continental breakfast, registration, book sale, contributed sessions) and in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in basement level of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center (plenary sessions and the business meeting).
  • For questions about accessibility, please contact Karen Saxe at 
Friday Banquet Information
  • Omnivores, please be aware that while the vegetarian dishes will be on the buffet, we have only limited amounts and need to reserve them for those who requested them in advance.
  • There are a few banquet tickets remaining, for purchasing on the spot.
MAA Store Discount for Conference Participants
  • For the section meeting, the online discount code is NCSP2016 and it provides a 35% discount off book purchases at the MAA Store. This code is valid from Monday, April 11-Sunday, April 24, 2016. It cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. (If purchasing online, customers will have to pay shipping.) The MAA Book Sale will be in Olin-Rice 205 Saturday 8:30 am-3:45 pm. 

Important Deadlines
  • Registration for the Friday Banquet: due by 5:00 pm Friday, April 8 March 2016 (deadline has passed)
  • Abstract Submissions for Contributed Talks: due by 5pm on Friday 1 April 2016 (deadline has passed)
  • Conference Pre-Registration (no banquet): due by 5 pm Friday 8 April 2016 (deadline has passed, same-day registration will be available at the meeting)
    • Note that the new MAA NCS policy is that conference registration fee is $15 per person, including contributed speakers. This registration fee is waived for students and plenary speakers.
Please use the links in the navigation bar to register or submit an abstract.

Plenary Speakers
  • Francis Su: "A Math Fun Facts Homage" on Friday evening
  • Matthew Wright: "Introduction to Persistent Homology" on Saturday morning
  • George Andrews: "4-Shadows in q-Series, the Kimberling Index, and Garden of Eden Partitions" on Saturday afternoon

Conference Overview

The conference opens on Friday evening with a banquet and plenary talk featuring MAA President, Francis Su. All conference participants are welcome at President Su's talk, regardless of whether they attend the banquet.

Saturday's program includes two plenary talks, a Section NExT workshop, and multiple contributed sessions. We encourage expository and research talks about mathematics, mathematical history, curriculum and pedagogy. We particularly encourage early career mathematicians, graduate students and undergraduate students to participate and contribute talks.

We are especially pleased to announce that this conference will celebrate the career of David Bressoud, Former MAA President and DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College. Professor Bressoud's remarkable career has advanced our mathematical discipline on so many fronts: research, exposition, education and policy. The NCS has been richer for his unique perspective and talents. We will feature a contributed session on Bressoudian Mathematics on Saturday afternoon.