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Hope College to Host Annual
Statewide Mathematics Conference

Posted April 9, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College will host mathematicians from around the state during a conference running on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.

Approximately 100 mathematicians, primarily college educators, will be attending the 2001 Joint Annual Meeting of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Michigan Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (MichMATYC).

The conference will feature presentations on a variety of topics related to the discipline of mathematics. The event will include talks on pure and applied mathematics, and mathematics education.

The presenters come from colleges and universities around Michigan, as well as from the United Kingdom. Area schools with faculty or undergraduate students making presentations include Aquinas College; Calvin College; Grand Valley State University; Hope; and Western Michigan University.

The keynote speakers include Elliot Tanis, professor emeritus of mathematics at Hope; Christopher Skinner of the University of Michigan; Joan Ferrini-Mundy of Michigan State University; Edward B. Burger of Williams College; and John Berry of the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.

Tanis will present "Using Maple for Visualization, Manipulation, and Simulation." The other Hope faculty speaking during the conference are: Timothy Pennings, associate professor of mathematics, who will present "Does Devaney's Definition of SDIC Imply a Positive Lyapunov Constant?"; John R. Stoughton, associate professor of mathematics, who will present "The Incredible Mr. Euler"; and John Van Iwaarden, professor of mathematics, who will present "Proofs Without Words."

Van Iwaarden and Janet Andersen, who is an associate professor of mathematics and chair of the department, are the conference's local organizers. Stoughton is on the event's program committee.

Interested members of the community are invited to attend the conference. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the college's department of mathematics at (616) 395-7530.

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