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MC Hosts Conference of Math Professors

January 23, 2009

Add Mississippi mathematics professors to their faculty counterparts from Louisiana Universities plus a delegation of 100 undergraduate students. The grand total is 250 people coming to Mississippi College for a mathematics conference March 5-7.

MC is hosting the sectional conference of the Mathematical Association of America. MC Mathematics department chairman John Travis of Clinton serves on the organization's 50-member National Board of Governors. He serves three years on the board.

Created in Illinois in 1920, the 27,000-member MAA is America's largest professional society of math professors devoted to teaching undergraduates.

Similar conferences are being held this year at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., among others.

MAA President David Bressoud will be the keynote speaker at Mississippi College He teaches mathematics at Macalaster College in Minnesota. The president of Pi Mu Epsilon, a math organization for students, David Sutherland, will also speak at the meeting.

At the MC meeting, there will be student competitions, faculty papers presented and panel discussions. Representatives from Millsaps College, Delta State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, the University of Southern Mississippi, Alcorn State University plus MC will be among those sending faculty members. MC math professor Tommy Leavelle, is serving as the section meeting chairman with Melinda Gann, an MC math professor, helping oversee the conference as vice chairman.

MC last hosted the MAA meeting in 2003. Most of the meetings will be at the B.C. Rogers Student Center on the Clinton campus. The organization produces "Math Horizons" magazine and other publications to promote the profession.

Travis is excited that the Mississippi-Louisiana conference is returning to MC.

"The math department is delighted we can host the meeting and showcase our facilities," Travis said.

More information on the math conference at MC and the national organization is available on the website maa.org

Photo: MC Mathematics department chairman John Travis

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