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MC Math Professors Travel to Oregon for Mathfest

June 22, 2009

Summer travels to Oregon are part of the agenda for two Mississippi College math professors.

John Travis and Tommy Leavelle are booked for an August 4-9 stay in Portland for the annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. The group represents the interests of 20,000 college math professors nationwide.

Travis serves on the organization's Board of Governors and will be on hand for the group's meeting at the Marriott hotel in downtown Portland. Leavelle will present a paper on the history and philosophy of mathematics. The meeting is dubbed Mathfest.

In Spring 2009, the Mathematical Association of America met for a sectional conference at Mississippi College. The sessions attracted math professors from Mississippi and Louisiana plus a number of students.

While the nation has suffered from a receccion, the job market remains good for college graduates with mathematics degrees. "At MC, everyone of our graduates who wants to teach'' finds work in their field in a classroom setting, Travis said.

MC's Department of Mathematics will welcome a new member of its faculty this fall. He is Daniel Watson, an MC graduate with a master's from Wake Forest. He's worked as an adjunct professor at MC the past couple of years, said Travis, a Clinton resident who chairs the department.

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