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Steve Dunbar

"Steve Dunbar received a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of Nebraska, and doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1981, and returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985.
His research interests are in nonlinear differential equations, probability, stochastic processes and applications of mathematics in all areas.   He received the MAA Distinguished Teaching Award for the Nebraska - Southeast South Dakota Section in 1997.  In 2001, he was appointed as Director of the MAA's American Mathematics Competitions program.  The Competitions selects the team that represents the USA at the annual International Mathematical Olympiad."

Title: "Olympiad Problems for Fun, Learning and Research with Dynamical Software"

Abstract: "The Mathematical Association of America has continuously sponsored nationwide high-school level math contests since 1952. The sequence of contests now has 5 different contests at increasing levels of mathematical sophistication. Students who succeed at the top level on these contests become the team representing the U.S. at the annual International Mathematical Olympiad.   Problems from Mathematical Olympiads are rich starting places for mathematical investigations.  I'll give a brief overview of the history and role of the American Mathematics Competitions.  Then I'll present some interesting problems from recent Olympiads focusing on combinatorial geometry, illustrating and investigating them with dynamical software."




Maria Chudnovsky

 Maria Chudnovsky received her B.A. and M.Sc. form the Technion, and a PhD from Princeton University in 2003. Currently she is a professor at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, she was a Veblen Research Instructor at Princeton University and the IAS, an assistant professor at Princeton, and a Clay Mathematics Institute research fellow. Her research interests are in graph theory and combinatorial optimization. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Graph Theory, SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, and Discrete Mathematics.  Dr. Chudnovsky was a part of a team of four researchers that proved the strong perfect graph theorem, a 40-year-old conjecture that had been a well-known open problem in both graph theory and combinatorial optimization. For this work, she was awarded the Ostrowski foundation research stipend in 2003, and the prestigious Fulkerson prize in 2009. She was also named one of the "brilliant ten" young scientists by the Popular Science magazine. In 2012, Dr Chudnovsky received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a five-year $500,000 "genius" grant to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. In 2014, she will be an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians.

Title: "Perfection and Beyond"

Abstract: "About ten years ago the Strong Perfect Graph Conjecture, a well-known problem in both graph theory and combinatorial optimization, was proved (this result is due to the speaker, in joint work with Roberston, Seymour and Thomas).  The proof used methods from structural graph theory. The original version of the proof spanned about 150 journal pages, but it has since been somewhat shortened. In this talk we will describe the problem, explain its importance, outline some of the ideas underlying the proof, and also discuss related problems that have been the subject of recent research."


Keary Howard, Ph.D.

"Dr. Keary Howard is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at SUNY Fredonia.  His primary responsibilities include the instruction and advising of undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers in secondary mathematics.  He earned his Bachelor’s in mathematics/statistics from the University of Rochester and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in mathematics education from Cornell University.

Dr. Howard’s research interests include the development of project-based school mathematics.  He serves as an Associate Editor of the New York State Mathematics Teachers’ Journal and is a past Vice President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State.  His past honors include the 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Fredonia.

Dr. Howard resides in Bemus Point, NY with his wife Dawn Marie and three children."

Title: "I See Me in You:  Regarding the Self Evident Truths of Teaching and Learning Mathematics"

Abstract: "An interactive discussion of what we believe to be a baker’s dozen of axioms that constitute the art of teaching and learning mathematics.  Plan to reflect on why we thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to teach and learn this beautiful discipline…"

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