Outreach Activities at Institutions Nationwide
The following activities are illustrative of those celebrating
Mathematics Awareness Week across the United States. In many
instances, Mathematics Awareness Week activities and publicity
were reinforced by the NSF's National Science and Technology
Week and by the NCTM's Math Month. When available, links have been made to additional Webbased information.

Adams State College  Alamos, CO

 Distributed copies of their recentlypublished "ASC Mathematics
Computer Science Student Journal" to all junior and senior majors
and to central administrators.
 Two undergraduate students presented the results of their research
in seminars.

Allegheny College  Meadeville, PA

 Dimensions, the MAA student chapter, sponsored four activities,
including an exhibit of posters and information about careers and
applications of mathematics.

American Mathematical Society  Arnold Ross Lectures

 Hyman Bass, Columbia University, "Symmetry: Continuous and
Discrete."
 Barry Mazur, Harvard University, "Questioning Answers."

American University  Washington, DC

 Members of the university community solved mathematical puzzles
and problems as part of their annual problem solving contest.
 Designed a Tshirt with the slogan "Do math to decide  Decide
to do math."
 Sonya Kovalevsky day brought freshmen and sophomore high school
girls to campus for a celebration of mathematics and science.
This year's theme was cryptography.

Augusta College (now Augusta State University)  Augusta, GA

 Submitted an elementary logic problem as a contest problem in the
student newspaper. All of the correct solutions to the problem
were numbered and a grand prize winner was selected using a
random number function on a calculator to demonstrate the MAW
theme.
 Math club MAW lecture  Academic VP Bill Bompart, spoke
on "Math Humor."
 Math display at the Student Activities Center was filled with math
related objects like a cone sliced to show conic sections and the
M.C. Escher picture of a mobius strip with ants on it.
 Electronic banner at the Student Center said "National Mathematics
Awareness Week".

Bellarmine College  Louisville, KY

 Posted mathematics jokes around campus.
 Announced a mathematics contest in the student newspaper.

Boston University  Boston, MA

 Felice Frankel, ArtistinResidence and Visiting Lecturer at MIT,
presented her work in a slide show entitled, "Science Imaging:
Creating the Nexus Between Art and Information."

Bradley University  Peoria, IL

 Held a high school essay contest.
 Invited address by SJO Asset Management's trading systems analyst,
Han Mutlu, entitled "The Mathematics of Trading."

Cedar Crest College  Allentown, PA

 MathConn96: career panels and handson activities to interest
girls in mathematicsrelated careers; special presenters and
workshops to help teachers deal with both the technology
explosion and the NCTM Standards. In attendance were 324 seventh
and eighth grade girls from 53 schools in PA, NJ, and DE, and
their teachers.
 Dean Theodore Hartz, College of Business, Kutztown University,
"The Answer Is?"
 Kay B. Somers, Moravian College, "A Variety of Decisions."
 Carla Schultes, Salisbury State University, "Mathematical Models
in Middle School Teaching."
 Other talks by Paul McHale, Member of Congress; Peter W.C. Mather,
Vice President, Management Information Services, Air Products and
Chemicals, Inc.; and Norman G. Schaffer, Engineering Associates.

Central College  Houston, TX

 Produced a mathematics newsletter and bulletin board displays.
 Panel discussion: Mathematics and Decisionmaking  used
statistical data to support opinions relating to affirmative
action.
 Mathematics Riddles Contest for seventh and eighth graders 
students used decisionmaking to guess the answer to number
theory problems.
 Colloquium Speaker: James Ginn, Texas Southern University,
"Mathematical Expectations."

Central Missouri State College  Warrensburg, MO

 Mathematics Awareness Banquet at which 11 endowed scholarships
were awarded and students and teachers from 13 area high schools
were honored.
 Terry Goodman, "The History of Mathematics."
 Displays in the student union and the library.

Centre College  Danville, KY

 Presentation of an awardwinning student paper.
 UNDERCUT Tournament.
 The annual Path vs. Physics volleyball game and picnic.
 Road Rally to illustrate decision making in the face of
uncertainty.

Clarke College  Dubuque, IA

 Second Annual Math Scavenger Hunt for area 7th and 8th graders.

College of the Desert  Palm Desert, CA

 The math, engineering, and science students scheduled a Friday
afternoon meeting during MAW to explore the ideas and mathematics
of quantum physics.

El Centro College  Dallas, TX

 Held a poster contest to highlight the theme "Mathematics and
Decision Making."
 Conducted a "Decision Exam" contest with questions involving
mathematical applications in everyday decisions.

Fairfax County Public Schools  Fairfax, VA

 Daily showings during Mathematics Awareness Week on its cable
channel of a 30minute TV program, "RealWorld Applications of
High School Mathematics," which featured Saul Gass, Univ of MD;
Thomas Gulledge and Karla Hoffman, George Mason Univ; and Tom
Nuttall, FCPS High School Mathematics Coordinator, presenting
their uses of mathematics in connection with the 1996 MAW theme
 Mathematics and Decision Making. The program was produced with
the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
(INFORMS) which also showed it during its May 58 National
Meeting in Washington, DC.

Finger Lakes Community College  Canandaigua, NY

 Hosted a mathematics competition among area high schools for
participating 912 graders. In order for a school to win,
students in all grades needed to participate.

Georgia Southern University  Statesboro, GA

 Faculty member Dr. Stuart Davidson presented "Mathematics In
Sports."

Gettysburg College  Gettysburg, PA

 Campuswide reception honored the school's championship modeling
team which earned an outstanding designation in the 1996
Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
 Delegation visited with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; the
governor presented a Mathematics Awareness Week proclamation and
the pen he used to sign it.
 Sponsored a Tshirt contest in which area high schools were
invited to submit Tshirt designs with a mathematical theme.
 Organized a department Undergraduate Research Symposium at which
top students presented the results of their independent
investigations in a setting similar to that of a professional
mathematics meeting.
 Celebrated with a mathematics/computer science/physics picnic.

Groton School  Groton, MA

 Jonathan Choate, mathematics department chair, and the members of
his advanced 1012th grade mathematics class developed the
computerbased game, COMPUTER UNDERCUT, to illustrate the MAW
theme. Both Mac and PC versions were made available on the world
wide web and used as the basis for MAW contests. In April alone,
359 visits were recorded to the COMPUTER UNDERCUT web page.

Goucher College  Towson, MD

 The traditional Torrey Dinner where awards were presented to the
most outstanding mathematics and computer science students.

Harper College  Palatine, IL

 Talk on "Some Perils and Paradoxes of Game Theory" by Ed Packel of
Lake Forest College.
 Showing of PBS TV program Breakthrough (see PBS below).
 Computer terminals dedicated for MAW games such as MAW surfing and
UNDERCUT.

Hawaii Alliance of Math and Sciences  Honolulu, HI

 The Governor signed a State Proclamation for MAW.
 The Mayor of the County of Honolulu signed a County Proclamation.
 State Mathematics Championship involved high school teams from
throughout the state.
 Math banquet honored outstanding students on the American High
School Mathematics Exam and the American Junior High School
Mathematics Exam.

Hood College  Frederick, MD

 Posted an email message on the campus system each day of MAW
using quotes about mathematics  some serious, some silly.
Following MAW people said, "Hey! I miss those math messages."

Howard Community College  Columbia, MD

 Speaker: Brent Morris, National Security Agency, performed card
tricks and explained the underlying mathematics.
 Showcase display in library reflected mathematics in many forms.
 Several contests for the students  prizes included a scientific
calculator, school supplies, magnets, and puzzle games.

Hudson River Undergrad Math Conference  Saratoga Springs, NY

 Ronald Graham, "Juggling Permutations of the Integers."
 Laura Taylor, "The Mathematical Modeling of Some Environmental
Issues."

Illinois State University  Normal, IL

 Research seminar entitled "Optimal Graph Constraint Reduction,"
and a presentation, "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
for Decision Making."

Johnson & Wales University  Providence, RI

 Third Annual Mathematics Contest.
 Poster Display.
 NES/MAA Regional Dinner Meeting.
 Lecture: "AfroAmerican Mathematicians," Dr. Patricia Kennedy.
 Lecture: "Why I HATE Math But Love Museums," Dr. Edward Burger.
 Establishment of host site for NEMATYC Web Pages

Lycoming College  Williamsport, PA

 Held a daylong MAW event for area middle schools which invited
teachers and students to attend numerous sessions.

Maharishi University of Management  Fairfield, IA

 Fourth Annual Southeast Iowa Mathematics Festival for high school
students.
 Mathematics Movie Theater.
 Career panel with Scott Hickey, Vice President of Sterling
Software, Ramin Shahidi, software developer for Vital Images, and
John Price, MUM math department chair.

Mathematical Association of America

 Prominently displayed a Mathematics Awareness Week banner on the
MAA building.
 Held a COMPUTER UNDERCUT contest.

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute  Berkeley, CA

 Lecture by Hal Varian, University of California, Berkeley, on
"Network Economics: Mathematical Models of the Evolution of
Telecommunication."
 Lecture by Andrew Rudd on "Mathematical Models for Portfolio
Management."

Moravian College  Bethlehem, PA

 Mathematics contest for local high school students
 Jerry King, "The Poetic Image of Mathematics."

Morehead State University  Morehead, KY

 Held a Math Carnival featuring puzzles, games, and problem solving
competitions.

New Jersey Mathematics Coalition  throughout NJ

 Coordinated 1,000 handson parental involvement events for Math,
Science and Technology Month which includes MAW and National
Science and Technology Week.

New Mexico State University, Grants (2year) Branch  Las Cruces, NM

 Provided a mathematical display during April.
 Two student mathematics contests were held and awards were given.

North Carolina A&T State University  Greensboro, NC

 Sessions on technology & teaching.
 Student Demonstrations.
 Contest on differentiation & integration.

Ohio Northern University  Ada, OH

 The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science sponsored a
Jeopardylike contest with a top prize of $100 from the
department faculty.

Ohio State University  Columbus, OH

 Honored 69 mathematics majors at an Undergraduate Recognition
Ceremony.

Ohio State University  Lima, OH

 The Mathematics Learning Center sponsored a mathematics contest
for students.

Public Broadcasting Service  Nationwide

 Distributed "BREAKTHROUGH: The Changing Face of Science in America
on three Monday evenings in April. Program six  "A Delicate
Balance"  was scheduled during Mathematics Awareness Week and
featured mathematicians Freda PorterLocklear and Richard Tapia.

Purdue University  Hammond, IN

 Don Saari, Northwestern University, gave a lecture about the
mathematics of voting theory.

Rochester Institute of Technology  Rochester, NY

 Talks by Paul Schweitzer, William Simon School of Business
Administration, University of Rochester and William Zwicker,
Union College, Schenectaday.
 Display of articles and other information about Mathematics and
Decision Making.
 St. John's University  Jamaica, NY

 Hosted its fifth annual Sonia Kovalesky High School Mathematics
Day which focused on the role of mathematics in making decisions
about health, crime solving, and money.

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley  St. Louis, MO

 Held an activity each day of the week with prizes to match
including a scavenger hunt, an open house at the math learning
center, and several presentations related to the MAW theme.

Schoolcraft College  Livonia, MI

 Distributed a special newsletter and awarded an annual student
mathematics prize.

Shepherd College  Shepherdstown, WV

 Math department, with the cooperation of the Shepherdstown Opera
House, sponsored a mathematical problemsolving contest.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics  Washington
Baltimore Section

 Sponsored a lecture by Thomas Saaty, University of Pittsburgh, on
the MAW theme, "Mathematics and Decision Making."

Southeastern Louisiana University  Hammond, LA

 Hosted the First Annual SLU Mathematics Technology Conference,
inviting middle school and secondary teachers as well as
university faculty, administrators and students. Sessions
focused on using technology in the classroom through decision
making activities.
 Problem of the Day contest open to all students.
 Poster contest.
 Reception for SLU math majors.

State University of New York College  Oneonta, NY

 Frank Kost and Lisa Gordon (student), "The Buffon Needle Problem."
 Esmat Nouri, "Mathematical and Statistical Models for Management
Decisions."
 Lisa Gordon (student), "Statistical Quality Control."
 Connie Feldt, "Activities and Games for the Elementary and
Secondary Classroom."
 William O'Dea, "Mathematics in Economics."
 Ken Morgan, IBM Labs, "New Innovations in Computer Science
Programming."
 The Math Club and MAA student chapter sponsored a reception for
faculty and students.
 1996 marked their highestever attendance for MAW events.

Swarthmore College  Swarthmore, PA

 Designed, hosted, and maintained the MAW national world wide web
site. Encouraged and assisted other institutions in designing
their own MAW pages. During April, the main MAW page was
accessed 1,351 times.

University of Alaska  Fairbanks, AK

 Held a mathematical contest in modeling with presentations by
undergraduates. High school students and the public were invited
to attend. A pizza party followed.

University of California  Davis, CA

 Laurie Snell, "Chance in Our Daily Lives."
 Blaise Morton, "Mathematics in Industry."
 Joel Hass, "The Trouble with Double Bubbles."

University of Central Oklahoma  Edmond, OK

 Charles Cooper, "The Notion of Fixing a Topology and Its
Spacetime Motivations."
 Elizabeth Francis, "The Concept of Limit in College Calculus,
Assessing Student Understanding and Teacher Beliefs."
 Mohammad Tabatabai, "A Faculty Hiring Model."
 James Yates, "Methods of Estimating Parameters of the Johnson
Distributions" (the annual L. Wayne Johnson lecture).
 David Boliver," What is Algebra?" (for high school groups).

University of the District of Columbia  Washington, DC

 Hosted an open house to begin Mathematics Awareness Week.
 Held several lectures and a poster contest.
 Showed the film: "Stand and Deliver."

University of Kansas  Lawrence, KS

 Honors Banquet for outstanding math students, instructors, and
successful researchers.
 K12 teachers invited to Math Awareness Week Symposium:
 Mathematical Connections: Fred Van Vleck;
 Decisions About the Future of Math Education: Jack Porter;
 Math Awareness in the Lawrence Community.
 Workshop for 5th graders:
 Walking with a Calculator: Jack Porter and Marian Hukle;
 Random Walk: Tyrone Duncan and Peter Zimmer;
 The Binomial and the Poisson: An Introduction to Probability
Distributions: Nathan Welch;
 Cookies and Magic: Tracy Atteberry;
 Educational Activities and Computer Presentations;
 The Magic of Superconductivity: Shane Haas;
 Tinkering with Tiles: Stephanie Childs.
 Applied Math Day presenting faculty and students' recent work:
 Applied Mathematics Poster Session and Discussion;
 Reception for Les Robertson (1930s graduate);
 Ellis B. Stouffer Colloquium  Algorithms for Molecular Dynamics:
Eric Barth, Courant Institute.
 Faculty Math Awareness Dialogue  Between the Math Department and
Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Statistics, EE and Computer
Science, and Biology.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

 Lecture: Professor Joseph Horowitz, "Mathematics and Hard
Decisions."

University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA

 Displayed MAW posters in the mathematics and computer science
building along with some old and current calculating devices
(slide rule, mechanical calculator, mechanical card punch, HP
calculator).

University of South Alabama  Mobile, AL

 Lecture: Daniel E. Flath, "Fermat's Last Theorem."
 MAW Poster Exhibition.
 Mathematics Contest and Chris Nash Scholarship Competition with
cash prizes and commemorative coffee mugs for participants.

University of Vermont  Burlington, VT

 Poster contest for K8 students.
 Radio callin contest on the campus broadcast station, and more.

University of Wisconsin  Madison, WI

 Three talks on mathematical finance and voting procedures by
Madison math professors Thaleia Zariphopoulou and Anatole Beck,
and Phil Straffin from Beloit College.

US Air Force Academy  Boulder, CO

 Held math majors' night: showed a video on Fermat's last theorem,
had a pizza party.

US Naval Observatory  Washington, DC

 Issued a press release to celebrate Mathematics Awareness Week
that emphasized one of the most pervasive uses of mathematics in
daily life: the measurement, maintenance and dissemination of
time.

Virginia Wesleyan University  Norfolk, VA

 Held an UNDERCUT tournament open to the whole academic community,
offering $100 for the winner.
 Showed "N is a Number" with free popcorn and soft drinks.
 Advertised the PBS show and MAW events in campus publications.

Washington State University  Pullman, WA

 Held the seventh annual mathematical poster and model contest.
Photographs of most of the winning entries may be seen on the WSU
web site.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute  Worcester, MA

 Held display competition with cash prizes. Displays demonstrated
the use of mathematics and decision making within another
discipline.
 Had a treasure hunt on the world wide web with a maze of rooms,
one containing the trea$ure chest worth $500 (donated by United
Technologies). Participants answered questions based on
calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics and math history
in order to move from room to room.
