Click To Go To MAA Home Page Northeastern Section of the MAA (NES/MAA) 
Spring 2001 MEETING 
June 8-9, 2001 
Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont

This page contains the program for the NES/MAA Spring 2001 Meeting at Norwich University and links to information about the Meeting.  This page will be updated as additional information about the Meeting becomes available.

An on-line registration form is now available.  You may use this form for the meeting registration, meals, lodging, and workshops (preregistration is required for workshops).  When you have entered the information on the form, please click on "submit".  If you make a mistake while entering information or if you would like to start entering information again then click "clear".  Before you submit your registration, please print a copy of the page for your records.

Lodging for the Meeting will available on campus, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont, and at the Comfort Inns in Berlin and Barre, Vermont. Norwich University also maintains a list of area lodging on its site.

Please use these links to access driving directions and a campus map for the Northfield campus of Norwich University, general information about the University and its location in the middle of the state, information about Northfield, Vermont and historical, arts, entertainment, and cultural information for Northfield Vermont, and the weather for Northfield, Vermont.  

Meeting Program

The abstracts for the invited addresses may be accessed by clicking the title of the speaker's presentation. A biographical information is available for each of the invited presenters.  Links to web sites for invited speakers are provided.  The PDF file for the Meeting program is now available; to download Acrobat Reader, please click here.

The theme, Mathematics Potpourri – Something For Everyone, was chosen as a way in which to share our areas of specialization and as a wonderful opportunity to learn about other areas of mathematics.  The areas of specialization of the speakers include actuarial science and presenting mathematics over the World Wide Web, dynamical systems, geometry, graph theory, history of Mathematics, mathematics education, nonlinear partial and ordinary differential equations, number theory, and statistics. 

There will be two workshops offered on Friday, June 8, 2001 during the Meeting, an NSF Grant Writing Workshop , 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.,  and a mini-workshop on Developing Mathematical Models For The World Wide Web, 5 - 5:50 p.m..   

The NSF Grant Writing Workshop, a professional development opportunity, is designed for faculty interested in obtaining external support, in particular from the National Science Foundation, in order to improve their course or curriculum offerings.  The workshop will provide information on the availability of funding, current RFP’s (requests for funding), how to write, to prepare budgets for, and to submit proposals, the review and rating process, the deadlines, and the notification process.  While anyone is welcome to participate, the workshop will focus on the needs of those who have written no or few successful grant proposals.

Susan Forman of Bronx Community College, CUNY, will lead the grant writing workshop. Susan has received several NSF grants and has worked as a program officer at the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  She participated in an NSF sponsored training session designed to enable workshop leaders to share their knowledge of and experiences in writing grant proposals. 

This workshop is limited to 25 participants; space is still available.  The workshop fee of $20, to cover the costs of the workshop materials, can be paid using the meeting registration form.  All institutions in our Section are encouraged to send a representative. For more information about the workshop or to preregister as a participant, please contact Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University, by phone, (508)626-4785, or by email,


In the mini-workshop on Developing Mathematical Models For The World Wide Web, Cathy Frey of Norwich University will demonstrate websites that have been successful in delivering a variety of mathematical topics for typical undergraduate Precalculus and Calculus courses and introduce the tools used to develop these sites using Mathematica©, MathType© and JavaScript©.  Participants will have an opportunity to develop a web page for presenting mathematics over the World Wide Web.  To preview a site created with these methods look at

This workshop is limited to 23 participants; space is still available.  There is no fee for this workshop.  For more information about the workshop or to preregister as a participant, please contact Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University, by phone, (508)626-4785, or by email,


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Friday, June 8, 2001

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Susan Forman, Bronx Community College (CUNY)
NSF Grant Writing Workshop*

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (not included in workshop fee)

2:30 – 6:00 p.m.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Carolyn S. Gordon, Dartmouth College
“Isospectral Graphs And Surfaces:  What Can You Hear?”

4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Ralph D’Agostino Sr., Boston University
“Development, Validation And Transportability Of The Framingham Coronary Heart Disease Risk Prediction Functions (Case Study Of A Successful Exercise In Mathematical Statistical Methods)”

5:00 – 5:50 p.m.

Cathy M. Frey, Norwich University
“Developing Mathematical Modules For The World Wide Web”*

5:00 – 5:50 p.m.

Student Papers

6:00 – 6:40 p.m.


6:45 – 8:00 p.m.


8:00 – 8:10 p.m.

Opening Remarks

8:10 – 9:00 p.m.

Battles Lecture:  Thomas Banchoff, Brown University
“From Providence To Portugal: Surfaces Beyond The Third Dimension On The Internet”

*Enrollment for these workshops is limited.  Please preregister.


Saturday, June 9, 2001

8:00 – Noon


8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Nancy Eaton, University of Rhode Island
“When Do Near Packings Exist?”

9:00 – 9:50 p.m.

V. Frederick Rickey, United State Military Academy
“Calculus Classroom Chronicles: Catenaries, Clepsydrae, And Cycloids”

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Ezra Brown, Virginia Tech
“Square Roots From 1; 24, 51, 10 To Dan Shanks”

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Business Meeting

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Joe McKenna, University of Connecticut
“Thought Experiments With Mechanical Systems: Fun And Games With Rubber Bands And Springs”

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

Marilyn Durkin, Bentley College
“Observations On The Dynamics Of The Complex Cosine-Root Family”

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Contributed Papers

The deadline for submitting abstracts for Contributed Papers, presentations of approximately 15 minutes in length,  for the Spring Meeting is May 28, 2001.  To submit an abstract for a contributed paper, please send the abstract, your mailing address, and a list of any special equipment that you may need to Tommy Ratliff at; while email submission are preferred, you may also send a typed submission to Tommy Ratliff, Department of Mathematics, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766 

The deadline for submitting abstracts for Student Papers, presentations of approximately 15 minutes in length, for the Spring Meeting is May 28, 2001.  To submit an abstract for a student paper, please send the abstract, including current address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of a faculty sponsor to Ockle Johnson at  While e-mail is preferred, you may also send your typed abstract to Ockle E. Johnson, Department of Mathematics, Keene State College, Keene, NH 03435-2001.  Those that are accepted will receive prizes and one presenter for each paper will receive free meals and registration at the meeting.

Program Committee
Sarah L. Mabrouk, Chair

Local Arrangements Committee
Robert Poodiack, Chair
Peter Bartram
Cathy Frey
Gerard LaVarnway
Waclaw Timoszyk
Ernest True
Stephen Wiitala

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