This is a summary for all Pi Mu Epsilon Chapters of the meeting of the National Council of Pi Mu Epsilon, Inc., August 5th, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This is a summary for all Pi Mu Epsilon Chapters of Pi Mu Epsilon’s conference August 4 through August 6, 2010 in Pittsburh, Pennsylvania.
- Student Activities There were 53 Pi Mu Epsilon student speakers at the national Pi Mu Epsilon conference held in conjunction with MathFest 2010.
Speakers who requested transportation reimbursement also received $207 to help defray the costs of lodging, food, registration, etc. Pi Mu Epsilon was able to give these students this subsistence because of a grant from the National Security Agency.
- The J. Sutherland Frame Lecture, Incomprehensibility, was given by Nathaniel Dean of Texas State University.
- At the Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet and Awards Ceremony:
- Pi Mu Epsilon presented the C. C. MacDuffee Award posthumously to Leo J.Schneider of John Carroll University. This award for exceptional service to Pi Mu Epsilon on the national level is not given regularly, but only when the Council wishes to recognize someone especially deserving of the honor. Leo was Pi Mu Epsilon to many members and faculty advisors and was the 15th awardee since the award was established in 1964.
- 16 student speakers received $150 cash awards for the excellence of their presentations. Seven of these cash prizes were subsidized by a grant from the American Mathematical Society, three by the American Statistical Association, one by the Council on Undergraduate Research, two by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, one by the MAA’s Special Interest Group on Environmental Mathematics, and one was given by the MAA’s Special Interest Group on Mathematical Biology. These awards were presented immediately following the Pi Mu Epsilon Banquet with 136 in attendance including the Pi Mu Epsilon speakers and their faculty advisors. The list of winners can be found at
and the complete list of speakers and their titles can be found at
- The Student Reception welcoming Pi Mu Epsilon and MAA student speakers on August 4th, the evening before MathFest began, was well-received.
The fifth annual Pi Mu Epsilon Faculty Breakfast for 26 advisors who attended MathFest 2010 along with the PME Council and friends of PME was again great success, and Pi Mu Epsilon will continue to host these breakfasts at MathFests. Pi Mu Epsilon advisors who missed this breakfast will have an opportunity to meet national Pi Mu Epsilon Councillors at the Pi Mu Epsilon table in the Exhibit Hall at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans this coming January.
- Council Business.
The national Councillors met Thursday morning August 5. Also present at the meeting as visitors were former Presidents Richard Poss, J. Douglas Faires, and Robert Smith, Kappa Mu Epsilon Historian (and liaison to PME) Peter Skoner, and Susan Schneider, spouse of Leo J. Schneider.
Richard A Good Pi Mu Epsilon Lectureship and Chapter Enhancement Grants.
During the spring 2010 term Councillor Angela Spalsbury visited our Kentucky Eta Chapter at Centre College. This was the final lectureship visit for 2009-2010.
The Council approved funding in our 2010-2011 Richard A. Good Pi Mu Epsilon Lectureship and Chapter Enhancement Program for six of the Chapters that applied:
Our Alabama Alpha Chapter at the University of Alabama.
Our California Nu Chapter at Sonoma State University.
Our California Omicron Chapter at California State University-Chico
Our Kentucky Alpha Chapter at the University of Kentucky.
Our Texas Beta Chapter at Lamar University.
Our Virginia Mu Chapter at Christopher Newport University.
Pi Mu Epsilon has a finite amount of money to fund these visits by Councillors. Those Chapters that applied but were not funded this year, and any other Chapters, can request a visit by a Councillor provided that they pay the Councillor’s expenses. Our Councillors welcome such invitations, and enjoy meeting students and faculty at our Chapters.
New Chapters. In business conducted by email since its January meeting, Council voted unanimously to establish the following new Chapters:
At State University of New York-Plattsburgh our New York Alpha Xi Chapter #339 was installed by President-Elect Eve Torrence.
At the University of Nebraska-Omaha our Nebraska Gamma Chapter #341 was installed by President David Sutherland.
At the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg our Pennsylvania Psi Chapter #342 was installed by Councillor Jacqueline Jensen.
At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville our Wisconsin Eta Chapter #343 was installed by Councillor Paul Fishback.
Reactivated Chapters. The following Chapters have been reactivated or were given permission to reactivate with the stipulation that the Chapter applies for a Good Lectureship visit (+lectureship).
Alabama Alpha – University of Alabama (+lectureship)
District of Columbia Alpha at Howard University was reactivated by President-Elect Eve Torrence.
Kentucky Alpha – University of Kentucky (+lectureship)
Louisiana Eta at Nicholls State University was reactivated by President David Sutherland.
New York Mu at Yeshiva University was reactivated by Past President Joan Weiss.
Texas Beta – Lamar University (+lectureship)
Finances (See appendices for details.) The financial report for the July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 fiscal year showed that Pi Mu Epsilon is in good shape and was accepted unanimously by the Council. The budget for the July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 fiscal year was approved.
On Line Newsletter. Chapters can look forward to a second edition of the Pi Mu Epsilon on-line newsletter to appear on our web site this fall.
Pi Mu Epsilon Anniversaries. 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of Pi Mu Epsilon student talks at the summer meetings of the Mathematical Association of America, and 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pi Mu Epsilon at the University of Syracuse. To begin advertising this 100th anniversary, Pi Mu Epsilon will distribute buttons at national meetings beginning with the New Orleans Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2011.
Pi Mu Epsilon 100th Anniversary Button Contest. Four chapters, FL Epsilon, OH Sigma, OR Delta and MI Lambda, submitted entries. These designs may be viewed on the PME webpage. In October 2010 the final design will be selected by a vote of all Chapters.
Next National Pi Mu Epsilon Conference. The 2011 conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky. It will open with a Student Reception Wednesday afternoon August 3, and conclude with the Frame Lecture Friday evening August 5. Pi Mu Epsilon Speaker and Delegate applications will be available at www.pme-math.org beginning March 1, 2011.
Pi Mu Epsilon Journal. The Andree Award for the best student-written article in the 2009 issues of the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal went to
Giulia Fanti, Olin College of Engineering and Brian Nowakowski, Princeton University” for their paper, “Habitats on Costa Rican Jaguar Populations” and
Adam Shull, Valparaiso University, and John Holmes, Wabash College, for their paper, “Properties of Ideal Divisors”
The Editor of the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal reported an increase in the number of papers submitted for publication. There is still a desire to increase the number of student-written articles.
The Problems Section of the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal continues to be popular. The problems that appear in the spring and fall issues of the Journal are posted on the Pi Mu Epsilon web page, http://www.pme-math.org/ on March 1 and October 1, usually 8 weeks ahead of the time the Journal is mailed to our members. October 1, 2010 is the deadline for solutions submitted to the problems that were posted on March 1, 2010, and the solutions to those problems will be printed in the fall 2010 issue of the Journal. Similarly, March 1, 2011 will the deadline for solutions submitted to the problems that will be posted on October 1, 2010, and the solutions to those problems will be printed in the spring 2010 issue of the Journal.
A searchable index for the titles and authors of all articles that have appeared in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal is on our web site. Articles that have won the Richard V. Andree Award are given special recognition in the index.
President-Elect Eve Torrence represented Pi Mu Epsilon at the gala celebration in Washington, DC honoring the 12 winners of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad.
Chapters are asked to verify that their listing is up to date and correct in our listing of Chapters at http://www.pme-math.org/chapters/statelists.html
Chapters should file their annual Chapter Report at http://www.pme-math.org/chapters/chaptersubmit.html
The complete and official minutes of this meeting will be available by request from the Pi Mu Epsilon Recording Secretary after they are approved at the January 2011 meeting of the Pi Mu Epsilon Council in New Orleans.
Joan Weiss Recording Secretary, Pi Mu Epsilon, Inc.
Pi Mu Epsilon Budget for July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010
Pi Mu Epsilon Budget for July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011