94th Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America

South Texas Mathematics Consortium (STMC) is the professional organization formed by universities and colleges in the South Texas region. It serves as a conference outlet for the scholarly exchange among its members and guests. Its meetings are hosted by member institutions annualy.

Conference Program


Registration is still open; however abstracts and meal reservations will no longer be accepted. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Registration Forms, Payment Options, and Due Dates

The Meeting Registration Form, Abstract Submission Form, and Calculus Bowl Registration Form are Adobe PDF forms. Please open/save them in Adobe Reader (or Adobe Acrobat if you prefer), fill them online, save the form to your computer (so that you have a copy for your records), and submit or email the completed form to the appropriate committee member or to stmc@tamiu.edu.

The due dates for abstracts and the regular registration for Calculus Bowl is 24 March 2014. Any item that arrives after this due date is subject to our workload and possible non-acceptance. We will do our best.

Whether you are a presenter (registering your abstract through the Abstract Submission Form) or a student participaating in the College Calculus Bowl (registering through the Calculus Bowl Registration Form), please do not forget to also complete and submit your meeting/conference registration by the online credit card payment option or by completing and submitting the Meeting Registration Form. For student-team discount, we ask that you please do submit the pdf form whether you are paying by the automated online system (credit card or ACH) or by other means.

Payment options at this time are by

  • Check (please do not mail cash),
  • Credit card (or ACH) online payment. Click Here!
  • Credit card by phone (please (956) 326-2765).

The various registration forms are described below. When saving the pdf forms, it would be good to include your name as part of the file name.

  • The pdf form for Meeting Registration is located here. Please save/open in Adober Reader. (Please check the total box to accurately represent the total for conference components you have selected to attend.)
  • The pdf form for Abstract Submission is found here. Please save/open in Adober Reader.
  • Please peruse the College Calculus Bowl Rules and Regulations and then use Adobe Reader to open/save the pdf form for College Calculus Bowl.
  • Online (credit card [Visa/MasterCard/American Express] or ACH) payment processing (and included meeting registration) is available through MarketPlace. Although the payment for discounted meeting registration for teams of seven students from the same institution can be made through this system, we ask the the pdf form for Meeting Registration be also completed. This double step is not necessary for other registrants.

Important Notes:

  • Please make sure that your email application program is running before you select the "SUBMIT" button on the pdf forms. Our local testing has demonstrated that the "SUBMIT" button actions may not fully execute if this is not the case.
  • if you do not receive a confirmation message from us within 48 hours of your submitting the forms to us, please check with us if we have received your abstract/calculus bowl registration/meeting registration.
  • Make sure that you save a local copy of the pdf forms for your records and if there was a problem with our receiving your abstract/calculus bowl registration/meeting registration and associated data intact.


Short Courses

There are three short courses / workshops during this meeting.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30--8:30 pm

      • Short Course offered by: Charles Conley, University of North Texas
      • Title: Undergraduate Projects in Representation Theory
      • Abstract: This workshop will give an introductory overview of the subject of representation theory of groups. Its aim will be to describe various projects and directions for research accessible to undergraduate students who have had a course in abstract algebra or linear algebra. Some of the projects we will touch on involve Gauss's construction of the regular 17-gon by compass and straightedge, the unit sphere in the 4-dimensional space of quaternions, Weyl's character formula for SU(3) interpreted as a series of trigonometric identities, and the vibrational modes of tetrahedral molecules.

    Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:00--9:30 am

      • Workshop offered by: Jenny Marwah, Pearson Education
      • Title: Strategies for Adaptive Learning
      • Abstract: Explore options for designing your course as a personalized learning tool that assesses each student’s knowledge and prescribes an individualized question set to help the student focus on the objectives they need help with. Discover the features of the Continuously Adaptive Study Plan that offers personalized recommendations based on sophisticated data analysis algorithms. Learn how you can easily create Personalized Homework Assignments with the ability to set access controls using available and due dates, prerequisites, and other customizable settings.

    Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:00--11:00 am

      • Short Course offered by: Lorenzo Sadun, University of  Texas at Austin
      • Title: Flipping a large calculus classroom. Learning from our mistakes.
      • Abstract: The idea would be to explain what we've done at UT, what has and hasn't worked, and then to have a very long Q&A session where we can all compare notes about what can be done at other places.

Invited Talks

There are five invited addresses during this meeting. The meeting comes to close with a Conference Resolutions address.

Student Forum

    • Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:00--11:50 am
    • Speaker: Robert L. Devaney, Boston University, President of Mathematical Association of America
    • Title: Chaos Games and Fractal Images
    • Abstract: In this lecture we will describe some of the beautiful images that arise from the "Chaos Game." We will show how the simple steps of this game produce, when iterated millions of times, the intricate images known as fractals. We will describe some of the applications of this technique used in data compression as well as in Hollywood. We will also challenge students present to "Beat the Professor" at the chaos game and maybe win his computer.
    • Speaker Biography: See attached file. You probably need to use the browser's back button to return to this page.
    • Conference Resolutions

Opening Address

    • Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:00--2:00 pm
    • Speaker: Lorenzo Sadun, University of Texas at Austin
    • Title: How the World Fits Together
    • Abstract: The world is filled with hierarchical structures. Atoms group together to form molecules, which group together to form macromolecules, which group together to form cell parts, which form cells, tissues, organs and people. People form communities, which form states and countries. Where did all this structure come from?

      The laws of physics are mostly short-range and don't explain these large-scale groupings. Instead, using tilings as a model, we'll see how short-range forces can indirectly determine a whole hierarchy of structures. We will also see how spaces of tilings can help us understand chaos.

    • Speaker Biography: Click Here!

Teaching Excellence Awards Address

    • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:35--9:25 am
    • Speaker: Harold Boas, 2013 MAA Texas Outstanding Teacher, Texas A&M University
    • Title: From Plato’s Academy to the Khan Academy
    • Abstract: The roots of contemporary mathematics stretch back two and a half millennia to ancient Greece. How does this long history inform the teaching of mathematics at today's university? The discussion includes examples from the past, the present, and the future.
    • Speaker Biography: Harold P. Boas graduated in 1976 from Harvard College and received a PhD in 1980 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He taught for four years at Columbia University before joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, where his current title is Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence. He received the Stefan Bergman Prize (jointly with Emil J. Straube) from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in 1995, for research in multidimensional complex analysis, and the Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in 2009, for the expository article "Reflections on the arbelos." He served as Editor of the Notices of the AMS from 2001 to 2003 and as Editor of the MAA's Anneli Lax New Mathematical Library from 2007 to 2010. He has three grandsons: the age of the eldest equals the sum of the ages of the two younger boys; the square of the age of the youngest equals the sum of the ages of the two elder boys; and all three ages are even numbers.
    • Speaker Biography: Click Here!

Plenary Address

    • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:45–10:35 am
    • Speaker: Shahriar Shahriari, Pomona College
    • Title: Matching & Marriage, Chains & Dominance
    • Abstract: See attached file. You probably need to use the browser's back button to return to this page.
    • Speaker Biography: Shahriar Shahriari is the William Polk Russell Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College where he has been since 1989. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shahriari is the author of "Approximately Calculus", published by the AMS in 2006 and selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007. He serves on the editorial board of "Order", has edited three conference proceedings, and is the author of over 30 research articles mostly in Combinatorics. Shahriari has won Pomona College's Wig teaching award four times, is the winner of MAA's Carl B. Allendoerfer Award in 1998, and is the recipient of the 2014 Southern California-Nevada Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Teaching Award.
    • Speaker Biography: Click Here!

Closing Address

    • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:45–11:35 am
    • Speaker: Scott Chapman, Sam Houston State University, Editor, The American Mathematical Monthly
    • Title: Monthly Past, Monthly Present, and Monthly Future
    • Abstract: See attached file. You probably need to use the browser's back button to return to this page.
    • Speaker Biography: See attached file. You probably need to use the browser's back button to return to this page.
    • Speaker Biography: Click Here!

Conference Resolutions

    • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11:40–11:55 am
    • Speaker: John Sieben, Texas Lutheran University

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