`Math Club/MAA Student Chapter`

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**on internships, REU
programs, tutoring jobs, etc.....**

**Spring 2006 Events:**

**Meeting time Wednesdays,
3 - 4**

**(with refreshments for
talks at 2:30 pm)**

**Simpson Tower 213**

**Alternative Credentialing Programs**(George Gonzalez, Recruitment Specialist, LAUSD)**April 12, 2006**George Gonzalez will be talking about alternative credentialing programs for math, science, English and special education. In these programs, you can teach, earning salary and benefits, while you're taking classes for your credential. Some of the programs are tuition free (District Intern Program). LAUSD will be interviewing at the Career Center the next day - if you are interested, you can sign up after the presentation.

**The Story of 1****April 19, 2006**We all start counting at 1 - find out about the history of how 1 came to be....

**Secondary Mathematics in California Public Schools-- Teaching and Beyond**(Fred Uy, Charter College of Education, CSLA)**April 26, 2006**Dr. Uy will discuss the process and the requirements in obtaining a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics in CA and will explore the other career options in secondary mathematics aside from teaching.

**Do you Sudoku?**(Silvia Heubach, CSLA)**May 3, 2006**Are you a Sudoku addict or novice who wants to learn about the game that has become the hottest puzzle? I will give a brief history of the game, talk about strategies to solve a puzzle, and discuss some mathematical questions related to Sudoku puzzles, such as the minimal number of given values, ….

**Calculator workshop**(Stuart Moskowitz, Humboldt State University)**Saturday, May 6, 2006**This is a day-long calculator workshop with an emphasis on applications that can be used in high school teaching. Pre-service teachers (those that are enrolled in either the Bachelor's of Mathematics - Single Subject Credential or in a Credential Program) will receive a free TI-86 calculator (unless they received one in an ealier workshop). Sign up with Dr. Heubach.

**Space is limited to 25 participants. Fee: $15**(for food and workbook). The workshop will start at 8 am, breakfast, lunch, munchies and beverages will be provided. Workshop ends around 5 pm.**DEADLINE for signing up is April 25!!!!**

**Winter 2006 Events:**

**Meeting time Wednesdays,
3 - 4**

**(with refreshments for
talks at 2:30 pm)**

**Simpson Tower 213**

**A Controversial Topic in Statistical Data Analysis**(Kagba Suaray, CSULB)**January 18, 2006**In the statistical analysis of data, it is assumed that all of the available information is used in order to attain an accurate summary of the population under study. However, due to various causes, there are times at which the variable under study will not be observable. Dr. Suaray will define and develop censoring, which is one of many ways this can happen, and look at some examples of how this real life phenomenon translates into nontrivial generalizations of the classical theory. Censored data arises in a wide variety of applied settings, including clinical trials in medicine and reliability theory in engineering.

**A topological approach to molecular symmetry**(Erica Flapan, Pomona College)**January 25, 2006**Symmetry plays an important role in predicting the behavior of molecules. A particular type of symmetry which is chemically important is mirror image symmetry. If a structure is rigid, it is not hard to check whether the structure and its mirror image are the same. Recently, knots, links, and other non-planar molecules have been synthesized which do not have the rigidity that is characteristic of small molecules. If a molecule is flexible or even partially flexible, it may be able to change into its mirror image, even though it cannot be rigidly superimposed on its mirror image. In this talk we will give examples of such structures and present techniques that can be used to prove that certain flexible structures cannot change into their mirror image.

If you want information about membership in the local MAA (Mathematics Association of America) student chapter, please contact Dr. Silvia Heubach at (323) 343-2150 or drop by my office in Simpson Tower 209.

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**Fall 2005 Events:**

**Meeting time 2:30 -
3:30 **

**(with refreshments for
talks at 2 pm)**

**Simpson Tower 213**

**Calculator Workshop for Pre-Service Teachers**(**October 15- Saturday!**)

**A career in the Actuarial Sciences**(John Rodgers, PacifiCare)**November 9, 2005**John will tell us about actuarial careers, how to prepare for it, where an actuary works,.... Here is the powerpoint presentation that John gave. It contains info and web sites of interest.

**Bubble Math**(Dr. Brookfield, CSLA)**November 16, 2005**

Bubbles can do really hard math! Soap films always try to minimize their surface areas. In doing so, they can "solve" some really interesting geometry problems - problems that are too hard for mathematicians. In this talk, I will demonstrate what bubbles can do and discuss what mathematicians have been able to prove about bubbles so far. Also on the agenda are square bubbles, bubbles-inside-bubbles, double bubbles, weird foam, and more.

**REU and MORE programs, and Graph Pebbling**(Ronald Martinez, CSLA)**November 23, 2005**

Ronald participated in a REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program last summer, and will give a short presentation on his research project (Graph pebbling). He will also tell us about his REU experience (how he found out about it, the works…) and the MORE program on our campus. Info on REU programs can be found at this AMS web site or on the NSF REU site.

**REU and MORE programs, and Graph Pebbling**(Ronald Martinez, CSLA)**November 30, 2005****Presentation will be repeated since it was interrupted by an emergency evacuation!**