Invited Speaker - Intermountain MAA Spring 2013 Speakers

MAA Intermountain Section Spring Meeting

March 2013

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 Invited Speakers:

·       Jennifer Quinn, University of Washington

Jennifer Quinn

Jennifer Quinn earned her BA, MS, and PhD from Williams College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. She is currently the Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma where she is working to build a mathematics curriculum on the expanding campus with shrinking resources. Prior to joining UW Tacoma, she served as Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics and before that, spent more than a decade as a faculty member at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Jennifer's professional focus is combinatorics with a special fondness for Fibonacci numbers. She believes that beautiful proofs are as much art as science. Simplicity, elegance, and transparency should be the driving principles. Jennifer credits much of her success to amazing opportunities at the MAA and a strong collaboration with Arthur Benjamin.  Together they co-authored the book, Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof (published by MAA and winner of the 2006 Beckenback Book Prize) and co-edited MAA's  Math Horizons from 2003-2008.  An award winning scholar and teacher, perhaps her proudest MAA moment was receiving the Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching in 2007.  She is currently Second Vice President of the  MAA.

·       Robert Bradley, Adelphi University

Rob Bradley is Professor of Mathematics at Adelphi University, near New York City.  He is a graduate of Concordia University (Montreal) and he studied mathematics and philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Toronto, where he was a student of Mustafa Akcoglu.  His interests include probability and ergodic theory, but his recent research has been in the history of mathematics, especially the history of analysis.    He is President of the Euler Society and was until recently the Chairman of the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the MAA.  With Ed Sandifer, he wrote Cauchy's Cours d'analyse: An Annotated Translation (Springer 2009) and edited Leonhard Euler: Life, Work and Legacy (Elsevier 2007).  With Ed Sandifer and Larry D'Antonio he edited Euler at 300: An Appreciation (MAA 2007).  He is currently working on an annotated translation of l'Hôpital's 1696 text Analyse des infiniment petits with Sal Petrilli and Ed Sandifer.  He performs both classical and folk music and is the bassist for The Wickers Creek Band, an Upstate New York bluegrass quintet.


·       James Powell, Utah State University

James Powell is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Biology, specializing in mathematical models of dispersal and life-cycle timing and their application in ecology. He was hired at Utah State in 1991 after receiving his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona, and collaborates with scientists and engineers to develop mathematical models and techniques addressing their needs. Jim loves teaching mathematics in context, connecting students to applications from model development onwards. He has two daughters (Chelsea and Caitlin), two cats (Jackson and Seth) and one dog (Maya). When not integrating DE, writing or teaching Jim hikes and skis, cooks weapons-grade pasta, drinks classy wine, practices Aikido, lifts weights, searches for the perfect burrito and generally avoids the undead.