2017 Michigan MAA Section Annual Meeting
  March 31 - April 1, 2017
  Ferris State University


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The schedule of talks (as of March 24) is listed below (yellow background = undergraduate speaker; green background = graduate student speaker).
To access the slides from a talk (if they have been provided to us), click the title of the talk in the table below. 
For a printable program with abstracts of all the talks, click here.
For the times at which tours of on-campus museums are scheduled, consult the section of the conference home page labelled "Other Activities".

Friday, March 31, 2017
1:00-6:00 Registration (outside University Center 202 AB)
2:15-3:20 Welcome
 Kristi Haik (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Ferris State University)
Opening Plenary

JP Cossey (Univ. of Akron)
An Algebraist Tries to Do Combinatorics with Undergrads, and Occasionally Doesn't Completely Fail
University Center 202 AB
3:30-4:10 Local Invited Lecture
Dawn Archey (Univ. of Detroit-Mercy)
The Boy Who Cried Wolf and the Mathematicians Who Said Math Was Really Useful
University Center 217
Local Invited Lecture
David Murphy (Hillsdale)
It Takes a Community
University Center 203
4:15-4:35 Tanweer Shapla and Khairul Islam (EMU)
Communicate Large Sample Concepts in Statistical Education Using Simulation
University Center 209
Gerry Cox (Lake Michigan College)
Using an Introductory Calculus Text to Teach a Pre-Calculus Algebra/Trig Class
University Center 211
Jeff Ford and Leighann McReynolds (Ferris St.)
Strategies for Smokestack:  A Statistical Analysis of Card Game Algorithms
University Center 213
4:40-5:00 Anil Venkatesh (Ferris St.)
Mastery-Based Assessment:  An Implementation with Reflective Writing
University Center 209
Arlo Caine (Cal Poly-Pomona)
Text Recognition with Computational Topology and Geometry
University Center 211
Sara Hayes (CMU)
Mathematics of Needlework:  An Introduction to Knit and Crochet
University Center 213
5:10-5:40 Business Meeting (University Center 203)
5:30-6:30 Refreshments (University Center 202 AB)
6:30-9:00 Banquet and Plenary Lecture
Timothy Chartier (Davidson) MAA Section Visitor
Mathematical Celebrity Look-Alikes
University Center 202 AB

Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00-12:00 Registration (outside University Center 202 AB)
8:00-12:00 Continental Breakfast (University Center 202 AB)
(served until food is gone or lunch begins)
8:45-9:40 Plenary Lecture
Matthew Wyneken (UM-Flint) MI-AMTE President
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) - Celebrating 25 Years
University Center 202 AB
9:50-10:10 Jon Wilson (Ferris St.)
Entropy of Non-Rectangular LEGO Bricks
University Center 209
Khairul Islam (EMU)
The Invariance of Chi-Squared Test under Various Probabilistic Models
University Center 211
Jon Oaks (Macomb CC)
Teaching Vocabulary in the Mathematics Classroom
University Center 213
Panel Discussion
The Ferris State University Quantitative Reasoning Project:  Student Voices
University Center 217
10:15-10:35 Rebecca Robinson (UM-Flint)
A Markov Chain Model of the Viral Spread of Internet Memes
University Center 209
Huizhen Zhang, Hongli Zhang and Marissa Mizwa (LTU)
An Optimized Modern Toll Plaza:  An Application of Queuing Theory and the Poisson Distribution
University Center 211
Feryal Alayont (Grand Valley St.)
Analyzing Student Work as a Way to Learn the Intricacies of Counting Techniques
University Center 213
Continuation of Panel Discussion
The Ferris State University Quantitative Reasoning Project:  Student Voices
 University Center 217
10:40-11:20 Break (University Center 202 AB)
11:20-11:55 Local Invited Lecture
  Katrina Piatek-Jimenez (CMU)
College Students' Stereotpyes of Mathematicians
University Center 217
Local Invited Lecture
Alan Lindsay (Notre Dame)
Modeling Diffusion and Capture
University Center 203
12:00-12:45 MUMC Pizza Lunch (for undergraduates)
University Center 217
Conference Luncheon
University Center 202 AB
12:55-1:50 Plenary Lecture
Ronnie Pavlov (Univ. of Denver)
Nearest-Neighbor Tilings in One and Two Dimensions
University Center 202 AB
2:00-2:20 Daniela Goetz (UM-Flint)
Mathematical Identity and the Impact of Stereotype Threat
University Center 209
Suzy McTaggert (EMU)
On Predicting Successful Family Medicine Residents Using the Characteristics of Medical Students Accepted to University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program
University Center 211
Matthew Wyneken (UM-Flint)
An Introduction to General Orthogonal Polynomials
University Center 213
2:25-2:45 Talk Cancelled
Ben Savoie (UM-Flint)
Mixing Time for the Generalized Rook's Walk
University Center 211
P. Gavin LaRose (UM-Ann Arbor)
Increasing Student Engagement in a Large-Enrollment Differential Equations Course:  Effect and Effectiveness
University Center 213
2:50-3:10 Justin Wisby (UM-Flint)
3D Rendering and Printing Fractals and Lindenmayer Constructions
University Center 209
Layla Potts (EMU)
The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Students' Perceptions of Small-Group Learning in Collegiate Mathematics Courses
University Center 211
Alexander Israetel (Davenport Univ.)
Statistical Analysis of Select Biometric Life History Variables in Primates
University Center 213
3:15-3:35 Alec Ward (Saginaw Valley St.)
How can a Parabola be a Source of Difference Equations?
University Center 209
Khairul Islam (EMU)
Teaching and Research Using Statistical Software R
University Center 211
Peter Brown (Lake Michigan College)
You Cannot Add Cats and Dogs
University Center 213
Stephanie Loewen and Vasily Zadorozhnyy (Grand Valley St.)
A New Triangle Generation of Generalized Genocchi Numbers Using Rook Placements on Genocchi Boards
University Center 217
3:35-4:00 Break
4:00-5:15 Student Awards Ceremony and Closing Plenary Lecture
Chris Rasmussen (Wesleyan Univ.)
Solving S-Unit Equations
University Center 202 AB