Conference schedule

Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Spring meeting: March 31 to April 1, 2017, at SUNY Oswego

Friday, March 31:
2 to 5 p.m., 130 Shineman Center:
Project NExT Workshop: MathBook XML led by Ben Atchison (Framingham State University)

This workshop will introduce participants to Mathbook XML (MBX). Participants will receive a general overview of the use of MBX to author and collaborate on textbook, article and other educational resource projects, which can be easily converted to many outputs, including print, LaTeX-to-PDF, and HTML. Sufficient time will be provided for initial MBX authoring/conversion practice via SageMathCloud. By the end of the workshop, authors will be well on their way to establishing and working with MBX locally on their own operating system. An introduction to knowls, self-contained MBX enhancements, with examples (SageCells, WebWork, etc.) will also be given. Participants should bring their own laptop, and no previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please email Nate Reff ( if you plan on attending.

3 to 6 p.m., 225 Shineman Center:
Meetings of the Executive Committee and Extended Executive Committee

Sheldon Ballroom
6 to 7 p.m.: Social Hour (cash bar) and Registration
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Banquet
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Frederick Rickey, USMA: How George Washington Learned to Be a Surveyor
9:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Trivia Game Show, hosted by Blair Madore, SUNY Potsdam

Saturday, April 1:
Lanigan Hall, 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

Morning activities: 101 Lanigan Hall
8:45 to 8:55 a.m. Welcoming address
9 to 9:50 a.m. Tara Holm, Cornell University, Dance of the Astonished Topologist (or How I Left Squares and Hexes for Math)
10 to 10:50 a.m. Manuela Campanelli, RIT, Gehman Lecture, Numerical Relativity in the Gravitational Wave Observation Era
10:55 to 11:05 a.m. Group Photo
11:10 to 11:40 a.m. Business Meeting

Lunchtime activities:
11:10 to 11:40 a.m., Lanigan Hall: Rubik’s Cube Rewind, hosted by Kenny Roffo, SUNY Oswego
11:15 to noon: Lunch GROUP 1, Cooper Dining Hall
11:50 to 1 p.m.: Lunch GROUP 2, Cooper Dining Hall
12:10 to 1 p.m., 122 Shineman Center: Math Magic Show, hosted by Blair Madore, SUNY Potsdam

Afternoon activities: 
1:10 to 3:10 p.m., Shineman Center: Contributed Talks and Student Talks:
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3:20 to 4:10 p.m., 122 Shineman Center, Brett Stevens, Carleton University, Design Theory, Tournaments and Cryptography
4:15 to 4:20 p.m., 122 Shineman Center, Celebrate Dr. Clarence Stevens turning 100 this July!

Evening activities:
4:45 to 7:30 p.m., 150 Shineman Center:
Special IBL Workshop: "
IBL: Find your flavor"
Facilitators: Yousuf George (Nazareth College), Xiao Xiao (Utica College), Ryan Gantner (St. John Fisher College)
In this workshop we will discuss a spectrum of inquiry-based learning (IBL) techniques, including some of the nuts and bolts of running an IBL class. Various types of classroom styles will be explored. Whether you are curious about IBL, hoping to implement an IBL classroom or have already begun using IBL techniques, this workshop should provide activities and ideas to help broaden your teaching repertoire. Dinner will be included at no extra charge. In order to plan, pre-registration is requested by March 29. To register, send e-mail indicating intent to

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