Meetings and Programs
The Colorado College Mathematics Department has sponsored and
supported a variety of mathematical meetings and programs over
- Mathematical Association of America:
Florian Cajori was one of the founding members of the MAA and
served as its second president in 1917. The Mathematics Department
first hosted a MAA Rocky Mountain Section meeting in 1920 and has done
so seven times in this century.
- Topology Workshop: Both Jim
Fred Tinsley participated in a regular workshop for topology
research. With grant money, about 15 topologists from around
the country met annually to discuss latest ideas. Both Henderson
and Tinsley organized the workshop at Colorado College on several
- TRIBES: In 1982, Colorado College was selected to host the
Tribal Resource Institute in Business, Engineering, and Science.
Professor Val Veirs from the physics department directed the
summer program for Native American high school students. The
primary aim was to introduce students to college level mathematics,
physics, and engineering to prepare and encourage them to pursue
careers in these areas. The college sponsored the program for
several summers, and in 1985,
John Watkins from the mathematics
department directed the program.
NSF-CBMS Conference on Algorithms and Complexity:
This conference held in the summer of 1987 featured a series
of lectures by Professor Herb Wilf.
- San Luis Valley Program: Begun
in 1990, this summer program for high school students from the
San Luis Valley has continued yearly.
- PEW Workshop on Technology in the Classroom: In the summer
of 1990, Marlow Anderson organized a workshop at the Baca campus
of the Colorado College on the use of technology in the classroom.
The PEW foundation (Joseph and Mary Pew Charitable Trust) sponsored
the meeting and Wade Ellis was the invited speaker.
- NSF Young Scholars Program: Workshop
for high school students run by Mike Siddoway in the summers of 1992
- PEW Workshop on History of Mathematics:
Marlow Anderson, with
funding from the PEW foundation, organized
a history of mathematics workshop in September of 1998. About
18 mathematicians participated including five from the Colorado
College math department. Both John Watkins and Steven Janke
gave presentations. Visiting Professor Robin Wilson gave the
banquet address on the life of Lewis Carroll.
- Fearless Friday Seminars: Shortly after
Marlow Anderson joined
the faculty in 1982, he decided to give some structure to
what was a sporadic schedule of seminars in the mathematics
department. Under Anderson's guidance, the department set aside
three Friday afternoons each month (one block) for mathematics
seminars given regularly by members of the department and periodically
by visiting mathematicians. In the 1990's, the schedule included
one seminar per month aimed at a student audience. The department
also occasionally sets aside one seminar afternoon to discuss
teaching and student evaluations.
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