November 3 Day 970: What a Beautiful Site!

I arrived in DC at 4:30 pm. No flight issues for me, thank goodness. There was plenty of time to meet up with another MAA Board member at the airport, grab a cab, tour the new HQ, enjoy empanadas for dinner, and run the MAA annual business meeting— virtually. I must admit that I amContinue reading “November 3 Day 970: What a Beautiful Site!”

April 22 Day 775: Ready for Take-off?

At the start of today’s virtual meeting and I was faced with the following screen. Umm… OK. But how long do I wait until I start to worry? I emailed the organizer and got a direct link pretty quickly. The session was good although sparsely attended. I chalked it up to the pains of anContinue reading “April 22 Day 775: Ready for Take-off?”

April 7 Day 760: A Conference Deferred

I am so over virtual conferences. It’s hard to motivate myself to attend and focus. Based on the attendance I am seeing at some of the sessions today, I’m not the only person feeling this way. The big January Math Meeting (AKA JMM2022) didn’t happen in January because of the omicron variant. Joining math friendsContinue reading “April 7 Day 760: A Conference Deferred”

March 8 Day 730: A Truly Hybrid Conference

Congratulations to Fred Hoffman, Maria Provost, Jeanne Cimillo, and Stephen Locke for putting together the 53rd Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing. It is the first truly hybrid conference I have attended. They went all in with technology, and have achieved what others only dream about. Let me explain. This is theContinue reading “March 8 Day 730: A Truly Hybrid Conference”

November 5 Day 607: Board Advice

The MAA Board had a hybrid meeting with 5 participants attending remotely and 16 in-person. It was an adventure, especially during the group activities, but we figured it out as we went along. Since people had laptops in the meeting room, we eventually landed on everyone signing into the Zoom meeting with their sound turnedContinue reading “November 5 Day 607: Board Advice”

April 21 Day 409: An Eleven Hour Whirlwind

It’s crunch time. My youngest needs to make his college decision. But because of the pandemic, the only college visits he had were three years ago when he was dragged along on his brother’s tour. I promised before he made his final choice, we would visit the campuses he was considering. I can neither confirmContinue reading “April 21 Day 409: An Eleven Hour Whirlwind”

February 27 Day 356: Golden Section Confession

Did you know that the members of the MAA living in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Hawaii, and Pacific US Islands refer to their local region as the “Golden Section”? (Double entendre fully intended. ) They have a spiral in their logo that is made of golden rectangles (in blue below) containing a classic golden spiralContinue reading “February 27 Day 356: Golden Section Confession”

February 17 Day 346: The Season of Spring Meetings

The coming weekend marks the first of many MAA Section Meetings to be held this “Spring”. Both the Florida Section (February 19-20) and the Golden Section (representing Northern California, Northern Nevada, and Hawaii, February 26-27) are typically held early in the meeting season. I think, so they can boast about their beautiful and temperate weather.Continue reading “February 17 Day 346: The Season of Spring Meetings”