AWM at MathFest 2014

August 6 – 9, 2014, Portland, Oregon

Thursday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

AWM Panel – Mentoring Matters

  • Organizers:
    • Jacqueline Jensen, Slippery Rock University
    • Magnhild Lien, California State University Northridge
    • Maura Mast, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Panelists:
    • Courtney Gibbons, Hamilton College
    • arol Schumacher, Kenyon College
    • Helen Wong, Carleton College
    • Stan Yoshinobu, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The initiation of mentoring programs for all faculty is supported not just anecdotally, but also by data-driven recommendations that appeared in publications such as 2010’s “Gender Differences in Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty” and 2006’s “Report of the Banff International Research Station’s Workshop on Women in Mathematics.” This panel offers several perspectives on mentoring, from individual experiences to programs supported by organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation. Additionally, the panel addresses the process of finding the right mentor and having multiple mentors; and best practices for institutions interested in developing and training mentors.

Friday, August 8, 8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

AWM – MAA Morning Coffee

Friday, August 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

The Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America invite you to enjoy coffee and light refreshments before the Eta Z. Falconer Lecture.

Friday, August 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecture: From Algebraic to Weak Subintegral Extensions in Algebra and Geometry

Marie A. Vitulli, University of Oregon

As students of algebra we quickly learn that for the purpose of solving polynomial equations the field of rational numbers is inadequate. We soon become acquainted with algebraic extensions of the rationals and later in our studies meet the fields of algebraic numbers, real numbers, and complex numbers, the latter as the algebraic closure of the real field.

As students of commutative algebra we learn about integral extensions of rings and their properties and consequences in the study of algebraic varieties and schemes. Again, for some purposes, integral extensions do not accomplish all that we had hoped for. Much more recently geometers and algebraists introduced the twin theories of weak normality and seminormality for commutative rings and algebraic varieties to address some of these deficiencies.

In this talk we outline the history of the twin theories with an emphasis on the recent developments in the area over the past fifteen years. For clarity of exposition For clarity of exposition we will focus our attention on the characteristic 0 case where the theories merge into one.

Please visit the AWM Booth (# 24) in the Exhibit Hall during the exhibit hours starting with the Grand Opening Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 6.
Starting August 7, the exhibit area is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.