Student research recognized statewide, assistant dean to hold leadership positionPosted May 08, 2013
Faculty and students from ACU's Department of Mathematics attended the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at Texas Tech University April 11-13. In total, there were 43 undergraduate presentations and 59 graduate and faculty presentations at the MAA meeting.
David Reynolds, senior math major from Austin, received a certificate for outstanding undergraduate presentation for his paper, "Bridges on a Tile Floor.” Adam Simpson, junior physics and math major from Denver, Colo., also received a certificate for outstanding undergraduate presentation for his paper, "Investigations of the Complex Number Derivative."
“Winning an award tells me that my audience understood and enjoyed my presentation,” says Reynolds. “ACU has students of high caliber, and I am happy to have represented our math department at a regional conference.”
Both students have received previous recognition for their research. Reynolds presented his senior capstone for the math department. Simpson’s research was featured in the Society of Physic Students Observer, a quarterly magazine published by the SPS and the American Institute of Physics. Reynolds and Simpson were also awarded Outstanding Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival in April.
ACU math department faculty in attendance at the MAA meeting included Dr. Connie Yarema, Dr John Ehrke, Dr. Jason Holland and Dr. David Hendricks. Other ACU mathematics majors in attendance included Sean Branchaw and Jason Martin. Dr. David Hendricks, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of math, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Texas section of the MAA. His term will last through 2015.
The secretary-treasurer is responsible for the accounts and minutes of the Texas section of MAA and provides reports to the national office. As secretary-treasurer, Hendricks is part of the Executive Committee of the Texas section and participates in the section's fall and spring meetings, among other responsibilities. Hendricks has experience in a similar position, serving as arrangements chair in 2010 for the Texas section meeting. In 2012, he served as chair of the Texas section.