Highlights from MathFest 2011

Last weekend I was in Lexingon, Kentucky for MathFest 2011. I had a very nice time and saw some very good talks. I thought, just for fun, that I’d share a couple of juicy mathematical tidbits I learned. Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio Ed Burger of Williams College gave a talk entitled “Planting your…

Photos of Family Matters panel

A week ago I mentioned that I was going to sit on a panel called Family Matters at MathFest sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics. It was to focus on balancing work and family. I was nervous about it, but it turned out to be a great experience. My fellow panelists and the…

Infinite hat problems

I got back from MathFest yesterday after a long 3-leg red-eye trip across the country. It was a great meeting. It is always fun to hear some good talks, visit a new city, and see old friends (and meet another math blogger). The first talk that I attended was given by Alan Taylor: “Predicting Values of…

I need to learn how to say no

I’m heading to MathFest in a few days. I’m giving a talk on some generalizations of the Japanese Theorem (which I hope to blog about at some point), I am a panelist on the AWM panel called Family Matters, and, since I’m on the MAA Committee for Minicourses, I will be monitoring two minicourses. I also hope…

Short talks at conferences

I just received an email from the MAA regarding MathFest 2009 that made me laugh. I’m scheduled to give a ten minute (10 minute!) talk in one of the sessions. Those of you who’ve given a 10 minute talk know that it is impossible to say anything in that amount of time. (This reminds me…