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Math Fest 2010

Dates: August 5-7, 2010

Location: Pittsburgh, PA


Events of Interest to Math Circle Community

  • NAMC BOOTH (19) in the Exhibit Hall

    The NAMC is a MathFest 2010 Sponsor. Join us at our MathFest Booth (Booth 19) to learn about the newest additions to the NAMC website ( including social networking tools (chat rooms, sharing tools) and continued development of the NAMC Problem Database!

  • Friday, August 6, 6:15 - 9:15 NAMC Group Dinner at Cafe Euro

    In what we hope will become an annual meeting tradition we invite NAMC members to join us for dinner. We know many people will be leaving early Saturday night so we suggest Friday night. Meet at 6:15 in the Omni lobby or at 6:30 at the Cafe Euro Restaurant
    US Steel Tower, Lower Level, 600 Grant St -- has the map with walking directions,

    If you are interested in joining us you must let us know ahead of time (for our reservation). Either email Josh (joshua.zucker(at) or stop by the NAMC booth
    and we'll add you to the list.

  • Saturday, August 7, 6:30am - 3rd Annual MathFest 5K Fun Run/Walk (NAMC Sponsored Event)

    Get active with your colleagues and have some fun along the bike path at North Shore Park! More than 150 MathFest attendees participated in the 2009 MathFest 5K Fun Run/Walk and this year is sure to be a hit. The fee is $25 and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Donations are being accepted to present to a local Pittsburgh charity.

  • Saturday, August 7, 9:00 – 10:20 am. Mathematics Circle Demonstration (Monongahela)

    Presented by Joshua Zucker, "Coins in Twoland"
    Participants: Local middle and high school students
    Organizers: Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University; Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University; James Tanton, St. Mark’s School.

  • Saturday, August 7, 10:30 – 11:20 am. MAA Invited Address (Grand Ballroom): The Mathematics of Math Circles, Zvezdelina Stankova, Mills College

  • Saturday, August 7, 1:00 – 4:20 pm. Invited Paper Session (Monongahela)
    Title: The Mathematics of Math Circles and Beyond

    Organizers: Zvezda Stankova, Mills College; Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University.

  • Saturday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Panel Discussion (Monongahela)
    Title: Math Circles: Transforming (or Subverting) Pre-College Mathematics

    Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University; Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University.

    Panelists: Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University; Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska;William McCallum, University of Arizona;James Tanton, St. Mark’s School; James Taylor, Santa Fe Preparatory School.


Good time of the day! I was happy to learn more about the Math Fest. I especially was interested in The Sum of Squares of Wavelengths of a Closed Surface which was studied by Kate Okikiolu from San Diego . I was myself trying to define a spectral invariant and made some modest research on it. Would be great to compare my conclusions with Kate's.