MAA Focus April/May 2012 : Page 3

NEWSMAGAZINE OF THE MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA • VOL. 32, NO. 2 • APRIL/MAY 2012 MAA FOCUS Katharine Merow Math Awareness Month poster . . . 9 Michael A. Jones Tevian Dray Features A Linear Algebraic Approach to Bracketology . . . 5 Data Deluge Is Theme of Math Awareness Month . . . 8 Reviewing for Mathematical Reviews . . . 10 Designing Spaces for Learning . . . 12 Expressing Gratitude to Association Supporters . . . 13 Biography of a Test Problem . . . 20 Steven R. Dunbar J oi n th e Secret T ech n o l ogy Cl ub L. M C HUGH 5 MAA MathFest 2012 . . . 27 August 2–4 • Madison, Wisconsin 24 About the Cover Departments 2 Letter to the Editor 7 MAA Section Meetings 19 Puzzle Page | Laura Taalman How Few Sudoku Clues Are Enough? 22 Archives Spotlight | Carol Mead Introducing the Marion Walter Collection 24 Teaching with Tech | Maria H. Andersen The Secret Technology Club 25 On Books | Fernando Q. Gouvêa Choosing and Using Textbooks 26 President’s Message | Paul Zorn Participate, Investigate, and Educate Yourself: MAA MathFest News 4 New MAA Director of Meetings and Facilities 4 Xia Represents MAA at White House Science Fair 6 Mary P. Dolciani Award Unveiled 6 MathDL Adds Mathematical Communication Section 6 MAA Seeks Associate Treasurer 7 Section Governors Elected 7 Flying Section Flags 11 MAA Supports Inquiry-Based Learning Conference 21 Yearlong Project Focuses on Mathematics of Earth 23 Harvard Wins 72nd Putnam Competition Starburst chairs are an icon on the Memorial Union terrace at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Photo by Neil Stechschulte

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