Tim Peil, Mathematics, was named winner of the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America at their spring meeting Saturday. Peil has taught at MSUM since 1990. The citation accompanying the award specifically mentions “his energy and enthusiasm” in the classroom. The Mathematical Association of America is the principal professional organization of college and university mathematics educators in the United States and Canada. The regional units of the association are called sections, and each of the 29 sections can award one distinguished teaching award each year. The North Central Section consists of Minnesota, North Dakota, more than half of South Dakota, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the corner of Ontario containing Thunder Bay.
The MSUM Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that the team Syntax Error placed 9th out of 92 teams that participated in this year’s NCS/MAA
Team Contest. The team consisted of the MSUM students Tony Batesole, Kathryn Bergee, and Haewoong Jeon, and earned a score of 88 out of a possible 100 points. Five teams (14 students) from MSUM participated in the contest. The Team Contest is an annual competition sponsored by the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America consisting of 10 challenging math problems. This year’s contest took place on Saturday morning, November 14 and included teams from 29 different institutions. We congratulate all of our students who gave up three hours on a Saturday morning to participate in the competition.