The 2023 NAM-MAA Harold H Blackwell lecturer wil be Dr. Ron Buckmire, Occidental College. This lecture will occur on August 4, 2023 as part of the MAA MathFest in Tampa, FL.
In his talk titled, Different Differences, Dr. Buckmire will discuss different examples and contexts of the word “difference.”
In his own words: First, I will explain how different kinds of difference quotients known as nonstandard finite differences are used to approximate the derivatives that appear in differential equations as a solution technique. Second, I will provide some ways different aspects of my identity (may) have affected my career trajectory. Third, I will present comments on how the mathematics community treats “difference” and provide suggestions for how the future for other mathematicians who differ from the norm can be different from how we were treated in the past.
The 2023 NAM Undergraduate MATHFest is a three-day meeting, which will be held from Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. This event rotates around the country based on NAM's regional structure, and this year, will be hosted by Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. It is held annually to encourage students to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics and mathematics education. The conference is geared for undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), although all are welcome to attend.
We are currently accepting nominations for the J Ernest Wilkins Lecture. Please go to to https://nam-math.org/Nominations submit your nominations and for more instructions on nomination submissions.
*More information to come.*