Washington Zeta Eastern Washington University Chapter Report


Advisor and Officers

Advisor: Dr. Elena Toneva , Dr. Dale Garraway

President: Zachary Alexander:

Number of New Members Inducted:


Number of Continuing Members:


Describe the two most interesting or unusual chapter activities this year:

In November a graduate of our university gave a talk about “An Actuarial Career” about her experience in the real world. A faculty presented a talk titled “The Misadventures of the ‘Gyclo’ Tom” about stacking and shifting tasks with misterious results are explained dy deep theorems from abstract algebra. We also had a gathering to discuss voting and matemathics.

Do any of your chapter members plan to attend or present a paper at the PME national meeting at MathFest in Madison, Wisconsin?

Zachary Alexander

Do you have any news about current students or recent graduates, for example, scholarships or other awards, acceptances to graduate school, paper presentations at conferences?

Zachary Alexander, Brent Knutson – two of our current students are accepted in graduate school. Cathy Brown (BA, 1973) received the Oregon Mathematics Education Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes her for her long history of service to and achievement in math education in Oregon and for her commitment to improving the quality of math education. Bonni Kealy (BA, 2004; MS, 2005) is attending WSU pursuing a PhD in mathematics. Upon acceptance she was awarded a teaching assistantship and an additional scholarship. Emil Kraft (BA, 1996) is President and CEO of EnterCalc Inc. He previously served for more than a decade as an Actuarial Analyst for Milliman of Seattle, WA. Juul Quick (BAE, 2007) served a tour at Ar Ramadi, Iraq as a Marine Corp Reservist Amber Smith (BA, 1999; MS, 2003) won the National Meritorious Abstract award from the American Professional Sleep Society (APSS) in June 2007. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Mathematics at WSU, and in April 2008 won the WSU GPSA 2007-2008 Research Assistant Award. She is currently working on code to implement an individualization of the 95% confidence interval for performance under sleep deprivation and will be presenting a poster called “Efficient computation of 95% confidence intervals for Bayesian model predictions based on multidimensional parameter space” at the annual APSS meeting this June.