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Moravian Professor receives Mathematical Association of America Award

Bethlehem, Pa., January 18, 2006—Dr. Kay Somers, professor of mathematics at Moravian College, received a Certificate of Meritorious Service recently at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas. Somers was one of five professors nationwide to receive a certificate from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in recognition of service to the MAA at the national level or for service to a Section of the Association.

Somers was nominated by the Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Section (EPADEL) for her years of service to the section and to the wider MAA community. The award was given for her work in both academia and industry, and for her unique perspective on mathematics, together with her cheerful commitment to service. She was recognized as a valued member of the mathematics community.

Somers has taught mathematics at Moravian College since 1981, and served as department chair from 1992 to 1998. For a thirteen year period, she served in almost every office of the EPADEL section, including secretary/treasurer, vice president, president, and governor. She handled local arrangements for section meetings held at Moravian College and for several years, was responsible for the MAA book displays at all section meetings.

Nationally, Somers has served on MAA committees and boards, including the Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters, the Membership Committee, the Classroom Resource Materials Editorial Board, and the Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards Committee. She is a regular contributor to regional and national MAA meetings, presenting talks and organizing sessions on applied mathematics, quantitative reasoning, undergraduate teaching, and experiences beyond the classroom for students. Professionally, Somers is one of a team of four colleagues who received two FIPSE grants to develop and disseminate materials for the integration of precalculus review with the first course in calculus. She coauthored the books, A Companion to Calculus, now in second edition, and Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today’s Informed Citizen, currently in press.

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is the world’s largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. The MAA has 27,000 members who participate in a variety of activities that foster mathematics education, professional development, student involvement, and public policy. The MAA’s national focus is complemented by its regional sections — together functioning as an extensive network the mathematics community.