MCC Professor Chosen to Speak at National Conference

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 17, 2005) - Joni Pirnot, a Manatee Community College (MCC) mathematics professor, is one of 20 women chosen from across the nation by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) to make a presentation at a joint mathematics meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. The invitation to speak was accompanied by a grant from the Office of Naval Research and National Security Agency. Pirnot will share the results of her doctoral dissertation on "Two-dimensional Finite State Automata" at the joint meeting to be held Jan. 12 through 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

For the past 17 years, the AWM has sponsored the series of workshops for women graduate students and women who recently received doctorate degrees. Pirnot has a master's degree from the University of South Florida (USF) and a bachelor's degree from New College, and she is working toward a Ph.D. in pure and applied mathematics at USF.     

In the summer of 2005, Pirnot  received a grant from the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation in recognition of an essay she wrote about "How I Am Sharing My (Mathematical) Talents to Make My Community a Better Place." She has taught in the Sarasota/Manatee area for 18 years and at MCC for eight of those years.

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