MAA Liaison Newsletter
November 2000

Now that the semester has gotten underway and the scent of fall is in the air, we are busy here in Washington getting ready for the annual Joint Meetings in New Orleans. What a better way to ring in the New Year than in the Big Easy.

We hope that all of you found our first newsletter helpful and that the recent staff changes here have not been too confusing. Please continue to keep us informed of your department's happenings. Remember that you can email Brie Mustain at with department changes, updates or questions that you may have. Now, without much further ado, we bring you important Liaison news.


Deadlines for Joint Meetings, New Orleans, LA, 2001: see

Deadlines for Mathfest, Madison, WI, 2001

Deadlines for the Joint Meetings, San Diego, CA, 2002


Descriptions of the MAA Minicourses offered at the New Orleans Joint Meetings can be found at

Check out the latest S & T Policy News at This MAA site will track indicators of Science and Technology policy and trends of interest especially to MAA, its members and member institutions.

Nomination material from your MAA Section on the Distinguished Teaching Award

Does your section have a fall meeting? Check out the schedule at


MAA minicourses offered at the Joint Meetings in New Orleans are:

The MAA Short Course Knots in Science will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9.

The AMS Short Course Mathematical Biology will also be offered on Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9.

NSF Sponsored Sessions in New Orleans:

Join Eileen Shugart, Tom Rishel and others for a discussion of all aspects of the job market, including how to write resumes and cover letters, what goes on at the employment center, and how it feels to actually have an academic position. Learn about opportunities outside of academia and hear a chair's view of the hiring process. Wednesday, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

The Employment Center takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the Joint Meetings and provides a way for applicants and employers to make initial contacts, gather information and distribute their own information. Applicants will be registered when they complete the following steps: Register and pay for the Joint Meetings, Mark one of the two "Employment Center Applicant Fee" boxes on the Joint Meetings registration form and pay the appropriate fee, Submit the Applicant Form electronically at Each Applicant Form will be reproduced in a booklet, the Winter List of Applicants and distributed to all registered employers.

Please join us at the very popular LIAISONS BREAKFAST on Thursday morning, 11 January 2001 from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Waterbury Room of the Sheraton. Liaisons are invited to come for breakfast and a time of sharing with other liaisons.


The nature of this newsletter prescribes that to share information with each other, departments must first share it with us. Keep us comprised of your department events, your section workshops, and your good ideas to share with your colleagues. This month: send us ideas for recruiting new liaisons. Contact Brie Mustain at MAA's Washington office at or 202-319-8496 with thoughts, questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans and hope that this newsletter provided enough meeting information. See y'all down South!

Your Newsletter Editors,

Brie Mustain and Doug Ensley

A Poem by John Saxon (an author of math textbooks).

Or for those who have trouble with the poem:

A Dozen, a Gross and a Score, plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, equals nine squared and not a bit more.