Liaison Newsletter

 December 2004

In this issue:

Join Us in Atlanta

Our annual MAA/Department Liaison Breakfast is set for Saturday, January 8, 2005, at 7:00 a.m. in the Marriot Marquis Ballroom III. We hope you can join us. Discussion topics for this year’s breakfast will include the role of undergraduate research for students in mathematics, and ways that MAA can promote it.

 Nominations for Alder Award due December 15

In January 2003 the MAA established the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member to honor beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extra ordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms. Details are available through MAA Online at 

Nominations for this year’s Alder Awards should be sent to Martha Siegel at Mathematics Department, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Stephens Hall #302, Towson, MD 21252-0001 by December 15.

Proposals to Host SUMMA REU Sites Due January 31, 2005

The MAA and its Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA) Program invite mathematical sciences faculty to apply for grants to host an MAA Student Research Program on their own campuses for six weeks in Summer 2005. These grants will support stipends for one faculty researcher and a minimum of four local minority undergraduates, as well as costs for student room and board. The MAA will fund up to 6 grants. Details are available at

Proposals Sought for 2006 CBMS Regional Research Conferences

 The National Science Foundation intends to support up to seven NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in 2006. Each five day conference features a distinguished lecturer who delivers ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences. The lecturer subsequently prepares an expository monograph based upon these lectures, which is normally published as a part of a regional conference series.

Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference and the conference organizer invites both established researchers and interested newcomers, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to attend. For details visit

PREP 2005

Be on the lookout for the 2005 program announcement for the MAA PRofessional Enhancement Program (PREP) and Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) workshop series. All MAA members will receive the 2005 program brochure, and announcements will also appear in FOCUS. Details will soon be available through MAA online at the PREP ( and PMET ( websites.

Nominations Sought for MAA National Officers 

You should have already received this call for nominations, but we’re including it again to be sure:

 The Nominating Committee is compiling a list of candidates for MAA President-Elect, First Vice President, and Second Vice-President for slates to be voted on in the spring of 2005.  Please send your suggestions, together with a supporting paragraph, to the Chair,, or to one of the other Nominating Committee Members, Ann Watkins at, Wade Ellis at, David Bressoud at, or Aparna Higgins at

Nominations will be most effective if they are received by December 13, 2004.

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