Liaison Newsletter

January 2003

In this issue:


Major donation to fund MAA Mathematical Sciences Conference Center in DC

Paul and Virginia Halmos have donated $3 million to fund the development of a new conference center adjacent to MAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. This is an exciting development for the MAA, and you will be seeing updates on the project status over the coming months. For more information, see the article in the January FOCUS or on MAA Online at http://www.maa.org/news/011603halmos.html

New program to enhance mathematical training of teachers

A growing set of national reports calls for better preparation of the nation’s mathematics teachers by mathematics faculty.  To help meet this need, the MAA will coordinate a multifaceted program, Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET). Funding for the program has been obtained from the National Science Foundation and Texas Instruments. Preliminary information is available at http://www.maa.org/pmet

PREP 2003

If you haven’t yet planned to attend a PREP 2003 Summer Workshop, visit the PREP web site, http://www.maa.org/prep. There are a lot of great workshops scheduled. Tell your colleagues, but don’t forget to reserve a spot for yourself first!

New Committee on Liaisons installed

The new MAA Committee on Liaisons, effective immediately, together with the date their terms expire, are Kathleen Bavelas (2006), Ralph Czerwinski (2005), Rodger Hammons (2006), John Hagood (2005), Dan Kalman (2004), Herbert E. Kasube (2005),   Joseph Malkevitch (2006),  Theresa Michnowicz (2005), Roger Nelson (2004),       Arnold M. Ostebee (2005), Tim Ray (2006), Richard S. Rempel (2004), and David Stone, chair (2006).

The new members added to the committee were Kathleen Bavelas, Roger Hammons, and David Stone.

John Petro is stepping down after serving as chair for the last 6 years. We thank him for his service to the Liaison Program, and welcome the new members.

Draft of CUPM Curriculum Guidelines available
 

A draft of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM) Curriculum Guidelines is now available for review and comment at http://www.maa.org/cupm. The writing group is soliciting feedback from the mathematics community and hopes to have a final draft by the end of 2003.

The Curriculum Foundations Project

Beginning in the fall of 1999 MAA's committee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years (CRAFTY) held a series of workshops with partner disciplines.  Each of these workshops discussed the mathematics needed by that discipline in the first two years of college.  The final workshop was held at West Point in November of 2001 and brought together all of the disciplines.  Each workshop produced a report and these are soon to be published by MAA in a volume entitled A Collective Vision: Voices of the Partner Disciplines edited by William Barker and Susan Ganter.  All reports can currently be seen at Bill Barker's Web Site http://academic.bowdoin.edu/faculty/B/barker/dissemination/Curriculum_Foundations/ .

Math Awareness Month 2003

For this year's Mathematics Awareness Month (April) 2003, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics has selected the theme of Mathematics and Art.

The Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) poster for 2003 features an Escher-like computer-drawn tessellation of the Poincare model of hyperbolic plane created by Douglas Dunham. The MAM web site http://mathforum.org/mam/ includes the poster image, essays, links, and recommended books and speakers.  The poster will be available for downloading from the web site and from the MAA soon. Those planning activities in connection with math awareness month are encouraged to submit announcements of their activities to http://mathforum.org/mam/activities

Financial support for Mathematics Awareness Month 2003 is provided by the National Security Agency.

Baltimore Liaison Breakfast

Approximately 140 liaisons and members of the Committee on Liaisons were present at this year’s breakfast. David Stone, the new chair of the Committee on Sections, will be writing a report on the breakfast and sending it to you soon.

Project NExT solicits applications for 2003-04

Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new and recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences (including pure and applied mathematics, statistics, operations research, and mathematics education). It addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. It also provides the participants with a network of peers and mentors as they assume these responsibilities. Each year, about sixty faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the country are selected to participate in a workshop preceding the MAA summer meeting, activities during the summer MAA meetings and the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, and an electronic discussion network. Faculty for whom the 2003-2004 academic year will be the first or second year of full-time employment with significant teaching responsibilities at the college/university level are invited to apply to become Project NexT Fellows. Visit http://archives.math.utk.edu/projnext/ for details.



Submitted by:
Michael Pearson
Director of Programs and Services
pearson@maa.org