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
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,
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
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
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/
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