Liaison Newsletter

 September 2005

In this issue:

Join Us in San Antonio

Our annual MAA/Department Liaison Breakfast is set for Saturday, January 14, 2006, at 7:00 a.m. Note that this is a change from the printed schedule that appears in the program issues of both FOCUS and the AMS Notices. The location will be announced prior to the meeting.

This year's meeting promises to be another great meeting, with talks by Laszlo Lovasz from Microsoft and Keith Devlin talking on "The Mathematics of Everyday Language," among many others.
We hope you can join us.

The deadline for submission of abstracts for contributed paper sessions is September 28. The deadline to register and qualify for the hotel room lottery is November 4, while the deadline is November 14 for those who wish to have their program mailed in advance. More details are available through the meeting website

Survey on MAA Professional Development

The MAA Strategic Planning Working Group on Professional Development wants to hear from you and your colleagues. The Strategic Planning Group is "charged to examine issues, opportunities, and obstacles [in Professional Development] that impact the MAA’s ability to fulfill its mission and reach its vision" and will make a final report to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors next year.

We ask that you take a few minutes to respond to a web survey, available at Please forward this request on to your colleagues, and ask that they respond as well.

Undergraduate Poster Session in San Antonio

The January 2006 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition will be held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio on Saturday, January 14, 2006 from 4:00-6:30pm. Please encourage students who have completed an undergraduate research project to submit their abstract online at

We are also seeking judges for the competition. If you or your colleagues are interested in judging the contest, they can submit their information online at

We are looking forward to your participation in January! For more information please contact Diana Thomas at

Math Horizons: A Pleasure Worth Sharing

The new issue of Math Horizons should be arriving in your mailbox any day now (you are a subscriber, right?). The new issue features articles on the CBS crime drama, "NUMB3RS," articles on mathematical induction, an article on operations research, a new proof of a central result in number theory,...well, you get the idea, lots of great stuff. We hope you'll share your copy with your colleagues and students, and let them know what a great deal a Math Horizons subscription is.

The complete table of contents of the September issue, and lots of other information on Math Horizons, can be found at

Journey to China

China is both an ancient culture and an awakening giant driven by its contributions in mathematics, science and technology. Come with us to visit this enigmatic and alluring country whose inhabitants comprise 1/5 of the world's population. We will have the unique chance to learn about the rich history of Chinese mathematics from some of the country's leading experts, while at the same time visit a number of China's most outstanding cultural sites. Full details are available at

Third International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics

Following two successful International Conferences (ICTM-98, Samos Greece, ICTM02, Crete Greece), the 3rd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics will address new ways of teaching undergraduate mathematics. The conference will be based at the hotel The Marmara in the center of Istanbul and will provide a unique international and centralized forum and bring together faculty members from countries with different educational and pedagogical systems around the world who are committed to introducing and using innovative teaching methods. Full conference information can be found at

Travel Grants for ICM 2006

The American Mathematical Society has received support from the National Science Foundation to provide partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM06) August 22-30, 2006, in Madrid, Spain.

Application details can be found in the September issue of the AMS Notices or at Deadline October 31, 2005.

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