In this issue:
New Orleans Joint Math Meetings
Project NExT/YMM Poster Session
PREP Workshop for Department Chairs
National Math Panel begins work
Awards announced at ICM
New TENSOR/SUMMA grants announced
New MAA publications
Regional Undergrad Math Conferences
NSF/NIGMS grant program for Math/Bio
JOIN US IN NEW ORLEANS
The 2007 Joint Mathematics Meetings will be held January 5-8
(Friday-Monday) in New Orleans, LA. We hope you'll make plans to join
us. Here are some items to keep in mind.
-The annual Liaisons Breakfast is set for 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,
January 6. It will be held in the Waterbury Ballroom in the New Orleans
-Deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday, September 26.
-Registration by November 14 is required to receive your registration
packet in advance.
Full information can be found at the meeting website http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/2098_intro.html.
PROJECT NEXT/YOUNG MATHEMATICIAN'S NETWORK POSTER
Project NExT and the Young Mathematician's Network invite submissions
of abstracts for a poster session to be held on Friday, January 5, 2007
from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. (room TBA) at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in
New Orleans. The poster size will be 48" by 36"; it is best to have the
posters 36" high. Posters and materials for posting pages on the
posters will be provided on-site. We expect to accept about thirty
posters from different areas within the mathematical sciences..
If you are interested in participating, submit copies of your abstract
to: Mike Axtell, Wabash College, firstname.lastname@example.org
AND Kevin Charlwood, Washburn University, email@example.com.
Our poster sessions the past ten years were a great success. Visitors
to the session each year were numerous, and included many prospective
employers. This session provides an excellent way to showcase one's
work in a relaxed, informal environment.
The deadline for final consideration is December 8, 2006. Preference
will be given to those who did not earn a Ph.D. prior to 2001; please
include with your submission when and where you received your Ph.D., or
indicate when you expect to receive it. Please submit your abstract via
e-mail, not an attachment. If it includes mathematical formulas, please
submit it in basic LaTeX or TeX format. Submissions will be
acknowledged quickly by e-mail. Accepted abstracts will be posted at www.youngmath.net/Documents/2007/Posters/
before the Joint Meetings.
PREP WORKSHOP: LEADING THE ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
It's not too late to register for "Leading the Academic Department: A
Workshop for Chairs of Mathematical Sciences Departments," which will
be held October 12-15, in Washington, DC.
Department chairs are constantly faced with questions that test their
leadership skills. Leading the Academic Department focuses on vision
and leadership; those elusive qualities that chairs are expected to
possess but have little opportunity to develop and refine while dealing
with the day-to-day demands of academic administration. It is often the
quality of leadership, rather than management, that makes the
difference in how successful is one's time as chair.
Over the course of a long weekend, current and future mathematics
department chairs will discuss, with their colleagues in similar
positions, case studies of actual problem situations, as well as a wide
range of timely issues. For more information or to register, visit www.maa.org/prep/2006.
NATIONAL MATH PANEL BEGINS WORK
On April 18, President Bush announced the formation of a National
Mathematics Advisory Panel, tasked with advising the President and
Secretary of Education on how best to improve U.S. mathematics
education. The guiding policy for the Panel is stated as: "To help keep
America competitive, support American talent and creativity, encourage
innovation throughout the American economy, and help State, local,
territorial, and tribal governments give the Nation's children and
youth the education they need to succeed, it shall be the policy of the
United States to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance
in mathematics among American students."
Most of us will certainly agree with the general terms set forward
here. We can follow the progress of the Panel's work through the
The Panel is already drawing a great deal of attention; one blog
devoted to following its progress is Math Panel Watch, at
mathpanelwatch.blogspot.com/. Additional background on the kinds of
issues that might interest the Panel were recently addressed through
the MAA-facilitated "Common Ground" discussions (www.maa.org/common-ground).
FIELDS MEDALS, NEVANLINNA PRIZE, AND GAUSS PRIZE
Four Fields Medals were awarded on August 22, the opening day of the
2006 International Congress of Mathematicians. The winners are Andrei
Okounkov, Grigori Perelman, Terence Tao, and Wendelin Werner. The
Nevanlinna Prize for contributions to mathematical information theory
was awarded to Jon Kleinberg. A new prize for contributions to applied
mathematics, named for Gauss, went to Kiyoshi Itô.
Perelman's work has been the most widely-reported in the press, and is
believed to provide the tools necessary to prove Poincare's Conjecture.
For additional information, visit MAA online (www.maa.org) and look for the news item
(or access the article directly at www.maa.org/news/220806Fields.html).
There is also an article on the awards in the September issue of FOCUS.
GRANTS FOR TENSOR-SUMMA PROGRAM: STRENGTHENING
UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY MATHEMATICS ACHIEVEMENT
The Tensor Foundation has provided funding for the MAA to award grants
for programs designed to encourage pursuit and enjoyment of mathematics
among middle school students, high school students, and/or beginning
college students from groups traditionally under-represented in the
field of mathematics. College and university mathematical
sciences faculty and their departments and institutions may submit
proposals. They should collaborate with secondary and middle
school mathematics faculty as appropriate depending on the focus of the
project. Proposed programs may replicate existing successful
programs, adapt components of such programs, or be innovative.
Grants will be up to $6000 and will be made to the institution of the
project director for a one-year project. Additional information is
available at www.maa.org/programs/tensor-summa.html.
The MAA has just published 3 new books that you should check out:
"The Edge of the Universe"
celebrates the people and ideas that are mathematics. Containing the
editors' selection from the first ten years of Math Horizons, the MAA's
student magazine. Beautifully printed with 24 pages of full-color
images, a must for all math clubs.
"aha! Gotcha" and "aha! Insight" contain 144
wonderful puzzles from the reigning king of recreational mathematics,
"First Steps for Math Olympians Using
the American Mathematics Competitions" considers the basic ideas
behind the solutions to the majority of the problems put forth by the
American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) and presents examples and
exercises from past exams to illustrate the concepts.
These great books are available online at www.maa.org or by calling
SUMMA NATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR
The Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement
(SUMMA) Program supports the participation of mathematics
undergraduates from underrepresented groups in focused and challenging
research experiences to increase their interest in advanced degrees and
careers in mathematics. The MAA and its SUMMA Program invite
mathematical sciences faculty to apply for grants to host an MAA
Student Research Program on their own campuses for six weeks during
summer 2007. Further program details are available on the project
REGIONAL UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS CONFERENCES
The MAA has received funding to provide support for institutions or
groups of institutions that wish to initiate or expand undergraduate
mathematics conferences. Conferences may assume any format that
accomplishes the primary object of the grant, which is to provide
undergraduate students the opportunity to present mathematical results
and to better expand their knowledge of the wide range of theory,
history, and applications of the mathematics sciences. More detailed
program information, including guidelines for conference organizers and
sample proposals, are available through the project website, www.maa.org/rumc.
JOINT DMS/NIGMS INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT RESEARCH IN THE
AREA OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
From the program solicitation:
This competition is designed to support research on mathematical
problems related to biological problems in areas supported by NSF/DMS
and NIH/NIGMS. A direct relationship between a biological application
and the mathematics is expected. Research teams, which include
scientists from both the life sciences community and the mathematical
sciences community, are encouraged. Both new and existing
collaborations will be supported. Proposals from individual
investigators will need to make the case that the individual has
expertise in both areas.
Successful proposals will identify innovative mathematics or statistics
needed to solve an important biological problem. Research which would
apply standard mathematics or statistics to solve biological problems
is not appropriate for this competition and should be submitted
directly to NIH. Similarly, proposals with research in mathematics or
statistics that is not tied to a specific biological problem should be
submitted to the appropriate DMS program at NSF. Proposals designed to
create new software tools based on existing models and methods will not
be accepted in this competition.
Full Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2006. Please see http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06607.