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MAA Math Alert - January 2009

News and Views

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions invites your college or university to offer the 2009 AMC high school level contest on February 25, 2009. The contest provides an ideal recruiting opportunity and creates a fun outreach activity with minimal effort. For more information, registration and instructions go to AMC at Higher Ed Sites or contact the AMC at

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January MAA FOCUS Now Available Online
You can now access the January issue at

Math Awareness Month 2009
Mathematics and Climate

Featured Articles

Maryland Professor Richard Good Leaves a Large Legacy for Project NExT
University of Maryland Professor Richard Good, who passed away last November, bequeathed one of the largest donations in MAA history: a $400,000 bequest toward the support ofProject NExT. Read More

Andrew Granville on Patterns in the Primes (with audio and video)
Number theorist Andrew Granville looks at primes, noting spectacular recent progress on several key questions, despite their apparent difficulty. Read More

Mathematicians Rank at the Top of Best U.S. Occupations
According to a study which that took into account such factors as job environments, employment outlook, physical demands, and level of stress, mathematicians make the best living. Read More

An Interview with David Bressoud, MAA President
"The times when I am happiest are when I am working on a book." Read More

Devlin’s Angle By Keith Devlin – Should Children Learn Math by Starting with Counting?
Keith Devlin discusses an alternative approach to the way we teach beginning students mathematics in the U.S. Read More

Two Videos on the MAAvideo Channel
Visions of the MAA’s Future and Bud Brown’s Biscuits .

From LOCI: Standard Deviation Applet
Fill in a grid to create a distribution of numbers and the applet will display the size of the standard deviation and the position of the mean in the distribution. Try It

New From the MAA

Mark Your Calendars for MathFest 2009, August 6-8
Bring your Family, Enjoy the City

MAA has contracted with Creative Childcare Solutions to provide affordable childcare services (approximately $10 per family per hour) before, during, and after the MathFest 2009 meeting in Portland, Oregon. Please visit to get more information, or contact Michelle directly at 503-518-2274.

Publishing Date: 
January, 2009