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MAA Math Alert - January 2012

News and Views

2012 JMM Highlights
A roundup of videos, photos, and news coverage of the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston.Webpage.

The Mathematics of Martin Gardner
The January 2012 issue of theCollege Mathematics Journalfeatures 15 articles inspired by the writings of Martin Gardner.Issue.

Who's That Mathematician?
Loci: Convergencepresents images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection.Article.We invite you to send us information about photographs of mathematicians taken by well-known mathematician, friend of the MAA, and inveterate photographer Paul Halmos (1916-2006). New photos will be posted every Monday morning.

 

Announcements

MathHorizonsEditor Search
The MAA is seeking a new Editor forMathHorizons, the MAA student magazine.More.

College Mathematics JournalEditor Search
The MAA is seeking a new Editor for theCollege Mathematics Journal.More.

MAA Books Blog
Look for news, features, and updates from the MAA Books Department on our weeklyblog.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
From Frank Morgan (Williams College), an annotated list of research programs available for undergraduate students (article). Also available: "Elements of a Good NSF REU Proposal."

Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite
A recordedwebinarfrom Maplesoft introduces the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite.

Application Deadlines for the MAA Grant Programs
Deadlines for the MAA grant programs are approaching. Please checkDolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants,Women inMathandUnderrepresented Minorities inMath(Applications due February 12, 2012), as well asNational Research Experience for Undergraduates Program(Applications due February 24, 2012) for application details.

Scholarshipsof theActuarialFoundation
We will soon announce the availability of applications for the 2012-2013 scholarships. To learn more about all four of the Foundation'sscholarships, clickhere.

Featured Articles

"Kepler: The Volume of a Wine Barrel"
A new article inLoci: Convergence, "Kepler: The Volume of a Wine Barrel,"contains animations of ideas that became important in differential and integral calculus to share with your students.Article.

The Startling Unity of Discrete Mathematics
Did you miss Ezra Brown's MAA Distinguished Lecture "The Many Names of (7,3,1) and the Unity of Discrete Mathematics"? Listen to the full audio of thepresentationand see Brown's slides. Special thanks to John Travis (Mississippi College) for creating this slideshow.

Patterns? What Patterns?
Keith Devlin tackles the notion of mathematics as the science of patterns in his January column.Blog.

First, Do No Harm
David Bressoud discusses remediation in his January Launchings column.Blog.

Herbert S. Wilf, Past Editor-in-Chief of theMonthly, Dies at 81
Herbet S. Wilf, University of Pennsylvania Thomas A. Scott Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and former Editor-in-Chief of TheAmerican Mathematical Monthly, died January 7.Article.

2011 Chauvenet Prize Article Now Online
Dennis DeTurck, Herman Gluck, Daniel Pomerleano, and Shea Vela-Vick's award-winning article "The Four Vertex Theorem and Its Converse" is now available on the MAA website.Article.


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