In this issue:
April is Mathematics Awareness Month
The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics announces that this year's Mathematics
Awareness Month focuses on the connections between mathematics and art.
The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used mathematics in sculptures and to aesthetically
design buildings. In the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci wrote, "Let no one
read me who is not a mathematician." More details at http://mathforum.org/mam.
Time to register for PREP 2003 Workshops
This year we are offering 15 Professional Enhancement Program workshops
covering a wide variety of topics, including knot theory, statistics and courses
for future teachers. The costs of participants’ lodging and meals are covered
by the program. Details on this year’s program, as well as application materials,
are on the web at http://www.maa.org/prep.
Reserve your spot now.
Application deadlines approach for PMET Workshops
Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) is a major initiative
to increase the capacity of mathematics faculty to educate K-12 teachers.
An initial mailing that includes copies of the CBMS report “Mathematicians
Educating Teachers” and Liping Ma’s “Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics”
should be arriving in your department. Be sure to check with your department
head and notify your colleagues that these resources are available.
In addition, PMET is supporting four workshops this summer, three focusing
on preparing elementary teachers and one on secondary teachers. The costs
of participants’ lodging and meals are covered by the program. Descriptions
of the workshops, application materials and other details about the PMET
program can be found on the program web site, http://www.maa.org/pmet.
Join Us in Boulder for MathFest 2003
This year’s MathFest will be held in Boulder, Colorado, July 31-August
2. We hope you’ll make plans to attend. Program details are now available
through MAA Online at http://www.maa.org/meetings/mf3_frontpage.html.
Register by June 17 to take advantage of the early bird savings and receive
your registration packet before the meeting.
MAA undergraduate Mathematics conferences
The MAA has recieved funding from the NSF to provide support for institutions
or groups of institutions that wish to initiate or expand undergraduate
mathematics conferences. The first grants will likely be awarded by the
Fall of 2003, and proposals are currently being solicited. For more information
and application instructions, see http://www.maa.org/UGConf.
April 11 is application deadline for 2003-04
Project NExT Fellows
Faculty for whom the 2003-04 academic year will be their first or second
year of full-time teaching at the college/university level (after receiving
the Ph.D.) are invited to apply to become Project NExT Fellows. Approximately
sixty Project NExT Fellows will be selected for the 2003-04 year. There
is no fee for participation in Project NExT itself, and Fellows will be
provided with room and board at the Project NExT Workshop at MathFest 2003,
which will be held in Boulder, Colorado, July 31-August 2. Fellows
also do not have to pay for the special short courses at the summer MathFest
that are organized by Project NExT. Institutions employing the Project
NExT Fellows are expected to provide all other expenses associated with the
Questions about eligibility, cost, schedule, or other issues: Consult the
program website (http://archives.math.utk.edu/projnext/)
or contact T. Christine Stevens (email:firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 314-977-2436).
CUPM seeks comments on Draft 4.2 of Curriculum
The Mathematical Association of America's Committee on the Undergraduate
Program in Mathematics (CUPM) is charged with making recommendations to
guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for their undergraduate
students. CUPM began issuing reports in 1953, updating them at roughly 10-year
intervals. The committee began work on the current version in 1999.
Draft 4.2 of the CUPM Curriculum Guide contains draft recommendations unanimously
approved by CUPM in January 2003. The current draft is available at
on the draft are requested before June 1.
MAA Online has new look, offers new services
If you’ve visited MAA Online (http://www.maa.org)
lately, you have already seen the new look of the front page. The new design
is not just another pretty face, but represents one phase of a project to
revamp our entire web site to add new services for MAA members.
One new service already available is the online bookstore. You can now
order books directly through MAA Online. You can even renew your membership
online. Of course, another goal of the reorganization is making navigation
of the site easier, so that you will be able to quickly find the information
you seek. The new structure of MAA Online provides much easier access, and
as we continue to refine and improve the site, we hope that you’ll agree
that MAA Online should be your first step for math on the World Wide Web.
Director of Programs and Services