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MAA Math Alert - April 2011

News and Views

O'Dorney Wins Intel Science Talent Search
Math Olympian Evan O'Dorney took 1st place in the Intel Science Talent Search. Three other Intel finalists had also participated in the USA and International Mathematical Olympiads. Article.

Bart de Smit Outlines the Solution to an Escher Mystery
Read a recap and listen to the full podcast of Bart de Smit's MAA Distinguished Lecture on "Escher and the Droste Effect." Article.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month!
This year's theme is "Unraveling Complex Systems." Look for essays, posters, and more devoted to this theme. Article.

Online Euler Archive Finds New Home at MAA
The MAA website is now the home of the Euler Archive developed by Dominc Klyve and Lee Stemkoski. Article.

MAA national Elections Are in Progress!
All members of MAA (other than undergraduate students) are eligible to vote. Balloting is all electronic and began on Tuesday, April 5. All eligible voters with a valid email address should have received an email (from with a direct link to a ballot. Any eligible member of MAA without an email address in the MAA database should have received a letter with the web address and sign-in information. Voting closes on May 17th. You must use the sign-in information from the letter or email to vote. Candidate information is available here.

Students Selected to Participate in the USAMO and USAJMO
Approximately 280 highest scoring students on the combination of the AMC 12 contest in February 2011 and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) in March 2011 have been invited to take the USA Mathematical Olympiad on April 27 and 28, 2011. Approximately 230 highest scoring students on the combination of the AMC 10 contest in February 2011 and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) in March 2011 have been invited to take the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad also held on April 27 and 28, 2011. For the list of invitees and additional information, click here.


April/May 2011 MAA FOCUS
This month's issue, with a preview of MAA MathFest 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky, is now available online.

New MAA eBooks
Mathematical Time Capsules available here.
Lobachevski Illuminated available here.

MAA MathFest 2011 Registration is Now Open
Register Now to Save! Early Bird registration ends May 15, 2011. Click here to register.

Call for Papers: Abstract Submission for MathFest 2011
MAA will hold its eighty-ninth summer meeting August 4-6, 2011, in Lexington, Kentucky. Please visit the MathFest website for more information on the contributed paper sessions. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2011. Submit an abstract here.

PREP 2011 Workshop Registration
Now is the time to register for the MAA's 2011 Professional Enhancement Programs - the early registration discount expires soon. Click here for information about this year's workshops.

Application Deadline for the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences Program
Deadline for the MAA RUMC grant program is May 15, 2011.VisitRUMCfor more details and application instructions.

14th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference, Washington DC, June 2- 4, 2011
Co-hosted by the Educational Advancement Foundation and MAA, this conference will unveil the final results of the three-year project assessing student outcomes in inquiry-based learning classes at four major research universities. Housing deadline is May 4th. Register now to secure a hotel room. Read more and register here.

Featured Articles

"Before Congress in Support of NSF"
David Bressoud's April Launchings column focuses on his recent experience testifying before the US Congress. Article.

"A Knight's Tour de Force"
From the April issue of Math Horizons, Adam Berliner explains the ideas behind an intricate sculpture that hangs in the math department at St. Olaf College. Article.

"Unraveling Complex Systems Includes Modeling Heart Activity"
The human heart is one example of a complex system where mathematics can offer insights. Math in the News item.

"Zeilberger's FOCUS Interview Published in Mathematical Advance in Translation"
An Interview with Rutgers mathematician Doron Zeilberger, which appeared in the May-June 2007 issue of MAA FOCUS, has been translated into Chinese and published in Mathematical Advance in Translation. Math in the News item.


Don't Miss this Chance to Become a Part of MAA History!

The next installation of the "river of bricks" in the Paul R. Halmos Commemorative Walk, located at the MAA's Headquarters in Washington, D.C,is scheduled to take place in early summer. Don't miss this installment of commemorative bricks and a chance to become a lasting part of MAA history. If you have been thinking about having a brick inscribed with your name, to honor a mentor, thank a friend, or remember a loved one-the time is now! Please place your order no later than April 30th to have your brick installed in this phase.

The cost of each brick is $303.00 in honor of Paul Halmos's March 3 birthday. Proceeds from the sale of bricks help support conference center programs and activities. Click here for an order form, which youcan fax to Christina Knowles, Associate Director for Development at 202-387-5948 or call 202-319-8497.

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April, 2011