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MAA Math Alert - April 2013


"Math for a Sustainable Future" Workshop Situates Math in Sustainability Contexts

Twenty-five mathematicians, scientists, and sustainability experts from around the country came to the MAA Carriage House in March to collaboratively develop educational modules linking mathematics and sustainability. Read more.


Monthly to Reprint Paper Cited in Nobel Prize Announcement

The May issue of The American Mathematical Monthly will reprint the 1962 Monthly paper the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited when announcing that Lloyd Shapley would share the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics. Read more.


Harvard Wins Putnam Competition--Again

The results are in for the 73rd annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, and Harvard has done it--won, that is--for the 29th time in the Putnam's seven-decade history. Read more.



MAA National Elections 2013 Are Green. Make Sure You Participate!

The MAA National Elections are being held right now. We are electing a President-Elect and two Vice Presidents along with two new members for the Nominating Committee. This is your opportunity to influence the future of the MAA. It is important for these decisions to be made by us, the members. 


Since this is a green election there are no paper ballots--all voting is done electronically. You should have received an email with voting instructions. Please contact Susan Kennedy at if you have not received your email. Click here to view the full slate of the candidates.


MAA Website and Subdomains to Be Unavailable Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5

As part of the effort to provide better, faster, and more reliable service, MAA will be moving its data center to a new location on May 4 and 5. The website will be unavailable during the transfer.


INGenIOuS Project to Think Strategically about Future Mathematics and Statistics Professionals

The INGenIOuS project, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be facilitated in collaboration with a team from Knowinnovation. With a series of online activities, including live virtual panels and forum discussions, the project will culminate in the publication of six white papers and a three-day workshop at the American Statistical Association headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area this July. Those interested in participating can sign up at www.ingeniousmathstat.orgRead more here.  


What's That on the Cover of the March Monthly?

Having fielded questions from curious readers, the guest editors of March's special issue of The American Mathematical Monthly have made an explanation available. (Note that this soon-to-be-collector's-item is still available for individual purchase in the MAA Store.)


Mathematics Awareness Month Focuses on the Mathematics of Sustainability

Mathematics Awareness Month April 2013 includes two nationwide initiatives: Sustainability Counts! provides K-16 math educators and students with a range of model lessons that connect mathematics and sustainability, and the Speakers Bureau is a group of mathematicians, scientists, and sustainability professionals available to speak to school audiences on the mathematics of sustainability.


16th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore Inquiry-Based Learning Conference

"We are IBL," co-sponsored by the MAA and the Educational Advancement Foundation, will take place at the AT&T Conference Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on June 13-15. Register today. Visit the Legacy of R. L. Moore webpage for updates. 


Museum of Mathematics to Host Conference on Recreational Mathematics

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects (MOVES) Conference is coming to the Big Apple's Museum of Mathematics in August, bringing with it exclusive museum access and two days of sessions on the mathematics of games and puzzles. Read more orregister.


Registration for MAA MathFest Is Now Open

Register through May 10 to get the early bird meeting rate. Don't forget to enroll early for MAA Minicourses and Short Course! Click here to register today

Deadline Looms for Submission of MAA MathFest 2013 Abstracts

MAA MathFest is coming to Hartford, CT, this summer, and anyone keen to contribute a paper has only until April 30 to submit an abstract. The deadline for student papers and posters is June 8.  



Math Ed Matters Blog Goes Live

In a new monthly column, Dana Ernst and Angie Hodge will explore topics and current events related to undergraduate mathematics education. Read the inaugural post.


NCAA Bracket-Style Competition Comes to Mathematics

Starting in February, teams from 16 high schools across the country went head-to-head--virtually but in real time--trying to solve American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) problems. Read USA Today's coverage.


Bressoud Considers the Effectiveness of "Progressive Teaching"

In his April Launchings column, David Bressoud turns from the "good teaching" he discussed in March to a set of instructor attributes associated with approaches to teaching and learning that focus on active engagement of students.


Stellar MOOC Performance Catapults Taiwanese Teenager to Silicon Valley Success

The April installment of Devlin's Angle tells the tale of Avril Wan.


Is It Too Easy to Get By for Too Long Using Bad Mathematical Habits?

The NSF's Karen King asks this question in the April edition of Math Horizons Aftermath.

Publishing Date: 
April, 2013