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MAA Math Alert - December 2010

News and Views

"Cryptography: How to Keep a Secret"
As part of MAA's Distinguished Lecture Series, Alice Silverberg presented "Cryptography: How to Keep a Secret." Read a summary by Rachel Kirsch and listen to the full lecture.

Math Article Shows Collaboration Is Not Limited by Geography—or AgeMiddle school students from Indonesia, Canada, and the U.S. collaborated via email to come up with a novel mathematical result that is published in College Mathematics Journal. Read the full story here.

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Status Updates at 2011 JMM
Become a fan of the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meeting Facebook page. Have a Twitter account? MAA will be updating regularly during the 2011 JMM. Join the conversation by adding #JointMath to your tweets!

Application Deadlines for MAA Grant Programs
Deadlines for MAA grant programs are approaching. Please check Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants, Women in Math and Underrepresented Minorities in Math (Applications due February 12, 2011), as well as National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (Applications due February 25, 2011) for application details.

Capturing JMM
Planning on taking photos during the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings? Add them to our Public Photo Group on Flickr.

Want to see what an official MA-1 Flight Jacket from NASA looks like? Want to win an official MA-1 Flight Jacket from NASA?
Just stop by the MAA membership booth (#902) at the upcoming Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM) in New Orleans to enter the MA-1 Flight Jacket drawing sponsored by NASA Federal Credit Union. And be sure to visit, or ask for a NASA Federal brochure when you visit the MAA membership booth, to see the innovative products and preferred rates NASA Federal has to offer MAA members.

2010 MAA Holiday Catalog Now Available
Find gifts for loved ones or gear for the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans. Shop MAA merchandise and special book deals. Order online or call 1-800-331-1622.

Featured Articles

Devlin's Angle "The Innumeracy behind Airline Security"
Frequent flyer Keith Devlin runs the numbers on airport security.

Launchings "AP Examined"
MAA President David Bressoud reviews a collection of essays about the Advanced Placement Program and supplements the discussion with his own writings on AP Calculus.

New in Loci: Convergence
Rob Bradley and Sal Petrilli's third and final article on French mathematician Francois Servois (1767-1847) and his contributions to the differential calculus. Read the full article.

New in Loci: Can you grab the thing on top of the mirror? Is it on top?
"Modeling a Mirascope Using Dynamic Technology" by Lingguo Bu. Read the full article.

Math in the News: Cryptographer Offers Key Clue to CIA's "Kryptos"
After twenty years, the artist who created the CIA's famous encrypted sculpture reveals a clue. Read the full story.

Hebrew University's Alexander Lubotzky Will Be Keynote Speaker at2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings
For the first time in the history of Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), an Israeli mathematician—Alexander Lubotzky—will give the keynote address. Read the full story.

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Publishing Date: 
December, 2010