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MAA Math Alert - December 2012

News and Views

2013 MAA Awards Recipients Announced

The Mathematical Association of America announces the winners of the Certificates for Meritorious Service, Euler Book Prize, Chauvenet Prize, Selden Prize for Research in Undergraduate MathematicsEducation,  Haimo Teaching Awards, and Gung and Hu Distinguished Service Award. The recipients will be honored at the Joint Prize Session on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the 2013 JointMathematics Meetings in San Diego. Announcement.

MAA Sponsors Exclusive Showing of "Truth Values" During 2013 JMM  
If you are going to be in San Diego for the 2013 Joint  MathematicsMeetings, be sure to catch a performance of  writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari's national hit show, "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze" at San

Diego's Lyceum Theatre, just a few blocks from the Convention Center. Purchase your tickets today.

James Tanton Plays with Pi at Martin Gardner Celebration of Mind

"I want to get weird with pi," MAA visiting scholar James Tanton told the crowd that packed the MAA Carriage House on December 5 for the organization's third annual Martin Gardner Celebration of Mind event. Read more.  

2012 AMC 8 Statistics 

The AMC 8, the MAA's math contest for middle school students, grades 8 and below, took place on Tuesday, November 13. The complete 2012 AMC 8 global and state statistics with item difficulties and percentiles are now online.


Meet MAA Editors at JMM

Editors of MAA journals and magazines will be present at the MAA Pavilion at the Joint Mathematics Meetings starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013. Bring your questions, suggestions, and ideas, and get immediate feedback.

MPE 2013 Events at JMM

The U.S. launch of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, an international effort by the mathematics community to make lasting contributions to the well-being of Planet Earth, will take place at the JMM.  Full list of events.

Judges Wanted for JMM Undergrad Poster Session

The Undergraduate Student Poster Session will be held on Friday, January 11, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The session is reserved for undergraduate and first-year graduate students submitting posters on work done while an undergraduate. Sign up to be a judge.

Mathematics Magazine Editor Search

The MAA seeks to identify candidates to succeed Walter Stromquist as Editor of Mathematics Magazine when his term expires inDecember 2014. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a statement of interest containing a vision of and ideas about the journal. Nominations are welcome.

Review of applicants will begin March 15, 2013, with appointment as Editor-Elect to commence on January 1, 2014. The five-year editorial term runs January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2019. Read more here

JMM 2014 Deadlines Approaching 

All MAA members are encouraged to consider submitting proposals for sessions. Guidelines and instructions may be found here. It's not too late to propose a session for the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, but be aware that the deadlines are coming up very soon. Submissions for Contributed Paper Sessions are due December 28, 2012. Submissions for Minicourses are due December 25, 2012. Submissions for Panels, Workshops, and Poster Sessions are due April 9, 2013. 


2013 MAA Travel Study Tour to Alaska: July 9-17, 2013, Sitka, Hobart Bay, Juneau, Glacier Bay & More 

Space is very limited! View the study tour itinerary and then book for best choice of cabins and cabin classes. Prices will increase after January 31, 2013. Booking will continue subject to availability. Learn more here

MAA Grant Programs Deadlines

Deadlines for MAA grant programs are approaching. Please checkDolciani Mathematics Enrichment GrantsTensor Women in Math, andTensor-SUMMA: Underrepresented Minorities in Math (applications due February 12, 2013), as well as National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (applications due February 22, 2013) for details. 

There Is Still Time . . . Travel Grant Program for MCA 2013

Don't forget to submit your applications by December 31, for funding for U.S.-based mathematicians attending the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Guanajuato, Mexico, August 5-9, 2013. Award decisions are to be announced by April 1, 2013. Details.

Featured Articles 


David Bressoud discusses the National Research Council of the National Academies' report, Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering, released this past spring. Article

Devlin's Angle

Keith Devlin discusses changes in higher education initiated by technological innovations and the emergence and rapid growth of MOOCs (massive open online courses) Article.

Publishing Date: 
December, 2012