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MAA Math Alert - December 2013


JMM Awards Recipients Announced

MAA will be presenting service, book, teaching, and research awards during the Joint Prize Session at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland. The winners have been announced.


Videos and Slidecasts of Distinguished Lectures Available

Members who live too far from MAA headquarters to attend the public lectures MAA sponsors can watch video footage and slidecasts--presenters' slides synced to audio from their talks and interspersed with still shots--online. Browse lectures.


Movie and Math Magic at JMM -- You Won't Want to Miss This

These exciting sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings are great for general audiences, mathematics educators at all levels, and, of course, students!


MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture
Movie Magic: The Mathematics behind Hollywood's Visual Effects -- Presented by Eitan Grinspun

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Baltimore Convention Center Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level

Eitan Grinspun explores the math behind explosions, floods, armies of creatures, stunt doubles, and more. This is the world of applied mathematics with an artistic flair.


SIGMAA on Math Circles Workshop

Weird Ways to Work with Pi -- Presented by James Tanton

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:00 -10:50 a.m. 
Baltimore Convention Center, Room 327
Bring a pencil and paper, and join James Tanton, MAA Mathematician in Residence, in his lively contemplation of the meaning and mystery of the number pi. 

MAA Partners with Edfinity

Edfinity is a searchable repository of thousands of math problems. The collection includes AMC problems going back to 1950 organized by such attributes as difficulty level and relevant Common Core standard.  Edfinity is scheduled to debut at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2014 in Baltimore, MD. Edfinity is currently accepting private 'beta' requests from educators. Visit Edfinity to sign up today.


MAA Minicourse Proposals Due December 31

All MAA members are invited to consider submitting proposals for MAA Minicourses. Proposals for the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2015 are due by December 31, 2013More.


Register for the American Mathematics Competitions

The 2014 AMC 10/12 A will take place on Tuesday, February 4. The AMC 10/12 B will take place on Wednesday, February 19Click here to create an AMC account to register for the competitions online using our new registration website. Also new this year and included in AMC registration is a K-12 Teacher Membership in the MAA. Learn more about the benefits of being a K-12 Member here.


Special Issues of Journals Available for Individual Sale

Three recent special issues of MAA journals are available for individual sale in the MAA store. The March Monthly features the work of presenters at the 2011 International Mathematics Summer School for Students in Bremen, Germany; the September CMJ is a compendium of papers about the mathematics of games, from Set and mancala to Chomp and Boggle; and the November CMJ ties into the international Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 initiative.


Sustainability SmartBrief Keeps You Informed

MAA is pleased to offer members a complimentary subscription to Sustainability SmartBrief. You can view a sample issue of SmartBrief here. If you find the information to be valuable, activate your free daily subscription today.



What Differentiates Persisters from Switchers?

The December Launchings looks at what the MAA Calculus Study has to say about which of the Calculus I students who intend to go on to Calculus II actually do so. Read the post.


"Test Flight" Takes Place of Final Exam

In the December Devlin's Angle, Keith Devlin describes an experiment he is undertaking in massive open quantitative reasoning.Read the post.


Loci Article Lets Readers Redistrict

A new Loci article titled "A Political Redistricting Tool for the Rest of Us" not only gives readers a taste of the mathematics and data analysis behind legislative redistricting but also equips them to try their hand at it. Read the article


Publishing Date: 
December, 2013