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MAA Math Alert - February 2014


Math Horizons Article Anthologized
Ithaca College mathematician Kelly Delp's explication of the mathematical ideas behind the collaboration between topologist William Thurston and fashion designer Dai Fujiwara, first published in Math Horizons , is included inThe Best Writing on Mathematics: 2013 Read more.
JMM Offers Something for Everyone
The Joint Mathematics Meetings brought over 6,000 mathematicians to Baltimore in mid-January. Get the highlights.
Preparation Under Way for Mathematics Awareness Month 2014
MAA is leading the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics effort to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics this April. Check out the growing list of Mathematics Awareness Month resources and activities.
AMC 10/12 Statistics Available
The AMC 10/12 A, the first date of the MAA's math contest for high school students, grades 10 and below and grades 12 and below, took place on Tuesday, February 4. Results and statistics are available on the AMC Statistics Page. The AMC 10/12 B contest will take place  Wednesday, February 19. 


MAA Is Searching for New Directors of Competitions and Publications 
With the retirements next year of Steve Dunbar and Ivars Peterson, the MAA is conducting searches for new directors of both competitions and publications. Read the position descriptions: competitionspublications.

Get Your Mathematics Awareness Month Poster 
The Mathematics Awareness Month poster unveiled at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore is now on sale. Order yours.

AMC Advantage Enables Students to Prepare for AMC Contests at Their Own Pace 
American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) contestants are encouraged to explore AMC Advantage, a short online course to help students prepare for the AMC 10/12 contests. AMC Advantage includes a diagnostic test, 'skill building' problem sets, and full-length contest simulations with performance analysis. Learn more.

Prestigious Summer Program Offers Prizes for Innovative Curricula 
The Summer Science Program (SSP) is seeking innovative curricula to expand its residential program for talented high school students. Authors of two selected curricula will each be awarded the $2,000 SSP Curriculum Prize and additional funding to test and launch their curricula. Find out more.


Abstract Submissions Portal
As of February 1, the abstract submission portal for contributed paper sessions at MAA MathFest 2014 is open.  Submit your abstract before April 30.
PREP Registration
The MAA Professional Enhancement Program (PREP) offers extended professional development experiences with active participant involvement, expert leadership, and support that allows workshoppers to make effective use of what they learn.  Find out more about PREP or register for this year's workshops.
IBL Conference Registration
The "Engaging with Inquiry-Based Learning: The 17th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore–IBL Conference" will be held June 19-21 in Denver, Colorado.  Learn more.



March 1: Nominations for the Haimo Award
Nominations for the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are due to the MAA secretary, Barbara Faires, together with documentation byMarch 1. Nominations may be sent to the secretary as either an email attachment ( or to Box 15, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16172. Learn more.
March 12: Section Elections
The following sections have elections running through March 12: Allegheny Mountain, Golden, Indiana, Kentucky, Metropolitan New York, Nebraska-SE South Dakota, Oklahoma-Arkansas, Rocky Mountain, and Wisconsin. If you belong to one of these sections, log into your MAA account, look for the "Vote Now" button, and make your voice heard.
April 11: Project NExT Applications
Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program for new and recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences that addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. Applications for the 2014-2015 fellowship year are due April 11Learn more.



Of Mathematics and Mountain Biking
Avid mountain biker Keith Devlin devotes the February Devlin's Angle to an account of how he used skills learned proving theorems to conquer a tricky stretch of California trail. Read the post.
New Notes Volume Focuses on Mathematics for Students of the Biological Sciences
In the February installment of  Launchings , David Bressoud describes a newly published book that provides examples and advice for mathematics departments that want to reach out to the growing population of biological science majors.  Read the post.
Publishing Date: 
February, 2014