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MAA Math Alert - January 2013

News and Views

MAA and Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

MAA is a participating partner in Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, a year-long program to publicize and promote the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Planet Earth, ranging from geophysical systems governing climate to economic and financial activity. Read more.


2013 JMM Highlights

A roundup of videos, photos, and news coverage of the 2013 JointMathematics Meetings in San Diego. Check out what our members are saying.

Undergraduate Student Poster Abstracts and Results for JMM 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Outstanding Presentation Award!Click here to view 2013 Outstanding Presentation Award winners.

Read the abstracts of the 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session Abstract Book.

Who's That Mathematician?

Loci: Convergence presents images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection. Article. We invite you to send us information about photographs of mathematicians taken by well-known mathematician, friend of the MAA, and inveterate photographer Paul Halmos (1916-2006). New photos will be posted every Monday morning.


21st Century Mathematics

The Center for Curriculum Redesign is organizing 21st CenturyMathematics: "What should students learn in the 21st Century?" in Stockholm, April 22-24. Michael Pearson and a number of prominent MAA members will be speaking at the event. This conference will discuss top-level changes in the Math school curriculum, in terms of what topics and branches should be added, and just as crucially, what should be removed. The overall goal of the conference is to explore what students should learn to effectively address the challenges society faces, to participate fully as informed citizens, and to make effective personal choices for health care, finance, etc.

Scholarships of the Actuarial Foundation

The Actuarial Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The guidelines and application are available online. To learn more about all five of the Foundation's scholarships, click here.

Mathematics Magazine Editor Search

The MAA seeks to identify candidates to succeed Walter Stromquist as Editor of Mathematics Magazine when his term expires in December 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 

It's not too late to propose a session for the Joint MathematicsMeetings in Baltimore. All MAA members are encouraged to consider submitting proposals for sessions. Deadlines for Contributed Paper Sessions and Minicourses have passed but there is still time to for Panels, Workshops, and Poster Sessions. Submissions are due April 9, 2013. Guidelines and instructions may be found here.

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

Class C cabins are all sold out! 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.

Featured Articles 


David Bressoud discusses his journey into closing the semester of his multivariable calculus class and discovery of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Ambrose, S. A., M. W. Bridges, M. DiPietro, M. C. Lovett, M. K. Norman. Article.

Devlin's Angle

Is mathematics about to die? More precisely, are we rapidly approaching a time when progress in mathematics effectively comes to an end? 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: 
January, 2013