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MAA Math Alert - July 2013


2013 MAA Awards Recipients Announced

Though the prize session won't occur until MAA MathFest (Friday, August 2, 11:30-12:00), the list of award winners is available online. Peruse it here


Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference Pitches a Big Tent

When more than 200 participants came to the University of Texas at Austin for the 16th Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference's two days of plenaries, panels, and networking, inclusivity and community-building topped the priority list. Read more.


Susan Murphy Explains the Statistics behind Adaptive Medical Interventions

Susan Murphy introduced the MAA Carriage House crowd to a kind of sequential randomized trial currently informing clinical practice in the treatment of everything from ADHD to drug addiction. Readmore.


U.S. Contingent Headed to Colombia for IMO

Six high school students will travel to Santa Marta, Colombia, this month to represent the United States at the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). See the teamThe MAA-sponsored team will compete with 500 other students from 100 countries on July 21-28. Team Leader Zuming Feng of Exeter, NH, and Deputy Leader Po-Shen Loh of Pittsburgh, PA, accompany the boys. Results will be posted on the MAA webpage.



MAA MathFest Comes to Hartford July 31-August 3

Check out the program planned for the largest annual summertime gathering of mathematicians and start planning your days.


Comments Solicited in Advance of Town Meeting on Minority Participation in Mathematics

The 2013 MAA MathFest in Hartford will include a Town Meeting on Minority Participation in Mathematics (Thursday, August 1, 4-5). A website has been set up to get the conversation started before the town meeting, and to give voice to those unable to attend. Visit the website.


Funds Available to Pay Travel Expenses to ICM 2014 in Seoul, Korea

The American Mathematical Society has applied to the National Science Foundation for funds to permit partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians August 13-21, 2014, in Seoul, Korea. Learn more.


And the Winner Is . . . 
Congratulations to Benjamin Atchison. Benjamin is the winner of our MAA MathFest 2013 & Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau $100 Gift Card Giveaway. This gift card may be redeemed at hundreds of shops in the Hartford, CT, area. Thank you to our partners at the Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you haven't registered for MAA MathFest 2013, you can register onsite starting Wednesday, July 31st. 


Thank You to This Year's MAA Annual T-Shirt Design Contest Participants 
Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 MAA T-Shirt Design Contest. We received many creative entries and you picked this year's winner! Congratulations to Jackie Nygaard of Brigham Young University-Idaho for creating the 2013 MAA T-Shirt. See the new addition of the MAA T-Shirt Collection at MAA MathFest 2013. Become a fan on the MAA on Facebook and view the top three picks and see if your choice won.



Math Ed Matters: Try, Fail, Understand, Win

Posting after returning from the Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference, Dana Ernst and Angie Hodge pass on lessons they learned at the annual gathering of inquiry-based learning practitioners and enthusiasts. Read the post.


Can Kids Learn Algebra from Video Games?

Keith Devlin devotes his July column to discussion of the extent to which video games that develop students' ability to think algebraically help them succeed in the algebraic manipulation required of them in the classroom.

Launchings Addresses Teacher Evaluation

In the July installment of Launchings, David Bressoud tackles the contentious topic of how to measure teacher quality fairly and effectively.


Mathematical Communication Post Outlines Characteristics of Effective Presentations

In a June 25 post, Susan Ruff summarizes a list she has compiled of the characteristics of effective mathematics papers and talks.

Publishing Date: 
July, 2013