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MAA Math Alert - June 2014


USAMO Winners Celebrated—And Challenged
When top scorers on the 2014 United States of America Mathematical Olympiad were honored in Washington, D.C. early this month, Laura Taalman tried to give them a taste of failure. Read more.

Rubik's Cube Turns 40
Hungarian architect Erno Rubik invented the Rubik's Cube 40 years ago this spring, and the famous puzzle has gotten its share on coverage in MAA publications over the years. Brush up.

Short (and Long) Versions of MAA Public Lectures Available Online
Just because you live far from MAA headquarters doesn't mean you can't enjoy (and learn from) the public lectures given there. Short videos and full-length slidecasts are available online.


Seventy-fifth Anniversary Edition of FOCUS Sought
Do you have back issues of MAA FOCUS lying around? If your collection includes the January/February 1990 issue (Vol. 10 #1)—and you'd be willing to part with it—let us know. Send an email to with subject line "anniversary FOCUS." We are also interested in hearing from anyone who has a complete run of FOCUS going back to the inaugural 1981 issue. 

Enhanced Member Lookup Tool Integrated with Membership Database
MAA is providing active members with a new and enhanced member lookup tool, which will replace the existing Combined Membership List (CML). Learn more.

Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit MAA
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite nonprofit every time you shop, at no cost to you. Want to funnel 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to the MAA? Start today.

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MAA MathFest 2014 Estimathon Registration
Jane Street Capital will be hosting an Estimathon contest for students at MAA MathFest in Portland, Oregon, on August 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Read the rules or register to compete.  

2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings Call for MAA Contributed Papers
The MAA Committee on Contributed Paper Sessions is soliciting abstracts for contributed papers pertinent to sessions described on the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings website. Abstracts can be submitted electronically through September 16, 2014. 

Upcoming Deadlines

June 20: Applications for Office of Science and Technology Policy Internship
The Office of Science and Technology Policy is accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. Doubt your students will have time to apply before the June 20deadline? Spring and Summer internships are also offered. Learn more

June 30: MAA MathFest 2014 Advance Registration
A record number of abstracts were submitted for this year's MAA MathFest. To ensure you're around to hear the great talks at MAA's summer meeting, register today. The reduced rate lasts only through the end of the month.

July 4: Applications for Jane Street Women in STEM
In its second annual Women in STEM event this summer, Jane Street Capital will bring rising college freshmen to its New York City headquarters to learn about how the trading firm uses math, computer science, and probability concepts. Learn more.


There Is No Conflict between the Common Core and AP Calculus
In the June installment of Launchings, David Bressoud clarifies misreported commentary made by a College Board executive about the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and AP Calculus. Read the post.

Devlin Compares Steve Jobs and Fibonacci
The June Devlin's Angle features Part 2 of Keith Devlin's video presentation drawing parallels between Steve Jobs and Leonardo Fibonacci. Part 1 / Part 2.

Popcorn and Faculty Interviews Lure Undergrads to Math Seminar
In a guest post for Math Ed Matters, Jeff Rushall describes how Northern Arizona University engages undergraduates in mathematics with a Fridayafternoon "brown bag seminar." Read the post.

Publishing Date: 
June, 2014