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MAA Math Alert - March 2013

News and Views

"Symphonic Equations" Enthralls Full House at Carnegie Institution for Science

Mathematician David Kung and musicians Yvonne Caruthers and Aaron Goldman kept a large crowd rapt on February 26 with their three-movement presentation on the reciprocal relationship between mathematics and music.  Read about, watch, or listen to the event.


Team USA Takes Top Honors at Romanian Masters in Mathematics Contest

With individual competitors garnering four golds, one silver, and one honorable mention, the United States beat out a dozen other countries for the team trophy.  See the complete results.


Denise Halloran Works in the Spirit of Mary Dolciani

The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation continues to further its namesake's goal of improving mathematics education. More.


AMC 10/12 Results and Statistics Available Online

Since February 15, the 2013 AMC 10/12 statistics have been updated daily online as contests were scored. The complete AMC 10/12 global and state statistics with item difficulties and percentiles are available on the AMC website.



MAA MathFest 2013 Abstract Submission Now Open

Abstracts and calls for papers for MAA MathFest 2013 are now being accepted. Click here to submit today.


Special, Full-Color Issue of the Monthly Available for Individual Purchase

Colorful enough that even non-subscribers will want a copy, the first special issue of The American Mathematical Monthly in 20 years is available for individual purchase in the MAA Store.


16th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore IBL Conference

The conference, co-sponsored by the MAA and the Educational Advancement Foundation, will take place at the AT&T Conference Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on June 13-15. Register today. Visit the R.L. Moore webpage for updates.


Museum of Mathematics Hosts Conference on Recreational Mathematics

The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects (MOVES) Conference is coming to the Big Apple's Museum of Mathematics in August, bringing with it exclusive museum access and two days of sessions on the mathematics of games and puzzles. More.

MOVES Invites Proposals for Research Talks

Until April 15 the MOVES Conference is accepting submissions for 15-30 minute research talks on recreational mathematics. 


Project NExT
Applications for the 2013-2014 Project NExT Fellowship year are now being accepted. Applications must be received by April 12.Click here to apply now.


Math Teachers' Circles Workshops

Applications are currently being accepted for two workshops: Washington, DC (June 17-21, 2013, at the MAA) and Palo Alto, CA (June 24-28, 2013, at the American Institute of Mathematics). Thedeadline to apply for these workshops is April 1, 2013Read more.

2013 MAA Travel Study Tour to Alaska Expected to Sell Out
Join us on a nine-day voyage and experience Alaska's inside passage. Visit sites that include Sitka, Hobart Bay, Juneau, Glacier Bay, and much more. Book your cabin today as prices go up March 29! Booking will continue subject to availability. Learn more here.


Featured Articles

Devlin Gives Multiple Choice a Second Chance

In the latest installment of Devlin's Angle, Keith Devlin recaps his stance toward a handful of educational devices--machine-graded, multiple-choice questions among them--and reveals that, with the second edition of his Stanford MOOC underway, he is reconsidering.


Bressoud Summarizes Survey Results about Quality Calculus Instruction

In his March Launchings column, David Bressoud outlines--with ample use of bar graphs--the results of an analysis of survey data about what makes a good calculus teacher.


Mulcahy Applies the Triskadequadra Principle

In a late February edition of Card Colm, Colm Mulcahy describes in detail "an amusing multiple poker hand offering with a kicker at the end."


Truth Values Tackles Issues of Gender in Mathematics

Gioia De Cari has turned her experience as a graduate student in MIT's male-dominated math department into a 75-minute, one-woman show, presented during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego and reviewed by Lois Baron. More

Publishing Date: 
March, 2013