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MAA Math Alert - May 2014


USAMO and USAJMO Winners Announced
The winners and honorable mentions in the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad and United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad are posted: USAMO / USAJMO.

MAA and Google Present Connected Classrooms to Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month
MAA teamed up with Google throughout April to present Connected Classroom events that connected MAA speakers with middle and high school students around the country. Video of the sessions is archived on MAA's YouTube Channel.

MAA among Organizations Urging Lawmakers to Close Innovation Deficit
The MAA is among 50 business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations urging the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to close the innovation deficit. Read the press release.


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.

MAA Seeks 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: competitions / publications.

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.

Now Open

MAA MathFest Advanced Registration
Register now for the largest annual summertime gathering of mathematicians, held this August in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Visit the MAA MathFest website.

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 orregister for this year's workshops.

Estimathon at MAA MathFest 2014
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Hilton Portland, Plaza Level, Pavilion West
Organizer: Andy Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital

Looking for a mindbending mixture of math and trivia at MAA MathFest 2014?

  • How many stop signs are in New York City?

  • How many babies were born in 1900?

  • How many Social Security Numbers are prime?

They're called Fermi problems...Attempt 13 Fermi problems in 30 minutes, ranging from totally trivial to positively Putnamesque.

Create and sign up your team today and be prepared to come up with the best set of confidence intervals!

Contest rules, prizes, sign up forms, and contact details can be found hereSign up today!

Upcoming Deadlines

May 18: T-Shirt Contest Entries
Want a mathematically-themed T-shirt of your design to debut at MAA MathFest this August?
Submit by May 18.

May 19: L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowships ApplicationsThe L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research. Learn more or apply.

May 30: Early Regular Registration for IBL Conference
Early regular registration for the "Engaging with Inquiry-Based Learning: The 17th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore–IBL Conference" ends on May 30. Learn more or register.

May 31: Proposals 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. Five-page proposal summaries are due by May 31. Find out more.

June 6: MAA MathFest 2014 Student Paper and Poster Session Abstracts
Abstracts for the MAA Undergraduate Student Paper Sessions, the Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Sessions, and the poster sessions are due June 6. Learn more or submit yours.


Bressoud to Join Authorship Team of Storied Calculus Text
In the May Launchings, David Bressoud explains not only how he came to sign on as an author for the AP Calculus text Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic by Finney, Demana, Waits, and Kennedy but also what he hopes to do on the job. Read the post.

Devlin Recalls 1984 Revolution in Personal Computing
There's another video on offer in Devlin's Angle this month. In the first installment of a two-part video presentation, Keith Devlin transports viewers back to Steve Jobs's 1984 introduction of the Macintosh computer. Watch the video.

How Can Educators Cultivate Students' Love of Math?
In an early May installment of Math Ed Matters, Angie Hodge describes a realization she had during Mathematics Awareness Month and muses about how to provoke in students a passion for mathematics. Read the post.

Martin Gardner Inspires Further Card-Based Diversions
In the April Card Colm, Colm Mulcahy outlines a card trick based on the "Coins of the Realm" problem Martin Gardner posed in one of his Scientific American columns. Read the post.


Publishing Date: 
May, 2014