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MAA Math Alert - November 2010

News and Views

MAA Represented at White House Science Fair
On October 18, 2010, President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair to celebrate the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competitions. Honored alongside the nation's best and brightest students was Ben Gunby, gold medalist at the2010 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Kazakhstan.

Martin Gardner's Celebration of Mind
MAAandThinkFunhosted a reception to celebrate Gardner's work and continue his pursuit of a playful approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, literature, philosophy, and puzzles.

MAA at USA Science & Engineering Festival
MAA was an official partner of the inauguralUSA Science & Engineering Festival. Find out more about the MAA exhibit.

Robert Bryant Introduces Holonomy at MAA Distinguished Lecture
To listen to the full lecture and read a recap by Katharine Merow, click here.

Three MAA Books Selected as Outstanding Academic Titles
Underwood Dudley's A Guide to Elementary Number Theory, Andrew Simoson's Voltaire's Riddle, and Sergiy Klymchuk's Counterexamples in Calculus made Choice magazine's prestigious list of outstanding books.

Carved Math
MAA's Grace Cunningham carved another pumpkin masterpiece to celebrate the season. MAA members sent in their own mathematical carvings to add to our gallery.


Deadline for Housing Reservations for JMM is November 19, 2010
This deadline is for housing reservations and to be eligible to have your badge and program mailed.

Advance Registration for JMM is December 15, 2010
This is the advanced registration deadline for Joint Meetings, Short Courses, MAA Minicourses, and Banquets.

Application Deadlines for the MAA Grant Programs

Deadlines for the MAA grant programs are approaching. Please check Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants, Women in Math and Underrepresented Minorities in Math (Applications due February 12, 2011), as well as National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (Applications due February 25, 2011) for application details.

The 2010 AMC 8 Competition for Middle School Students is November 16, 2010
Stay tuned for the results coming soon at

MAA seeks a new Director for the MAA Tensor Women and Mathematics Program
Deadline for applications is November 19, 2010.

We need volunteers to help judge the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session at JMM 2011
Click here for details and to sign up.

2010 MAA Holiday Catalog Now Available
Shop for MAA merchandise and special book deals.

Featured Articles

The Other Thing Fourier Did
Keith Devlin unveils Joseph Fourier's role in the start of climate-change science.

A Benefit of High Unemployment
David Bressoud looks at data suggesting that high unemployment leads to higher numbers of math majors at research universities.

Martin Gardner's Möbius Surprise
In honor of what would have been the late Martin Gardner's 96th birthday, The Mathematical Tourist shares a trick Martin Gardner shared with him ten years ago.

MAA Presidents
MAA intern Rachel Kirsch spent a good part of her summer organizing and updating bios of MAA Presidents.

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Publishing Date: 
November, 2010