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MAA Math Alert - September 2010

News and Views

2010 MAA Writing Awards
Learn about the authors and read their award-winning articles. Read more here.

Martin Gardner Tribute
The latest issues of MAA FOCUS and Math Horizons feature articles about the late mathemagician. See our tribute page for links to these articles and many other materials highlighting Martin Gardner's writings and interests.

Math Horizon's Aftermath
Read and react to the latest Aftermath blog post, by Susan D'Agostino, on "Facebook and Texting vs. Textbooks and Faces."

Loci on Facebook
Become a fan of MAA's online mathematics publication.

Found Math Highlights of 2010
Check out the slideshow of submitted Found Math photos.Send your Found Math photos with a brief description to


Abstract Submissions Deadline for JMM is September 22, 2010
For more information on abstract submissions click here.

Alder Award Nominations Due by October 1, 2010
Nominations for the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Faculty Member are due by October 1, 2010. For questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Julie M. Forster.

CBMS Forum Continues October 10-12, 2010
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Science (CBMS) is hosting its third Forum on Content-Based Professional Development for Teachers of Mathematics on October 10-12, 2010.

Art Exhibit at the 2011 JMM
Submissions for the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings Exhibition of Mathematical Art are due by October 15, 2010.

The AMC 8 Contest will be held November 16, 2010
Register now for the AMC 8 math contest, aimed at students in the 8th grade and below. If you have middle school age children, encourage their school to offer the contest.Your college or university can also act as a hosting site for local students. For more details about the AMC 8, please click here.

We also encourage colleges and universities to offer the AMC 10 and AMC 12 contests in February for high school age students. Click here for details.

Featured Articles

New in Loci: Convergence: "Combining Strands of Many Colors: Episodes from Medieval Islam for the Mathematics Classroom" by Randy K. Schwartz (Schoolcraft College).

Card Colm: "Also in His Own Words: More Mathematical Games (and Tricks) with Cards from Martin Gardner"
by Colm Mulcahy.

The Mathematical Tourist: "Tilings at the Taj Mahal" by Ivars Peterson.

Great Mathematicians, Great Lives

The MAA Remembers Those MathematiciansWho Passed Awayin 2010
For the latest updates please visit MAA's In Memoriam site.


Become a Lasting Part of MAA History

2010 June/July FOCUS
Mark a special anniversary, honor a mentor, or remember a loved one by having an inscribed brick installed in the Paul R. Halmos Commemorative Walk at the Carriage House Conference Center, part of the MAA's Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The bricks form a map of the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the District of Columbia.

The cost of each brick is $303.00 in honor of Paul Halmos' March 3rd birthday. Proceeds from the sale of bricks help support conference center programs and activities. Click here for an order form.

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Publishing Date: 
September, 2010