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MAA Math Alert - September 2012

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MAA Becomes a MathJax Supporter

The MAA is now contributing to the development of MathJax, open-source software for displaying mathematical notation within web pages.Article.

Back to School Sale

There are several titles on sale now at the eBooks store. Sale ends September 30.Details.



NEW Member Discount Program
In addition to our partnership with the NASA Federal Credit Union, we've recently added a dozen firms to our affinity program. These companies offer discounts to our members on travel, rental cars, insurance, medical services, and office supplies and equipment. To learn about the savings available to you through this program--which we hope you'll find valuable--click on the links below:
Work at the MAA: Book Acquisitions Editor
The MAA has an opening for Acquisitions Editor at our Washington, D.C., headquarters with experience in evaluating and acquiring book manuscripts.Announcement.

Call for Minicourse Proposals
All MAA members are invited to consider submitting proposals for minicourses at the two annual meetings of the MAA. In particular, we especially encourage proposals to MathFest 2013 that are in concert with the Math for Planet Earth emphasis in 2013 ( and its four themes of a planet (i) to discover, (ii) that supports life, (iii) organized by humans, and (iv) at risk. MathFest 2013 proposals are due by October 9, 2012. Joint Meetings 2014 proposals are due byDecember 25, 2012.More.


Travel Grant Program for the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas

Funding for partial travel support for up to 60 U.S.-based mathematicians attending MCA 2013 in Guanajuato, Mexico, August 5-9, 2013, is now available.Details.


Zip Code Search for AMC Sites
TheAmerican Mathematics Competitionshas a new online feature, a zip code search. Thezip code searchshows schools participating in the AMC contests in a specific area. This is especially useful for students whose own school does not participate in the competitions, home-schooled students looking for testing locations, and institutions of higher learning that are interested in hosting the contests. Encourage schools and teachers in your area to participate in the AMC contests if they are not already. Encourage your department, college, or university to participate and offer the contests to interested andhigh-achieving students.Visit AMC online to discover participating schools in your area! "Easy to State but Hard to Solve: Favorite Open Problems in Polyhedral Geometry"

There are still a few spots open to attend Jesus De Loera's MAA Distinguished Lecture on September 20.Register.

Upcoming Events in the MAA Carriage House

Distinguished Lectures and Carriage House lectures through the fall of 2012 and early 2013 now available.Full List.

Featured Articles

Card Colm

Check out Colm Mulcahy's September columnGilbreeath Shuuffling.Article.

"Measuring Women's Progress in Mathematics"

Linda Becerra and Ron Barnes (University of Houston-Downtown) wrote this opinion column for the September issue ofMath Horizons.Article.



David Bressoud talks aboutTeaching and Learning for Transferencein his September column.Article.

Math in the News

Steven Strogatz, Cornell University, published the first of a new series of columns about mathematics for The New York Times.Article.

U.S. Census Return Rate Challenge

The United States Census Bureau has opened a challenge to develop a statistical model to predict census mail return rates. The Bureau will use this model for planning purposes for the decennial census and for demographic sample surveys.Article.

The Apples in Stereo Frontman Goes Back to School

Robert Schneider, The Apples in Stereo bandleader and influential record producer/engineer, enters the PhD program in Mathematics at Emory University, to study under number theorist Ken Ono.Article.

Obama and Romney Tackle 14 Top Science Questions

Scientific American, in partnership with, presented presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney with 14 questions on some of the biggest scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.Article.

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Publishing Date: 
September, 2012