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MAA Math Alert - September 2013


Writing and Teaching Awards Presented at MAA MathFest

Recipients of MAA writing and teaching awards were honored at MAA MathFest. Peruse the prize booklet or access full text of prize-winning articles from the Writing Awards page.


Special Issue of the CMJ Features Papers on Games

The September issue of The College Mathematics Journal, a full-color compendium of papers about the mathematics of games from Set and mancala to Chomp and Boggle, is available for individual sale. (Subscribers can visit, click "Login" in the upper right corner, and access the journal through the member portal.)



Applications Sought for Dolciani Visiting Mathematician Position

The MAA invites applications from those interested in serving as Dolciani Visiting Mathematician in the fall of 2014. Learn more.


Nominations for Selden Prize Due October 31

Nominations for the Annie and John Selden Prize for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education are due to Barbara Faires by October 31Learn more.


Register for the American Mathematics Competitions

The 2013 AMC 8 will take place on Tuesday, November 19. The 2014 AMC 10/12 A will take place on Tuesday, February 4. The AMC 10/12 B will take place on Wednesday, February 19. Click here to create an AMC account to register for the competitions online using our new registration website. Also new this year and included in AMC registration is a K-12 Teacher Membership in the MAA. Learn more about the benefits of being a K-12 Member here.


Call for MAA Minicourse Proposals 

All MAA members are invited to consider submitting proposals for MAA Minicourses at the two annual meetings of the MAA. In particular, we especially encourage proposals for MAA MathFest 2014, which will be in beautiful Portland, Oregon, on August 6-9, 2014. MAA MathFest 2014 proposals are due by October 8, 2013.  Joint Mathematics Meetings 2015 proposals are due by December 31, 2013More.


Mobile Edition Available

The September issue of The College Mathematics Journal is among the first MAA journals for which a mobile edition is available. Try it out and send your feedback to


Sustainability SmartBrief Keeps You Informed

MAA is pleased to offer members a complimentary subscription to Sustainability SmartBrief. You can view a sample issue of SmartBrief here. If you find the information to be valuable, activate your free daily subscription today.


Alder Award Nominations Due October 1

Nominations for the Alder Award, which honors beginning college or university faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms, are due to Barbara Faires by October 1. Learn more.



Math Ed Matters Makes Mathematics Colorful

In a late August blog post, Dana Ernst explains how giving his students felt-tip pens has both prompted reflection and expedited grading. Read "Give the Students the Colored Pen."


Bressoud Reports on PCAST Presentation

In the September Launchings, David Bressoud describes the July 18presentation from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to a joint meeting of the President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST) and the British Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology.


Card Colm Addresses a Pressing Question

Is there a way to riffle shuffle three or more piles of prearranged cards and expect some order to remain, without assuming perfect interweaving? Find out in the late August installment of Card Colm.


Keith Devlin--Busy Edupreneur

In the September Devlin's Angle, Keith Devlin discusses the opportunities academics have today to make their work available to audiences beyond the ivory tower.


Publishing Date: 
September, 2013