Public Release:  Selected events at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings

American Mathematical Society

The annual math meetings provide an opportunity for mathematicians in all fields of mathematics to present talks and participate in panels on theoretical research and on applications of math to significant issues such as education, finance, and the arts.

Free and open to the general public:

  • Machines that See, Powered by Probability, Andrew Blake, Microsoft Research, 2014 AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture. Blake will describe some of the mathematics that underlies machine vision. Wednesday, January 15, 8:30-9:30 p.m., Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

  • National Math Contest: Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. AMS Special Presentation: National High School Math Contest with 10 students competing for the top prize of $10,000. Thursday, January 16, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Baltimore Hilton, Holiday Ballrooms 1-3 (Second level).

  • Movie Magic: The Mathematics Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects, Eitan Grinspun, Columbia University, 2014 MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture. Grinspun will explain the math behind the amazing visual effects in blockbuster films and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake will be there to welcome those in attendance. Saturday, January 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

Two events of general interest open to registrants but not the public are:

  • The public face of mathematics, Moderator: Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College. Panelists: Keith Devlin, Stanford University, Jerry McNerney, U. S. Congress, Cathy O'Neill, Johnson Research Labs, Tom Siegfried, freelance journalist, and Steve Strogatz, Cornell University, AMS Committee on Science Policy-AMS Committee on Education Panel Discussion. Friday, January 17, 2:30-4:00 p.m., BCC, Room 336.

  • Mathematics Awareness Month 2014: "Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery," Eve Torrence and Bruce Torrence, Randolph-Macon College, and Colm Mulcahy, Spelman College and American University. Thursday, January 16, 8:30-8:50 a.m., BCC, Room 308.

Members of the press may register free for the meeting and are welcome to use the Press Room that will offer free wireless access, the book of abstracts, phone (410-649-6074) and a place to conduct interviews. The Press Room will be on the fourth floor of the Baltimore Convention Center, in the VIP Room near Ballroom I, open: Wednesday, January 15 through Friday, January 17, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 18, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

(Five acronyms used below: ASA: American Statistical Association, BCC: Baltimore Convention Center, NSF: National Science Foundation, SIAM: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and SIGMAA: Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America)

Topics of interest to the mathematical community, scientists, policy makers, teachers, parents and the media include: The Common Core Standards, MOOCS and Technology in Education, General Math Education, The Arts, Sports, The Workforce, Diversity, Financial Markets, Open-source Publishing, and History of Math

The Common Core Standards

  • The Changing Education of Preservice Teachers in Light of the Common Core. AMS Special Session. Wednesday, January 15, 8:00-10:50 a.m., 2:15-6:05 p.m., and Thursday, January 16, 8:00-11:50 a.m. Room 310, BCC.

  • What do I need to know about Common Core and Common Core Assessments? Panelists: Nancy Shapiro, University System of Maryland, Bernadette Sandruck, Howard Community College, and Denny Gulick, University of Maryland. MAA Committee on Assessment Panel Discussion. Wednesday, January 15, 9:00-10:20 a.m., Room 316, BCC.

  • Mathematicians supporting implementation of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, Panelists: Sybilla Beckman, University of Georgia, Jessica Deshler, West Virginia University, Alison Superfine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Kristin Umland, University of New Mexico, and Rose Mary Zbiek, Pennsylvania State University. MAA Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers Panel Discussion. Saturday, January 18, 1:00-2:20 p.m., Room 316, BCC.

MOOCS and Technology in Education

  • Online courses: Benefits and pitfalls. Panelists: Tina Garrett, St. Olaf College, Robert Ghrist, University of Pennsylvania, William (Brit) E. Kirwan, University System of Maryland, and Randy McCarthy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. AMS Committee on the Profession Panel Discussion. Wednesday, January 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Room 336, BCC.

  • Two worlds collide: MOOCs and the ivory tower. Panelists: Keith Devlin, Stanford University, Robert Ghrist, University of Pennsylvania, Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin, and Marilyn Carlson, Arizona State University. MAA Committee on Technologies in Mathematics Education-MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics-WEBSIGMAA Panel Discussion. Saturday, January 18, 8:30-9:50 a.m., Room 307, BCC.

  • Teaching with Technology: Impact, Evaluation, and Reflection. MAA Session. Saturday, January 18, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 1:00-5:35 p.m., Room 341, BCC.

General Math Education

  • Transforming post-secondary mathematics education. Moderator: Phillip A. Griffiths, Institute for Advanced Study. Panelists: Michele Cahill, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Joan Leitzel, University of New Hampshire, and William (Brit) E. Kirwan, University System of Maryland. AMS-MAA-SIAM Joint Panel Discussion. Friday, January 17, 4:15-6:00 p.m., Room 336, BCC.

  • Flipping the Classroom. MAA Session. Friday, January 17, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 1:00-5:55 p.m., and Saturday, January 18, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 1:00-2:35 p.m., Room 337, BCC.

  • Mathematics Education. MAA General Contributed Paper Session. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-5:55 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 8:00-11:55 a.m., and Saturday, January 18, 1:00-4:55 p.m., Room 347, BCC.

  • Teaching Introductory Mathematics. MAA General Contributed Paper Session. Wednesday, January 15, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 347, BCC.

The Arts

  • Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Fiber Arts, AMS Special Session. Wednesday, January 15, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 2:15-6:05 p.m., Room 314, BCC.

  • The Intersection of Mathematics and the Arts, MAA Session. Wednesday, January 15, 8:20-10:55 a.m. and 2:15-5:50 p.m., and Thursday, January 16, 8:00-11:55 a.m. and 1:00-3:55 p.m. Room 338, BCC.

  • Mathematics in stone and bronze, Helaman and Claire Ferguson. MAA Invited Address. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-3:05 p.m., Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

  • Snark attack! Visualizations of "uncolorable" graphs on surfaces, Sarah-Marie Belcastro, Sarah Lawrence College. MAA Invited Address. Thursday, January 16, 9:00-9:50 a.m., Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

  • Mathematical Art Exhibition. Located in the Exhibit Area (BCC Exhibit Hall F, Level 100) and open all four days, during exhibit hours.

  • Mathematically Bent Theater, Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players. MAA Special Dramatic Presentation. Friday, January 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Ballrooms 1-3, 2nd Floor, Hilton.

  • Poetry Reading, MAA Special Presentation. Friday, January 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Room 308, BCC.

Sports

  • Mathematics and Sports, MAA Session. Friday, January 17, 1:00-5:55 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 338, BCC.

The Workforce

  • INGenIOuS: Workforce preparation for students in the mathematical sciences, AMS-ASA-MAA-SIAM Special Presentation. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-3:45 p.m.,. Room 336, BCC.

  • NSF programs supporting learning, teaching, and the future workforce in mathematics, MAA-NSF Panel Discussion. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-3:35 p.m., Room 327, BCC.

  • Career options for undergraduate mathematics majors. Panelists: Emily Kessler, Society of Actuaries, Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University, John Workman, The Advisory Board Company, and Kim Sacra, National Security Agency. MAA-Young Mathematicians' Network Panel Discussion. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-3:35 p.m., Room 316, BCC.

  • A conversation on nonacademic employment. Moderator: C. Allen Butler, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. AMS Special Presentation. Thursday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 336, BCC.

  • Mathematics Experiences in Business, Industry, and Government, MAA Session. Friday, January 17, 1:00-4:15 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, 8:20-10:35 a.m., Room 345, BCC.

Diversity

  • Access and opportunities in STEM education: The challenges of building an equitable diverse society. Presenters: Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, James S. Gates, University of Maryland, College Park, and Richard Tapia, Rice University. MAA-AMS-SIAM Special Presentation. Wednesday, January 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Holiday Ballrooms 1-3, 2nd Floor, Hilton.

  • Programs and Approaches for Mentoring Women and Minorities in Mathematics, MAA Session. Wednesday, January 15, 2:15-4:50 p.m., Room 341, BCC.

  • Summer research programs. Panelists: Noureen Kahn, University of North Texas at Dallas and Aprillya Lanz, Norfolk State University. MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics and the Office of Minority Participation Panel Discussion. Thursday, January 16, 10:35-11:55 a.m., Room 316, BCC.

  • Highlighting Achievements and Contributions of Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, AMS Special Session. Friday, January 17, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and Saturday, January 18, 1:00-5:50 p.m., Room 317, BCC.

  • Solving our human problems, Nathaniel Dean, Texas State University, San Marcos. National Association of Mathematicians' Cox-Talbot Address. Friday, January 17, 7:45-8:35 p.m., Holiday Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton.

Financial Markets

  • Recent Advances in Financial Mathematics, SIAM Minisymposium. Wednesday, January 15, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Room 325 BCC, Thursday, January 16, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Room 326 BCC, and Friday, January 17, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Room 313 BCC.

Open-source Publishing

  • Open Source Mathematics Textbooks, MAA Session. Friday, January 17, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 341 BCC and 3:00-4:55 p.m., Room 349, BCC.

History of Math

  • The notebooks of George Washington on arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, logarithms and surveying, V. Frederick Rickey, West Point. MAA SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics Guest Lecture. Wednesday, January 15, 6:30-7:20 p.m., Room 341, BCC.

  • The Genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan, AMS-MAA Special Film Presentation. Thursday, January 16, 6:00-7:10 p.m. , Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

  • Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest, William Noel, University of Pennsylvania. SIGMAA on Business, Industry, and Government and SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics Guest Lecture. Friday, January 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 307, BCC.

More Events

  • AMS Current Events Bulletin. Among the talks are presentations on the carbon cycle, the shape of outer space, and prime numbers. Friday, January 17, 1:00-4:45 p.m., Room 310, BCC.

  • Effective thinking and mathematics, Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin. MAA Invited Address. Wednesday, January 15, 3:20-4:10 p.m., Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

  • Reflections on a Mathematical World, Eric M. Friedlander, University of Southern California. AMS Retiring Presidential Address. Thursday, January 16, 3:20-4:10 p.m. Ballrooms I & II, 400 Level, BCC.

Prizes and Awards

  • Joint Prize Session, cosponsored by the AMS and MAA. This event showcases the achievements of individuals in the mathematics community. Thursday, January 16, 4:25-5:25 p.m., Ballroom I & II, 400 level, BCC. Reception follows.

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See the full program at http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/meetings/national/jmm2014/2160_program.html.

The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and providing the communication necessary to progress in the field. These meetings serve to preserve, supplement, and utilize the results of the research of mathematicians the world over. Keeping abreast of the progress in mathematics results in the furtherance of the interest of mathematical scholarship and research.

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