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Annual joint mathematics meeting

American Mathematical Society

Providence, RI: Approximately 4500 mathematicians will attend the annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15. Researchers will present nearly 1700 papers from all specialties of mathematics. The website for the Meetings is

Topics: Themes of sessions include the mathematics involved in popular culture, in sports and games, in the arts, current events in mathematics, and mathematics education reform.

Press Room: Room 208 (Concourse Level) of the Convention Center, offering fact sheets, the book of abstracts, the complete program of the Meetings, phone, and a place to conduct interviews. Hours: Thursday January 12 through Saturday January 14, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sunday January 15, 7:30 a.m. - noon. The press room phone number is 210-582-7090.

Selected Events from the Joint Meetings:

MAA Session on Mathematics and Popular Culture.
Saturday January 14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. and Sunday January 15, 9:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Among the subjects of the talks are Harry Potter, The Simpsons, and Google.

"NUMB3RS and Math, the 'We All Use Math Every Day' program."
Texas Instruments-MAA-AMS Special Presentation.
Thursday January 12, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Panel will feature Judd Hirsch, one of the stars of the CBS show NUMB3RS.

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician."
AMS Special Presentation. Seven Texas high school students answer questions on mathematics in their quest for up to $3000 in cash - a fun time for everyone. Friday January 13, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Ballroom C3.

"What Business Looks for in New Hires."
Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Business/community participants in San Antonio's Project BRIDGE (Bringing together Resources from Industry, Development, Government, and Education), will discuss the mathematical skills important to their businesses, e.g., problem solving and communications. Panelists are Anthony Edwards, San Antonio City Public Service, Vice President of Community Programs; Sandra Martinez, Kelly Aviation Center; Steve Bryant, Zachry Construction Company; and Frances Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager of the City of San Antonio.

"The great Pi/e debate."
MAA Special Presentation. Colin C. Adams and Thomas Garrity, Williams College. Moderator: Edward B. Burger, Williams College. Thursday January 12, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Which is the more important number, pi or e? In this gloves-off, no-holds-barred debate, the adversaries will use any means, legal or otherwise, to prove their point. This event could have the historical significance of the Yalta conference, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, or possibly, the invention of microwave popcorn.

"The mathematics of everyday language."
MAA Invited Address. Keith J. Devlin, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. Friday January 13, 10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. A survey of attempts by mathematicians and linguists to develop mathematical theories of language by NPR's "Math Guy."

AMS Special Session on Current Events.
Saturday January 14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Four in-depth talks from pure and applied mathematics, from prime numbers to analyzing the spread of disease. Organized by David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and past president of the AMS.

Education Reform, Including the Involvement of Underrepresented Groups

AMS-MAA-MER Special Session on Mathematics and Education Reform, Thursday January 12, 8:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. - 6:05 p.m.; and Friday January 13, 8:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Talks in this session include:

"Building a Nurturing Mathematics Community."
Sylvia T. Bozeman, Spelman College. Thursday, 9:00 a.m.

"Increasing the Number of Mathematics Majors: It takes a village."
William Y. Velez, University of Arizona. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

"Mentoring and Nurturing Students in Mathematics Departments."
Samuel M. Rankin, American Mathematical Society, Sylvia T. Bozeman, Spelman College, David C. Manderscheid, University of Iowa, John C. Meakin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and William Y. Velez, University of Arizona. Thursday, 10:00 a.m.

"Attracting and Retaining Students in the Mathematical Sciences."
W. James Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Friday, 8:30 a.m.

"Pizza, Problem-Solving, and Promoting a Math-Friendly Culture."
Andrew J. Bernoff, Francis Edward Su, and Lesley A. Ward, Harvey Mudd College. Friday, 11:00 a.m.

MAA Session on Models That Work: Building Diversity in Advanced Mathematics.
Friday January 13, 8:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. Three of the talks in this session are by winners of individual or departmental Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring:

"Supporting Women in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln."
Judy Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 8:30 a.m.

"Increasing the Number of Minority Ph.D.'s in Mathematics."
David C. Manderscheid, University of Iowa. 9:30 a.m.

"The Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University: Successes in the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of minority scholars."
Richard A. Tapia, Rice University, Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. 10:30 a.m.

More talks on mathematics and underrepresented groups:

"Participation in Mathematics by American Indians: A case study in underrepresentation."
MAA Invited Address. Robert E. Megginson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thursday January 12, 3:20 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

"Lawrence Summers: One year later."
Association for Women in Mathematics Panel Discussion. Panelists: Richard M. Dudley, M.I.T., Mary W. Gray, American University, Ellen E. Kirkman, Wake Forest University, M. Beth Ruskai, Tufts University, Alice Silverberg, University of California, Irvine, and Karen Uhlenbeck, University of Texas at Austin. Thursday January 12, 3:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

"Programs that make a difference."
AMS Committee on the Profession Presentation. David C. Manderscheid, University of Iowa and Ivelisse M. Rubio, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao. Thursday January 12, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The institutions of both speakers will receive special AMS recognition for their work with underrepresented groups.

"No Boys Allowed: Assessing a girls-only math club." Rachel S. Cline and Jerry Dwyer, Texas Tech University. Sunday January 15, 10:45 a.m.

Math and Art

"Mathematical Art Exhibit."
Organized by Robert Fathauer, Tesselations Company, Nathaniel A. Freidman, ISAMA and SUNY Albany, and Reza Sarhangi, Bridges Conference, Towson University. Works in various media on display. Some of the ideas used are fractals, symmetry and tiling. Thursday January 12, 12:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday January 13 and Saturday January 14, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday January 15, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

MAA Session on Mathematical Connections in the Arts. Friday January 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. and Saturday January 14, 4:15 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. Some of the talks in this session are:

"Clear as a Bell: Applying principles of graphical excellence to campanology."
Leslie Hayes, Saint Joseph's University. Friday, 1:00 p.m.

"Learning Styles of College Algebra Students Support the Use of Dance in Mathematics Courses: Ideas for using dance in the college algebra classroom."
Ann D. Bingham and Beth K. Wright, Peace College. Friday, 1:15 p.m.

"Imagemosaics: Painting with pictures."
Gavin W. Taylor, Davidson College. Friday, 2:45 p.m.

More talks on mathematics and art:

"A Number Theory Application to Origami."
Tamara B. Veenstra, University of Redlands. Thursday January 12, 3:15 p.m.

"A Symbiosis of Beauty: Transformational geometry and the art, architecture and textiles of Central and South America."
Elizabeth C. Rogers, Piedmont College. Friday January 13, 11:20 a.m.

Math in Sports and Games

MAA Session on the Mathematics of Sports and Games.
Friday January 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. and Sunday January 15, 8:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Some of the talks are:

"How Well Can Random Walkers Rank Football Teams?"
Thomas S. Callaghan, Stanford University, Peter J. Mucha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Mason A. Porter, California Institute of Technology. Friday, 1:00 p.m.

"A Maple® Simulation for the 2004 Red Sox-Yankees Playoff Series."
Phil Gustafson, Mesa State College. Friday, 1:40 p.m.

"Down 4 with a Minute to Play."
G. Edgar Parker, James Madison University and Richard Miller, Fort Defiance High School. Friday, 2:00 p.m.

"Using NASCAR to Illustrate Optimization."
Mark A. Mills, Central College and Dale R. Buske, St. Cloud State University. Friday, 3:20 p.m.

"Scrabble Tournaments, Ramsey Theory, and Resolvable Designs."
Paul Becker and Paul Olson, Penn State Erie - The Behrend College. Sunday, 8:20 a.m.

More talks on mathematics applied to sports and games:

"Using Sudoku Number Puzzles to Practice Reasoning Skills in a Basic Mathematics Course." Richard H. Stout, Gordon College. Thursday January 12, 9:45 a.m.

"An Earnest, Hamming Way to do Magic." Jeffrey A. Ehme and Colm Mulcahy, Spelman College. Friday January 13, 8:15 a.m.

"Runs of Heads and Tails - Genuine or Bogus?"
Bill Linderman, King College. Friday January 13, 9:00 a.m.

"Who's The Man?: The question that made my students fight about mathematics."
Pam Miltenberger, West Virginia Wesleyan College. Friday January 13, 3:00 p.m.

"Tower of Hanoi."
Kimberly Jordan Burch, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Saturday January 14, 2:30 p.m.

Mathematics in Biology and Medicine

"A Statistical Method for Glaucoma Detection Using Tomographic Images, A Projection Pursuit Approach."
Ananda W. A. Bandulasiri and Victor Patrangenaru, Texas Tech University. Thursday January 12, 8:15 a.m.

"Super Size Me: An optimization problem."
Martha J. Shott, Davidson College. Thursday January 12, 9:00 a.m.

"A Mathematical Look at Extinction."
Roland Lamberson, Humboldt State University. Thursday January 12, 2:45 p.m.

Mathematics Education

"The Efficacy of Online Mathematics Courses: How well are students learning mathematics in online course environments?"
John T. Smith, Hawaii Pacific University. Thursday January 12, 3:15 p.m.

"'I Can't Do Math' Where Does the Attitude Come From?"
Jean M. Horn, Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge Campus and Harrison W. Straley, Wheaton College. Saturday January 14, 10:00 a.m.

"Preparing K - 12 Mathematics Teachers."
Kenneth J. Bernard, Virginia State University. Thursday January 12, 3:45 p.m.

"Statistics: Meet Me Online."
Sarah L. Mabrouk, Framingham State College. Thursday January 12, 5:00 p.m.

"Objects and Mathematics Teaching at American Colleges and Universities."
Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, University of Maryland University College, and David Lindsay Roberts. Sunday January 15, 4:30 p.m.

"Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness: Judging the quality of K - 12 mathematics evaluations."
MAA Panel Discussion. This symposium focuses on the findings of a thorough and rigorous examination of mathematics curriculum materials and their implications for the field. Panelists: Jere Confrey, Washington University in St. Louis, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University, and Donald G. Saari, University of California, Irvine. Moderator: David Mandel, Mathematical Sciences Education Board. Sunday January 15, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

"National Science Foundation Programs Supporting Learning and Teaching in the Mathematical Sciences."
MAA Panel Discussion. Organizers: Elizabeth J. Teles, John R. Haddock, and Lee L. Zia, NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, John S. Bradley, NSF Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education, and Lloyd E. Douglas, NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences. Thursday January 12, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.


"Picking the President."
Joseph Evan and Daniel Ghezzi, King's College. Friday January 13, 9:45 a.m.

"A Network Analysis of Committee Assignments in the United States House of Representatives." Mason A. Porter, California Institute of Technology. Friday January 13, 10:00 a.m.

"Preference Sets, Graphs, and Voting in Agreeable Societies."
MAA Invited Address. Francis Edward Su, Harvey Mudd College. Thursday January 12, 2:15 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

"Fair Division: From cake-cutting to dispute resolution."
MAA Minicourse. Organizer: Steven J. Brams, New York University. Friday January 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Talks on a Variety of Other Mathematics Subjects

"The Mathematics of Space Shuttle Return to Flight: Impact damage modeling."
James D. Walker, Southwest Research Institute. Thursday January 12, 2:30 p.m. "Time Dilation, Neutron Stars, and Space War: Teaching relativity and differential geometry aboard a Bussard Ramjet."
Christopher G. Moseley, United States Military Academy. Sunday January 15, 10:00 a.m.

"The Shapes of Sacred Space: The geometry of ancient Maya art and architecture."
MAA Special Interest Group on the History of Mathematics Special Presentation. Edwin L. Barnhart and Christopher Powell, Maya Exploration Center. Thursday January 12, 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

"Using the CSI Effect in Calculus: Applying forensic science to infinite series."
R. Travis Kowalski, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Friday January 13, 2:30 p.m.

"The Many Faces of Pi."
MAA Student Lecture. Marc Chamberland, Grinnell College. Saturday January 14, 1:00 p.m. -1:50 p.m.

"Sine Waves and Sound."
David R. Hill, Temple University and Lila F. Roberts, Georgia College and State University. Saturday January 14, 1:00 p.m.

"Western Concepts of Infinity Introduced to China in the Seventeenth Century."
Yibao Xu, Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. Saturday January 14, 1:30 p.m.

"Optimizing a Real Box and a Computer Disk."
Thomas A. Hern, Bowling Green State University. Saturday January 14, 2:15 p.m.

"Teaching a Course in Cryptology - Strengthening mathematical interests in a variety of majors."
Katarzyna Potocka, Ramapo College of New Jersey. Sunday January 15, 8:20 a.m.


The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and providing the communication necessary for progress in the field. These meetings serve to preserve, supplement, and utilize the results of the research of mathematicians worldwide.

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.

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