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2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Jan. 10-13

American Mathematical Society

All items listed below take place in the Gonzalez Convention Center.

Free and open to the general public:

From Voting Paradoxes to the Search for "Dark Matter," Don Saari. Saturday, January 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

National Math Game: Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Fast-paced and fun competition with 11 high school students from around the country, including two from Texas, competing for the top prize of $10,000. Monday, January 12, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Room 103.

Talks and sessions of special interest that require meeting registration (free for press), are:

Combinatorial designs, finite geometries, and beating the lottery, Jordan S. Ellenberg, author of the best-selling How Not to Be Wrong. Saturday, January 10, 11:10-12:00 noon. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

The Remarkable Journey of the Isoperimetric Problem: From Euler to Steiner to Weierstrass, Richard A. Tapia. Tapia, born to parents who emigrated from Mexico in search of education, is a national leader in education and outreach. Monday, January 12, 11:10-noon. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Making the case for data journalism, Catherine O'Neil. O'Neil is known in the blogosphere as the Math Babe, where she "explores and vents about quantitative issues." Monday, January 12, 4:00-4:50 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Golden numbers and identities: The legacy of Rogers and Ramanujan, Ken Ono. This research was recently voted #2 Science Story of the Year in Discover's online poll. Sunday, January 11, 9:00-9:50 a.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Math is cool!, George Hart. Hart is celebrated for his outreach involving math and art. Monday, January 12, 1:00-1:50 p.m. Room 103.

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 (210-582-7009) and a place to conduct interviews. The Press Room will be in Room 102B of the Convention Center, open: Saturday, January 10 through Monday, January 12, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

As evidence of the breadth of mathematics and its applications--topics at the meeting range from algebra to zombies--are sessions and individual talks on:

*The Arts

Mathematical Art Exhibition. Works by artists who are inspired by mathematics and by mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings. Located in the Exhibit Area (Exhibit Hall C) and open all four days during exhibit hours.

Mathematically Bent Theater. Colin Adams and his troupe take the audience on a mathematical romp. Monday, January 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 103.

Mathematics and the Arts. Talks on different aspects of music and visual arts. Saturday, January 10, 8:20-10:55 a.m. and 2:15-6:10 p.m., and Sunday, January 11, 8:00-11:55 a.m. Room 213B.

The Mathematics of Being Human. A play that asks (and answers): "Can the precision of poetry match the precision of an equation?" Sunday, January 11, 6:00-7:20 p.m. Room 103.

Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Primes Conjecture. A film about an unknown mathematician who stunned the world with his mathematical breakthrough about prime numbers. Saturday, January 10, 6:20-7:40 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Journal of Humanistic Mathematics Poetry Reading. Mathematical poets and those interested in mathematical poetry are invited. Sunday, January 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Room 205.

*Planet Earth

Sessions on:

The Mathematics of Planet Earth. Sunday, January 11, 8:30-11:55 a.m. and 1:00-3:55 p.m. Room 214D.

Geosystems Mathematics. Tuesday, January 13, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 1:00-5:50 p.m. Room 008B.

Mathematics in Natural Resource Modeling. Monday, January 12, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 1:00-5:50 p.m. Room 008B.

Cartography and Mathematics: Imaging the World Around Us. Monday, January 12, 8:30-10:25 a.m. Room 212B.

*Math Education

Program and Assessment Implications of Common Core State Standards Implementation (session). Monday, January 12, 1:00-6:15 p.m. Room 209.

MOOCs and me: Massive online materials for my students (panel discussion). Saturday, January 10, 9:35-10:55 a.m. Room 214B.

Using Flipping Pedagogy to Engage Students in Learning Mathematics (session). Monday, January 12, 1:00-5:55 p.m. and Tuesday, January 13, 8:00-11:55 a.m. Room 204B.

Active learning strategies for mathematics (panel discussion). Sunday, January 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Room 207B

Technology, the Next Generation: Integrating Tablets into the Mathematics Classroom (session). Saturday, January 10, 2:15-4:50 p.m. Room 209.

Humor and Teaching Mathematics (session). Saturday, January 10, 8:20-10:55 a.m. and 2:55-5:10 p.m. Room 210A.


Mathematics and Sports (session). Saturday, January 10, 2:15-5:50 p.m. Room 204B, and Sunday, January 11, 8:20-11:55 a.m. Room 210A.


Breaking the glass ceiling permanently (panel discussion). Saturday, January 10, 2:15-3:40 p.m. Room 216A.

Ethnomathematics: A Tribute to Marcia Ascher (session). Monday, January 12, 8:00-10:15 a.m. and 1:00-2:55 p.m. Room 213B.

Effective self-promotion to advance your career in mathematics (panel discussion). Sunday, January 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Room 203A.

*Math Modeling and Applications of Math

Mathematics Experiences in Business, Industry, and Government (session). Sunday, January 11, 1:00-4:15 p.m. Room 210A.

Mathematical challenges in the evaluation of medical imaging, Kyle Myers. Sunday, January 11, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Room 210A.

Modeling or Applications (session). Saturday, January 10, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 2:15-5:55 p.m., and Monday, January 12, 1:00-3:55 p.m. Room 213A.

Game Theory, Economics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences (session). Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-5:55 p.m. Room 101A.

*More Events

Mathematical models of tumor vessel formation and targeted therapies that attack the vascular supply, Trachette Jackson. Saturday, January 10, 2015 10:10-10:45 a.m. Room 214C.

Dispelling obesity myths through mathematical modeling, Diana L. Thomas. Saturday, January 10, 2:15-3:05 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Mathematics and Voting Theory (session). Sunday, January 11, 8:00-10:20 a.m. Room 217.

Can Cannibalism Save the Day? Dynamic Models for Adaptive Life History Strategies in Response to Climate Change, Jim M. Cushing. Sunday, January 11, 7:00-7:45 p.m. Room 210B.

Letters from the master: My correspondence with Paul Erd?s, Carl Pomerance. Saturday, January 10, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Room 214C.

The role of research in preserving the American dream (panel discussion). Monday, January 12, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Room 207B.

Interdisciplinary Topics in Mathematics (session). Tuesday, January 13, 1:00-4:25 p.m. Room 209.

Fractal Geometry and Dynamics (session). Saturday, January 10, 8:00-10:50 a.m. 214D.

A Statistician's Guide to Becoming Your Body's Expert, Talithia Williams. Tuesday, January 13, 1:00-1:50 p.m. Room 215.

Analytical and Computational Methods in Mathematical Finance (minisymposium). Tuesday, January 13, 8:00-10:55 a.m. Room 202A.

*Prizes and Awards

Joint Prize Session. This event showcases the achievements of individuals in the mathematics community. Sunday, January 11, 4:25-5:25 p.m. in the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Reception follows.

*See the full program at


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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