Joint mathematics meetings in Boston Jan. 4-7, 2012

December 14, 2011

Providence, RI: Over 6000 mathematicians will attend the annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston January 4-7.

The Press Room will be on the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center, in Room 301 near the Main Lecture Hall, offering free wireless access, the book of abstracts, and a place to conduct interviews. Hours: Wednesday, January 4 through Friday, January 6, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 7, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Registration for the press is free.

Many organizations participate in the meetings, acronyms for those are: AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASL: Association for Symbolic Logic, MER: Mathematicians for Education Reform, NAM: National Association of Mathematicians, NCTM: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, SIAM: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, SIGMAA: Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America.

Two events are free and open to the general public:

2012 Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture: Erik Demaine, MIT, Geometric Puzzles: Algorithms and Complexity. Joint AMS-MAA-SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Address. Holder of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and one of mathematics' and computer science's most engaging lecturers, Demaine will talk about a variety of puzzles, focusing on some recent and playful results. Ballrooms A/B (3rd floor), Hynes.

National Math Contest: Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. AMS Special Presentation: National High School Math Contest with nearly $30,000 in prizes. Friday, January 6, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Hynes 312 (3rd floor).

The annual math meetings provide an opportunity for mathematicians in all fields of mathematics to present talks and participate in panels on topics ranging from theoretical research to recent applications of math to significant issues such as the climate and environment, biology, voting and social policy, sports, the arts, encouraging participation of underrepresented groups, and education.

*Climate and the Environment

Mathematical challenges in climate and sustainability, Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College. MAA Invited Address. Saturday, January 7, 10:05-10:55 a.m., Ballrooms A/B (3rd floor), Hynes.

MAA Invited Paper Session on Climate Change and Sustainability, Saturday, January 7, 1:00-4:50 p.m., Room 302, Hynes. Organizers: Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College and Chris Danforth, University of Vermont.

Incorporation of the mathematics of climate change and sustainability into our undergraduate courses. MAA Panel Discussion. Panelists: Christopher Jones, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Thomas J. Pfaff, Ithaca College, Martin E. Walter, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College.Organizer: Robert E. Megginson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Friday, January 6, 9:00-10:20 a.m., Room 309, Hynes.

AMS Special Session on Climate Modeling and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Organizers: Qingshan Chen, Florida State University, Nathan Glatt-Holtz, Indiana University, and Mickael Chekroun, University of California, Los Angeles. Thursday, January 5, 8:00-11:20 a.m. and 1:00-3:20 p.m., and Friday, January 6, 1:30-4:20 p.m., Suffolk, 3rd floor, Marriott.

AMS Special Session on Mathematics in Natural Resource Modeling. Organizer: Catherine Roberts, College of the Holy Cross. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 2:15-6:05 p.m., and Thursday, January 5, 8:00-11:50 a.m. and 1:00-3:50 p.m. Simmons, 3rd floor, Marriott.

Two talks on 2011 events:

Lagrangian Transport Patterns for Radioactive Particles after Fukushima. Tim Lai, Arizona State University. Thursday, January 5, 1:00-1:15 p.m., Room 201, Hynes.

Modern Meteorology: An Overview over the Methods used in Numerical Weather Prediction and its Application to Hurricane Irene. Martin J. Fengler, St. Gallen (Switzerland). Thursday, January 5, 3:30-3:50 p.m., Commonwealth, 3rd floor, Sheraton.

*Biology and Ecology

Epidemiology of influenza strains: Competition, prediction, and associated mortality. Edward Goldstein, Harvard School of Public Health. SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology Guest Lecture. Friday, January 6, 7:00-7:45 p.m., Room 202, Hynes.

AMS Special Session on Recent Advances in Mathematical Biology, Ecology, and Epidemiology. Organizers: Sophia R. Jang, Texas Tech University, Andrew L. Nevai, University of Central Florida, Lih-Ing W. Roeger, Texas Tech University. Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 1:00-5:50 p.m., Arlington, 3rd floor, Marriott.

AMS Session on Mathematical Biology and Related Fields. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00-10:10 a.m. and 2:15-5:40 p.m., and Friday, January 6, 1:00-5:10 p.m., Room 105, Hynes.

*Voting and Social Policy

AMS Special Session on the Mathematics of Decisions, Elections, and Games, Organizers: Karl-Dieter Crisman, Gordon College, Michael Jones, Mathematical Reviews, and Michael Orrison, Harvey Mudd College. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 2:15-6:05 p.m., Exeter, 3rd floor, Marriott.

AMS-AAAS Special Session on Science for Policy and Policy for Science: Career Opportunities at the Intersection of Science and Policy. Organizers: Cynthia Robinson and Shar Steed, AAAS Science & Technology Fellowships. Wednesday, January 4, 2:15-4:35 p.m., Arlington, 3rd floor, Marriott.

Mathematics and the Law: How Big Should a Jury Be, and How Should It Render Its Decision? Jeff A. Suzuki, Brooklyn College. Friday, January 6, 1:40-2:00 p.m., Back Bay Ballroom B, 2nd floor, Sheraton.

*Sports, Games, and Puzzles

MAA Session on Mathematics and Sports. Organizer: R. Drew Pasteur, College of Wooster. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m. and 2:15.-6:10 p.m., Room 203, Hynes.

MAA Session on the Mathematics of Sudoku and Other Pencil Puzzles. Organizers: Laura Taalman and Jason Rosenhouse, James Madison University. Wednesday January 4, 2:15-4:50 p.m. and Thursday, January 5, 1:00-3:35 p.m., Room 312, Hynes.

*The Arts

MAA Session on Arts and Mathematics, Together Again. Organizer: Douglas E. Norton, Villanova University. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Thursday January 5, 8:00-11:55 a.m. and 1:00-3:35 p.m., Room 311, Hynes.

Mathematical Art Exhibition: Fascinating works, including origami, sculpture, painting, digital prints, and crochet. Organizers: Robert Fathauer, Tessellations Company; Anne Burns, Department of Mathematics, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus; Nat Friedman, Department of Mathematics, University at Albany; Reza Sarhangi, Department of Mathematics, Towson University; and Nathan Selikoff, Digital Awakening Studios. Wednesday, January 4, 12:15-5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 7, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Exhibit Hall D (2nd floor).

Mathematically Bent Theater, Colin Adams, Mobiusbandaid Theater Company (and Williams College). MAA Dramatic Presentation. Friday, January 6, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Salon F, 4th floor, Marriott.

Turning theorems into plays, Steve Abbott, Middlebury College. MAA Lecture for Students. Friday, January 6, 1:15-2:05 p.m., Salon F, 4th floor, Marriott.

*Encouraging Participation of Underrepresented Groups

Creating Mathematical Scientists Among the Underrepresented, Sylvia T Bozeman, Spelman College. NAM Cox-Talbot Address. Friday, January 6, 7:30-8:15 p.m., Constitution Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Sheraton.

MAA Poster Session on Mathematical Outreach Programs for Underrepresented Populations. Organizer: Elizabeth Yanik, Emporia State University. Thursday, January 5, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Veteran's Auditorium, 2nd floor, Hynes.

Summer research programs. MAA Committee on Minority Participation/MAA Office of Minority Participation Panel Discussion. Panelists: Min-Lin Lo, California State University, San Bernardino, and Asamoah Nkwanta, Morgan State University. Organizers: William Hawkins, Jr., MAA and University of the District of Columbia, and Robert Megginson, University of Michigan. Thursday, January 5, 1:00-2:20 p.m., Room 304, Hynes.


MAA Session on the Mathematical Preparation of Teachers: The Impact of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Organizers: Kenneth C. Millett, University of California, Santa Barbara, Elizabeth Burroughs, Montana State University, Holly Peters Hirst, Appalachian State University, and William McCallum, University of Arizona. Saturday, January 7, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 1:00-2:35 p.m., Room 310, Hynes.

MAA Session on Touch It, Feel It, Learn It: Tactile Learning Activities in the Undergraduate Mathematics Classroom. Organizers: Jessica Mikhaylov, U.S. Military Academy and Julie Barnes, Western Carolina University. Wednesday, January 4, 8:20-10:15 a.m. and 2:15-5:30 p.m., and Thursday, January 5, 8:00-11:15 a.m. and 1:00-3:55 p.m., Room 313, Hynes.

MAA Session on Trends in Teaching Mathematics Online. Organizer: Michael B. Scott, California State University, Monterey Bay. Saturday, January 7, 8:00-10:55 a.m. and 1:00-5:55 p.m., Room 311, Hynes.

AMS-MAA-MER Special Session on Mathematics and Education Reform. Organizers: William Barker, Bowdoin College, William McCallum, University of Arizona, and Bonnie Saunders, University of Illinois at Chicago. Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:50 a.m. and 1:00-5:40 p.m., and Saturday January 7, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Constitution Ballroom A, 2nd floor, Sheraton.

MAA Session on Early Assessment: Find Out What Your Students Understand (and Don't Understand) before They Take the Test. Organizers: Miriam Harris-Botzum, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bonnie Gold, Monmouth University. Saturday, January 7, 1:20-3:35 p.m., Room 313, Hynes.

AMS Session on Mathematics Education. Saturday, January 7, 2:15-5:10 p.m., Room 101, Hynes.

Why is transition from high school to college important? Issues and next steps. MAA/NCTM Mutual Concerns Committee Panel Discussion. Panelists: Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College, David Bressoud, Macalester College, William McCallum, University of Arizona, Daniel Teague, North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, Paul Zorn, St. Olaf College, and Gail Burrill, Michigan State University (also the organizer). Wednesday, January 4, 9:00-10:20 a.m., Room 309, Hynes.

MAA Session on Projects, Demonstrations, and Activities that Engage Liberal Arts Mathematics Students. Organizer: Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University. Thursday, January 5, 1:00-3:55 p.m. and Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:35 a.m., Back Bay Ballroom C, 2nd floor, Sheraton.

History of Math

AMS-ASL Special Session on the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing (2012 is the 100th anniversary of Turing's birth). Organizers: Damir Dzhafarov, University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame, Jeff Hirst, Appalachian State University, and Carl Mummert, Marshall University. Wednesday, January 4,8:00-10:40 a.m. and 2:15-5:55 p.m., and Thursday, January 5, 8:00-11:40 a.m. and 1:00-3:40 p.m., Room 207, Hynes.

AMS Session on History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Wednesday, January 4, 8:00-9:25 a.m., Room 308, Hynes.

MAA Session on the History of Mathematics and Its Uses in the Classroom. Organizer: Amy Shell-Gellasch, Beloit College. Friday, January 6, 3:20-5:35 p.m., Room 202, Hynes, and Saturday, January 7, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 312, Hynes.

*Business and Industry

MAA Session on Mathematics Experiences in Business, Industry, and Government. Organizers: Carla D. Martin, James Madison University, Phil Gustafson, Mesa State College, and Michael Monticino, University of North Texas. Thursday, January 5, 8:00-11:15 a.m., Room 203, Hynes.

Rational rationing in healthcare: Observations for organ allocation, Sommer Gentry, U.S. Naval Academy. SIGMAA on Mathematicians in Business, Industry, and Government Guest Lecture. Thursday, January 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 203, Hynes.

*Modern Problems

MAA Invited Paper Session on Contemporary Unsolved Problems. Organizers: Ellen Kirkman and Jeremy Rouse, Wake Forest University. Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:45 a.m., Room 302, Hynes.

AMS Current Events Bulletin. Organizer: David Eisenbud, University of California, Berkeley. Friday, January 6, 1:00-4:45 p.m., Room 200, Hynes.

*Mathematical Modeling

MAA General Contributed Paper Session: Modeling and Applications of Mathematics. Organizers: Jennifer Beineke, Western New England College, Lynette Boos, Providence College, and Aliza Steurer, Dominican University. Thursday, January 5, 1:00-3:40 p.m., and Friday, January 6, 1:00-5:40 p.m., Room 201, Hynes.

MAA Session on Modeling Across the Mathematics Curriculum. Organizers: Benjamin Galluzzo, Shippensburg University, Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College, and Joyati Debnath, Winona State University. Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:55 a.m., Room 313, Hynes, and 1:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Room 306, Hynes.

*Careers in Mathematics

A conversation on nonacademic employment. AMS Special Presentation. Moderator: C. Allen Butler, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. Thursday January 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 208, Hynes.

Career options: Industry, government, and academia. AWM Workshop Panel Discussion. Panelists: Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research, Melissa Choi, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Navah Langmeyer, National Security Agency, and Peter March, The Ohio State University. Moderator: Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University. Saturday, January 7, 1:00-2:15 p.m., Room 306, Hynes.

Career options for undergraduate mathematics majors. MAA-Young Mathematicians Network Panel Discussion. Panelists: Erin Corman, National Security Agency, Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University, and Emily Kessler, Society of Actuaries. Organizers: Nyles Breecher, Hamline University and Raluccca Gera, Naval Postgraduate School. Thursday, January 5, 1:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m., Room 309, Hynes.

*Knot Theory

MAA Invited Paper Session on Knot Theory Untangled. Organizer: Rolland Trapp, California State University, San Bernardino. Friday, January 6, 8:00-10:50 a.m., Room 311, Hynes.
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