Joint Mathematics Meetings heading, January 15-18-2003, Balt Conv Center






Some Highlights of the Meeting

The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and to provide 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.

Some of the AMS and MAA Invited Speakers are:

Vladimir VoevodskyVladimir Voevodsky is an Institute for Advanced Study Faculty member who has made one of the most outstanding advances in algebraic geometry in the past few decades by developing new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties. His work is characterized by an ability to handle highly abstract ideas with ease and flexibility and to deploy those ideas in solving quite concrete mathematical problems. On August 20, 2002, he received one of two Fields Medals awarded in Beijing, China, at the International Congress of Mathematicians for developing new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties, thereby providing new insights into number theory and algebraic geometry. One consequence of Voevodsky's work, and one of his most celebrated achievements, is the solution of the Milnor Conjecture, which for three decades was the main outstanding problem in algebraic K-theory. Professor Voevodsky will be giving an AMS Invited Address.

David MumfordDavid B. Mumford is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He is a Field Medalist and has received many other honors such as an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Warwick, membership in the National Academy of Sciences, and election to President of the International Mathematical Union. David Mumford was awarded a Fields medal in 1974 for his work in algebraic geometry. Subsequently, the direction of his work shifted from algebraic geometry to areas of applied mathematics including machine and natural intelligence. Professor Mumford will be giving the AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture.

Paul Sally

Paul J. Sally, Jr. is Professor of Mathematics and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He has received many prestigious honors, including the University of Chicago Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Amoco Award Foundation Award for Long-term Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the 2002 Haimo Award, presented by the MAA, for his commitment to the cause of education and excellence at all levels, and the 2000 Award for Distinguished Service, presented by the AMS, for his service to the Society as Trustee and for his many efforts in improvement of mathematics education for the nation's youth and especially for members of minority and underrepresented groups. Paul Sally founded the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, a leading education reform effort, and co-founded the Young Scholars Program for mathematically talented students. Professor Sally will be giving an MAA Invited Address.

Peter SarnakPeter Sarnak is Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. He has received many prestigious honors including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the honor of being co-recipient of SIAM's Polya Prize for his work on the discrete spectrum of the Laplacian on curves, a NSF Sloan Fellowship, and the Ostrowksi Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics. Among the distinguished talks he has given are the Porter Lectures at Rice, the Whittemore Lectures at Yale, the Gergen Lectures at Duke, and the Pauli Lectures at ETH Zurich. Peter Sarnak's main work has been in spectral geometry, automorphic forms and zeta functions, and their applications to number theory, mathematical physics, and combinatorics. Professor Sarnak will be giving the AMS Colloquium Lectures.

Richard TapiaRichard A Tapia is Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematical Sciences and the Associate Director of the Center for Research in Parallel Computation at Rice University. Among many prestigious honors, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was the first native-born Hispanic ever to receive this recognition, he was appointed to serve on the National Science Board, he won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring, and he won the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor-Lifetime Achievement Award. In less than a decade, Richard Tapia has spearheaded a nationally recognized model outreach program for minorities and women. He is widely known for his outstanding contributions to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing community.Professor Tapia will be giving an MAA Invited Address.

This meeting is held jointly by:

109th Annual Meeting of the
American Mathematical Society (AMS)

American Mathematical Society

Mathematical Association of America

Winter meeting of the
Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

Annual meeting of the
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Annual meeting of the
National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

Minisymposia and other special events contributed by the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)