Program
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. 
Eisenbud to Deliver Retiring Presidential Address
The
AMS Retiring Presidential Address will be delivered by David
Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, on Friday,
January 13, 2006 from 3:20 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. He will speak on Threads
from My Life: Linear (good) Resolutions and Small (seductive) Varieties.
The lecture will be held in Ballroom C (third level), Convention
Center.
David Eisenbud received his PhD in 1970 at the University of Chicago
under Saunders Mac Lane and Chris Robson. He was on the faculty
at Brandeis University unitl he took his current position at Berkeley
in 1997. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, in Bonn and
in Paris. Eisenbud's mathematical interests have ranged over commutative
and noncommutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer
methods.
Eisenbud has been Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research
Institute since 1997. He served as President of the AMS in 2003
and 2004. He is a Director of Math for America, a foundation devoted
to improving mathematics teaching. He has been a member of the Board
of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications of the National
Research Council, and a member of the US National Committee of the
International Mathematical Union.
Eisenbud currently serves on the editorial boards of the Annals
of Mathematics, the Bulletin du Societe Mathematique de France,
and SpringerVerlag's book series Algorithms and Computation in
Mathematics.
Eisenbud's interests outside of mathematics include juggling (he
is coauthor of a paper on the mathematics thereof), photography
and, above all, music. He currently spends most of his musical time
singing Bach, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.
Devlin to Speak on The Mathematics of Everyday
Language
Keith
J. Devlin, Center for the Study of Language and Information,
Stanford University, will deliver an MAA Invited Address on Friday,
January 13, 2006 from 10:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.. He will speak on
The mathematics of everyday language. The lecture
will be held in Ballroom C (third level), Convention Center.
Dr. Keith Devlin is Executive Director of Stanford University's
Center for the Study of Language and Information, a cofounder of
Stanford's Media X program, and a Consulting Professor of Mathematics
at Stanford. He is the author of twentyfive books, one interactive
book on CDROM and over seventy published research articles. He
is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
a World Economic Forum Fellow, and a former member of the Mathematical
Sciences Education Board. He is a regular contributor to NPR's popular
magazine program Weekend Edition (where he is known as "the
Math Guy") and a frequent contributor to various other local
and national radio programs, commenting on advances in mathematics
and computing. He writes a monthly column, "Devlin's Angle,"
on the web journal MAA Online.
His most recent books are The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical
Genius (along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs), Thunder's Mouth
Press (2005) and The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved
Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time, Basic Books (2002).
Lenstra to Deliver Colloquium Lectures
The
AMS Colloquium Lectures will be delivered by Hendrik W. Lenstra
Jr., Universiteit Leiden, on Thursday, January 12, 2006 –
Saturday, January 14, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. He will speak
on Entangled radicals. The lectures
will be held in Ballroom C (third level), Convention Center.
Hendrik W. Lenstra Jr received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the
Universiteit van Amsterdam in 1977. He was a full professor at Amsterdam
from 1978 until 1986, at Berkeley from 1987 until 2003, and since
1998 at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands.
Lenstra is active in number theory and algebra. He is best known
for introducing advanced techniques in the area of numbertheoretic
algorithms. These have important applications in the areas of cryptography
and computer security. Lenstra has been a member of the Royal Dutch
Academy of Science since 1984, and a fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences since 1996. He is a recipient of the Fulkerson
Prize of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical
Programming Society (1985). During the academic year 1990/1991,
he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton, and in 2000/2001 he held the HewlettPackard
Visiting Research Professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research
Institute in Berkeley. In 1998 he won the Spinoza Award, which constitutes
the highest scientific honor in the Netherlands.
Fisher to Speak on Mathematicians and Education
Reform: A Cautionary Tale
Naomi
Fisher, University of Illinois at Chicago, will deliver an MAA
Invited Address on Sunday, January 15, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50
a.m. She will speak on Mathematicians and education reform:
A cautionary tale. The lecture will be held in Ballroom
C (third level), Convention Center.
Naomi Fisher earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Connecticut College
for Women (now Connecticut College), her M.A. in Mathematics from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. in Mathematics
Education from Northwestern University. She is the Director of the
Mathematicians and Education Reform (MER) Forum, the Coordinator
of the Chicago Symposium Series on Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
and Science: Research and Practice, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Fisher's work in the mathematics community has focused on how mathematicians
may effectively contribute to the educational enterprise at all
levels, K12, undergraduate, and graduate, and how mathematics departments
may strengthen their undergraduate programs. Her work in helping
to build interdisciplinary forums include programs for mathematicians
and mathematics educators, and programs for scientists, mathematicians,
and educators. Fisher's teaching has focused on teaching K12 teachers,
especially in helping teachers to increase the role of geometry
in the school curriculum. As a founding member of the Park City
Mathematics Institute (formerly the Regional Geometry Institute),
she was the Director of the High School Teaching Program. She teaches
in the SESAME program for middle grade teachers at the University
of Chicago. As part of the Chicago Public Schools Algebra Initiative,
she teaches K8 teachers to prepare to teach a rigorous Algebra
course for 8th grade students in Chicago. Fisher is the CoEditor
of the MER Newsletter and has edited several volumes of the CBMS
Series on Issues in Mathematics Education. She was the 1993 recipient
of AWM's Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education.
Savageau to Deliver Gibbs Lecture
Michael
Savageau, University of California Davis, will deliver
the AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture on Thursday, January 12, 2006
from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. He will speak on Function,
Design and Evolution of Gene Circuitry. The lecture will
be held in Ballroom C (third level), Convention Center.
Michael Savageau received a B.S. degree from the University of
Minnesota in 1962, a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967 working
in the interdisciplinary area of cell physiology and systems science,
and, after postdoctoral work at UCLA and Stanford, joined the University
of Michigan faculty in 1970. He was Chair of the Department of Microbiology
and Immunology from 19922002. He initiated the interdisciplinary
training program in Cellular Biotechnology in 1989 and Michigan's
interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Program in 1998. He was named the
Nicolas Rashevsky Distinguished University Professor in 2002. In
2003 he moved to the University of California, Davis, in the Department
of Biomedical Engineering and in the Microbiology Graduate Group.
He is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biomedical
Engineering. He has been a visiting professor at the MaxPlanckInstitut
für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen, Germany (197677),
The John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National
University, Canberra, Australia (198384), the University of Arizona
(199394), and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques,
BuressurYvette, France (200203). His honors include Guggenheim
Fellow, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows,
Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer, American Association for the
Advancement of Science Fellow, the University of Michigan Harold
R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, Moore Distinguished Scholar
at the California Institute of Technology, and Institute of Medicine
of the National Academies of Science. He served as EditorinChief
of Mathematical Biosciences from 1995 to 2005. He also has served
on several editorial boards, on the board of directors of the Society
for Mathematical Biology and the International Federation of Nonlinear
Analysts, and on National Institutes of Health, National Science
Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Academies
of Science advisory panels. His research is focused on mathematical
methods for the comparative analysis of function, design and evolution
of gene circuitry. He has published two books and more than 140
scientific articles and has lectured extensively in the US and abroad.
Su to Speak on Preference Sets, Graphs, and
Voting in Agreeable Societies
Francis
Edward Su, Harvey Mudd College, will deliver an MAA Invited
Address on Thursday, January 12, 2006 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
He will speak on Preference sets, graphs, and voting in agreeable
societies. The lecture will be held in Ballroom C (third
level), Convention Center.
Francis Edward Su earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University
of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He is an associate
professor at Harvey Mudd College, and has held visiting positions
at Cornell and MSRI. His recent research focuses on problems in
topological and geometric combinatorics, especially those that have
applications to the social sciences, and he has coauthored many
papers with undergraduates. He has a passion for teaching and popularizing
mathematics. In 2001 he received the Merten M. Hasse Prize from
the MAA for expository writing, and in 2004 he received the MAA's
Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching. Su serves on the
Editorial Board of Math Horizons, and in his spare time he enjoys
working on his "Math Fun Facts" website. His other hobbies
include songwriting, theology, and outdoor activities.
Jitomirskaya
to Speak on Spectral Properties of Quasiperiodic Operators
Svetlana
Jitomirskaya, University of California Irvine,
will deliver an AMSMAA Joint Invited Address on Saturday, January
14, 2006 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. She will speak on Spectral
properties of quasiperiodic operators: the competition between order
and chaos. The lecture will be held in Ballroom C (third
level), Convention Center.
Svetlana Jitomirskaya received her BS/MS
(1987) and PhD (1991) from the Moscow State University. She is now
a full professor at UC Irvine, where she has worked since 1991,
starting as a parttime lecturer. While already a permanent faculty
at UCI she had held a nine month visiting position at Caltech and
a three month position at MSRI. Her research
interests focus on mathematical problems arising in solid state
physics, particularly the spectral theory of Schrodinger operators.
She received the Sloan fellowship in 1996,
UCI Distinguished midcareer award for research in 2004 and AMS
Ruth Lyttle Satter prize in 2005. She was a speaker at ICM 2002
and will deliver a plenary address at ICMP 2006.
112th Annual
Meeting of the
American Mathematical
Society (AMS)
We
are pleased to acknowledge the following sponsors of this meeting:
AddisonWesley
Hawkes
Learning Systems
MacKichan
Software
W.
H. Freeman & Company
