We regret that the special event on the Poincaré Conjecture
and Geometrization Theorem has been canceled. It became apparent
that the continuing controversy was undermining this special event.
Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Friday,
10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m., organized by Michael A. Breen,
AMS, and William T. Butterworth, DePaul University. Come
watch eight of the area's top high school students compete for cash
and prizes by answering questions about mathematics. You are invited
to come and take part in this educational and fun presentation.
Report on the Findings of the 2005 CBMS
Survey of Undergraduate Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in
the U.S., Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m., organized and moderated
by James W. Maxwell, AMS. Presentations will by made by
David Lutzer, College of William and Mary, Ellen E. Kirkman,
Wake Forest University, and Stephen B. Rodi, Austin Community
College, highlighting enrollment, faculty demographics, and academic
issues revealed by CBMS2005.
AMS Congressional Fellowship Session, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
to 10:55 a.m., organized by Samuel M. Rankin, III, AMS. This
program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS). The fellowship is designed to provide a unique
public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science/government
interaction, and to bring a technical background and external perspective
to the decision-making process in Congress. The two recent AMS-sponsored
Congressional Fellows (David Weinreich, 2005-06 and Dan
Ullman, 2006-07) will present their perspectives on the fellowship.
Those meeting participants who might be interested in applying for
the AMS Congressional Fellowship are especially encouraged to attend
this session. Application deadline for the 2007-08 AMS Congressional
Fellowship is January 31, 2007.
Katrina and Its Aftermath: Institutional
Survival in New Orleans since the Storm,
Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jim E. Hoste, Pitzer College.
What happened to mathematics departments at colleges and universities
in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina? Like everything else in
the city, all the institutions were affected, and most had to close
for a semester. Many suffered financially and had to take cost-cutting
measures. The panel, including Kenneth W. Holladay, University
of New Orleans, Morris Kalka, Tulane University, Vlajko
L. Kocic, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Katarzyna Saxton,
Loyola University New Orleans, will discuss the impact of the hurricane
on New Orleans mathematics departments, describe their current situation,
and present plans for the future. The panel will be moderated by
Jim E. Hoste, and is sponsored by the Committee on the Profession.
Contemporary Perspectives on Hilbert's Second Problem and the
Gödel Incompleteness Theorems, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30
p.m. Akihiro Kanamori, Boston University, will serve as moderator,
and panelists are Harvey M. Friedman, Ohio State University,
David E. Marker, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Michael
Rathjen, University of Leeds. This panel discussion is cosponsored
by the AMS, ASL, and MAA.
Current Events Bulletin, Sunday, 1:00
p.m. to 6:00 p.m., organized by David Eisenbud, Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute. This session follows the model of the
Bourbaki Seminars in that mathematicians with strong expository
skills speak on work not their own. Written versions of the talks
will be distributed at the session.
NSF Funding for Mathematics, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00
p.m., organized by DeWitt L. Sumners, Florida State
University. Tony Chan, Assistant Director for Mathematics and
Physical Sciences, and Peter March, Director of the Division
of Mathematical Sciences, are new directors at the National Science
Foundation. They will discuss their views on important NSF funding
issues for mathematics, such as the balance between support for
smaller individual investigator grants and larger institutional
grants, and efforts to leverage DMS funding at the NSF and other
agencies. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and
participate in the discussion. Sponsored by the Committee on Science
A Panel on the National Math Panel, Monday, 8:30 a.m. to
10:00 a.m., organized by William G. McCallum, University
of Arizona. A National Mathematics Advisory Panel was created to
advise President Bush and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
on "the best use of scientifically based research on the teaching
and learning of mathematics." This session will include
presentations by Larry R. Faulkner, President Emeritus of
the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the Panel, and
Francis Fennell, President of the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics, a member of the Panel, giving an up-to-the-minute
report on the Panel's deliberations, and provide an opportunity
for the mathematics community to learn and ask questions about this
important initiative. Sponsored by the Committee on Education.