Joint Mathematics Meetings - January 6 - 9, 2008 - Sunday - Wednesday - San Diego Convention Center

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SOLD OUT Grant Writing in the Mathematical Sciences: Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., organized by Michelle Wagner, National Security Agency, and Deborah F. Lockhart, National Science Foundation. The goals of this workshop are to inform the community about ongoing and new funding opportunities in the mathematical sciences, provide grant writing guidance from program managers and successful proposal writers, and provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to write mock proposals and have their work critiqued by their peers and other experts. The first part of the program will feature presentations by program managers of several agencies that provide funding in the mathematical sciences. Program managers will provide an overview of the kinds of funding opportunities that exist within their organizations, and will also describe proposal submission processes, evaluation criteria, and funding rates and statistics. In the next segment of the session, a panel of program managers and successful proposal writers will talk about the "dos and don'ts" of proposal writing. Successful proposal writers will share their experiences of navigating the proposal submission and review process; program managers will talk more in depth about review processes, and will present specific strategies for writing sound proposals of different types (research, conference, REU, etc). The workshop will culminate with a hands-on opportunity for participants to write short sections of mock proposals and have them critiqued by other session participants and the session leader. Please be sure to check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Congressional Fellowship Session: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., organized by Samuel M. Rankin, III, AMS. This special session will describe the AMS Congressional fellowship, administered by the AAAS, and the fellowship’s unique public policy learning experience. This fellowship demonstrates the value of science-government interaction by allowing the fellows to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in Congress. Previous and current AMS-sponsored Congressional fellows will give their perspective on the fellowship to interested meeting participants in an effort to encourage applications for future fellowships.

Grad School Fair, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Here is the opportunity for undergrads to meet representatives from mathematical sciences graduate programs from universities all over the country. January is a great time for juniors to learn more, and college seniors may still be able to refine their search. This is your chance for one-stop shopping in the graduate school market. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician: Tuesday, 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 areas 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.

Making Teacher Preparation Our Business, Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., organized by William G. McCallum, The University of Arizona. Despite the existence of many excellent programs in teacher preparation, the problem of conducting such programs on the necessary scale remains unsolved. The panelists will consider how to make the preparation of teachers a core activity of mathematics departments, rather than a side activity conducted by specialized untenured staff or by tenured faculty with an idiosyncratic and fragile interest. Panelists include Solomon Friedberg, Boston College; Theodore W. Gamelin, University of California Los Angeles; James Lewis, University of Nebraska; and Magnhild Lien, California State University, Northridge. This panel is sponsored by the Committee on Education.

Current Events Bulletin: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., organized by David Eisenbud, University of California, Berkeley. 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 meeting, and available online after the conclusion of the meeting at The talks are as follows:

TIME CHANGE - Wiki Math: Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., organized by William Casselman, University of British Columbia, and David Austin, Grand Valley State University. Nominally, mathematics should be an ideal subject for Wikipedia, since mathematical facts are ... well ... facts, and there ought to be little room for disagreement. How does this work out in practice? The session will offer an anecdotal survey, exhibiting some of the best as well as some of the worst. We hope also to discuss how perhaps it should deal with mathematics.

Town Hall Meeting: Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., organized by Samuel M. Rankin, III, AMS Washington Office. The AMS invites all meeting attendees to this special Town Hall Meeting with mathematician and Member of Congress Jerry McNerney (D-CA). Sponsored by the Committee on Science Policy.


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