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 fellowships 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 www.ams.org/ams/current-events-bulletin.html.
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.