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

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Activities of Other Organizations

Several organizations or special groups are having receptions or other social events. Please see Social Events for details.


Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

This two-day program on Tuesday and Wednesday will include sessions of contributed papers and Invited Addresses.

See also the Special Session cosponsored by the ASL on Set Theory and Banach Spaces on Sunday and Monday.


Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Twenty-Ninth Annual Emmy Noether Lecture, Monday, 10:05 a.m., will be given by Audrey Terras, University of California San Diego, title to be announced. A luncheon will be given in her honor; see Social Events for details. Also see the related Special Session on Zeta Functions of Graphs, Ramanujan Graphs, and Related Topics jointly sponsored by the AWM.

Panel Discussion, Sunday, 2:15 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Topic and panelists to be announced. Just before the panel discussion, AWM will recognize the Alice T. Schafer award honorees. Note that formal prizewinner announcements are made at the Joint Prize Session on Monday afternoon.

Business Meeting, Sunday, 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Unseen AWM Opportunities, Sunday, 2:15 p.m. to 3:40 p.m., organized and moderated by Cathy Kessel, Mathematics Education Consultant, Berkeley. The topics and panelists include The AWM Essay Contest: Victoria E. Howle, Sandia National Laboratories; Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days: Elizabeth G. Yanik, Emporia State University; The AWM Mentor Network: Rachel A. Kuske, University of British Columbia; The AWM Teacher Partnership: Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The AWM Travel Grants Program: Cathy Kessel. Just before the panel discussion, AWM will recognize the Alice T. Schafer award honorees (formal announcement of the first place award is at the Joint Prize Session on Monday afternoon).

Reception, Sunday, 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. See the listing in Social Events.

Workshop, Wednesday, 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. With funding from the Office of Naval Research and the National Security Agency, AWM will conduct its workshop for women graduate students and women who have received the Ph.D. within the last five years. Twenty women mathematicians are selected in advance of this workshop to present their research; graduate students will present posters, and the recent Ph.D's will give 20-minute talks. The workshop opens with a dinner on a previous evening to introduce workshoppers and mentors, and includes a panel discussion on career issues. All mathematicians (female and male) are invited to attend the entire program. Departments are urged to help graduate students and recent Ph.D's who do not receive funding to obtain some institutional support to attend the workshop and other meeting sessions. The deadline for applications for presenting and funding has expired. Updated information about the Workshop is available at AWM seeks volunteers to lead discussion groups and to act as mentors for workshop participants. If you are interested, please contact the AWM office; inquiries regarding future workshops may be made to the office at

Establishing a Career in Mathematics, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. This AWM Workshop panel discussion is moderated by Magnhild Lien, California State University Northridge. Panelists are Megan M. Kerr, Wellesley College; Elizabeth S. Allman, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and Elana J. Fertig, Metron, Inc.


National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

Granville-Brown-Haynes Session of Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences, Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cox-Talbot Address, to be given Tuesday after the banquet; speaker and title to be announced.

Panel Discussion, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Business Meeting, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Claytor-Woodard Lecture: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Scott W. Williams, SUNY at Buffalo, on Box Products 25 Years Later.

The speaker at the NAM Banquet on Tuesday evening is Earl R. Barnes, Morgan State University. See other details about the banquet on Tuesday in Social Events.


National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF will be represented at a booth in the exhibit area. NSF staff members will be available to provide counsel and information on NSF programs of interest to mathematicians. The booth is open on the same days and hours as the exhibits. Times that staff will be available will be posted at the booth.


Pi Mu Epsilon (PME)

Council Meeting, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Rocky Mountain Mathematics Consortium (RMMC)

Board of Directors Meeting, Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.


Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

The Invited Address will be given by Inez Fung, Berkeley Institute of the Environment, University of California Berkeley, From global predictions to local action: Mathematical challenges in global warming at 11:10 a.m. on Monday.

Minisymposia and their organizers include:

Education and Applied Mathematics, William L. Briggs, University of Colorado at Denver (Sunday morning);

Analysis and Computation of Stochastic Equations, Jack Xin, University of California Irvine (Sunday afternoon);

From Global Predictions to Local Action, Inez Fung, Christopher K. Jones, University of North Carolina, and Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College (Monday and Tuesday, mornings and afternoons);

Graph Coloring and Partitioning, Andre Kundgen and Radhika Ramamurthi, California State University-San Marcos, (Wednesday morning and afternoon).


Young Mathematicians Network (YMN)

Concerns of Young Mathematicians: A Town Meeting, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., organized by David T. Kung, St. Mary's College of Maryland. This panel discussion will focus on the current primary concerns of young mathematicians, from undergraduates to newly-tenured professors, with emphasis on audience participation.

Also see details about the events cosponsored by the YMN under MAA Panels, Posters, and Other Sessions.



Math on the Web, Sunday to Wednesday, various times. The problem of communicating math on the Web is really no different than communicating math via other media. Namely, authoring and displaying mathematical notation is difficult. On top of that, the Web is a dynamic medium, where users can interact with rich media documents in sophisticated ways. This introduces a whole new layer of challenges and possibilities for engaging, interactive communication between authors and readers. There will be several presentations on the exhibit hall floor throughout the meeting. Click here for details.


Mathematical Art Exhibit, organized by Robert Fathauer, Tesselations Company, Nathaniel A. Friedman, ISAMA and SUNY Albany, and Reza Sarhangi, Bridges Conference, Towson University. A popular feature at the last Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, this exhibit provides a break in your day. On display are works in various media by artists who are inspired by mathematics and by mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings. Fractals, symmetry, and tiling are some of the ideas at play here. Don't miss this unique opportunity for a different perspective on mathematics. The exhibit will be located in the exhibits and will be open during the regular exhibit hours.


Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM) Reunion, Monday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. organized by Murli M. Gupta, George Washington University. SPWM participants will describe their experiences from past programs.Presentations include:

  • 2:00 p.m.- Critical points of infinity harmonic functions, Tiffany L. Troutman, University of California, Riverside;
  • 2:15 p.m. - A tour of computable structure theory, Sara Quinn, University of Notre Dame;
  • 2:30 p.m .- Persistence, a topological invariant of data sets, Aubrey HB, Duke University;
  • 2:45 p.m. - Ramanujan's \tau-function and counting points on elliptic curves, Jenny G. Fuselier, U.S. Military Academy; and
  • 3:00 p.m .- Dynamics of fish migration, Alethea Barbar, University of California, Santa Barbara.

See the abstracts at


Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem, Monday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., produced by George Csicsery, Zala Films. This new film documentary tells the story of this celebrated mathematician and the exciting path that led her to the solution of Hilbert's Tenth Problem. Sponsored by the Clay Mathematics Institute.


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