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

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Special Interest Groups of the MAA (SIGMAAs)

SIGMAAs will be hosting a number of interesting activities, sessions, and guest lecturers. There are currently nine such focus groups offering members opportunities to interact not only at meetings but throughout the year via newsletters and email-based communications. For more information visit

SIGMAA on Mathematical and Computational Biology

Biomathematics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Wednesday morning and afternoon (see the MAA Contributed Paper Session).

Note Time Change - Reception and Business Meeting, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., organized by Jennifer R. Galovich, St. John's University. All attendees who are interested in mathematical and/or computational biology are welcome. For more about BioSIGMAA please see our website at

SIGMAA on Business, Industry, and Government

Guest Lecturer, Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Robert J. Lang, Alamo, California, will speak on From flapping birds to space telescopes: The art, math, and science of origami.

SIGMAA on Environmental Mathematics

NEW TIME - Guest Lecture, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Kevin Robinson, Geological Sciences, SDSU, will speak on Coastal Geology and the Environment.

Business Meeting, Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

So You Want to Teach Environmental Math, Do You? A skit portraying the efforts to implement an environmental mathematics course at a mathematics department meeting, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (see the MAA Panels, Posters, and Other Sessions).

Geology Field Trip to Torrey Pines State Reserve, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Join us on a field trip to Torrey Pines State Reserve from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. led by Kevin Robinson, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University. The bus will leave from the main entrance of the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. The cost is US$15/person; contact Ben Fusaro, for more details.

SIGMAA on the History of Mathematics

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecturer, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Political Dimension of Ethnomathematics, Monday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (See the MAA Panels, Posters and Other Sessions).

SIGMAA on Mathematics and the Arts

Mathematics and Hollywood: A Conversation with Mathematical Hollywood Writers and Mathematics Faculty, Sunday, 2:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. (see the MAA Panel and Poster Sessions).

SIGMAA on the Philosophy of Mathematics

Business Meeting, Reception, and Guest Lecturer, Monday, 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 pm. The featured speaker is Penelope Maddy, University of California Irvine, How applied mathematics became pure. A reception will follow the lecture.

SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy

Business Meeting and Reception, Monday, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Assessment of Student Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics, Monday afternoon (see the MAA Contributed Paper Sessions).

SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics

Making the Connection Between Research and Teaching in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. (see the MAA Panels, Posters and Other Sessions).

Business Meeting, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

SIGMAA on Statistics Education

Business Meeting, Monday, 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.


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