Other AMS Sessions

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Because of the untimely death of Oded Schramm, the Gibbs Lecture will be given by Percy A. Deift, Courant Institute, on Integrable systems: A modern view, at 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

Committee on the Profession Panel Discussion, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., What I Wish I Had Known or Studied Before Going to Graduate School, moderated by Craig L. Huneke, University of Kansas. A panel of current graduate students, new Ph.D.s, and a recent graduate student advisor consisting of Manoj Kummini, Purdue University; Raegan Higgins, Texas Tech University; Aaron D. Magid, University of Michigan; Marion Moore, University of California Davis; Andrew Niedermaier, University of California San Diego, and Roger A. Wiegand, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss the graduate school experience. This panel discussion is especially appropriate for undergraduate students who are considering graduate school in mathematics.

Grad School Fair, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 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. At last year's meeting about 300 students met with representatives from 45 graduate programs. If your school has a graduate program and you are interested in participating, a table will be provided for your posters and printed materials for US$50 (registration for this event must be made by a person already registered for the JMM), and you are welcome to personally speak to interested students. Complimentary coffee will be served. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Conversation on Nonacademic Employment, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ( organized and moderated by James G. Glimm, State University of New York, Stony Brook, and Samuel M. Rankin III, AMS) Want to find out more about jobs outside of academia? Come to this informal question and answer session to talk with these mathematicians about types of jobs, finding positions, the interview process, work environments, and advancement opportunities in government, business, and industry. Panelists include Christina Bahl, National Security Agency; William Browning, Applied Mathematics Inc.; Douglas Costa, Susquehanna International Group; Eli Donkar, Social Security Administration; Rebecca Wasyk, Metron Scientific Solutions; and David Weinreich, U. S. Congress (professional staff).

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Wednesday, 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.

Current Events Bulletin, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 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. Speakers in the Current Events Bulletin session on Wednesday afternoon are Matthew J. Emerton, Northwestern University; Olga V. Holtz and Michael L. Hutchings, University of California Berkeley; and Frank Sottile, Texas A&M University. Written versions of the talks will be distributed at the meeting and also be available on line at www.ams.org/ams/current-events-bulletin.html after the conclusion of the meeting.

Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Future Federal Science and Technology Budgets. Kei Koizumi, American Association for the Advancement of Science, will outline the latest news on this topic as seen from his position as Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program for the AAAS.

Wolfgang Doeblin--A Mathematician Rediscovered, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This documentary film by Agnes Handwerk and Harrie Willems tells the moving story of a young Jewish mathematician who is tragically caught in the difficult times of World War II. During the winter of 1939-40, while serving in the French army, he wrote a mathematics manuscript entitled "On Kolmogorov's equation". He sealed and sent this to the Academy of Sciences in Paris. Later that winter, when trapped by German soldiers, he committed suicide. The sealed letter was not opened until May 2000; when deciphered, the manuscript showed that Doeblin developed a formula to calculate the role of chance in continuous random processes comparable to the formula that Kiyoshi Ito developed some years later. The film explores the biography of Wolfgang Doeblin, the intriguing history of his sealed letter with the manuscript, and the mathematics in the manuscript.

Congressional Fellowship Session, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., organized by Samuel M. Rankin III, AMS. This session will describe the AMS Congressional Fellowship, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (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 perspectives on the fellowship to interested meeting participants in an effort to encourage applications for future fellowships.

The Future of School Mathematics Education, Thursday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., organized and moderated by William G. McCallum, University of Arizona, with panelists Scott J. Baldridge, Louisiana State University; Daniel Chazan, University of Maryland; Solomon A. Garfunkel, COMAP; and Kristin Umland, University of New Mexico. Two recent conferences in the fall of 2008 addressed the issue of improving school mathematics education. One of these, about the future of high school mathematics, was cosponsored by the University of Maryland’s Center for Mathematics Education and Math is More and one, in response to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel reports, was cosponsored by CBMS and the U.S. Department of Education. The four panelists, two from each conference, will relate the results of those conferences and discuss the different directions we can and should take. Sponsored by the Committee on Education.