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2011 JMM, Jan 6 - 9, 2011, New Orleans Marriott, Sheraton New Orleans, Largest Annual Mathematics Meeting in the World

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Conversation on Nonacademic Employment, Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This session will concentrate on how to find non-academic positions, types of jobs, the interview process, work environments, and advancement opportunities.  The discussion will be led by a panel of mathematical scientists working in government and industry and moderated by C. Allen Butler, President, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. Panelists are Rick Chartrans, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Gary B. Green, The Aerospace Corporation , Candace N. Metoyer, Intel Corporation , and Andy Niedermaier, Jane Street Capital, LLC.

What I Wish I Had Known before Applying for a Job, Friday, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., moderated by Eric M. Friedlander, University of Southern California This panel will give a first-person look at the process of applying for positions, both inside and outside academia. Through their experiences, panelists will help young mathematicians understand how to approach the job search process: What to expect, how to prepare, what to do, and what not to do. This session will focus on the employment opportunities for doctoral students and recent Ph.D. graduates, and will give you lots of chances for Q&A with the panelists, who include Ruth M. Charney, Brandeis University; Erin E. Corman, National Security Agency; Mark L. Huber, Claremont
McKenna College, Zachary Miner, University of Texas at Austin; and Malabika Pranamik, University of British Columbia. Sponsored by the Committee on the Profession.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician--National Contest, organized by Michael A. Breen, AMS, and William T. Butterworth, DePaul University; Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. See ten of the nation's best high school students compete for a US$5,000 first prize for themselves and US$5,000 for their school's math department. Semifinals are at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to come and take part in this educational and fun presentation.

Current Events Bulletin, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., organized by David Eisenbud, University of California Berkeley. Speakers in this session, David E. Nadler, Northwestern University;  Luca Trevisan, Stanford University; Thomas Scanlon, University of California, Berkeley; and Ulrike Tillmann, Oxford University, follow 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 also be available on line at current-events-bulletin.html after the conclusion of the meeting.

CHANGE! Proving Hardy Wrong: Math Research with Social Justice Applications, organized by Eva Curry, Acadia University; Friday, 10:45 a.m. - noon. G. H. Hardy's perception that applications of math only "accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promote the destruction of human life'', is still common. A glance at the list of nonacademic employers in the JMM Employment Center or on the AMS job web sites reinforces this conclusion. That young mathematicians may find these options either uninteresting or inconsistent with their personal ethics, as Hardy did, has serious consequences for the academic job market, creating a glut of applicants for a declining number of positions. It also affects who chooses to pursue a career in mathematics. Yet much applied research is done each year in areas that could be considered supportive of social justice goals. Different funding levels for different applications combined with the fact that many are in newer areas, such as climate modeling or voting theory, mean that many mathematicians and students are less aware of such research. This panel, including Gizem Karaali, Pomona College; Lili Khadjavi, Loyola Marymount University; and Judith Sunley, National Science Foundation, aims to help raise the profile of research with applications that Hardy would have considered positive rather than harmful, and to organize interested members of the mathematical community to support greater funding for and dissemination of such research. The panel will be moderated by Eva Curry.

Grad School Fair, Saturday, 8:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m., Napoleon A1-A3, 3rd Floor, Sheraton. 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$60 (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. Register for this event here. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion, Balcony M, Fourth Floor, Marriott, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. A Conversation with Sastry Pantula, the New Director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Introduction by Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University, Chair, AMS Committee on Science Policy.

Congressional Fellowship Session, Balcony M, Fourth Floor, Marriott, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. AMS Special Presentation on Congressional Fellowships, organized by Samuel M. Rankin, III, AMS. Find out more about the AMS Congressional Fellowship program and its unique public policy learning experience.  AMS Congressional Fellows Katherine Crowley and Hugh MacMillan will give their perspective on the value of science-government interaction and how fellows can impact the decision-making process in Congress.  Application deadline for 2011-12 AMS Congressional Fellowship is February 15, 2011.

Committee on Education Panel Discussion, Balcony M, Fourth Floor, Marriott, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Teaching Elementary Math is not Elementary:  How  Mathematicians Can Help, and Why, organized and moderated by Lawrence Gray, Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota. Panelists: Hyman Bass, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, University of Michigan; Johnette Roberts, Singapore Math Project Coordinator, City of Baker School System; Ken Gross, Professor of Mathematics, University of Vermont and  Director of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative; and Kristin Umland, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico. As the mathematics learned in the elementary grades forms the foundation for the mathematics taught at the middle and secondary levels and in
college, the role of the elementary teacher is of crucial importance in laying the foundation for students' success in later mathematics courses and ultimately for pursuing scientific and technological careers.  For this reason, teaching mathematics in the early grades calls for a substantial and robust understanding of mathematics that goes well beyond what the children are expected to learn, and it is becoming widely recognized that mathematicians have a significant part in helping elementary school teachers develop such understanding.  The panel represents both mathematicians and elementary school teachers who are actively engaged in this process. During the second half of the session, the audience will be invited to participate in the discussion.

NEW! Between the Folds, Great Ballroom A-C, 5th Floor, Sheraton, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. All participants are invited to this documentary film presentation that explores the science, art, creativity, and ingenuity of many of the world’s best paper folders. This award-winning film profiles ten artists and theoretical scientists who fuse mathematics and sculpture in the medium of origami.  The works—ranging from abstract sculptures to detailed animals—are truly stunning. DVDs of the film will be available for sale at the AMS and MAA booths in the Exhibit Hall until noon on Sunday.  Cosponsored by the AMS and the MAA.

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