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Joint Mathematics Meetings

Other AMS Sessions

Ancillary Workshops - See AMS ancillary workshops that will occur on Monday here. They include the Department Chairs Workshop and the NSF-EHR Grant Proposal Writing Workshop. They both require advance registration.

Getting Started as a Research Mathematician, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., organized by Patricia Hersh, North Carolina State University, and moderated by David Vogan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AMS President-Elect. Your Ph.D. is just the beginning.  This panel will discuss and assist in the non-trivial transition to a sustainable research career. Through their experiences panelists will provide tips and insights into such topics as: how to start and sustain collaborations, how to develop a research niche, how to find good mentors, and how to manage your teaching/research/service obligations. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with the panelists, who include Doug Arnold, University of Minnesota; Andrea Bertozzi, University of California, Los Angeles; Angela Gibney, University of Georgia; Tara Holm, Cornell University; and Sean Lawton, University of Texas-Pan American.  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; Thursday, 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.

Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-Shen Chern, 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. George Csicsery, director of many films about mathematicians including “N is a Number”, about Paul Erdo˝s will present his recent film about Chern, a poetic document that examines the life of this remarkable mathematician whose scientific achievements were matched by an approach and vision that helped build bridges between China and the West. The film follows Chern through some of the dramatic events of the 20th century, portraying a man who dedicated his life to pure mathematics with the style of a classical Chinese sage. (A short version was shown at the ICM in Hyderabad.)

Csicsery will also present excerpts from films he has made for the Simons Foundation “Science Lives” project, and answer questions about his work. Sponsored by the AMS and the MAA.

Grad School Fair, Friday, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 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 50 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$70 (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, Friday, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.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, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. Panelists are Erica Klampfl, Ford Motor Company; Kristin Lauter, Microsoft Research; Linda Ness, Applied Communication Sciences; Dale Smith, Fiserv, Inc.; and Charles Toll, National Security Agency.

Current Events Bulletin, organized by David Eisenbud, University of California, Berkeley; Friday, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Speakers in this session 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 www.ams.org/ams/current-events-bulletin.html after the conclusion of the meeting.

Who Will Pay for the Papers We Publish?, Committee on Science Policy Session, organized by Kenneth M. Golden, University of Utah; Friday, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Moderated by Don McClure, AMS Executive Director. Panelists include: David Goss, The Ohio State University; Joachim Heinze, Springer; a Robion Kirby, University of California, Berkeley; and Sastry Pantula, National Science Foundation – MPS/DMS. As publishers grapple with expanding access to research publications they must also consider possible changes to their business model.  This panel will discuss open access publishing and various scenarios for recouping the cost of journal production.

AMS Special Presentation on Congressional Fellowships, AMS Congressional Fellowship Session, organized by Samuel M. Rankin III, AMS; Friday, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Learn about this program and speak with the current AMS Congressional Fellow, Carla Cotwright-Williams, AMS Congressional Fellow 2012-13 . The application deadline for the 2013–14 AMS Congressional Fellowship is February 15, 2013.

Darwin’s Extra Sense, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Charles Darwin famously wrote that he wished he had worked harder at mathematics, so as to possess the “extra sense” he believed mathematicians had in approaching the problems of science. In this 40-minute film, filmmakers Wendy Conquest and Bob Drake and mathematician Dan Rockmore show just how right Darwin was as they survey some of the ways in which mathematics is making possible many of the great new discoveries in the life sciences. Through an engaging style and informative animations, augmented by interviews with a diverse set of working mathematicians and scientists, “Darwin’s Extra Sense” communicates the excitement and possibilities of twenty-first century applied mathematics. Sponsored by the AMS and the MAA.

Mathematics Serving Students in other Disciplines, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Moderated by Tara Holm, Cornell University. Panelists include Mark Kozek, Whittier College; William McCallum, University of Arizona; Tom Morley, Georgia Tech; Victoria Powers, Emory University; Tom Roby, University of Connecticut; and Maria Terrell, Cornell University. The February 2012 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report identifies college-level mathematics as foundational in the education of science, technology, and engineering majors and of future mathematics teachers. Mathematicians have implemented a wide array of innovations to enhance the learning of these students. Join the panelists for a discussion of the success and challenges we face in this diverse range of classroom settings. Sponsored by the Committee on Education.

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