Meeting a Big Success
What an amazing gathering of close to 6500 people celebrating mathematics! Thank you to all who contributed to this success. Some selected highlights of the meeting are posted at http://www.ams.org/meetings/national/jmm14-highlights and http://www.maa.org/news/jmm-2014-cruises-into-baltimore. More to come ...
The largest mathematics meeting in the world is heading back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, one of the most photographed and visited areas of the city and one of the major seaports in the United States since the 1700's. The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) invite you to join them there for the next Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). This will be the 97th annual winter meeting of MAA and the 120th annual meeting of AMS. The JMM will again host sessions by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), the National Association for Mathematicians (NAM), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
What to Expect from this Meeting
Top features of this meeting are:
- a comprehensive and rich scientific program geared toward mathematicians of all ages and levels of expertise;
- featured lectures that will include the AMS Colloquium Lectures by Dusa McDuff; the AMS Gibbs Lecture by Andrew Blake; AMS Invited Addresses by Emmanuel Candès, Christopher Hacon, Paul Seidel, and Horng-Tzer Yau; MAA Invited Addresses by Michael Starbird, Jill Pipher, William Dunham, sarah-marie belcastro, and Helaman and Claire Ferguson; Joint Invited Addresses by Benson Farb and Carl Pomerance; the Porter Public Lecture by Eitan Grinspun; and the AMS Retiring Presidential Address by Eric Friedlander.
- recognition of numerous mathematical achievements through Prize and Award Ceremonies;
- courses such as the MAA Short Course, the AMS Short Course, and the MAA Minicourses;
- many activities for students including the Graduate School Fair for undergraduate students;
- poster sessions for young mathematicians and undergraduate students;
- employment opportunities at the Mathematical Sciences Employment Center;
- the Mathematical Art Exhibition that includes works by artists in various media;
- the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Competition that showcases the brilliance of ten of the nation's best high school math students
- exhibits filled with some of the leading scientific publishers, well-known computer hardware and software manufacturers, well-known health and lifestyle companies, companies offering mathematics enrichment products, and professional organization
Exciting Talks Scheduled
Andrew Blake to Speak on Machines that See, Powered by Probability
Andrew Blake, Microsoft Research Cambridge, will deliver the AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture on Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Machines that See, Powered by Probability.
Andrew Blake is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before assuming his current position in 2010. Prior to joining Microsoft Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines. Read more ...
Benson Farb to Speak on Braids, Homology and Polynomials: An Emerging Pattern in Algebra and Topology
Benson Farb, University of Chicago, will deliver an AMS-MAA Invited Address on Friday January 17, 2014, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Braids, Homology and Polynomials: An Emerging Pattern in Algebra and Topology.
Benson Farb is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He works at the interface of geometry, topology, and group theory. Farb obtained a PhD from Princeton under the direction of William Thurston. He went to Chicago as a postdoc in 1994, and has been there ever since. Farb has had 30 PhD students. His awards include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Career award. Farb is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and is an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014. Farb is married to Amie Wilkinson, also a Professor of Mathematics at Chicago. They have two children.
Eitan Grinspun to Speak on Movie Magic: The Mathematics Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects
Eitan Grinspun, Columbia University, will deliver the MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture on Saturday, January 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Movie Magic: The Mathematics Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects.
Eitan Grinspun is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Columbia Computer Graphics Group. He was Professeur d'Université Invité at l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 2009, a Research Scientist at the Courant Institute from 2003-2004, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology from 1997-2003, and an undergraduate in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto from 1993-1997.
He was named an NVIDIA Fellow in 2001, Everhart Distinguished Lecturer in 2003, NSF CAREER Awardee in 2007, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2010-2012, one of Popular Science magazine's Brilliant Ten Scientists in 2011, and one of Fast Company magazine's Most Creative People in Business in 2013. Read more ...
Dusa McDuff to Give Three Lectures Related to Symplectic Topology Today
Dusa McDuff, Barnard College, Columbia University, will deliver the AMS Colloquium Lectures in Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center, on the following dates:
* Colloquium Lecture I on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Recent Results and Open Questions
* Colloquium Lecture II on Thursday, January 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Embedding Questions: Obstructions and Constructions
* Colloquium Lecture III on Friday, January 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Embedding Ellipsoids and Fibonacci Numbers
See lecture notes here.
McDuff began her career while she was a graduate student at Cambridge University (where she earned her PhD in 1971 under George Reid) when she solved a well-known problem about von Neumann algebras, constructing infinitely many different factors of type II-one. Read more ...
Jill Pipher to Speak on the Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography
Jill Pipher, Brown University, will deliver an MAA Invited Address on Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of her talk will be The Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography.
Jill Pipher is Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, and Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1985, spent five years at the University of Chicago and came to Brown as an Associate Professor.
Her research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and cryptography. Read more ...
Carl Pomerance to Speak on Paul Erdős and the Rise of Statistical Thinking in Elementary Number Theory
Carl Pomerance, Dartmouth College, will deliver an AMS-MAA Invited Address on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Paul Erdős and the Rise of Statistical Thinking in Elementary Number Theory.
Carl Pomerance received his B.A. from Brown University in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 under the direction of John Tate. During the period 1972--99 he was a professor at the University of Georgia, with visiting positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Limoges, Bell Communications Research, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Read more ...
Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors
Unique opportunities are now available for companies to network with over 6,000 mathematical professionals, launch a new product or service, collect feedback and generate new leads, and much more. Details are posted on the exhibits and sponsors pages.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
The Educational Advancement Foundation aims to strengthen mathematics education through fostering critical thinking and problem solving by ensuring all students have an inquiry based learning experience in mathematics. Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Tina Straley, former MAA Executive Director; Stan Yoshinobu from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo; and Michael Starbird from University of Texas at Austin.
Maplesoft, a trusted name in mathematics for over 20 years, combines the world's most advanced symbolic computation engine with powerful numeric algorithms, advanced visualization tools, and intuitive interfaces, creating products essential for classroom and research. Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Louise Krmpotic, Director of Business Development, at Maplesoft.
A leading publisher in mathematics and statistics, Pearson provides course content from respected authors. Pearson's online courses within MyMathLab and MyStatLab have helped millions of students succeed since 2001. Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Jeff Weidenaar, Executive Marketing Manager at Pearson.
Visit the Springer booths and get acquainted with an large selection of top-notch titles by award winning authors. Sit in on one of our presentations to receive a free gift and enter our drawing to win a special prize. Follow us on Twitter—@SpringerMath—to stay up-to date with our activities at the booth.
WebAssign makes online homework easy by providing pre-coded questions from over 600 leading titles from every major publisher. Make WebAssign your indispensible partner in education. Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Mark Santee, Vice President of Product and Marketing at WebAssign.
WH. Freeman Mathematics: Authoritative for instructors, engaging for students, W.H. Freeman's textbooks and media emphasize both conceptual and computational skills across the mathematics curriculum.
Taylor & Francis Group LL- CRC Press: The Taylor & Francis Group is a premier publisher of Mathematics Journals and Books. Stop by our booth to peruse our latest publications, some with up to 50% discount, and pick up a free Journal sample.
Elsevier publishes world-class mathematics content, from journals and books to online solutions. Stop by our booth to find out about our open archives and how you can access over 165,000 freely available articles. Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Christopher Greenwell, Publishing Director of Mathematical Sciences at Elsevier.