JMM 2021

AMS Panels and Other Sessions

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MAA-SIAM-AMS Hrabowski-Gates-Tapia-McBay Session, organized by Carrie Diaz Eaton, Bates College; Wednesday, 9:00–10:20 a.m. This year the session will consist of a lecture from 9:00-9:50 a.m. given by Erica Graham, Bryn Mawr, title to be announced, and a short panel discussion, title to be announced, from 9:50-10:20 a.m. Panelists to be announced.

AMS Committee on the Profession Panel Discussion: Developing a culture that promotes the full range of career paths, organized by Melanie Matchett Wood, University of California, Berkeley; Wednesday, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Panelists will discuss what faculty can do to make the culture in our departments more positive towards all the possible career paths our students and postdocs might take into industry, government, teaching, research. In particular, we will discuss how we might break down the mindset defining “success” as getting a job in research academia, and how we can promote awareness of the range of jobs our students and postdocs go into. The moderator and panelists are to be announced. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Profession.

AMS Committee on Education Panel Discussion: Current Issues: What can we do to support math majors and grad students in the time of pandemic?, organized by Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University, Katherine Stevenson, California State University, Northridge, and Uri Treisman, University of Texas at Austin; Thursday, 1:00–2:30 p.m. There has been a lot of rethinking of mathematics education in the age of coronavirus, particularly for entering students and those in introductory classes. However, many of our math majors and graduate students face specific challenges in the current environment. In particular, they are often confronting the crisis as both learners and educators.

  • What innovative programs exist that support our students?
  • What have we learned from what did not work?
  • What are some best practices that can or should be implemented?
  • How can our community provide leadership to ensure all of our students—particularly those most vulnerable—have the highest-quality educational experiences possible?

As the crisis unfolds over the coming months, we will further target topics for this mini-conference to address timely issues. The moderator and panelists are to be announced. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Education.

Virtual Grad School Fair, Wednesday - Saturday. Thinking about graduate study? Check out the lineup of graduate programs in mathematical and statistical sciences from across the country. Visit the Virtual Grad School Fair at any time throughout the meeting and be sure to save some time on your schedule to talk live with program representatives during their office hours. Co-sponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Current Events Bulletin, organized by David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; Friday, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

AMS Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion: Mathematics and Science - the view of a pandemic through a science policy lens, organized by Edgar Fuller, Florida International University, Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College, and Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Friday, 2:30–4:00 p.m. The moderator for this panel is Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Transformative events such as the Covid-19 global pandemic focus public attention on science in powerful ways that can be both good and bad. Academia, along with the public and private sectors, must leverage scientific knowledge to respond to the crisis while at the same time navigate complex funding landscapes and public perception. The mathematical sciences community engages in this process in multiple ways ranging from modeling to data analysis to education at all levels.

In this panel, representatives from government, federal agencies, research labs, and academia will address questions such as

  • In what ways have science and mathematics influenced policy during the Covid-19 pandemic response?
  • Can you give an example of a science-based policy initiative that struggled in ways that you did not anticipate? How did you adapt?
  • How can the mathematics and science communities help policy makers manage the constraints that leaders, especially in political spaces, encounter in the use of science to drive policy decisions?
  • How might we work with policy makers and educational institutions to prepare for future events?

Panelists to be announced. This panel is sponsored by the Committee on Science Policy.

A Town Hall with the AMS Executive Director, Friday, 3:00–4:00 p.m. The moderator for this event will be Martin Bridgeman, Boston College. This event is sponsored by the AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences (COMC).

AMS DC-based Fellowships Session, organized by Karen Saxe, American Mathematical Society; Friday, 4:30–6:30 p.m. AMS Special Presentation on the DC-based fellowships offered through the Office of Government Relations. These fellowships include a Congressional fellowship and Science & Technology Policy fellowship for early career and other PhD mathematicians; and a Mass Media fellowship and Catalyzing Advocacy in Science & Engineering (CASE) fellowship for students. Learn more about these programs and speak with current and former AMS Fellows.

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