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December 17, 2003

Some Highlights of the Meeting

The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and to provide the communication necessary to progress in the field. These meetings serve to preserve, supplement, and utilize the results of the research of mathematicians the world over. Keeping abreast of the progress in mathematics results in the furtherance of the interest of mathematical scholarship and research.

Watkins and Bass to Deliver
Retiring Presidential Addresses

Ann WatkinsAnn Watkins is Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Northridge. In January 2001, she became president of the MAA, having served previously as second vice-president, governor of the Southern California Section, chair of the Coordinating Council on Education, and co-editor of the College Mathematics Journal. Professor Watkins' field is statistics education. In 1999, she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She is a former chair of the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee and the co-author or co-editor of thirteen books including Activity-Based Statistics, Statistics in Action, and Exploring Data. She was selected as the 1994-1995 Cal State Northridge Outstanding Professor and won the 1997 Cal State Northridge Award for the Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness. Professor Watkins will speak on January 10, 10:05 am to 10:55 am in the Ballroom of the Phoenix Civic Plaza.

Hyman Bass picHyman Bass is the Roger Lyndon Collegiate Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan. In February 2001, he became president of the AMS, having previously served as vice president, member at large of the Council, and on the Board of Trustees. Professor Bass's mathematical research publications cover broad areas of algebra with connections to geometry, topology, and number theory. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently chaired the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council and the Committee on Education of the American Mathematical Society. He has helped to build bridges between diverse professional communities, especially between mathematicians and other stakeholders involved in mathematics education. Professor Bass will speak on January 8, 3:20 pm to 4:10 pm in the Ballroom of the Phoenix Civic Plaza.

Berger and Wolfram to Deliver
Joint Invited Addresses

Bonnie BergerBonnie Berger is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and head of the Computation and Biology group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Professor Berger is also an affiliated member of Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and MIT's initiative Computer Science and Systems Biology (CSBi). Her major areas of research have been in applying mathematical techniques to problems in molecular biology. In particular, the focus of her research has been on the following three core problem areas: comparative genomics, protein structural motif recognition and discovery, and molecular self-assembly and mis-assembly. Professor Berger has co-authored over forty scholarly research articles and has been invited to present at conferences in fields ranging from randomized algorithms and graph theory to computational molecular biology. Professor Berger has won numerous awards and honors including a National Science Foundation career award, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Science Scholarship, and the Biophysical Society's Dayoff Award for research among others. In 1999 Professor Berger was named one of Technology Review Magazine's TR100 for being a top young innovator of the twenty-first century. Recently, she was elected as a Fellow of the ACM. Professor Berger will speak on January 9, 11:10 am to 12:00 pm.

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram is founder and president of Wolfram Research, Inc., the company that developed the Mathematica computer system. Wolfram is the principal architect of the system and has been responsible for many parts of its implementation. He was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech. After two years on the faculty at Caltech and four years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he moved to the University of Illinois, where until 1990 he was director of the Center for Complex Systems Research, and professor of physics, mathematics and computer science. His scientific contributions have spanned a number of areas: high-energy physics, quantum field theory, cosmology, cellular automata, chaos and complexity theory, computational fluid dynamics, computational encryption and the development of SMP, and a computer algebra system that was a forerunner of some elements of Mathematica. He is founding editor of Complex Systems, the primary journal in the field; his books include Cellular Automata and Complexity: Collected Papers, Mathematica: The Student Book, Mathematica Reference Guide, The Mathematica Book (3rd ed.), and New Kind of Science. In 1981, Wolfram received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in physics and computer science. Wolfram will speak on January 7, 11:10 am to 12:00 pm.

This meeting is held jointly by:

110th Annual Meeting of the
American Mathematical Society (AMS)

American Mathematical Society

Mathematical Association of America

Winter meeting of the
Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

Annual meeting of the
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Annual meeting of the
National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

Minisymposia and other special events contributed by the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

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