Social Events

All events listed are open to all registered participants. It is strongly recommended that for any event requiring a ticket, tickets should be purchased through advance registration. Only a very limited number of tickets, if any, will be available for sale on site. If you must cancel your participation in a ticketed event, you may request a 50 percent refund by returning your tickets to the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau (MMSB) by January 2, 2015. After that date no refunds can be made. Special meals are available at banquets upon advance request, but this must be indicated on the Advanced Registration/Housing Form. Note that all room locations are subject to change.

**SOLD OUT** 2016 AMS Dinner Celebration: Join your colleagues on this special occasion in celebration of service and volunteerism in the mathematical community. The AMS will recognize long-term members as well as honor the recipients of Programs That Make a Difference Award and the Exemplary Programs Award. Enjoy delicious meals from gourmet food stations, special entertainment, and enter to win fun prizes at the raffle table! This evening of celebration will be held on Saturday, January 9th with a reception at 6:30 pm and doors opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are US\$69 including tax and gratuity. The student ticket price is US\$29. Grand Ballroom AB, Sheraton

Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) Reception and Lecture, Thursday, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm. The reception will take place between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, followed by a talk at 6:30 pm titled "Math. Love. Danger." given by John Roe, Penn State University, at 6:30 pm. See Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton

Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Mathematicians Reception, Thursday, 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm. This annual reception is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mathematicians, as well as their allies. We are affiliated with NOGLSTP, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. Columbia, Sheraton

Association for Women in Mathematics Reception and Awards Presentation. The AWM Reception, which is open to all JMM attendees, will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 pm after the AMS Gibbs Lecture. The AWM President at 10:00 pm will recognize all of the honorees of the AWM Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman, the recipients of the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory, the AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis, and the AWM Service Awards. Room 602, Convention Center

Backgammon! organized by Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College; Friday, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm. Learn to play backgammon from expert players. It’s a fun and exciting game where players with a good mathematics background have a decisive advantage. Boards and free lessons will be provided by members of the US Backgammon Federation. Stop by anytime on Friday evening. Grand Ballroom D, Sheraton

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Annual Alumni Reunion, Friday, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm. Ballard, Sheraton

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education Informational Session, Friday, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm. BSME is a semester-long program in Budapest, Hungary, designed for American and Canadian undergraduates (and recent graduates) interested in teaching middle school or high school mathematics. Participants will study the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching, in which a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. Come learn more about this exciting new program. Ballard, Sheraton

The Claremont Colleges, Thursday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Alumni, students, faculty and friends are invited to join us for our annual reception.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Pre-registration is preferred.  Issaquah, Sheraton

Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University Reception, Thursday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. All alumni, friends, and participants in the Department of Mathematics programs (e.g., REU, REU+, REG, IMSM, RTG) at North Carolina State University are invited to attend and meet old friends and to hear recent events in the department.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. See or contact Hien Tran, for more information. Ravenna AB, Sheraton

Knitting Circle, Thursday, 8:00 pm–9:30 pm. Bring your needlework and come knit (crochet, cross-stitch, etc.) with us while talking about math or other relaxing subjects. Catch up with your friends and meet new ones during this fun social event. Grand Ballroom D, Sheraton

MAA/Project NExT Reception, Friday, 8:00 pm– 10:00 pm, organized by Julia Barnes, Western Carolina University; Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University; Matt DeLong, Taylor University; Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Anthony Tongen, James Madison University. All Project NExT Fellows, consultants, and other friends of Project NExT are invited. Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton

MAA Two-Year College Reception, Thursday, 5:45 pm– 7:00 pm, is open to all meeting participants, particularly two-year faculty members. This is a great opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones. There will be hot and cold refreshments and a cash bar. Willow, Sheraton

Mathematical Reviews Reception, Friday, 6:00 pm– 7:00 pm. All friends of the Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) are invited to join reviewers and MR editors and staff (past and present) for a special reception in honor of all of the efforts that go into the creation and publication of the Mathematical Reviews database. Refreshments will be served. Aspen, Sheraton

Mathematical Institutes Open House, Wednesday, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm. Members of the AMS and MAA who are attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings are warmly invited to come to the Mathematical Institutes Open House reception, co-sponsored by several of the mathematical sciences institutes in North America. This reception precedes the Gibbs Lecture. We hope to see you there! Grand Ballroom CD, Sheraton

MSRI Reception for New and Prospective MSRI Donors, Thursday, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm. Why private support matters–MSRI thanks its supporters who are ensuring MSRI’s well being today and in the future. MSRI is thankful for the many mathematicians who support MSRI’s programs and workshops through their membership in the Archimedes Society or the Gauss Society. Not a member yet? Come and learn about why your support matters. Archimedes Society members support MSRI with annual gifts. Gauss Society members support MSRI with a planned gift through arrangements in their will and estates. David Eisenbud, MSRI’s Director, and Hélenè Barcelo, MSRI’s Deputy Director, will speak about current events at MSRI. For more information, please contact: Heike Friedman, Director of Development,; 510-643-5056. Boren, Sheraton

National Association of Mathematicians Banquet, Friday, 6:00 pm–8:40 pm. A cash bar reception will be held at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are US\$63 each, including tax and gratuity. The Cox-Talbot Invited Address will be given after the dinner. Grand Ballroom BC, Sheraton

Navajo Math Circles produced by MSRI, Wednesday, 6:30 pm–7:50 pm. Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results.

Navajo Math Circles is a one-hour film that is documenting the meeting of two worlds: that of some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators, with the children and teachers in the underserved, largely rural Navajo educational system. An 8-minute trailer gives a taste of the film.

The project is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California with a generous grant from the Simons Foundation, and by Vision Maker Media (VMM), Lincoln, Nebraska, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Following this premiere screening 2016 Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM), Vision Maker Media will  work with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to schedule a national broadcast. 

This film was directed by George Csicsery and produced by MSRI. Co-sponsored by the AMS and MAA.

NSA Women in Mathematics Society Networking Session, Thursday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm. All participants are welcome to this annual event. Please stop by the NSA booth in the exhibit hall for information and the location of the event.

Oregon State, Thursday, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. All Oregon State alumni, students, post-docs, faculty, friends, and former REU participants are invited for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and mingling. Capitol Hill, Sheraton

Pennsylvania State University Mathematics Alumni Reception, Thursday, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm. Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and mingling, with math alumni, faculty, and College of Science representatives. Jefferson, Sheraton

PROMYS and Ross Gathering for Alumni and Friends, Thursday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Come for good conversation with old friends and new friends. Madrona, Sheraton

Reception for Graduate Students and First-Time Participants, Wednesday, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm. The AMS and MAA co-sponsor this social hour. Graduate students and first-timers are especially encouraged to come and meet some old-timers to pick up a few tips on how to survive the environment of a large meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Grand Ballroom AB, Sheraton

Reception for Undergraduates, Wednesday, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Exhibit Hall 4D, Convention Center

SIMIODE Reception–Free Refreshments and Door Prizes–Open to All, Friday, January 8, 2016, 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm. SIMIODE-Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations at, a free and open community for using modeling to motivate the study of differential equations, sponsors this mixer. All are encouraged to meet colleagues interested in using SIMIODE to bring motivational modeling to their differential equations classroom and learn how the SIMIODE community can provide support. Engage in conversations while enjoying light refreshments and door prizes. Willow, Sheraton

Student Hospitality Center, Wednesday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm, sponsored by the MAA Committee for Undergraduate Student Activities. Exhibit Hall 4D, Convention Center

Texas A&M University Reception, Friday, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. All alumni, current students, faculty, and current and former post-docs are invited to join us for this reception. Madrona, Sheraton

University of Chicago, Mathematics Alumni Reception, Thursday, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm. Seneca, Sheraton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics Reception, Friday, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Everyone ever connected with the Department is encouraged to get together for conversation and to hear about Mathematics at the University of Illinois. Ravenna AB, Sheraton

University of Michigan, Mathematics, Alumni and Friends Reception, Thursday, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Virginia, Sheraton

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Mathematics Alumni and Friends Reception, Thursday, 5:45 pm-7:30 pm.  All UW- Madison, Department of Mathematics alumni, faculty, students and friends are invited. Please come for mathematical and social discussion with old and new friends and to hear about current activities, research and leadership opportunities, academic and personal development programs and get a feel for the present culture on the UW- Madison campus. Light refreshments and cash bar service.  Juniper, Sheraton

YP17 HCSSiM Reunion Breakfast, Friday, 7:34 am – 8:00 am. Seneca, Sheraton