Activities of Other Organizations

This section includes scientific sessions. Several organizations or special groups are having receptions or other social events. Please see the Social Events page for those details.

Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

This two-day program on Friday and Saturday will include sessions of contributed papers as well as Invited Addresses by Matthew Foreman, University of California Irvine; Clinton Conley, Carnegie Mellon University; Alfred Dolich, Kingsborough Community College; Rahim Moosa, University of Waterloo; Linda Brown Westrick, University of Connecticut; Alexandra Shlapentokh, East Carolina University; and Henry Towsner, University of Pennsylvania.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Thirty-Eighth Annual Noether Lecture, Thursday, 10:05 am, will be given by Lisa Jeffrey, University of Toronto, Cohomology of Symplectic Quotients.

Also see the sessions on Symplectic Geometry, Moment Maps and Morse Theory, jointly sponsored by the AWM, in the “AMS Special Sessions” listings.

Association for Women in Mathematics Panel: "Mentoring Women in Mathematics." organized by Michelle Manes, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Wednesday, 2:15– 3:40 pm. Mentors play many roles: They may give specific advice about mathematics, schools, and career; or they may convey informal “common wisdom” about the life of a mathematician and how to live it. They may be a role model, an embodiment of what might be possible down the line. They may be the person a student turns to for guidance when she faces a difficult situation either personally or professionally. Relationships with mentors might be official or unofficial, and they may be short-lived or decades long. Mentors might be teachers, advisors, collaborators, colleagues, or friends. Women in mathematics face all the same challenges as their male colleagues: the challenge of doing a very difficult job well, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, the job search, two-body problems, and work-life balance questions. But they are more likely than their male colleagues to face sexism, discrimination, and even harassment. Effective mentors offer guidance through difficult times, know about opportunities, and help with goal setting. Hear from panelists with extensive and varied experiences mentoring women at all stages of their mathematics studies and careers. This session is open to all JMM attendees. Panelists include Helen Grundman, Bryn Mawr College; Ruth Hass, Smith College; Deanna Haunsperger, Carleton College; Kristin Lauter, Microsoft Research, and other panelists to be announced.

Business Meeting, Wednesday, 3:45–4:15 pm. Chair, Kristen Lauter, AWM President

Workshop Poster Presentations and Reception, Friday, 6:00–7:15 pm. AWM will conduct its workshop poster presentations by women graduate students. AWM seeks volunteers to serve as mentors for workshop participants. If you are interested, please contact the AWM office at This session is open to all JMM attendees.Organizers for these presentations are Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College and Anne Shepler, University of North Texas. The Poster Judging Coordinator is Sylvia Wiegand, University of Nebraska at Lincoln..

AWM Workshop: Special Session on Number Theory, Saturday, 8:00–5:00 pm, AWM will conduct its workshop with presentations by senior and junior women researchers. Updated information about the workshop is available at All JMM attendees are invited to attend the program. Organizers for this workshop are Alina Bucur, University of California, San Diego and Ellen Eischen, University of Oregon.

Reception, Wednesday, 9:30–11:00 pm. See the listing in the “Social Events,” section of the announcement.

See also the sessions cosponsored by the AWM on Symplectic Geometry, Moment Maps and Morse Theory on Friday in the “AMS Special Sessions” listings. Organizers for these sessions are Lisa Jeffery, University of Toronto, and Tara Holm, Cornell University.

National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

Granville-Brown-Hayes Session of Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences, Friday, 1:00–4:00 pm. Organizer: Talitha Washington, Howard University/NAM.

Cox-Talbot Address, to be given Friday after the banquet by Garikai Campbell, Provost, Morehouse College, The Changing Higher Education Landscape:  One Mathematician Turned Administrator’s View. See abstract here. See details about the banquet on Friday in the Social Events.

Panel Discussion; Transforming Post-Secondary Education (TPSE) Mathematics: Implications for the Preparation of African American Undergraduates and Institutions, Saturday, 9:00–9:50 am, Moderator: Duane Cooper, Morehouse; Panelists to include: Sylvester James Gates, Jr., University of Maryland at College Park; Frank Ingram, Winston-Salem State University; Asamoah Nkwanta, Morgan State University; and Suzanne L. Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Claytor-Woodard Lecture, Saturday, 1:00 pm, Wilfrid Gangbo, Georgia Institute of Technology, Paths of Minimal Lengths on the Set of Exact Differential k-forms.

See also the special session on Thursday co-sponsored by NAM in the "AMS Special Sessions" listings: The Mathematics of the Atlanta University Center, organized by Talitha M. Washington, Howard University, Monica Jackson, American University, and Colm Mulcahy, Spelman College.

Business Meeting, Saturday, 10:00–10:50 am.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF will be represented at a booth in the exhibit area. NSF staff members will be available to provide counsel and information on NSF programs of interest to mathematicians. The booth is open the same days as the exhibits. Times that staff will be available will be posted at the booth.

Pi Mu Epsilon (PME)

Council Meeting, Thursday, 8:00–11:00 am.

Rocky Mountain Consortium

Board Meeting, Friday, 2:15–4:00 pm

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

The program consists of an Invited Address, The dynamics of systems interacting across statistical scales, at 11:10 am on Thursday given by Irene M. Gamba, University of Texas at Austin, and a series of Minisymposia to include Recent Advances in Linear Algebra, James Nagy, Emory University; Applications of Algebra, Geometry, and Topology, Frank Sottile, Texas A&M University; The GAIMME Report on Mathematical Modeling in K-16, Kathleen Fowler, Clarkson University; Topics in Analysis and Numerical Methods for Collisional Kinetic Equations, Ricardo Alonso, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Irene M. Gamba, University of Texas at Austin, and Robert Strain, University of Pennsylvania; Recent Advances in Uncertainty Quantification, Noemi Petra, University of California Merced, and Juan C. Meza, University of California Merced; Recent Developments in Computational Inverse Problems and Imaging, Kui Ren, University of Texas, Austin, Fernando Guevara Vasquez, University of Utah, and Alexander V. Mamonov, University of Houston; and PDEs in Biology and Materials Science, Yuliya Gorb, University of Houston, and Sunčica Čanić, University of Houston.

The Program also includes the following co-sponsored panel discussions: AMS-SIAM Committees on Education, Panel on Broadening Research Experiences for Doctoral Students in the Mathematical Sciences, Thursday, 1:00 2:30 pm (see AMS Panels); and the MAA-AMS-SIAM Panel on Multiple Paths to Mathematics Careers in Business, Industry and Government (BIG), Thursday, 2:35–3:55 pm. (See AMS and MAA Panels).

In this panel, we will hear about efforts to improve the training of mathematical sciences doctoral students by involving them in research activities outside of their main dissertation research topic in order to better prepare them for a broader range of careers.

Programs have been designed to encourage connections between mathematical sciences and other academic departments, and between academia and business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

The aim is to produce students who are able to recognize opportunities for the development of mathematics and statistics in problems originating in a variety of settings, and who can apply advanced mathematics and statistics to help solve such problems.

See also the AMS-MAA-SIAM Special Session on Research in Mathematics by Undergraduates and Students in Post-Baccalaureate Programs in the “AMS Special Session” listings. The organizers for this session are Darren A. Narayan, Rochester Institute of Technology, Tamas Forgacs, California State University, Fresno, and Ugur Abdulla, Florida Institute of Technology


Hrabowski-Gates-Tapia-McBay Session, organized by Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University; Wednesday, 9:00– 10:20 am. The Hrabowski-Gates-Tapia-McBay Session is named after four influential scientists of color: (1) Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County; (2) James S. Gates, University of Maryland, College Park; (3) Richard Tapia, Rice University; and (4) Shirley McBay, President of Quality Education for Minorities (QEM). Through multiple mechanisms, these Sessions expect to facilitate and accelerate the participation of scientists in the building of sustainable communities of mathematicians and mathematical scientists. In particular, the intention is to systematically recruit, welcome, encourage, mentor, and support individuals from underrepresented groups in the USA. This year the 2017 session will consist of a lecture will be given by Mariel Vazquez, University of California Davis, and a short panel discussion after the talk.  Panelists will include Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University; Edray Goins, Purdue University; and Mariel Vasquez, University of California Davis.

From Calculus to a Bachelor’s Degree: Encouraging and Developing Undergraduate Mathematics Major, organized by Jenna P. Carpenter, Campbell University; Thursday, 1:00–2:30 pm. This panel will address how to identify, encourage, and develop undergraduate mathematics majors. This is of particular relevance to women, since recent studies show that only half as many women as men who start in first semester Calculus continue on to the second semester. The panel will cover steps that faculty members and departments can take to identify and develop majors, educate students about careers, and create exciting and relevant courses and opportunities. It will also be of particular interest to undergraduate students. Panelists are Alison Henrich, Seattle University; Sylvia Bozeman, Spelman, Infinite Possibilities; Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University; and Christine Kelley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sponsored by the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences.

Mathematical Art Exhibition, organized by Robert Fathauer, Tessellations Company; Anne Burns, Long Island University C. W. Post Campus, Nathan Selikoff, Digital Awakening Studios, and Elizabeth Whiteley, studio artist, Washington, D.C. A popular feature at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, this exhibition provides a break in your day. On display are works in various media by artists who are inspired by mathematics and by mathematicians who use visual art to express their findings. Topology, fractals, polyhedra, and tiling are some of the ideas at play here. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for a different perspective on mathematics. The exhibition will be located inside the Joint Mathematics Exhibits and open during the same exhibit hours.

See detailed instructions on how to submit artwork for this exhibit here. Submissions will be accepted until October 15, 2016.

Special Panel Presentation: The Mathematics and Mathematicians Behind Hidden Figures, Wednesday, 6:30- 8:00 pm. In an exploration of the intersection of mathematics, race, gender and civil rights, this panel will discuss the lives and works of women mathematicians featured in the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and the 20th Century Fox film that brings it into living color.  The film highlights three African American women who were instrumental to the success of NASA’s space endeavors, yet much more can be said about the relevance of the period, the place, and the circumstances that led to the defining roles these women of color played at NASA.  They were mathematicians who supported America’s conquest of space and began employment as “computers,” before computers were machines.  Panelists will provide insight into the mathematical achievements of the women, the impact of corresponding advances in civil rights, and the relevance of social and/or political factors in limiting or advancing the mathematical achievements of women today. Clips from the feature-length Fox production will be shown to stimulate discussion.  We will hear from the author of Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly, and we will celebrate the work of these innovative women mathematicians. Panelists include Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures author; and Christine Darden, retired NASA human computer & aeronautical engineer.

This panel is organized and sponsored by the American Mathematical Society Education and Diversity Department, Association of Women in Mathematics, Building Diversity in Science, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education, and the National Association of Mathematicians.

Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM) Reunion, organized by Murli M. Gupta, George Washington University; Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm. This is a reunion of the summer program participants from all 19 years (1995–2013) who are in various states of their mathematical careers: some are students and, others are in various jobs, both in academia as well as government and industry. The participants will describe their experiences relating to all aspects of their careers. There will also be a discussion on the increasing participation of women in mathematics over the past two decades and the national impact of SPWM and similar programs. See