JMM 2018

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” section of this announcement 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 Cameron Hill, Wesleyan University, Antonina Kolokolova, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Aristotelis Panagiotopoulos, California Institute of Technology, Emily Riehl, Johns Hopkins University, Simon Thomas, Rutgers University, Sebastien Vasey, Harvard University and Keita Yokoyama, JAIST, Japan.

See also the session cosponsored by ASL on Set Theory, Logic and Ramsey Theory on Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and afternoon in the “AMS Special Sessions” listings. Organizers for this session are Andrés Caicedo, Mathematical Reviews and José Mijares, University of Colorado, Denver.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Thirty-Ninth Annual Noether Lecture, Thursday, 10:05 am, will be given by Jill Pipher, Brown University, Title to be announced.

Association for Women in Mathematics Panel: Using Mathematics in Activism, organized by Michelle Manes, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Wednesday, 2:15– 3:40 pm. There is a romantic notion that mathematics is somehow so pure that it is separate from the “real world” and untouched by it. However, mathematicians live in the world and are affected by it, and that in turn affects their work. Many mathematicians tackle problems and issues in their communities, in the country, and in the world. Activism can mean many things: engaging with the general public through social media or through traditional media via op ed pieces and letters to the editor; outreach with marginalized populations; advocacy work in professional organizations; and even mathematical research in the context of social and political justice. Our panelists will share their experiences as activist mathematicians and they will help lead a conversation about what we can each do to effect change around issues we care about. This session is open to all JMM attendees. Panelists include Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University, Piper Harron, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Lily Khadjavi, Loyola Marymount University, Beth Malmskog, Villanova University, Karen Saxe, American Mathematical Society and other panelists to be announced.

Business Meeting, Wednesday, 3:45–4:15 pm. Chair, Ami Radunskaya, AWM President

Association for Women in Mathematics Committee on Education Panel: Supporting, Evaluating and Rewarding Work in Mathematics Education in Mathematical Sciences Departments, organized by Jacqueline Dewar, Pao-sheng Hsu and Harriet Pollatsek, AWM Education Committee; Thursday, 10:30 am– 12:00 pm. Many in the mathematical community in the US, in various capacities, are involved in mathematic education at all levels—from supporting K–12 teachers, improving learning of undergraduates to professional development of graduate students. The panel will discuss the challenges of supporting, evaluating, and rewarding work in mathematics education in departments of mathematical sciences. Panels co-sponsored by AWM Education Committee at the last two JMM focused on highlighting the breadth of work in mathematics education in departments of mathematical sciences. This panel will expand on those discussions by focusing on how such work is valued by the mathematics community. Some panelists, as well as the moderator, will be able to speak from their own administrative experiences, and some from the faculty points of view. Moderator for this panel will be Minerva Cordero, University of Texas at Arlington. Panelists include Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University, Rebecca Garcia, Sam Houston State University, W. James Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Thomas Roby, University of Connecticut.

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 Alina Bucur, University of California, San Diego, Matilde Lalin, University of Montreal and Radmila Sazdanovic, North Carolina State University. The Poster Judging Coordinator is Sylvia Wiegand, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

AWM Workshop: Special Session on Noncommutative Algebra and Representation Theory, Saturday, 8:00 am–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 atend the program. Organizers for this workshop are Anne Shepler, University of North Texas and Sarah Witherspoon, Texas A&M University.

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

See also the session cosponsored by the AWM on Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology on Friday in the “AMS Special Sessions” listings. Organizers for this session are Bahar Acu, Northwestern University, Ziva Myer, Duke University, and Yu Pan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

See also the Joint Panel on Wednesday co-sponsored by AWM in the “MAA Panels” listings: MAA-JCW-AWM-NAM Panel: Implicit Bias and Its Effects in Mathematics.

National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

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

Cox-Talbot Address, to be given Friday after the banquet by Erica Walker, Teachers College, Columbia University, Hidden in Plain Sight: Mathematics Teaching and Learning Through a Storytelling Lens. See details about the banquet on Friday in the “Social Events” section.

Panel Discussion: Advising Our Students on the Transition to the 1st (or 0th) Year of Graduate School, Saturday, 9:00–9:50 am. The moderator for this panel will be Duane Cooper, Morehouse. Panelists are Julia Anderson-Lee, Iowa State University, Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan, Doug Mupasiri, University of Northern Iowa and Michael Young, Iowa State University.

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

Claytor-Woodward Lecture, Saturday, 1:00 pm, Ronald Mickens, Clark Atlanta University, Nonstandard Finite Different Schemes: Impact, Importance, and Dynamical Consistency.

See also the Joint Panel on Wednesday co-sponsored by NAM in the “MAA Panels” listings: MAA-AWM-NAM-JCW Panel: Implicit Bias and Its Effects in Mathematics.

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 exhibitis. Times that staff will be available will be posted at the booth.

NSF-EHR Grant Proposal Writing Workshop: Developing a Competitive Proposal for NSF-EHR, Monday, 3:00–6:00 pm; advance registration required (see AMS Workshops).

MAA Panel: NSF Funding Opportunities to Improve Learning and Teaching in the Mathematical Sciences, Wednesday, 2:15–4:00 pm (See MAA Panels).

MAA Invited Paper Session: Research in Improving Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Education: Examples Supported by the National Science Foundation’s IUSE: EHR Program, Friday, 8:00–10:50 am (See MAA Invited Paper Sessions)

Get to Know the National Science Foundation, Thursday, 9:00–10:20 am, organized by Karen Keene, National Science Foundation (see MAA Workshops).

National Science Foundation: Update from the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Friday, 4:00–5:30 pm, organized by Henry Warchall, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation.

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)

This program consists of an Invited Address, Tensor Decompositions: A Mathematical Tool for Data Analysis, at 11:10 am on Thursday given by Tamara G. Kolda, Sandia National Laboratories, and a series of Minisymposia to include Data Science in the Mathematics Curriculum, Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Numerical Linear Algebra, Daniel B. Szyld, Temple University and Eugene Vecharynski, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Advances in Imaging Science, Misha Kilmer, Tufts University, Eric de Sturler, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Eric Miller, Tufts University, and Avind Saibaba, North Carolina State University; Tensors! Mathematical Challenges and Opportunities, David Gleich, Purdue University, Tamara G. Kolda, Sandia National Laboratories, and Luke Oeding, Auburne University; Advances in Finite Element Aproximation, Constantin Bacuta, University of Delaware, and Ana Maria Soane, United States Naval Academy; Mimetic Multiphase Subsurface and Oceanic Transport, Jose Castillo, San Diego State University and Chris Paolini, San Diego State University; Recent advances in modeling, analysis, and control in epidemiology, spatial ecology and evolution, Aijun Zhang, Vrushali Bokil and Patrick Deleenheer, Oregon State University, and Carrie Manore, Los Alamos National Labs; and Problems in Quasilinear Dispersive PDE, David Ambrose, Drexel University, Jeremy Marzuola, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MAA-SIAM-AMS 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 session will consist of a lecture at 9:00 am given by Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College, Mathematics for the masses, and a short panel discussion after the talk at 9:50 am. The 2018 panel will focus on Access to Quality Mathematics by All. Panelists and attendees will discuss issues related to removing roadblocks in mathematics education (e.g. Tracking, placement, ‘weed out’ courses, etc) as well as hiring or award selection practices that tend to favor the majority groups that have influence. Panelists will also address the question: What are the roles and responsibilities do mathematicians and mathematics educators have in creating a just and accessible system? Panelists will include Ron Buckmire, NSF, James Alvarez, University of Texas at Arlington and Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College. This event is sponsored by the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics, SIAM and the AMS.

AMS-MAA-SIAM Panel on Multiple Paths to Mathematics Careers in Business, Industry and Government(BIG), organized by Allen Butler, Daniel H Wagner Associates, Rachel Levy, Harvey Mudd College, Douglas Mupasiri, University of Northern Iowa and Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Thursday, 2:35–3:55 pm. The proportion of new mathematics doctoral recipients who are taking jobs in business, industry and government (BIG) is growing. Still, many mathematics PhD programs do not include preparation for non-academic career options as part of their standard curriculum. At this panel, you will have the opportunity to hear about multiple career paths to employment in BIG. Panelists will share (a) what they wish they had known and done as graduate students/postdocs, (b) what you can do at your career stage if you are interested in making connections with business, industry or government, and (c) what suggestions they have for math doctoral programs to increase preparedness of their students for work in BIG. Co-sponsors for this panel are AMS, MAA, and SIAM.

See also the AMS-MAA-SIAM Special Session on Research in Mathematics by Undergraduates and Students in Post-Baccalaureate Programs on Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon in the “AMS Special Session” listings. The organizers for this session are Tamas Forgacs, CSU Fresno, Darren A. Narayan, Rochester Institute of Technology and Mark David Ward, Purdue University.

Other Events

MAA-JCW-AWM-NAM Panel: Implicit Bias and Its Effects in Mathematics, organized by Semra Kilic-Bahi, Colby-Sawyer College; Maura Mast, Fordham College at Rose Hill; Naomi Cameron, Lewis & Clark College; Andrew Cahoon, Colby-Sawyer College; and Charles Doering, University of Michigan; Wednesday, 4:15–5:35 pm. Implicit bias occurs when someone explicitly rejects stereotypes and prejudices, but unconsciously holds negative (mostly) associations. People are not hiding their prejudices, but rather, they just do not know they have these unconscious feelings or thoughts that affect their decision-making and behavior. Social scientists are identifying implicit biases as one of the most pervasive barriers to equal opportunities for minorities and women in today’s society. This panel discussion addresses how implicit bias might manifest and affect our classrooms, departments, and campuses in terms of academic and scholarly opportunities and evaluations. Panelists are Ron Buckmire, National Science Foundation, Jenna P. Carpenter, Campbell University, Lynn Garrioch, Colby-Sawyer College, Joanna Kania-Bartoszynska, National Science Foundation, and Francis Edward Su, Harvey Mudd College. This panel is sponsored by the MAA Committee on the Participation of Women in Mathematics; Committee on the Minority Participation in Mathematics; Association for Women in Mathematics; National Association of Mathematicians; and the Joint Committee on the Participation of Women in Mathematics.

Mathematical Art Exhibition, organized by Robert Fathauer, Tessellations Company; Nathan Selikoff, Digital Awakening Studios; and Elizabeth Whiteley, studio artist, Washington, DC, and supported by the Special Interest Group of the MAA for Mathematics and the Arts, and the Bridges Organization. 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. Do not 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. Submissions for this exhibit are are now closed.

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