Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Michael A. Breen, AMS, and William T. Butterworth, DePaul University
Time:1:00 p.m.: Room 6C
Description: Show your support for top high school students from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in the first international Who Wants to Be a Mathematician as they compete for a US $5,000 first prize for themselves and US $5,000 for their school's math department. Come match wits with the contestants and support their mathematical achievement.
Mathematical Art Exhibition
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall F
Description: Don't miss this unique opportunity for a different perspective on mathematics. 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.
Tic-Tac-Toe (or, What is Mathematics?), Ben Orlin, Math with Bad Drawings
Time: 10:00 a.m.: Room 309-310
Description: Once at a picnic, I saw some mathematicians playing the last game I would have expected: tic-tac-toe. With time, I realized that their version - more complex than the usual kind! - embodies the same magic as all of mathematics, from imaginary numbers to non-Euclidean geometry.
Mathemati-Con Presents: Showtime!: A Conversation with Margot Lee Shetterly, 2019 JPBM Communications Award winner and author of Hidden Figures
Time: 11:00 a.m.: Room 309-310
Description: Shetterly will receive her award and be interviewed by Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College. Following the interview, starting at noon, Shetterly will be available for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing.
Big Data, Inequality, and Democracy, Cathy O'Neil, CEO of ORCAA, (MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture)
Time:: 3:00 p.m.: Ballrooms I and II
Description: We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a job or a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance, what news we see on social media--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. They increase inequality and threaten democracy. What's worse is they're defended as fair and objective in the name of mathematics. What can the mathematical community do about this? How can we surface the moral questions and address the technical ones? Cathy will discuss some ideas along these lines.
Math Circles for Students and Teachers, Lance Bryant, Shippensburg University, and Sarah Bryant, Dickinson College
Time: 1:00 p.m.: Room 322
Description: A math circle is an enrichment experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with pre-college students and/or their teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a math circle experience designed for local students. While students are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle. The sponsor for this demonstration is SIGMAA MCST.
Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship, Michael A. Breen, AMS, and William T. Butterworth, DePaul University
Time: 1:00 p.m.: Room 309-310
Description: Show your support for top high school students from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in this international "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" as they compete for a \$5,000 first prize for themselves and \$5,000 for their school's math department. Semifinals are at 1:00 pm and finals are at 2:00 pm. Come match wits with the contestants, support their mathematical achievement, and have tremendous fun at the same time.
Math Wrangle, Ed Keppelmann, University of Nevada Reno, and Phil Yasskin, Texas A&M University
Time: 10:30 a.m.: Room 322
Description: Math Wrangle will pit teams of students against each other, the clock, and a slate of great math problems. The format of a Math Wrangle is designed to engage students in mathematical problem solving, promote effective teamwork, provide a venue for oral presentations, and develop critical listening skills. A Math Wrangle incorporates elements of team sports and debate, with a dose of strategy tossed in for good measure. The intention of the Math Wrangle demonstration at the Joint Math Meetings is to show how teachers, schools, circles, and clubs can get students started in this exciting combination of mathematical problem solving with careful argumentation via public speaking, strategy and rebuttal. Sponsors for this event are SIGMAA for Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA-MCST).