JMM 2021

AMS Panels and Other Sessions

The Future of the JMM and What to Expect at JMM2022, moderated by Martin Bridgeman, Boston College; Friday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. The JMM is a convening of thousands of mathematicians, with a program representing multiple societies, organizations, and interests. As managing host, the AMS plans to deliver a program in Seattle and beyond that represents the full spectrum of interests of the mathematical community. To that end, the AMS has partnered with multiple groups to provide a range of programming – including both what you’ve come to expect, as well as some new events. This session will be an early look at JMM 2022, with representatives from several JMM partner societies describing their program elements to be launched at our Seattle gathering. For example, the reimagined conference program will include a Day 1 welcoming reception mixer, plus new lectures and professional development opportunities. As well, the abstract system for JMM 2022 features a new subject taxonomy to welcome a wider range of talks on research, pedagogy, and more. Speakers at this session will include Catherine Roberts, American Mathematical Society, Gerard Venema, Calvin University, Torina Lewis, American Mathematical Society, Richard Moore, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Darla Kremer, Association for Women in Mathematics, Ron Wasserstein, American Statistical Association, Omarya Ortega, Sonoma State University and National Association of Mathematicians, Russell Miller, Queen's College and Association for Symbolic Logic, David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Daniel Szyld, Temple University and International Linear Algebra Society, Sol Garfunkel, COMAP Inc., and Daniel Kline, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. This session is sponsored by the AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences (COMC)..

MAA-SIAM-AMS Hrabowski-Gates-Tapia-McBay Session, organized by Carrie Diaz Eaton, Bates College; Wednesday, 9:00–10:20 a.m. This year the session will consist of a lecture from 9:00-9:50 a.m. given by Erica Graham, Bryn Mawr, title to be announced, and a short panel discussion, title to be announced, from 9:50-10:20 a.m. Panelists to be announced.

AMS Committee on the Profession Panel Discussion: Developing a culture that promotes the full range of career paths, organized by Melanie Matchett Wood, University of California, Berkeley; Wednesday, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Panelists will discuss what faculty can do to make the culture in our departments more positive towards all the possible career paths our students and postdocs might take into industry, government, teaching, research. In particular, we will discuss how we might break down the mindset defining “success” as getting a job in research academia, and how we can promote awareness of the range of jobs our students and postdocs go into. The moderator and panelists are to be announced. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Profession.

AMS Committee on Education Panel Discussion: What do students need in the time of pandemic?, organized by Katherine Stevenson, California State University, Northridge; Thursday, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Faculty administrators have been deeply reflecting on mathematics education in the age of coronavirus, particularly for entering students and those in introductory classes. However, many of our math majors and graduate students face specific challenges in the current environment. In particular, they are often confronting the crisis as both learners and educators. This session will offer two perspectives: Expert advice on mentorship from the National Academies and first hand accounts from students themselves.

Viveka Brown will present Ways to Build Community for Students in a Virtual Classroom. This session will discuss methods to build community in an online environment such as continuing to build a growth mindset virtually and collaborative learning ideas. We will also address equity concerns in online environments.

Tasha R. Inniss, will present Re-Innovating Training and Support of Math Majors. The COVID-19 global health pandemic has significantly altered how institutions of higher education operate and offer educational experiences for their students. With the abundance of research lauding the positive impacts of student-centered education, faculty and leaders in academia are now beginning to embrace this concept. What we have learned during the pandemic is that the support of students must include more than rigorous academic training. The effective preparation of math majors involves a recognition of the needs of students as whole persons, particularly during crises such as the pandemic and systemic racism. Strategies may include offering mentored research experiences, building community in the classroom, doing check-ins to gauge the overall well-being of students, facilitating peer support systems, and creating a flexible system that allows math majors to thrive and succeed.

Pamela E. Harris will facilitate a student panel. The moderator for this session is Katherine Stevenson, California State University, Northridge and the panelists are Viveka Brown, Spelman College, Tasha R. Inniss, Spelman College, and Pamela E. Harris, Williams College. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Education.

AMS Update to the Community on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts, organized by Jill Pipher, AMS President, and Catherine A. Roberts, AMS Executive Director; Friday, 9:00–10:00 a.m. In 2020, the AMS Council established a new policy committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The AMS participated in #ShutDownSTEM, where we paused our daily work in support of the Black community, recognizing that our mathematics community must play a role in nationwide efforts seeking fundamental change. The AMS Council, speaking on behalf of the AMS, issued a Statement of Support for and Solidarity with the Black Community and established a Task Force: Understanding and Documenting the Historic Role of the AMS in Racial Discrimination. Today, we will provide an update to our community on AMS efforts to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in mathematics. Moderators for the session are Jill Pipher, Brown University and AMS President, and Catherine A. Roberts, AMS Executive Director. Speakers are Ron Buckmire, Occidental College and AMS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Ruth Charney, Brandeis University and AMS President-Elect, Joseph Edward Hibdon Jr, Northeastern Illinois University and AMS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Bryna Kra, Northwestern University and AMS Board of Trustees, Kasso Okoudjou, Tufts University and Task Force on Understanding and Documenting the Historic Role of the AMS in Racial Discrimination, and Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College and Task Force on Understanding and Documenting the Historic Role of the AMS in Racial Discrimination.

Virtual Grad School Fair, Wednesday - Saturday. \$30 per table space. Thinking about graduate study? Check out the lineup of graduate programs in mathematical and statistical sciences from across the country. Visit the Virtual Grad School Fair at any time throughout the meeting and be sure to save some time on your schedule to talk live with program representatives during their office hours. This activity is an opportunity for representatives of mathematical sciences programs to reserve display space in the Virtual Graduate School Fair. The deadline to reserve display space has passed. See the Grad School Fair page for more details. Co-sponsored by the AMS and MAA.

Current Events Bulletin, organized by David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; Friday, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

AMS Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion: Mathematics and Science - the view of a pandemic through a science policy lens, organized by Edgar Fuller, Florida International University, Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College, and Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Friday, 2:30–4:00 p.m. The moderator for this panel is Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Transformative events such as the Covid-19 global pandemic focus public attention on science in powerful ways that can be both good and bad. Academia, along with the public and private sectors, must leverage scientific knowledge to respond to the crisis while at the same time navigate complex funding landscapes and public perception. The mathematical sciences community engages in this process in multiple ways ranging from modeling to data analysis to education at all levels. In this panel, representatives from government, federal agencies, research labs, and academia will address questions such as

  • In what ways have science and mathematics influenced policy during the Covid-19 pandemic response?
  • Can you give an example of a science-based policy initiative that struggled in ways that you did not anticipate? How did you adapt?
  • How can the mathematics and science communities help policy makers manage the constraints that leaders, especially in political spaces, encounter in the use of science to drive policy decisions?
  • How might we work with policy makers and educational institutions to prepare for future events?

Panelists are Edgar Fuller, Florida International University, Sara Del Valle, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Erin Heath, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Margaret Callahan, U.S. Department of State. This panel is sponsored by the Committee on Science Policy.

Envisioning the Future of NSF: A Guided Discussion with MPS and EHR Heads, facilitated by Karen Saxe, AMS Office of Government Relations; Friday, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Join us in welcoming Dr. Sean Jones and Dr. Karen Marrongelle, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) heads of the Directorates for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and Education & Human Resources (EHR). Dr. Jones is a PhD materials scientist, began his service at NSF in 2009 as a program officer, and has been serving as Assistant Director of NSF/MPS since September 2020. MPS supports fundamental research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, materials science and mathematics. Dr. Marrongelle holds a PhD in mathematics education and joined NSF/EHR in October 2018. EHR supports STEM education at all levels. AMS Director of Government Relations Karen Saxe will facilitate the conversation about Dr. Jones’s vision for the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Marrongelle’s vision for mathematics work in EHR, and their joint views on how the mathematical sciences fit with larger programs at the NSF. Followed by audience Q&A.

AMS Congressional Fellowship Discussion, organized by Karen Saxe, AMS Office of Government Relations, Thursday, 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Drop in to chat with Karen Saxe, AMS Associate Executive Director, about the AMS Congressional Fellowship. The fellowship involves spending a year working on the staff of a Member of Congress or a congressional committee, as a legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input. Applicants must have a PhD in the mathematical sciences by the application deadline of February 1, 2021.

If you would like to learn more about the AMS Congressional Fellowship but cannot make one of these times, simply reach out to Karen Saxe to set up a meeting.