The AMS held its annual Congressional Briefing on December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania gave the presentation on* "The Future of Mathematics: Education & Innovation."* The briefing addressed the role of innovation both in research (cutting-edge fields of inquiry) and education (through, e.g., on-line courses and MOOCs), giving a glimpse at the future of Mathematics.

Professor Ghrist cited the numerous and daunting scientific and technological challenges that the United States must solve to guarantee long-term health, prosperity, and peace. He spoke about how mathematics has been a key ingredient in the past to breakthrough solutions -- spawning cryptography, computer science, and data analysis -- and how novel challenges will demand novel mathematics, created and communicated

The AMS holds annual congressional briefings as a means to communicate information to policymakers. Speakers discuss the importance of mathematics research and present their work in layman's terms to Congressional staff as a way to inform Members of Congress of how mathematics impacts today's important issues.

**Previous AMS Congressional Briefings:**

- December 2013,
*"How Math Fuels the Knowledge Economy"*presented by Mark L. Green, professor emeritus at the University of California-Los Angeles. - December 2012,
*"Chaos and Avalanches in Science and Socio-Political Systems"*presented by James A. Yorke, professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Maryland. - December 2011,
*"Mathematics: Leading the Way for New Options in the Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease"*presented by Suncica Canic, professor of mathematics at the University of Houston. - October 2010,
*The Gulf Oil Spill: How Can We Protect our Beaches in the Future?*presented by Andrea Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at UCLA. - October 2009,
*The Movies, the Markets and Mathematics,*presented by Stuart Geman, professor of applied mathematics at Brown University. - September 2008,
*Can Mathematics Cure Leukemia?*presented by Doron Levy, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. - September 2007,
*Mathematics of Ice to Aid Global Warming Forecasts*, presented by Ken Golden, professor of mathematics at the University of Utah. - November 2006,
*The Necessity of Mathematics: From Google to Counterterrorism to Sudoku*, presented by Amy Langville, professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston. - November 2005,
*From Katrina Forward: How Mathematics Helps Predict Storm Surges*, presented by Clint Dawson, professor at the University of Texas and a member of the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences; and James Westerink, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame. - September 2004,
*Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do?*presented by Fred Roberts, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University. - July 2003,
*Mathematics is Biology's Next Microscope, Only Better; Biology is Mathematics' Next Physics, Only Better*presented by Joel E. Cohen, Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities. - February 2002,
*Mathematics, Patterns and Homeland Security*, presented by Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University. - July 2001,
*Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics*, a briefing on this National Research Council Report presented by Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Hyman Bass, University of Michigan and by Roger Howe, Yale University. - Other previous briefings include:

*What Does Water Know About Mathematics*, by Mary Fannett Wheeler, The University of Texas at Austin

*Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Medicine*by DeWitt Sumners, Florida State University

*Eavesdropping on the Internet: Mathematics and Policy*by Carl Pomerance, University of Georgia

*Mathematical Transcriptions of the Real World: Fingerprints, Magnetic Resonance and Video*by Ronald Coifman, Yale University