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AMS at the 2012 AMATYC Annual Conference

The 38th Annual Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) was held in Jacksonville, FL, November 8-11. The theme was River-of-Knowledge, Ocean-of-Dreams, and included keynote speakers, posters, sessions, networking opportunities, committee meetings, delegate assembly, and exhibits. The American Mathematical Society hosted an exhibit at the conference.

The AMS exhibit included free posters, Mathematical Moments, 2013 Calendar of Mathematical Imagery, a selection of AMS books, information on AMS membership, materials on careers in the mathematical sciences, AMS Homework Software Survey, and some resources from the American Statistical Society. One AMATYC raffle winner won an AMS tote bag filled wtih gifts and the book, Five-Minute Mathematics. To request the free AMS Homework Software Survey, by Alan Tucker, or Careers DVD (interviews with individuals working in non-academia who talk about how they use math in their jobs),  email AMS Professional Services.

The AMATYC conference organizers scheduled several "Dedicated Exhibits Times" when attendees could visit the exhibits without missing any sessions, providing a nice opportunity for the AMS and other exhibitors to meet conference participants, discuss professional resources and materials for teaching and awareness, and present publications.

Keynote Speakers were Diane Maldonado, "Navigating the Waters of Assessment;" and Keith Devlin, "The Missing Link: A Tale of Literary Forensics." Featured Speakers and Symposia: Lucy MacDonald, "Drowning in the Math Textbook;" Steve Piscitelli, "Leading with Inspiration: Five Choices for Life Success;" Gary Rockswold, "Why Students Need Modeling;" and Sheldon Gordon, "Mathematical Modeling: The Right Courses for the Right Reasons." Session topic tracks included assessment, curriculum redesign, developmental mathematics, department and division issues (such as adjunct issues and mentoring new faculty), instructional strategies, teacher preparation, and teaching wtih technology.

See the 2012 AMATYC Annual Conference website for details on the program. The 2013 AMATYC Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, October 31-November 3. Proposals for the 2013 conference are due by February 1, 2013.

--- Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Officer