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AMS Responds to PCAST Report

In response to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, “Engage to Excel:  Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” the American Mathematical Society has issued a statement in support of the report’s call to increase the number of college graduates with STEM training, while at the same time disagreeing with some of the recommendations made in the report for achieving this goal.

The AMS affirmed the mathematical community’s commitment to preparing students successfully for STEM careers and asserts that it is essential that mathematicians be engaged in the planning and teaching of courses that form the foundation of STEM education.

The AMS response to the PCAST report references the many efforts in undergraduate education being undertaken to meet the challenges of teaching entry-level college mathematics and calls on the mathematical community to develop and share new approaches and teaching methods to enhance the learning experience for STEM graduates.

Responses to the NSF proposal to change the name of the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) to the Division of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Many members of the community have already expressed their opinions on the proposed change. Those responses were forwarded to Dr. H. Edward Seidel, Assistant Director, Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS); Dr. Sastry Pantula, Division Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences; and Dr. Fred Roberts, MPS Advisory Committee. The correspondence is available here: