This award is given each year to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences.
Up to two awards of \$2,000 are made annually. Both mathematicians and non-mathematicians are eligible.
Next Award: January 2020
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2019
Nomination Procedure: Nominations should be submitted to:
Professor Carla D. Savage
Office of the AMS Secretary
Department of Computer Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206 USA
Email AMS Secretary Carla Savage
Please include biographical information and a short description of the work that is the basis of the nomination.
Most Recent Award: 2019
The 2019 Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award will be presented to Margot Lee Shetterly for her book and subsequent movie “Hidden Figures,” which opened science and mathematics to a new generation of women and people of color by bringing into the light the stories of the African-American women who made significant contributions to aeronautics and astronautics, and, ultimately, to America's victory in the space race. Shetterly will receive the award at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the Baltimore Convention Center Hall Room 309/310, followed by an hour onstage interview and opportunity to meet her. The public is invited to the presentation and event, which is a highlight of the full day of free Mathemati-Con sessions and events sponsored by JMM, the largest mathematics meeting in the world.
About the Award: This award was established by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) in 1988. JPBM is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association.