AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us 2016 AMS Election - Candidates and Voting Methods Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST <p>The 2016 AMS election is underway. See <a href="/notices/201608/rnoti-p951.pdf">biographies of the candidates</a> in the September issue of <em>Notices</em> and <a href="/about-us/governance/elections/election-info">detailed information about electronic and paper voting methods</a>. <em>&quot;The Society belongs to its members. You can influence the policy and direction it takes by voting. Please vote.&quot;</em> --- <strong>AMS Secretary Carla Savage</strong>. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->In this AMS election members vote for Vice President, Board of Trustees, Member at Large of the Council, Nominating Committee and Editorial Boards Committee.&nbsp; The election ends at 11:59 PM, ET, November 4, 2016.</p> Karen Saxe Named New Director of AMS Washington DC Office Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Saxe-web.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Saxe-web.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:68px" /></a></p> <p><strong>Karen Saxe</strong>, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, in the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences Department at Macalester College, has been <a href="/news?news_id=3136">named Director of the Washington DC Office of the American Mathematical Society starting January 1, 2017</a>, where she will work to connect the mathematics community with Washington decision makers who impact science and education funding. Samuel Rankin will retire after serving 21 years as Director.</p> <p>&quot;As the AMS focuses on increasing advocacy and awareness of research and education in mathematics, Karen brings so much to the position of Director of the Washington Office--a long record of advocacy, a familiarity with Washington from her time as a AAAS Science &amp; Technology Policy Fellow, as well as tremendous creative energy,&quot; says AMS Executive Director Catherine Roberts. &quot;I look forward to working closely with Karen.&quot; (Photo courtesy of Macalester College.)</p> U.S. Team Takes First in 2016 IMO Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/2016-IMO.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/2016-IMO.jpg" style="float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The U.S. team finished first with 214 points at the <a href="">57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Hong Kong</a>. All six members of the team-- <strong>Ankan Bhattacharya</strong> (International Academy East, Troy, Michigan), <strong>Michael Kural</strong> (Greenwich High School, Riverside, Connecticut), <strong>Allen Liu</strong> (Penfield Senior High School, Penfield, New York), <strong>Junyao Peng</strong> (Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Princeton, New Jersey), <strong>Ashwin Sah</strong> (Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon), and <strong>Yuan Yao</strong> (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)-- earned gold medals. The team from the Republic of Korea earned 207 points and China finished third with 204 points. (Photo courtesy of the Mathematical Association of America/Carnegie Mellon University.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> Three of the six U.S. team members are former contestants in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (WWTBAM): Ankan Bhattacharya (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2016">2016 national champ</a>), Michael Kural (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/jmm2015">2015 national contestant</a> and a contestant at the <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/wcsu">Western Connecticut State University game</a>), and Ashwin Sah (<a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/osu-2014">2014 winner at Oregon State University</a>). All the participants on the U.S. team were selected through a series of competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), culminating with the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The U.S. team leader was Po-Shen Loh of Carnegie Mellon University. See <a href="">results of the 2016 IMO</a>, which had more than 100 countries participating. The 2017 IMO will be July 12-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.</p> AMS Fall 2016 Sectional Meetings Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>September 24-25</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2238_program.html">Bowdoin College</a>, Brunswick, ME<br /> <strong>October 8-9:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2235_program.html">University of Denver</a>, CO<br /> <strong>October 28-30:</strong> <a href="/meetings/sectional/2239_program.html">University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis campus)</a>, MN<br /> <strong>November 12-13</strong>: <a href="/meetings/sectional/2241_program.html">North Carolina State University</a>, Raleigh</p> An Award for MathJax Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/PAMdivision-award-presentation.jpg"><img alt="SLA PAM Division award ceremony" src="/images/thumbs/PAMdivision-award-presentation.jpg" style="float:left; height:75px; margin-left:10px; margin-right:10px; width:100px" /></a> <p>MathJax was awarded the 2016 PAM Division Award by the Physics-Astronomy-Math (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association. The award was presented on June 12, 2016, at the annual PAM Business meeting. David Cervone, lead developer at MathJax, accepted the award on behalf of MathJax.</p> <p>The complete award announcement may be found on the <a href="">SLA PAM Division website</a>. Visit the <a href="">MathJax website</a> for more information on the MathJax project.</p> AMS Congressional Fellow Named Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Paolucci-t.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Paolucci-t.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left" /></a>The AMS is pleased to announce that <strong>Dr. Catherine Paolucci </strong>has been awarded its 2016-17 Congressional Fellowship. Paolucci is currently assistant professor in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Secondary Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She earned her Doctor of Education in Mathematics Education at Columbia University.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --><br /> <br /> The Congressional Fellowship program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).&nbsp; Fellows spend a year working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, working as a special legislative assistant in legislative and policy areas requiring scientific and technical input.&nbsp; The fellowship program includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long seminar series on issues involving science, technology and public policy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction and to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision making process in Congress.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information on the AMS-AAAS Congressional Fellowship go to <a href=""></a></p> AMS Pledges Support of arXiv Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p>The AMS is pleased to be the first professional society and publisher to become a supporter of the arXiv. The Society&rsquo;s five-year pledge recognizes the value of this open-access digital repository of scientific research for authors and researchers worldwide. AMS Executive Director <strong>Donald McClure</strong> said, &quot;The AMS donation is a tangible expression of the Society&rsquo;s admiration for the value the arXiv represents to the mathematics research community. It is a great resource for the open and rapid dissemination of research.&quot; <a href="/news?news_id=3102">...Read more...</a></p> 2016 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow Announced Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Houston-Edwards-MM16.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Houston-Edwards-MM16.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>The AMS has awarded <strong>Kelsey Houston-Edwards</strong> the 2016 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship.&nbsp; Kelsey is a PhD student at Cornell University and will work this summer at NOVA.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The <a href=""> AAAS Mass Media Science &amp; Engineering Fellows</a> program is organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).&nbsp; This competitive program is designed to improve public understanding of science and technology by placing graduate and post-graduate science, mathematics and engineering students in media outlets nationwide.&nbsp; The fellows work for 10 weeks each summer as reporters, researchers and production assistants alongside media professionals to sharpen their communication skills and increase their understanding of the editorial process by which events and ideas become news.</p> <p>The program is available to enrolled college or university students (graduate, doctoral, or upper level undergraduates) in the physical, biological, geological, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics with outstanding written and oral communication skills and a strong interest in learning about the media.</p> <p>In its 42nd year, this fellowship program has placed over 655 science, mathematics and engineering scholars in media organizations nationwide as they research, write and report today&rsquo;s headlines.&nbsp;</p> <p>See a list of previous <a href="/programs/ams-fellowships/media-fellow/massmediafellow">AMS Mass Media Fellows</a> and information on their experiences.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Catherine A. Roberts Named Executive Director Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/catherine-roberts-exdir.jpg"><img alt="Catherine A. Roberts" src="/images/thumbs/catherine-roberts-exdir.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:66px" /></a>The AMS Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of <strong>Dr. Catherine A. Roberts</strong>, professor of mathematics at the College of the Holy Cross, as the new Executive Director of the AMS, following the retirement this summer of the Society&#39;s current Executive Director, Dr. Don McClure, who is retiring after more than seven years of outstanding service in this position. (Photo: College of the Holy Cross/Tom Rettig/Amy Forbes.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>&quot;<em>Catherine has a sustained record of high-level professional service throughout her career, including participation on AMS policy committees during the last ten years,</em>&quot; Dr. McClure observed. &quot;<em>Her experience is very broad and is excellent preparation for her new leadership role. I am pleased that she was selected by the Board as the Society&rsquo;s next Executive Director.</em>&quot;</p> <p>&quot;<em>I look forward to working with Dr. Roberts,</em>&rdquo; said AMS President Robert Bryant. &ldquo;<em>She has had a distinguished career in mathematics, both in research and in service, and continues a tradition of excellence in the AMS Executive Director position.</em>&quot;</p> <p>Dr. Roberts, who received her PhD in applied mathematics in 1992 from Northwestern University, brings to her new position as Executive Director a wealth of administrative experience, including her six-year service as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the College of the Holy Cross and extensive experience as a journal editor. Before taking a position at Holy Cross, Dr. Roberts was a member of the faculty at the University of Rhode Island and at Northern Arizona University.</p> <p>She has served on a number of AMS committees, including the Committee on Education, the Committee on Professional Ethics, and the Committee on Meetings and Conferences. Her involvement with the mathematical community has been wide-ranging in other ways as well, for she has also served in various capacities in organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America.</p> <p>Her research in applied mathematics has been in nonlinear Volterra integral equations and natural resource modeling. Dr. Roberts currently serves as editor-in-chief of Natural Resource Modeling, and has long had a leadership role in organizing conferences and workshops in this area. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, being involved in education at all levels, including stints as associate editor of the American Mathematical Monthly and as a workshop instructor for the MAA&#39;s Project NExT.</p> <p>Dr. Roberts says, &quot;<em>The AMS has been a partner throughout my career as a mathematician. I value how the AMS provides professional support through its publishing and conference endeavors, as well as its advocacy work promoting the importance of mathematics. I look forward to contributing to the important work the society does on behalf of mathematical research, scholarship and education.</em>&quot;</p> <p>She will begin her initial five-year term of appointment on August 1, 2016, and the Board and Council look forward to working with her to further the mission of the AMS to provide the very best in service and leadership to the professional mathematics community.</p> <p>[% ams_include('pao-contact') %]</p> <div style="text-align: center;"># # #</div> <p>Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, today the American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.</p> AMS Names Helen Grundman Director of Education and Diversity Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/grundman-2016.jpg"><img alt="Helen Grundman" src="/images/thumbs/grundman-2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:72px" /></a>Helen Grundman</strong>, professor of mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, has been named Director of Education and Diversity, a newly established department in the Division of Meetings and Professional Services of the AMS. Grundman will provide leadership for the Society&#39;s current and future programs supporting education and promoting diversity, particularly at the graduate level. <a href="/news?news_id=3086">Read more about Grundman and the new position</a>. (Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College.)</p>