Joint Invited Addresses
Bonnie Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Mathematical Challenges in Molecular Biology (AMS-MAA),
Friday, 11:10 a.m.
Bio: Bonnie Berger is Professor of Applied Mathematics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and
head of the Computation and Biology group at the MIT Computer
Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Professor Berger is also an affiliated member of Harvard-MIT
Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and MIT's
initiative Computer Science and Systems Biology (CSBi).
Her major areas of research have been in applying mathematical
techniques to problems in molecular biology. In particular,
the focus of her research has been on the following three
core problem areas: comparative genomics, protein structural
motif recognition and discovery, and molecular self-assembly
Professor Berger has co-authored over forty scholarly
research articles and has been invited to present at conferences
in fields ranging from randomized algorithms and graph
theory to computational molecular biology. Professor Berger
has won numerous awards and honors including a National
Science Foundation career award, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute
Science Scholarship, and the Biophysical Society's Dayoff
Award for research among others. In 1999 Professor Berger
was named one of Technology Review Magazine's TR100 for
being a top young innovator of the twenty-first century.
Recently, she was elected as a Fellow of the ACM.
Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research Inc., A New
Kind of Science and the Future of Mathematics (AMS-MAA),
Wednesday, 11:10 a.m.
Abstract: Mathematics has traditionally concentrated
on certain kinds of abstract systems. The science that
I have been developing for the past twenty years suggests
a much broader class of systems to study. These systems
are not only important as models and methods for science
and technology, but are also a rich source of new raw
material for mathematical investigations. Starting from
simple computer experiments, one finds a
remarkable world of new phenomena---that are readily accessible
even at a K-12 level. Building on these experiments one
is rapidly led to frontier problems in many areas of modern
mathematics, such as number theory, differential equations,
dynamical systems, geometry, logic and recursion theory.
The talk will survey core phenomena and principles that
have emerged, mention some applications, give examples
of specific mathematical results, and discuss implications
for new directions in mathematics research and education.
AMS Committee on Science Policy-MAA Science Policy
Committee Government Speaker, Friday, 4:20 p.m. Michael
S. Turner, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Mathematical
and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation, Title
to be announced.
Joint Special Sessions
Classical and Nonlinear Special Functions (Code:
SS 9A), Peter A. Clarkson, University of Kent,
Francisco Marcellan, Universidad Carlos III, and
Peter A. McCoy, U. S. Naval Academy; Friday morning
and Friday afternoon. (AMS-SIAM)
Coding, Geometry, and Hyperbolic
Dynamics (Code: SS 21A), Svetlana R. Katok,
Pennsylvania State University, and Boris Hasselblatt,
Tufts University; Thursday and Friday afternoons and Friday
History of Mathematics (Code: SS 6A), Joseph
W. Dauben, Lehman College (CUNY), and David E.
Zitarelli, Temple University; Friday and Saturday
mornings and afternoons. The Friday sessions are co-organized
by Karen V. H. Parshall, University of Virginia,
and cosponsored by the International Commission for the
History of Mathematics ICHM, in addition to the AMS and
Infinite Combinatorics and Inner Model Theory
(Code: SS 22A), Matthew D. Foreman and Martin
Zeman, University of California Irvine; Wednesday
and Thursday mornings and Wednesday afternoon. (AMS-ASL)
Mathematical Modeling in Neuroscience, Biomedicine,
Genetics, and Epidemiology (Code: SS 14A), Steven
M. Baer, Arizona State University; Ivo D. Dinov,
University of California Los Angeles; and Frank C.
Hoppensteadt and Hal L. Smith, Arizona State
University; Thursday and Friday afternoons and Thursday
Mathematical Techniques in Musical Analysis (Code:
SS 1A), Judith L. Baxter, University of Illinois
at Chicago, and Robert W. Peck, Louisiana State
University; Friday and Saturday afternoons and Friday
Mathematics and Education Reform (Code: SS 17A),
William H. Barker, Bowdoin College, Jerry L.
Bona and Naomi Fisher, University of Illinois
at Chicago, Kenneth C. Millett, University of California
Santa Barbara, and Bonnie Saunders, University
of Illinois at Chicago; Wednesday and Thursday mornings
and Wednesday afternoon. (AMS-MAA-MER)
Research in Mathematics by Undergraduates (Code:
SS 20A), Darren A. Narayan, Rochester Institute
of Technology; Michael J. Fisher, California State
University, Fresno; and Carl V. Lutzer, and Tamara
A. Burton, Rochester Institute of Technology; Thursday
and Friday mornings and Thursday afternoon. (AMS-MAA-SIAM)
Prize Session and Reception:
In order to showcase the achievements of the recipients
of various prizes, the AMS and MAA are cosponsoring this
event at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday. A cash bar reception
will immediately follow. All participants are invited
to attend. The AMS, MAA, and SIAM will award the Frank
and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics
by an Undergraduate Student. The MAA prizes include the
Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Awards for Distinguished
College or University Teaching of Mathematics, the Chauvenet
Prize, the Yueh-gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for
Distinguished Service to Mathematics, and Certificates
of Meritorious Service. The AMS will announce the winners
of the Award for Distinguished Public Service, Levi L.Conant
Prize, E. H. Moore Research Article Prize, Oswald Veblen
Prize in Geometry, Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics,
JPBM Communications Award, and the Leroy P. Steele Prizes.
The AWM will present the Louise Hay Award for Contributions
to Mathematics Education and the Alice T. Schafer Prize
for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman.