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December 15, 2003

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 and mis-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 morning. (AMS-AWM)

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 MAA. (AMS-MAA)

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 morning.

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 morning. (AMS-MAA)

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.

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