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Joint Meetings Returns to San Francisco, Moscone West, January 13 - 16, 2010
Other AMS Sessions

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Elementary School Teachers as Mathematicians: As the Twig is Bent the Tree Grows, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This presentation by Kenneth I. Gross, University of Vermont, will focus on the critical importance of raising the mathematics knowledge of elementary teachers, the Vermont model for doing so, and the role to be played by college and university mathematics faculty. If we are to raise student achievement at all educational levels and for all students, we must provide elementary teachers with more broad and deep understanding of mathematics and the capability to translate that knowledge into the elementary school classroom. Sponsored by the AMS and MAA.

What I Wish I Had Known When Applying for a Job, Thursday, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.This panel will give a first-person look at the process of applying for positions, both inside and outside academia. Through their experiences, panelists will help young mathematicians understand how to approach the job search process: what to expect; how to prepare; what to do; and what not to do. This session will focus on the employment opportunities for doctoral students and recent PhD graduates, and will give you lots of chances for Q & A with the panelists. The panelists will include both people who have recently been on the job market, and people who have recently been on hiring committees. Sponsored by the Committee on the Profession.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician-National Contest, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., organized by Michael A. Breen, AMS, and William T. Butterworth, DePaul University. See ten of the nation's best high school students compete for a US$5000 first prize for themselves and US$5000 for their school's math department. Semifinals are at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to come and take part in this educational and fun presentation. Contestants will be: Ofir Nachum (MA), Ben Zauzmer (PA), Daniel Li (VA), Rebecca Easterwood (AL), Brian Freidin (IL), Rohit Agrawal (MN), Kathy Lin (NM), Charles Xu (CO), and Kevin Yin (CA).

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Hilbert's Tenth Problem, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - noon, organized by Jeremy Avigad, Carnegie Mellon University; Penelope Maddy, University of California Irvine; and Charles Steinhorn, Vassar College. The tenth problem in Hilbert's famous list sought an algorithm that would test a given polynomial equation with integer coefficients in any number of variables to determine whether it had integer solutions. In 1970 Yuri Matiyasevich, building on earlier work over a twenty-year period by Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam, and Julia Robinson, proved that no such algorithms exists. Subsequent efforts seek to determine whether there is such an algorithm for solutions in various rings, especially in the ring of integers of an algebraic number field, and in the rational numbers. The members of the panel, all of whom have contributed either to the solution of Hilbert's original problem or to the later developments, include Martin Davis, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (moderator); Bjorn Poonen, M.I.T.; Karl Rubin, University of California, Irvine; and Alexandra Shlapentokh, East Carolina University. They will address various aspects of this endeavor. Cosponsored by the AMS, ASL, and MAA.

Grad School Fair, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Here is the opportunity for undergrads to meet representatives from mathematical sciences graduate programs from universities all over the country. January is a great time for juniors to learn more, and college seniors may still be able to refine their search. This is your chance for one-stop shopping in the graduate school market. At last year's meeting about 300 students met with representatives from 45 graduate programs. If your school has a graduate program and you are interested in participating, a table will be provided for your posters and printed materials for US$50 (registration for this event must be made by a person already registered for the JMM), and you are welcome to personally speak to interested students. Complimentary coffee will be served. Cosponsored by the AMS and MAA.

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Current Events Bulletin, Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., organized by David Eisenbud, University of California Berkeley. Speakers in the session include Laura G. DeMarco, University of Illinois at Chicago; Ben J. Green, University of Cambridge; Peter Teichner, University of California Berkeley; and David G. Wagner, University of Waterloo. This session follows the model of the Bourbaki Seminars in that mathematicians with strong expository skills speak on work not their own. Written versions of the talks will be distributed at the meeting and also be available on line at www.ams.org/ams/ current-events-bulletin.html after the conclusion of the meeting.

Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion, Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., moderated by Ronald Stern, University of California, Irvine. Panelists will be: Efraim Armendariz, University of Texas at Austin Lawrence, Craig Evans, University of California, Berkeley, Peter March, National Science Foundation, and Karen Vogtmann, Cornell University.

Congressional Fellowship Session, Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., organized by Samuel M. Rankin III, AMS. This special session will describe the AMS Congressional fellowship, administered by the AAAS, and the fellowship’s unique public policy learning experience.  This fellowship demonstrates the value of science-government interaction by allowing the fellows to bring a technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in Congress.  Previous and current AMS-sponsored Congressional fellows will give their perspective on the fellowship to interested meeting participants in an effort to encourage applications for future fellowships.  Application deadline for 2010-11 AMS Congressional Fellowship is February 15, 2010.

A Conversation on Non-Academic Employment, Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., moderated by James Glimm, SUNY at Stony Brook. This session will concentrate on how to find nonacademic positions, types  of jobs, the interview process, work environments, and advancement  opportunities.  The discussion will be led by a panel of mathematical  scientists working in government and industry. Panelists will be Allen Butler, Daniel H. Wagner Associates Christina Bahl, National Security Agency, Rick Chartrand, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dale Smith, Vicis Capital LLC, and Rebecca Wasyk, Metron Inc.

Committee on Education Panel Discussion, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., moderated by Larry Gray, University of Minnesota, The Common Core State Standards: will they become our national K-12 math curriculum? Panel members: Scott Baldridge, Louisiana State University, Bert Fristedt, University of Minnesota, William McCallum, University of Arizona, and Robin Ramos, Ramona Elementary School, Los Angeles.

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