AMS Panels

AMS Panel on Journal Publishing: Ethics and Best Practices, organized by Lauren Foster, American Mathematical Society and Nicola Poser, American Mathematical Society; Wednesday, 9:30–10:30 am. We will provide an overview of the best practices and policies of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as well as key roles in journal publishing at the AMS, addressing questions such as:

  • What is plagiarism? What is self-plagiarism?
  • How are claims of author misconduct handled at the AMS?
  • What does a “corresponding author” do?
  • If I agree to be a reviewer for a journal, what are my rights and responsibilities?
  • What models of peer review does the AMS use?
  • What are some best practices for journal editors?

AMS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel: Transforming Higher Education to Achieve Equity, organized by Sarah Greenwald and Jim Lewis, AMS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Wednesday, 10:30 am–12:00 pm. Access to quality education in mathematics is a civil rights issue, and mathematics as a gateway and gatekeeper within higher education directly affects access to good careers and increased prosperity. Dr. Malcom is one of our country’s leading voices calling for systemic change to address sexism and racism in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Malcom will offer comments in support of efforts to consider mathematics curricula, teaching practices, and culture through the lens of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She leads SEA Change, a program of the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that aims to advance institutional transformation in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities. TPSE (Transforming Post-Secondary Education) is leading the effort to realize SEA Change’s goals within the mathematical sciences. Dr. Herzig will describe their work to draft guidelines to help mathematics departments understand and address equity and inclusion. Please join this conversation, moderated by Dr. Ron Buckmire, the chair of the AMS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Panelists are Abbe Herzig, TPSE, and Shirley Malcom, AAAS and SEA Change.

AMS Advocacy Panel: Advocacy for Mathematics and Science Policy, organized by Karen Saxe, American Mathematical Society; Thursday, 9:30–11:00 am. This session will be a discussion of ways to engage with elected officials in addressing policy issues of concern to the mathematics community, including research funding and education. Panelists will discuss the importance of grassroots advocacy and building relationships with legislators to further goals. Moderator and Panelists to be announced.

AMS Panel on Open Access and Mathematics: Open publishing models, licensing and copyright, and equity, organized by Robert Harington, American Mathematical Society and Nicola Poser, American Mathematical Society; Thursday, 11:00–12:00 pm. This panel will focus on mathematics culture and open access. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Business models of open publishing: Gold OA Diamond OA, Green OA, Transformative Deals,
  • Subscribe to Open (S2)), Community Action Model,
  • A primer for OA publishing in journals and books in mathematics,
  • Understanding Creative Commons licensing/copyright, and
  • Open access and equity amongst the global mathematical community.

AMS Committee on Education Panel Discussion: Forming institutional collaborations to broaden student access, organized by Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University, Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University, and Katherine Stevenson, California State University, Northridge; Thursday, 1:00–2:30 pm. Mathematics benefits when we cast the widest possible net for talent. Mathematicians have a vital role to play in ensuring that our institutions encourage and engage students in the mathematics sciences, with particular focus on students from communities traditionally overlooked by, underserved by, and underrepresented in mathematics. In particular, we can do more to foster talent trained outside of elite institutions. This panel will explore examples of and opportunities for meaningful educational and research connections between PhD granting universities, master’s granting universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. The moderator and panelists are to be announced. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Education.

AMS Committee on the Profession Panel Discussion: Impact of the Pandemic on the Profession, organized by Ruth Charney, Brandeis University, Peter Ebenfelt, University of California, San Diego, Ellen Eischen, University of Oregon, Gail Letzter, NSA, and Hee Oh, Yale University; Thursday, 2:00–3:30 pm. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all facets of our lives. The aim of this panel is to discuss the specific impact on mathematicians and our profession as well proposed mitigating measures that could be enacted by universities, agencies, and other organizations. While we can only speculate on the long-term negative effects of this pandemic, immediate consequences are likely to include strained university budgets and a tightening job market, diminished productivity in terms of research and other scholarly activities among mathematicians with significant caregiving responsibilities, as well as learning gaps along the entire pipeline of students.

The overall impact of the pandemic on the profession is certainly going to be negative but the necessity to transition quickly to remote modalities of teaching, conference and workshop activities, and meetings in general has led to advances in these areas and has possibly opened up broader avenues for effective communications between faculty, researchers, staff, students, and administrators.

There have been ample discussions in various forums during the past year and a half regarding the impact of the pandemic on our profession. The JMM in January of 2022 is a timely opportunity to summarize and further discuss this impact and potential actions that could mitigate the negative effects. It is also an opportunity to discuss the possibilities afforded by expanding online options for teaching and research activities. The moderator for this panel is Peter Ebenfelt, University of California, San Diego. Panelists are Allison Henrich, Seattle University, Andrew Kobin, Emory University, Jill Pipher, Brown University, and Talitha Washington, Clark Atlanta University & Atlanta University Center. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on the Profession.

AMS Task Force on Understanding and Documenting the Historical Role of the AMS in Racial Discrimination: A year after, organized bv Kasso Okoudjou, Tufts University and Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College; Friday, 10:40 am–12:00 pm. We will reflect on the Task Force Report “Towards a Fully Inclusive Mathematics Profession” a year after its publication, including: personal reflections on the work and its reception, what actions AMS leadership has taken in response, and how we see things moving forward. We will also initiate a discussion about ways that you and your department can use the report to facilitate discussion and action to improve the climate for our colleagues of color. Panelists are Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kasso Okoudjou, Tufts University, Adriana Salerno, Bates College, and Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College.

AMS Committee on Science Policy Panel Discussion: What’s after science policy? – How getting involved in science policy enhances careers, organized by Duane Cooper, Morehouse College, Rachel Levy, 2020-21 AMS/AAAS Congressional Policy Fellow, and Natalie Shiels, OptumLabs at UnitedHealth Group; Friday, 2:30–4:00 pm. Few mathematicians have a background that includes work in science policy. In this panel we have gathered people who have served as AAAS congressional or science and technology policy fellows, been part of national organizations such as the NSF, AMS, AWM, or NAM and who continue to care about policy decisions and their effects on the mathematics community. We want to address questions such as:

  • How do previous roles in science policy inform your current work?
  • What skills that you learned have been easiest to translate? Most difficult?
  • What advice would you give to those who are interested in working in science policy roles in the future?

The moderator is Natalie Shiels, OptumLabs at UnitedHealth Group. Panelists are Carla Cotwright-Williams, U.S. Department of Defense, Lloyd Douglas, independent consultant, Catherine Paolucci, University of Florida, Karoline Pershell, Service Robotics and Technologies, and James Ricci, Schmidt Futures. This panel is sponsored by the Committee on Science Policy.

AMS DC-Based Policy & Communications Opportunities, organized by Karen Saxe, American Mathematical Society; Friday, 4:30–6:30 pm. AMS Special Presentation on Washington, DC Based Policy & Communications Opportunities. The AMS Congressional Fellowship—a year-long experience for PhD mathematicians at any career stage—provides public policy learning experiences, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and brings a technical background and external perspective to the decision-making process in Congress. The AMS Mass Media Fellowship improves public understanding of science and technology by placing advanced mathematics students in newsrooms nationwide for a summer. The Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop introduces STEM students to the federal policy-making process, and empowers them to become advocates for basic research throughout their careers; the AMS sponsors two students each year to participate in this 3.5-day workshop in Washington, DC. Learn more about these programs and speak with current and former AMS fellows. Application deadlines are in early 2022. Speakers for this session are A.J. Stewart, AMS Congressional Fellow 2021-22 and Tamar Lichter Blanks, AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow 2021.

AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences Panel: Holding AMS Meetings and Conferences in Localities with Discriminatory Practices, organized by Emma Previato, Boston University; Saturday, 8:30–10:00 am. Panelists will bring awareness to the community about hosting meetings in localities subject to discriminatory practices. In particular, we will discuss actions taken by societies and organizations, as well as provide details about the possible impact on mathematicians living in these geographical locations. The panelists realize the topic's complexity and respectfully invites the audience to ask questions, offer brief testimonials, and propose ideas to inform processes for consideration as the AMS has internal discussions about the locations of its meetings. The moderator is Lourdes Juan, Texas Tech University. Panelists are Juliette Bruce, University of California, Berkeley, Edray Goins, Pomona College, and Kasso Okoudjou, Tufts University. This panel is sponsored by the AMS Committee on Meetings and Conferences.

AMS Lecture on Education Panel: Preparing our students to use mathematics in the 21st century: challenges, and practices worthy of attention, Saturday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. Panelists are Tyler Jarvis, Brigham Young University, Bori Mazzag, Humboldt State University, Martha Morris,(affiliation tba), and Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnical Institute and SIAM. Description tba

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