A Hidden Gem for the JMM

The start of the new year comes with the hustle and bustle of thousands of mathematicians converging this week on the city of Atlanta for the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings. With so many talks, panels, poster sessions, exhibits, and other engagements, deciding what to do during the conference can be a daunting task. Even once you sift through all of the choices, it’s no small feat to keep everything straight.

Anytime we have a problem, what do we do? We use an app! Here to save you at JMM is the 2017 JMM Mobile App! You can search for events, personalize your schedule (which can add things to your calendar!), and even give updates/announcements about the conference. The app also has a networking feature that can help you connect to others attending JMM.

Okay, so maybe it’s not a “hidden gem” since it’s the first links on the JMM website and there’s a description in the registration packet but I’m still excited to check it out and take some of the bookkeeping out of my brain and onto my phone.  I didn’t get a chance to utilize the app last year so if you give it a shot or have any tips or tricks, let us know!

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See, Accept, Affirm

The mathematical community is one, which—while not as diverse as it could/should be—counts as members individuals from all backgrounds and of all identities. These individualities are something we as a community should cherish and support.

One outlet for such support that I recently had the opportunity to help implement here at the UW–Madison (sorry for the humblebrag), is a statement of community commitment to, and value of, inclusivity. Based on this experience, I would like to talk about what such a statement is, why I think they are meaningful, and to (not so) secretly encourage others to do similar things within their own departments.

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What is a Manifold? (4/6)

After our luxurious treatment of 1-d manifolds, we turn to 2-d manifolds.

My story of surfaces starts in a beautifully weird morning when I got up to realize that life in the usual Euclidean plane had changed dramatically. Vectors had shortened, areas had shrunk, and infinity was just a few feet away!

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Riddle of the Month (November)

Welcome back to this month’s mathematical riddle (and can you believe it’s almost December)! Today we have a neat logic puzzle with an amusing twist on the traditional knight-or-knave problems that are popular in the literature.

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Mathematical Democracy: Mission Impossible? Maybe not…

vote_12345In 1950, a 29-year-old PhD candidate at Columbia published a stunning theorem that later won him a Nobel Prize: “There is no such thing as a fair voting system.”  Or so the legend goes.  Let’s dive into this claim and see to what extent Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem does and does not quash our hopes for a fair representative democracy.  For a background of voting systems, see Rina Friedberg’s post last month or Stephanie Blanda’s 2014 post on how Olympic host cities are chosen.


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