Report from the Joint Meeting in Seattle

JMMMD2016-web-header croppedThe Joint Mathematics Meetings are over.  There were lots of good talks.  Lots of good books.  Lots of good mathematical art.  Overall, there were lots of good things.  The AMS has posts about the meetings on the AMS Facebook page.  You can also see the old newsletters from the meetings on the JMM site.  Here are some things directly related to Mathematical Reviews.

One of my themes with this blog is that Mathematical Reviews involves a lot of people.  We have 78 people in Ann Arbor.  There are very talented people in Providence that are essential, too.  For one thing (and there are many more things), they make it easy for us to set up shop at the Joint Meetings.  And we truly appreciate the many mathematicians who participate in this endeavor by reviewing!  We were glad that so many of them came to the reception we had on January 8.  (See below for pictures.)

There was complimentary access to MathSciNet throughout the convention center.  We were able to show people some great things about MathSciNet, including how to pair your laptop or tablet with a subscription and how to personalize your Author Profile Page.  The newest feature we were showing off was how to provide a native script version of your name.  We had special t-shirts to give away to people who updated their profiles.  We also gave away some umbrellas (in traditional “Math Reviews Orange“), foldable Frisbee-like flying disks, and card holders (that protect credit cards with chips).  The reviewers at the reception were very happy to hear that they were getting a raise!

The Mathematical Reviews booth at the Joint Meetings was a part of the AMS’s exhibit (of course!).  It was staffed by some of our editors.

Rob Hladky, Norman Richert, Andrés Caicedo

Rob Hladky, Norman Richert, and Andrés Caicedo at the booth. (1)

AEC NJR at the booth

Andrés Caicedo and Norman Richert at the booth

We had some help from some of these AMS people (as well as others).

Leslie Nevola, Shirley Hill, Vickie Ancona

Leslie Nevola, Shirley Hill, and Vickie Ancona (1)

Denise Wood

Denise Wood (1)

 

We had some demonstrations of MathSciNet:

Andrés Caicedo demonstrates MathSciNet

Andrés Caicedo demonstrates MathSciNet (2)

Along with the demos, we had the MathSciNet challenge.  Students could win a $100 American Express gift card.  Here are two of the winners.

Prize Winner Jamie Beverly

Prize Winner Jamie Beverly (1)

Prize winner Nimisha Pathak

Prize winner Nimisha Pathak

 

The third winner is Yong Yang, who took the time to update his Author Profile page with his name in native script.  Thank you,  杨勇!

We talked with lots of people.

Andrés Caicedo and Rob Hladky meeting MathSciNet users.

Andrés Caicedo and Rob Hladky meeting MathSciNet users. (1)

We helped them update their author profile pages, sometimes by taking a picture.

Rob taking a picture of an author profile page

Rob taking a picture of an author profile page (1)

Lots of people visited, including three Vachuskas.  Colleen and Peter are in MathSciNet.  We are waiting for Karl.

Colleen, Karl, and Peter Vachuska

Colleen, Karl, and Peter Vachuska(1)

 

We had a party – the annual Mathematical Reviews Reception.

Mathematical Reviews Reception

Mathematical Reviews Reception (1)

 

Edward Dunne and AMS President Robert Bryant

Edward Dunne and AMS President Robert Bryant (2)

 

Former Executive Editor Don Babbitt and David Ruddy (Cornell and the arXiv)

Former Executive Editor Don Babbitt and David Ruddy (Cornell, Project Euclid and the arXiv) (2)

 

 

Olaf Teschke (zbMATH) and Patrick Ion (retired editor from Math Reviews)

Olaf Teschke (zbMATH) and Patrick Ion (retired editor from Math Reviews) (1)

Lots of people at the reception

Lots of people at the reception (2)

I stood on a chair to thank everyone for coming.

I stood on a chair to thank everyone for coming. (1)

See you in Atlanta in 2017!

Photo Credits

(1) Photo by Norman Richert
(2) Photo by Steve Schneider/JMM

Update:

There are more pages about JMM 2016 available, including more great pictures.

About Edward Dunne

I am the Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews. Previously, I was an editor for the AMS Book Program for 17 years. Before working for the AMS, I had an academic career working at Rice University, Oxford University, and Oklahoma State University. In 1990-91, I worked for Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg. My Ph.D. is from Harvard. I received a world-class liberal arts education as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University.
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