Monthly Archives: January 2020

AMS panel on math and motherhood

To top off JMM, I went to the AMS panel discussion on mathematics and motherhood hosted by Carrie Diaz Eaton of Bates College. Panelists Karoline Pershell, executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Karen Saxe, the associate executive … Continue reading

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James Tanton’s proofs that 1 = 2

This afternoon at Mathemati-Con, James Tanton proved to us 12 different ways that 1 = 2. Here are just a few of his arguments: 1. Since $i^2 = -1$, \[ 1 = {i^2 + 3 \over 2} = {(\sqrt{-1})(\sqrt{-1}) + … Continue reading

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Advice from Haimo Award Winners

What do award-winning mathematicians Federico Ardila-Mantilla, Mark Tomforde, and Suzanne Weeks have to say about teaching? Each of these mathematicians received the MAA Haimo Award at JMM 2020 and gave 20 minute talks. Here is a summary. Federico Ardila-Mantilla used … Continue reading

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World Premiere of “Secrets of the Surface”

This evening I went to the premiere of “Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani”, a film chronicling the life and mathematical achievements of the first female and first Iranian Fields medalist. The film walked through Mirzakhani’s … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley attendees on JMM 2020

Past AMS president, Ken Ribet, and five University of California, Berkeley undergrads share their thoughts on JMM 2020.

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A conversation with Shyam Naraynan

Former Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contestant, Shyam Naraynan, talks about what he’s been up to since he last competed in the game.

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Skip Garibaldi on “Uncovering lottery shenanigans”

When Lawrence Mower, an investigative reporter in Florida, examined a list of over a million prizes worth \$600+ that had been claimed in the Florida lottery, he noticed something interesting—there were a few outliers in the data. Not a couple … Continue reading

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Mariah Birgen on JMM 2020

Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College, discusses her time at JMM.

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Biomedical Data Sharing

AMS Invited Address speaker Bonnie Berger gave a captivating talk on Biomedical Data Sharing. There is a recurring issue in Computational Biology: genomic data is growing exponentially faster than computing power and data storage. If we want researchers to have … Continue reading

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A conversation with Preeti Dubey

Preeti Dubey shares her goals for JMM 2020.

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