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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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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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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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MAA Workshop on Microaggressions

This morning I went to the MAA workshop “Identifying and Managing Microaggressions in the Academic Setting”. It was run by Lynn Garrioch and Semra Kilic of Colby-Sawyer College, Omayra Orteya of Sonoma State, and Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux of McGill University. The … Continue reading

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Creating a math textbook accessible to the blind

I entered the press room at JMM this morning to find a bustle of excitement as four men prepared to introduce themselves on video. As they explained their roles to the camera, J. Brian Conrey of AIM pulled me aside … Continue reading

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Nancy Reid Invited Address: “In Praise of Small Data”

Last night’s speaker, Nancy Reid of the University of Toronto, was introduced with so many accolades that I couldn’t keep track of them all. Her talk, on the ways “big data” has been overhyped in recent years, opened with a … Continue reading

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MAA Invited Address by Scott Adamson: Mazes, riddles, zombies and unicorns

Scott Adamson, of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, kicked off his talk by asking the audience this: “How can we create a more joyful mathematical learning experience where the beauty of mathematics can be shared and be engaged in by our students?” … Continue reading

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