January is still a ways off, but it is not too soon to start thinking about attending the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore! If you have attended a joint meeting in the past, you already know how great they can be. If you have not been able to attend, I highly recommend doing so.
The website (http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm) lists some top features of the meeting:
- a comprehensive and rich scientific program geared toward mathematicians of all ages and levels of expertise;
- featured lectures that will include the AMS Colloquium Lectures by Dusa McDuff; the AMS Gibbs Lecture by Andrew Blake; AMS Invited Addresses by Emmanuel Candès, Christopher Hacon, Paul Seidel, and Horng-Tzer Yau; MAA Invited Addresses byMichael Starbird, Jill Pipher, William Dunham, Sarah-Marie Belcastro, and Helaman and Claire Ferguson; the Porter Public Lecture by Eitan Grinspun of Columbia University; and the AMS Retiring Presidential Address by Eric Friedlander.
- recognition of numerous mathematical achievements through Prize and Award Ceremonies;
- courses such as the MAA Short Course, the AMS Short Course, and the MAA Minicourses;
- many activities for students including the Graduate School Fair for undergraduate students;
- poster sessions for young mathematicians and undergraduate students;
- employment opportunities at the Mathematical Sciences Employment Center;
- the Mathematical Art Exhibition that includes works by artists in various media;
- the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Competition that showcases the brilliance of ten of the nation’s best high school math students
- exhibits filled with some of the leading scientific publishers, well-known computer hardware and software manufacturers, well-known health and lifestyle companies, companies offering mathematics enrichment products, and professional organizations
Now is a great time to think about giving a presentation and discussing funding opportunities with faculty members in your department. I hope to see you all in Baltimore!