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Meetings
The MAA sponsors the annual summer MathFest and cosponsors with the American Mathematical Society the Joint Mathematics Meeting, held in early January of each year. On occasion the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics joins in these meetings. Twenty-nine regional sections also hold regular meetings.Publications
The association publishes multiple journals in partnership with Taylor & FrancisWEB, Newsroom {{!, Taylor & Francis| accessdate = 2018-01-10| url =weblink}}:- The American Mathematical Monthly is expository, aimed at a broad audience from undergraduate students to research mathematicians.
- Mathematics Magazine is expository, aimed at teachers of undergraduate mathematics, especially at the junior-senior level.
- The College Mathematics Journal is expository, aimed at teachers of undergraduate mathematics, especially at the freshman-sophomore level.
- Math Horizons is expository, aimed at undergraduate students.
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Competitions
The MAA sponsors numerous competitions for students, including the William Lowell Putnam exam for undergraduate students, the online In-ter-stel-lar competition series, and the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) for middle- and high-school students. This series of competitions is as follows:- AMC 8, a 25-question, 40-minute multiple choice exam
- AMC 10/AMC 12, a 25-question, 75-minute multiple choice exam
- AIME, a 15-question, 3-hour short answer exam
- USAMO/USAJMO, a 6-question 2-day 9-hour proof based olympiad
Sections
The MAA is composed of the following twenty-nine regional sections:Allegheny Mountain, EPADEL, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Intermountain, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana/Mississippi, MD-DC-VA, Metro New York, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska â€“ SE SD, New Jersey, North Central, Northeastern, Northern CA â€“ NV-HI, Ohio, Oklahoma-Arkansas, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Seaway, Southeastern, Southern CA â€“ NV, Southwestern, Texas, WisconsinSpecial Interest Groups
There are seventeen Special Interest Groups of the Mathematical Association of America (SIGMAAs). These SIGMAAs were established to advance the MAA mission by supporting groups with a common mathematical interest, and facilitating interaction between such groups and the greater mathematics community.Special Interest Groups of the MAA Mathematical Association of America{{div col|colwidth=30em}}- Mathematics and the Arts
- Business, Industry, Government
- Mathematical and Computational Biology
- Environmental Mathematics
- History of Mathematics
- Inquiry-Based Learning
- Math Circles for Students and Teachers
- Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- Quantitative Literacy
- Recreational MathematicsThree New Sigmaas Formed by Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, MAA
- Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
- Mathematics and Sports
- Statistics Education
- Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics
- Undergraduate Research
- Mathematics Instruction Using the WEB
Awards and prizes
The MAA distributes many prizes, including the Chauvenet PrizeWEB,weblink The Mathematical Association of America's Chauvenet Prize, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, and the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award,WEB,weblink The Mathematical Association of America's Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, Trevor Evans Award,WEB,weblink The Mathematical Association of America's Trevor Evans Awards, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, Lester R. Ford Award, George PÃ³lya Award,WEB,weblink The Mathematical Association of America's George PÃ³lya Award, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, Merten M. Hasse Award,WEB,weblink The Mathematical Association of America's Merten M. Hasse Prize, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, Henry L. Alder AwardWEB,weblink Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member, The Mathematical Association of America, 8 March 2010, , Euler Book Prize awards and Beckenbach Book Prize.Memberships
The MAA is one of four partners in the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM,weblink and participates in the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS,weblink an umbrella organization of sixteen professional societies.Historical accounts
A detailed history of the first fifty years of the MAA appears in {{harvtxt|May|1972}}. A report on activities prior to World War II appears in {{harvtxt|Bennet|1967}}. Further details of its history can be found in {{harvtxt|Case|1996}}. In addition numerous regional sections of the MAA have published accounts of their local history.The MAA was established in 1915. But the roots of the Association can be traced to the 1894 founding of the American Mathematical Monthly by Benjamin Finkel, who wrote "Most of our existing journals deal almost exclusively with subjects beyond the reach of the average student or teacher of mathematics or at least with subjects with which they are familiar, and little, if any, space, is devoted to the solution of problemsâ€¦No pains will be spared on the part of the Editors to make this the most interesting and most popular journal published in America."Inclusiveness
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MAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The MAA has for a long time followed a strict policy of inclusiveness and non-discrimination.In previous periods it was subject to the same problems of discrimination that were widespread across the United States. One notorious incident at a south-eastern sectional meeting in Nashville in 1951 has been documented{{harvnb|Lorch|1994}} by the mathematician and equal rights activist Lee Lorch, who recently received the highest honour of the MAA for distinguished services to mathematics.{{harvnb|Hamilton|2007}}{{harvnb|Jackson|2007}} The citation delivered at the 2007 MAA awards presentation, where Lorch received a standing ovation, recorded that:
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"Lee Lorch, the chair of the mathematics department at Fisk University, and three Black colleagues, Evelyn Boyd (now Granville), Walter Brown, and H. M. Holloway came to the meeting and were able to attend the scientific sessions. However, the organizer for the closing banquet refused to honor the reservations of these four mathematicians. (Letters in Science, August 10, 1951, pp. 161â€“162 spell out the details). Lorch and his colleagues wrote to the governing bodies of the AMS and MAA seeking bylaws against discrimination. Bylaws were not changed, but non-discriminatory policies were established and have been strictly observed since then."
The Association's first woman president was Dorothy Lewis Bernstein (1979â€“1980).Moskol, Ann. 1987. "Dorothy Lewis Bernstein" Women of Mathematics. eds. Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell. Greenwood Press.MAA Carriage House
The Carriage House that belonged to the residents at 1529 18th Street, N.W. dates to around 1900. It is older than the 5-story townhouse where the MAA Headquarters is currently located, which was completed in 1903. Charles Evans Hughes occupied the house while he was Secretary of State (1921â€“1925) and a Supreme Court Justice (1910â€“1916 and 1930â€“1941).The Carriage House would have been used by the owners as a livery stable to house the family carriage, though little else is known about its history today. There are huge doors that were once used as an entrance for horses and carriages. Iron rings used to tie up horses can still be seen on an adjacent building. The Carriage House would have perhaps also been used as living quarters for a coachman, as was typical for the time period.The building is owned by the MAA since 1978. In Spring of 2007 an opening ceremony was held to mark its transformation from a mail room and publication warehouse into a first-rate conference center. It is now used for meetings, lectures, and other events.Presidents
The presidents of the MAA:WEB, MAA Officers,weblink Mathematical Association of America, 30 September 2018, {{Col-begin}}{{Col-1-of-2}}- 1916 Earl R Hedrick
- 1917 Florian Cajori
- 1918 Edward V Huntington
- 1919 Herbert Ellsworth Slaught
- 1920 David Eugene Smith
- 1921 George A Miller
- 1922 Raymond C Archibald
- 1923 Robert D Carmichael
- 1924 Harold L Reitz
- 1925 Julian L Coolidge
- 1926 Dunham Jackson
- 1927â€“1928 Walter B Ford
- 1929â€“1930 John W Young
- 1931â€“1932 Eric T Bell
- 1933â€“1934 Arnold Dresden
- 1935â€“1936 David R Curtiss
- 1937â€“1938 Aubrey J Kempner
- 1939â€“1940 William B Carver
- 1941â€“1942 Raymond W Brink
- 1943â€“1944 William D Cairns
- 1945â€“1946 Cyrus C MacDuffee
- 1947â€“1948 Lester R Ford
- 1949â€“1950 Rudolph E Langer
- 1951â€“1952 Saunders Mac Lane
- 1953â€“1954 Edward J McShane
- 1955â€“1956 William L Duren, Jr
- 1957â€“1958 G Baley Price
- 1959â€“1960 Carl B Allendoerfer
- 1961â€“1962 Albert W Tucker
- 1963â€“1964 R H Bing
- 1965â€“1966 Raymond L Wilder
- 1967â€“1968 Edwin E Moise
- 1969â€“1970 Gail S Young
- 1971â€“1972 Victor Klee
- 1973â€“1974 Ralph P Boas
- 1975â€“1976 Henry O Pollak
- 1977â€“1978 Henry L Alder
- 1979â€“1980 Dorothy L Bernstein
- 1981â€“1982 Richard D Anderson
- 1983â€“1984 Ivan Niven
- 1985â€“1986 Lynn A Steen
- 1987â€“1988 Leonard Gillman
- 1989â€“1990 Lida K Barrett
- 1991â€“1992 Deborah Tepper Haimo
- 1993â€“1994 Donald L Kreider
- 1995â€“1996 Kenneth A Ross
- 1997â€“1998 Gerald L Alexanderson
- 1999â€“2000 Thomas F Banchoff
- 2001â€“2002 Ann E. Watkins
- 2003â€“2004 Ronald L Graham
- 2005â€“2006 Carl C Cowen
- 2007â€“2008 Joseph A Gallian
- 2009â€“2010 David M Bressoud
- 2011â€“2012 Paul M Zorn
- 2013â€“2014 Bob Devaney
- 2015â€“2016 Francis E. Su
- 2017â€“2018 Deanna Haunsperger
See also
- American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
- American Mathematical Society
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Notes
{{reflist}}References
- JOURNAL, Brief History of the Mathematical Association of America Before World War II, Albert A., Bennett,
- WEB, The Painful Path Toward Inclusivity, Lee, Lorch, Lee Lorch, 1994,weblink harv, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080906170043weblink">weblink September 6, 2008, , talk by Lee Lorch at AMS Special Session, Cincinnati, January 1994. Reprinted in {{harvtxt|Case|1996}}.
- JOURNAL, The Mathematical Association of America: its first fifty years, Kenneth Ownsworth, May,
- BOOK, A century of mathematical meetings: Published in connection with the 100th annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society, held in Cincinnati, Jan. 1994, Bettye Anne, Case, Bettye Anne Case, American Mathematical Society, 1996, 978-0821804650, harv,
- JOURNAL, Allyn, Jackson, Notices of the American Mathematical Society,weblink MAA Prizes Presented in New Orleans, 54, 2007, 641â€“642, harv,
- JOURNAL, Richard, Hamilton,weblink MAA Prizes and Awards at the 2007 Joint Mathematics Meetings, MAA Online, 2007, harv, (includes citation for Lee Lorch)
External links
{{Commons category|Mathematical Association of America headquarters}}- MAA official website
- A Guide to the Mathematical Association of America Records, 1916â€“present: Homepage
- Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL)
- weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070713083148weblink">Convergence, the MAA's Math History and Math Education Magazine (part of MathDL)
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