Joint Math Meetings 2015

Dates: January 10-13, 2015
Location: San Antonio, TX
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If you can't join us this year at the Joint Math Meetings follow the Math Circle events online,

Math Circle Related Events:

See below for more details.

MAA Contributed Paper Session on Outreach.
Saturday(10:00-11:50 a.m.).
Room 216A, Convention Center.

Presentations Include:
10:15-10:25 a.m. Polina Sabinin, Bridgewater State.
Games Teachers Play. Games for Brining Deep Mathematical Thinking into pre K-12 classrooms.

10:45-10:55 a.m. Phil Yasskin, Texas A & M University Texas A & M.
Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEE-Math): Doing not Lecturing.

11:00-11:10 a.m. Frank Sottlie, Texas A&M University.
Texas A & M Math Circle

How to run a successful math circle. MAA Minicourse #15
Part A, Saturday, 2:15 –4:15 p.m.
Part B, Monday, 1:00 –3:00 p.m.
Room 207A, Convention Center

A math circle brings together K–12 students and professional mathematicians on a regular basis to explore engaging topics. This course will focus on the logistics involved in organizing and sustaining a math circle as well as the fine art of conducting lively sessions. Facilitators will discuss how to adapt a promising topic for math circle use, provide tips for keeping a circle running smoothly, and address issues such as publicity and funding. Participants will craft a math circle lesson plan and take away a variety of materials including sample topics and a list of book and Web resources.

Presented by Amanda Katharine Serenevy, Riverbend Community Math Center; Philip B. Yasskin, Texas A&M University; and Brandy Wiegers, Centeral Washington University;

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Informal Math circle: Liar's Bingo.
Presenter: Bob Klein
Saturday January 10, 2015, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Room 214C, Convention Center

Informal Math circle: Mathematical Biology
Presenter: Brandy Wiegers
Saturday January 10, 2015, 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
Room 212B, Convention Center

AMS Session on Math Education
Sunday January 11,2015. 8:30-8:40 a.m.
Room 207B, Convention Center

On The creation of a Math Teachers’ Circle and Why You Should Get Involved Too
George McNulty and Douglas Meade University of South Carolina
Nieves McNulty Columbia College

SIGMAA MCST Math circle demonstration.
Sunday January 11, 2015, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Room 214C, Convention Center

A math circle is an enrichment experience that brings mathematics professionals in direct contact with pre-college students and/or their teachers. Circles foster passion and excitement for deep mathematics. This demonstration session offers the opportunity for conference attendees to observe and then discuss a math circle experience designed for local students. While students are engaged in a mathematical investigation, mathematicians will have a discussion focused on appreciating and better understanding the organic and creative process of learning that circles offer, and on the logistics and dynamics of running an effective circle. Sponsored by the SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers.

Organizers: David Auckly (presenter), Kansas State University; Japheth Wood (talking to the mathematicians), New York Math Circle; Philip Yasskin, Texas A&M University

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MAA Poster Session : Mathematical outreach programs.
Sunday January 11, 2015, 10:00 -11:55 a.m.
Exhibit Hall C, Convention Center

This poster session is designed to highlight special programs that have been developed to encourage students to maintain an interest in and commitment to succeeding in mathematics. These programs might include such activities as after-school clubs, weekend activities, one-day conferences, mentoring opportunities, summer camps, etc. This poster session encompasses a wide variety of outreach efforts for a variety of age groups. For example, programs might be designed to reach out to underrepresented groups. The projects supported by MAA Tensor and Summa grants will find this an ideal venue in which to share the progress of their funded projects. Another possible type of outreach might involve mathematical enrichment programs. For example recipients of Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants might wish to highlight their programs. Other examples might include innovative programs to motivate undergraduates to study mathematics.

Organizer: Elizabeth Yanik, Emporia State University

Note: This poster presentation will include..

Navajo Nation Math Circles
Dave Auckly, Henry Fowler, Bob Klein and Tatiana Shubin

Fullerton Mathematical Circle: The First Three Years
Bogdan D. Suceavă, Christina Tran

Texas A&M University Math Circle
Kaitlyn Phillipson (other co-PIs; Trevor Olsen, Frank Sottile, Alex Sprintson, Philip Yasskin)

The Bard Math Circle C.A.M.P.
Japheth Wood and Eliana Miller

KSU Math Circle Summer Camp
Virginia Watson, Mary Garner, Tatiana Rudchenko

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SIGMAA MCST Math wrangle.
Sunday January 11, 2015, 1:00 -2:30 p.m.
Room 214C & 216B, Convention Center - one Wrangle in each room.

This session will pit teams of students against each other, the clock, and a slate of great math problems. The format of a Math Wrangle is designed to engage students in mathematical problem solving, promote effective teamwork, provide a venue for oral presentations, and develop critical listening skills. A Math Wrangle incorporates elements of team sports and debate, with a dose of strategy tossed in for good measure. The intention of the Math Wrangle demonstration at the Joint Math Meetings is to show how teachers, schools, circles, and clubs can get students started in this exciting combination of mathematical problem solving with careful argumentation via public speaking, strategy and rebuttal. Sponsored by the SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers and American Mathematics Competitions.

Organizers: Steve Dunbar, American Mathematics Competitions; Ed Keppelman, University of Nevada, Reno; Philip Yasskin, Texas A&M University

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Poster session on Projects Supported by the NSF
Division of Undergraduate Education

Sunday January 11 2015. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall C

Includes Presentation: Investigating the Impact of Math Teachers’ Circles on Mathematical knowledge for Teaching Classroom Practice.

Diana White UC Denver; Brianna Donaldson and Brian Conrey AIM; Kristin Umland and Michael Nakayame U of New Mexico

SIGMAA-MCST Business Meeting
Sunday January 11, 2015. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Sazo's - on the second floor of the Marriott Rivercenter,

Developing the Horizon Content Knowledge of Teachers through a Math Teachers' Circle.
Monday January 12, 2015, 8:30 -9:00 a.m.
Room 007A, Convention Center

Speaker: Thomas J Clark, Dordt College

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AMS Special Session on Math Teachers Circles and the K--20 Continuum
Monday January 12, 2015, 1:00 - 5:50 p.m.
Room 007A, Convention Center

Organizers: Brian Conrey, American Institute of Mathematics; Michael Nakamaye, University of New Mexico; Kristin Umland, University of New Mexico; Diana White, University of Colorado at Denver

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Haimo Award Presentation to MTCs' Judith Convington.
Monday January 12, 2015, 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Room 103, Convention Center

NAMC Appetizers and no-host dinner.
Monday night. 6:00 -9:00 p.m.
Cafe Ole (at the corner of Commerce and Lasoya)

We'll be outside, with a couple heaters in our area, but folks should plan to dress warmly (high is supposed to be 61).

MAA Session on What Makes a Successful Math Circle: Organization and Problems
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-Noon.
Room 214C, Convention Center

A mathematics circle is an enrichment activity for K–12 students or their teachers, which brings them into direct contact with mathematics professionals, fostering a passion and excitement for deep mathematics in the participants. It is usually a weekly or monthly activity, but it can also be an intensive summer experience. There are many factors that lead to a successful math circle for either students or teachers. Talks are invited which address either the successful organization of a math circle or a problem or topic that was successful at your math circle. Sponsored by the SIGMAA Math Circles for Students and Teachers.

Organizers: Philip Yasskin, Texas A&M University; Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University; Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco; Katherine Morrison, University of Northern Colorado -

For a complete list of topics and presenters, Click Here (.pdf)

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