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MAA Math Alert - April 2009

News and Views

MathFest 2009 Registration Now Open
Join the MAA in Portland, Oregon August 5-8, 2009 for MathFest 2009!

2009 Professional Enhancement Program
Register Now- PREP workshops offer a wide range of options for you to work with colleagues from across the country to advance mathematics. The early registration discount expires soon, so be sure to check out the PREP website and reserve your place today.

Former MAA President Leonard Gillman has Died
Noted topologist and accomplished pianist Leonard "Len" Gillman (born January 8, 1917) died April 7, 2009. Read More

Barbara Faires Elected to Serve as MAA Secretary
The MAA Board of Governors has elected Dr. Barbara T. Faires of Westminster College as Secretary-Elect of the MAA. Read More

Harvard Takes Top Spot in 2008 Putnam Competition; Rochester Joins Top 10
Rounding out the top five of the 68th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition are Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and California Institute of Technology. Read More

Michael Starbird's Views of the Fourth Dimension (with audio and video)
Michael Starbird's Distinguished Lecture, simply titled "The Fourth Dimension," was an example of what is so wonderful about mathematics: the ability to create new ideas. Read More

"RickÂ’s Tricky Six Puzzle: S5 Sits Specially in S6" by Alex Fink and Richard Guy
The recent Mathematics Magazine article comes with an interactive supplement featured in LOCI.

Sections Elect New Governors
Check out the newly elected section governors. Read More

Featured Articles

Launchings by David Bressoud: WeBWork
This month's Launchings discusses on-line mathematics homework and the largest open source, web-based homework system, WeBWorK. Read More

How Euler Did It: Euler and the Pirates
In a column dealing with the lighter side of Euler scholarship, Ed Sandifer explains the connections between Euler and four famous pirates. Read More

New From the MAA

The United States of Mathematics Presidential Debate (DVD)

I Want to Be a Mathematician: A Conversation with Paul Halmos (DVD)

Who Gave You the Epsilon? Marlow Anderson, Victor Katz, & Robin Wilson, Editors

Calculus Deconstructed by Zbigniew H. Nitecki

When Less is More by Claudi Alsina and Roger Nelson

Check Out What's on MAA Video
Images from the 2008 MAA Study Tour: Ecuador and The Galapogos Islands
Images from the 2008 MAA Study Tour: Peru

Mathematics Magazine Seeks Problems Editor
Mathematics Magazine is looking for a new Problems Editor, to succeed Elgin Johnston, who will step down after nine years, finishing with the December, 2009 column. The new Problems Editor will serve for five years beginning with the February 2010 issue. The Problems Editor prepares the problems section of the magazine, and, with collaborators, selects and edits both problems and solutions. Interested persons should contact Walter Stromquist ( OR

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Publishing Date: 
April, 2009