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2004 AAAS Meeting to Offer Strong Mathematics Program

2004 AAAS Meeting to Offer Strong Mathematics Program

By Warren Page

The 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 12-16, in Seattle, WA, will feature many outstanding expository talks by prominent mathematicians. These include the following three-hour symposia (and organizers) sponsored by Section A (Mathematics) of the AAAS:

The Convergence of Computer Graphics and Computer Vision (P. Anandan and Jim Kajiya, Microsoft Research)

Optimal Stent Design for Cardiovascular Intervention (Suncica Canic, University of Houston)

Phase Transitions in Computer Science (Allon Percus, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics) The Changing Nature of Proof in Mathematics: Past, Present, Future (Warren Page, City University of New York)

Community Structure of the Internet and WWW (Jennifer Tour Chayes, Microsoft Research)

Other symposia that will be of interest to the mathematical community include:

The Rise of Machine Learning

What Progress Have We Made in Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning?

Wavelet-Based Statistical Analysis of Multiscale Geophysical Data

Forum for School Science: Preparation of Science and Mathematics Teachers

Bioterrorism Policy and Quantitative Methods

Modeling and Risk Assessment

21st Century Photonics

Intellectual Property and the Research Exemption: Its Impact on Science

The above symposia are only a few of the 150 or so AAAS program offerings in the physical, life, social, and biological sciences. For further details about the 2004 AAAS program, see the October 17th, 2003 issue of Science.

AAAS annual meetings are the showcases of American science, and they encourage participation by mathematicians and mathematics educators. (AAAS acknowledges the generous contributions of AMS for travel support and SIAM for support of media awareness.) In presenting mathematics-related themes to the AAAS Program Committee, I have found the committee to be genuinely interested in offering symposia on mathematical topics of current interest. Thus, Section A's Committee seeks organizers and speakers who can present substantial new material in an accessible manner to a large scientific audience. Toward this end, I invite you to attend our Section A Committee business meeting 7:45-10:45 p.m. Friday, February 13th, 2004, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel (room to be determined). I invite you also to send me, and encourage your colleagues to send me, symposia proposals for future AAAS annual meetings.

Warren Page ( is Secretary of Section A of the AAAS

News Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2003