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MAY 1986 COUNCIL MINUTES The Council met on 3 May 1986, in the West Ballroom, Holiday Inn-Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD at 5:05 PM. Members present were S. Armentrout, R.A. Askev, W.W. Comfort, M.G. Crandall, W.B. Johnson, I. Kaplansky, G.D. Mostow, F.P. Peterson, E. Pitcher, M.B. Pour-El, E.L. Stout, O. Taussky Todd, J.E. Taylor, A. Terras, W.P. Thurston, W.A. Veech, and D.A. Vogan, Jr. Also present were R. Hahn, K.M. Hoffman, M. Lane, W.J. LeVeque, M.H. Medeiros, J.W. Maxwell, J.L. Selfridge, P.J. Sally, Jr., J.A. Voytuk, and W. B. Woolf. President Kaplansky was in the chair. Before proceeding to the stated business, President Kaplansky noted the death on 28 April 1986, of former Presdient R. H. Bing with a brief tribute, acknowledged by a moment of silence. MINUTES 1.1 MINUTES OF 6 JANUARY 1986. These minutes were circulated by mail. There are two corrections, in that William P. Thurston in fact, was not present and William B. Johnson was present. 1.2 COUNCIL BUSINESS BY MAIL OF 13 FEBRUARY 1986. The attached minute, recording the election of William A. Veech to the EC, was approved. COMMITTEE AND BOARDS 4.1 EDITORIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PROCEEDINGS. The Editorial Committee requested that the Council take action with respect to the PROCEEDINGS parallel to that taken recently for the TRANSACTIONS. They proposed first, that the editorial committee be enlarged to the point that all associate editors can become editors and that the Council elect the incumbent associate editors to be editors. In the steady state the terms will be four years, (the agenda incorrectly stated three years, but the bylaws say four); but the termination dates for incumbents should be set by agreement between the managing editor and the Secretary. Second, the committee should be enlarged by one, whenever necessary, so that the managing editor, if not already a member, can become one. The managing editor is then in a position to be chairman of the Committee, or to be the deputy of the Chairman on the Council. A supporting letter from the Chairman, Paul S. Muhly, is attached. The Council followed these recommendations in all respects. 4.2 PAGE CHARGES. The Editorial Committee of the PROCEEDINGS, recommended that page charges for all Society journals be dropped. The Council of 6 January 1986, had already passed a resolution as the sense of the meeting that page charges on all society journals should be dropped. 4.3 TRANSLATIONS OF RUSSIAN PAPERS AT ICM-86. The EC and BT agreed that the Society will provide ICM-86 with preprints of English translations of papers submitted to ICM-86 in Russian. In exchange, ICM-86 has granted the translation rights (i.e. the right) to the AMS. The question put to the Council is whether the Society should publish these translations as a volume in Selected Translations (supposing that all matters of permission have been resolved). The EC and BT recommended that the Society publish these translations as a volume in the series of Selected Translations. The Council approved. 4.4 TRANSLATIONS FROM CHINESE. The Agenda and Budget Committee recommended to the Council and to the BT, that the Society bring a translation program for both journal articles and books. Journal articles would come under consideration, usually, from recommendations made by reviewers, just as in the case of papers in Russian. Books might be either conference proceedings or monographs. The recommendation of the ABC was further to reconstitute the existing Committee on Translation from the Chinese, which has acted as a policy Committee, to be active as a selection Committee. Two of the members would drop out, namely Frank Peterson, who does not read Chinese, and C.C. Lin, who wishes not to continue to participate. Sun-Yung Alice Change, Tsit-Yuen Lam, Chairman, and Tai-Ping Liu remain. Others would be appointed as needed. The Council approved reconstitution of the Committee as a selection Committee. 4.5 NOMINATIOINS. The Council followed the recommendations of the Nominating Committee and nominated the following persons to be candidates in the election of 1986 for the offices named: Vice-President William P. Thurston (2 Candidates 1 position) Karen Uhlenbeck Secretary Everett Pitcher Associate Secretaries Frank T. Birtel (2 positions) W. Wistar Comfort Treasurer Franklin P. Peterson Associate Treasurer Steve Armentrout Trustee Ronald L. Graham MEMBERS OF PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEES: AMERICAN JOURNAL Richard B. Melrose BULLETIN Morris W. Hirsch COLLOQUIUM H. Jerome Keisler MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS Melvin Hochster MATH. SURVEYS & Monographs Victor W. Guilleman Math. of Computation Walter Gautschi (Two positions) John E. Osborn PROCEEDINGS Paul S. Muhly TRANSACTIONS Ralph Cohen (5 positions) Ronald K. Getoor Jerry L. Kazdan David J. Saltman Robert J. Zimmer Committee to Monitor Prob. in Comm. Marian B. Pour-El (2 positions) Sheldon Axler Members at Large C. Edmund Burgess (10 Candidates; David Drasin 5 positions) H. Blaine Lawson Howard A. Masur Eric C. Milner Yiannis N. Moschovakis Linda A. Ness Marc A. Rieffel Scott Warner Williams Carol Wood Audrey A. Terras represented the Nominating Committee to answer questions. Should any suggestions for nomination appear by petition, they are to be handled by mail ballot. 4.6 MR-ZBL. The Chairman of the Negotiating Team, Steve Armentrout, reported on the status of merger negotiations. His report is attached. 4.7 MAT. SBORNIK. The Secretary reported on ballots currently in progress in the EC and BT on the issue of a change in contract under which Mat. Sbornik is translated. The report is attached. REPORTS OF OFFICERS 5.1 REPORT OF THE TREASURER. The financial schedules and auditors' opinion for 1985 are attached. NEW BUSINESS 9.1 SCIENTIFIC EXCHANGE WITH LATIN AMERICA. Professor Cora Sadosky noted that the program of Scientific Exchange and Colloboration with Latin America, financed by the National Science Foundation, and operated in cooperation with five South American Societies by this Society, under contract with NSF, through a committee chaired by Richard J. Griego, has not been funded for another year. She requested the Society to find means to continue this program. A statement by Professor Sodosky is attached. President Kaplansky asked anyone with ideas how to raise money to continue the program to call him. The question is to go to the EC and BT of 15-18 May 1986. INFORMATION AND RECORD 2.1 NOMINATING COMMITTEE. President Kaplansky noted that to date three persons have agreed to be candidates for the Nominating Committee of 1987, namely: Robert L. Devaney Harry Kesten Carl Pomerance 2.2 Seminar for NATIONAL ACADEMIES AND LEARNED SOCIETIES. A report from Joel Leborwitz is attached. 2.3 NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE. The most recent awards in mathematics went to Peter Lax and Antoni Zygmund. This Society has a Committee on National Awards that does not report on its activities except occasionally after the fact. In this instance, it can be stated that the Committee participated in the support of both of these awards. 2.4 ARCHIVES. The contract with Brown University that its library should be the custodian of Society archives is now in place. From the point of view of Brown, this is a component in a larger collection of archives in mathematics. Not only will selected material from Society records become available in this collection, but also there is an opportunity for individuals to offer material of potential historic interest. 2.5 CLOSED MEETINGS. The Council of 6 January 1986, passed a resolution opposing restraints on open discussion of current research, unless that research is explicitly classified, or proprietary. See minute 9.1 of 6 January 1986. The Association for Women in Mathematics, has passed a resolution with almost identical wording. 2.6 JOINT COMMITTEE ON GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT TRADITIONALLY BLACK INSTITUTIONS: The Council of 6 JANUARY 1986, discharged this Committee subject to parallel action by the other spouses, namely the MAA and the National Association of Mathematicians. See minute 4.16 of 6 January 1986. Both organizations have taken that action. The Council went into executive session from 6:15-6:30 PM to consider nominations as reported in item 4.5. From 6:30-6:45, Kenneth Hoffman gave an informal report on the progress by which testimony is provided to legislative committees. The council adjourned at 6:45 PM. Everett Pitcher, Secretary