Contemporary Mathematics 1999; 168 pp; softcover Volume: 252 ISBN10: 0821811959 ISBN13: 9780821811955 List Price: US$41 Member Price: US$32.80 Order Code: CONM/252
 This volume presents the proceedings of the Fourth Conference for AfricanAmerican Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences held at the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University (Houston). The included talks and poster presentations offer a broad perspective to the critical issues involving minority participation in mathematics. The issues explored are relevant not only to African American researchers, but also to the mathematical community in general. This volume is the second published by the AMS (see DIMACS series, volume 34) presenting expository and research papers by distinguished African American mathematicians. In addition to filling the existing gap on African American contributions to mathematics, this book provides leadership direction and role models for students. Readership General mathematical audience; advanced high school students. Table of Contents Research talks  E. A. Terry  Finite sums and products in Ramsey theory
 P. J. Williams, A. S. ElBakry, and R. A. Tapia  Computing an exact solution in interiorpoint methods for linear programming
 R. Moten  Just the facts, Jack: Truths and myths of automated theorem provers
 J. E. Brown  On the Sendov conjecture for polynomials with real critical points
 L. Billings, J. H. Curry, and V. Robins  Chaos in relaxed Newton's method: The quadratic case
 G. M. N'guerekata  Almost automorphic functions and applications to abstract evolution equations
 A. Fauntleroy  Moduli of complete intersections in weighted projective spaces
 D. R. King  Asymptotic behavior of characters of representations of semisimple Lie groups
Poster presentations  A. Nkwanta and N. Knox  A note on Riordan matrices
 K. Weems  Robustness of parameter estimates in misspecified generalized linear mixed models
Historical articles  R. Tapia  Contemporary national mathematics education issues and the civic mathematician
 J. L. Houston  A brief history of the National Association of Mathematicians, Inc.
 S. W. Williams  Black research mathematicians in the United States
