On October 12, 2010 the AMS hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled "The Gulf Oil Spill: How Can We Protect our Beaches in the Future?" Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics at UCLA, delivered the address to Congressional representatives.
Bertozzi talked about how scientific modeling and basic research in mathematics is helping to understand the impact of this major environmental problem. Her research examines the dynamics of oil-sand-water mixtures in an effort to provide more efficient clean-up and protection methods for oil spills like that which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico this year.
Beginning in 2017, the AMS is partnering with MSRI to organize and host bi-annual briefings; prior to 2017, the AMS hosted annual briefings.