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We start the academic year with samplers from three fall sectional AMS meetings and our cover story on thermal insulation, which shows surprisingly different results depending on whether you have a heat source. The Graduate Student Section includes a many-authored geometric description of spaces of matrices. We highlight two mathematicians: Mary Fairfax Somerville, whose image appears this month on a new Scottish banknote, an honor previously reserved for the monarch, and Dusa McDuff. Of particular relevance this fall may be an opinion piece on "Advocating for Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Hiring" and another on active learning. Notices is a publication of the Society that makes our promotion of mathematics possible. This is the election issue, and we're hoping that members will vote and find other ways to support our organizational home.
Table of Contents ♦ List of Candidates and Election Information ♦ Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws ♦ Nominations for President ♦ Biographies of Candidates ♦ Current Bylaws ♦ Call for Suggestions for 2018 Elections ♦ Nomination Petition for 2018 Elections
The electronic revolution that is unfolding today in mathematics publishing was just getting started when this article appeared in 1997. Mathematicians were writing their own papers with TeX and making them available electronically to their colleagues. In this new world, it seemed likely that traditional journals---paid for by subscriptions, printed on paper, and stored in libraries---would become a thing of the past. The author discusses some of the drawbacks of losing the traditional journal model.